If there is one thing that you can bet your house on it is the fact that Dubrovnik will have warm summer. With average summer temperatures up in the low thirties and clouds as rare as a unicorn for at least five months (and most times longer) Dubrovnik is going to be gloriously hot. This is a city that gets on average over 2,600 hours of sunshine a year, compare that to London with around 1,600 hours or even Mexico City with 2,500 and you can see that summers are done properly here. Quite clearly June, July and August are the hottest months, in fact the record recorded lowest temperature for August was 14 degrees, however May and September can be just as warm.
Now whilst we all like a little sun on our backs and to soak up some vitamin D you also need to take some precautions. Of course sun cream, a sun hat and a bottle of water are a must, also avoiding the sun from midday to four in the afternoon is a good tip, but we have come up with some special Dubrovnik tricks to avoid sunstroke.
Hydration and not dehydration – taking water onboard in the summer is a number one tool to keep your body cool. Drink 6 – 8 glasses a day minimum. And yes you can safely drink the tap water in Dubrovnik so no real need to buy expensive designer names, just refill an old bottle. If you need to refill your bottles in the Old City of Dubrovnik there are public fountains (Big Onofrio and Small Onofrio) at both ends of the Stradun. The water is safe to drink and is surprisingly cold. And before you were thinking “Well I’ll just have a glass of beer,” or “What about a coffee al fresco?” both caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating...sorry. Bottled water is available widely throughout the city and the price varies from small supermarkets to larger shopping centres.
Fresh fountain water
Hit the beaches – what better way to keep cool than to jump in the sea. The Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik is one of the cleanest in the world, and although it isn’t really tidal it is affected by the winds and currents. In the summer the average sea temperature is around 25 degrees, so pretty much bath like. If you are looking for a more refreshing sea then go to the borough of Zupa and the village of Plat. Here the water from the hydroelectric power plant empties into the sea meaning temperatures are at least there degrees lower.
Life is a beach
Walk the walls in the cooler morning air – the number one attraction, both for locals and tourists, are the Dubrovnik City Walls. Stretching an impressive 1.9 kilometres the walls wrap and encircle the Old City like a ribbon around a present. A visit to Dubrovnik without walking around the walls is like going to the Louvre and avoiding Mona Lisa. However there is virtually no shade on the walls and with the sun baking down on you there is a good chance you will be the next sunstroke victim. Go early! The walls open at 8.00am from May until September; buy your ticket at 8.05am! It will take around two hours to walk the walls so you’ll be down before the sun can fry you. Take water with you (remember tip number one) and a hat.
Catch the early morning flight to the walls
Cool tip – the difference between the shade temperatures and direct sun temperatures can be up to twenty degrees – keep in the shade
Get underground – forget manufactured air-conditioning go with nature. In the Lapad area of Dubrovnik you’ll find Hotel More and directly underneath the hotel is bar in a natural underground cave, rather unsurprisingly named Cave Bar. Throughout the year the bar is pretty much at a constant temperature, around 15 degrees. Mingle with the stalagmites and stalactites and enjoy a fresh cocktail in comfortable and cool surroundings.
Cave Bar at Hotel More