The climate of Croatia varies depending on whether you are on the coast or inland. Along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, in Dubrovnik, and on the offshore islands, the climate is Mediterranean, with warm, sunny summers and mild winters. Inland near Zagreb, the climate is typically Eastern European, with warm summers and cold winters. Much of inland Croatia is either hilly or mountainous, and the winter snows will linger much longer at the higher elevations. Because the area we visit on this trip is inland, summers can get very hot and early spring, fall, and winter can be quite chilly.