Easter break is an excellent time to visit Dubrovnik. The holiday marks the city’s awakening from the relatively short winter season and the streets come to life with various traditions and events. These are particularly evident on the streets of the Old Town on the morning of Easter Sunday. The annual Dubrovnik Easter Fair, which sets up in the Old Town, offers a unique opportunity for visitors to get acquainted with the city’s Easter traditions, with numerous stalls selling arts, crafts and decorated Easter eggs.
Easter holidays in Dubrovnik begin with Palm Sunday, when people take olive twigs and plaited palm leaves to church for a blessing. The tradition of plaiting palm leaves is very much alive in southern Croatia and still passed on to younger generations. The leaves are used to decorate the home, as they are believed to bring prosperity and protect against bad weather.
On Easter Monday (March 28), the city will host two concerts. Visitors will get a chance to hear the Dubrovnik Brass Band play on Stradun at 11 a.m. and the traditional Easter concert will feature the Sorkočević Quartet in front of St. Saviour’s Church at 9 p.m.
In the days before Easter, Christian Culture Days in Dubrovnik, an annual festival that runs from March 12 to 21, will offer visitors a rich cultural and spiritual program, highlighting authors whose works set the foundation for the Croatian cultural heritage.
Things to do in Dubrovnik in March and April
By Easter, Dubrovnik is ready for the start of the busy tourist season. Boat trips to nearby islands and tours to the historic cities in the vicinity usually operate in the spring, offering visitors an opportunity to see some of the region’s main attractions. The city’s main landmarks are generally open and far less crowded than in late spring and over the summer. Some businesses may close over Easter, but the city itself still provides plenty of activities and places to explore.
Dubrovnik weather in March and April
The weather in Dubrovnik begins to warm up in March, with mornings getting sunnier and rainfall gradually decreasing toward the end of the month. The temperatures are generally in the range from 12°C (54°F) to 3°C (38°F), making the city pleasant enough for long walks, but not nearly warm enough for going for a swim.
In April, temperatures rise to make the city even more welcoming to visitors, making day trips and local tours truly enjoyable. The weather tends to stay consistent throughout the month, with temperatures in the range from 16°C (53°F) to 7°C (44°F).
Easter break in Dubrovnik
Travellers looking to spend their Easter break on the Croatian coast can enjoy the charms of the Dubrovnik riviera at the Hotel Astarea. Located in the village of Mlini just next to Dubrovnik, the hotel offers a special Easter package for guests looking to explore the old city with their loved ones. The offer includes three nights (March 25 – 28, 2016) in a spacious, comfortable double room for two, an Easter buffet breakfast with traditional Dubrovnik delicacies, Easter lunch on Easter Sunday (March 27), and surprise gifts.