Weather in Croatia in January

The weather in January is really cold, especially in the continental regions. This is a snowy time for inland of the country, while the coast has a lot of rainy days, though much less than in November. Average daytime temperature range on the coast is 7°C-11°C, and in continental parts the daily temperature range is 3°C-5°C.

Typical January weather means a meter of snow in the northern regions and strong wind called bura which torments the coastal regions. If you are unlucky you will get acquainted with this notorious wind, which can make you feel as if your body were a cube of ice. When blows you will see that Croatia is no Jamaica in winter as some erroneously think. It is necessary to check whether the place you are going to stay in has adequate heating facilities.

What to do in January?

Out of a few winter outdoor activities included in the sport offer of Croatia skiing is certainly the most popular in January, with the largest ski resort being Platak, situated near Rijeka. Those who travel with kids might consider going to Ravna Gora area, which has not only ski trails, but also grounds suited for sledding and many other children's activities.

Those who do not feel like skiing, can have a relaxing spa vacation with massages, saunas, mud baths in the hotels as the winter prices are usually much more attractive. However, Zagreb and Split are unlikely to offer you great deals even at this time of year.

If you are not put off by the chilly weather, it would be a great idea to visit Plitvice National Park, which is fabulous in January as the lakes are frozen, offering an unbelievable panorama on the winter landscape.

Since a great number of tourists who visit Croatia in winter are active-minded, a plenty of sports events are held in the country. One of the most popular happenings in the realm of alpine skiing is the Vip Snow Queen Trophy, organized at the mount Sljeme near Zagreb in the beginning of the month.

Average temperatures in January (Celsius)
CityDay °СNight °СSea °С
Zagreb3-2-
Dubrovnik11613.8
Split10513.5
Makarska7213.1
Brela10613.7
Hvar11714.0
Brac10613.7
Sibenik10513.4
Zadar10412.8
Krk6211.8
Opatija7312.0
Pula9312.2
Rovinj8312.0
Porec8212.0