When’s the best time to visit Mallorca?
This sunny island off the east coast of Spain enjoys a classic Mediterranean climate of hot balmy summers and mild winters. Long sunny days and clear blue skies are pretty much guaranteed in the peak summer months between June and September but the low humidity and cool sea breezes keep things pleasant.
The southeast regions (Palma, Magaluf, El Arenal) are generally warmer and drier than the mountainous northwest and in the coastal towns you can bask in around 300 days of sunshine per year.
While some of the resorts wind things down in winter, the island’s capital, Palma is very much a year-round destination with countless cultural attractions to explore. To beat the crowds and score a deal, consider a break in spring or autumn when you’ll see around 10 hours of sunshine per day and enjoy temperatures of up to 24 in May and October.
Spring: Enjoy warm weather and low rainfall between March and May when the temperatures range from around 17 to 24º. You can expect about 10 hours of sunshine in April, making it a great time to explore some of Mallorca’s most popular beaches without the summer crowds. Plan a trip during Semana Santa (Easter Week) and you’ll see colourful processions and street parties throughout the island.
Summer: Between June and August you can expect long sunny days, balmy nights, blue skies and warm waters. Summer temperatures range between 27 and 30º and you’ll see around 12 hours of sunshine per day. While the peak-season crowds flock to the large resorts, consider hiring a car to get off the beaten track and uncover some of the island’s secluded coves. Summer provides a packed programme of events including outdoor music festivals and Palma’s Copa del Rey, the Med’s biggest sailing regatta.
Autumn: September and October are perfect months for a laid-back beach escape. Temperatures can reach highs of 24º and the sea remains warm enough for swimming right until the end of the season. Autumn is a great time to explore the great outdoors on a walking or biking holiday. October is the rainiest season but the rainfall is typically concentrated in heavy showers rather than the persistent drizzle we’re used to in the UK. Palma’s Nit de l’Art event takes place every September and sees the city’s museums and galleries fling open their doors for free.
Winter: Mallorca is mild and bright between December and February and temperatures range from around 15 to 17º. Snow is common up in the mountains but it rarely settles on the ground. City breaks and walking holidays are popular in the winter months. From late January to early March you’ll see the island’s almond trees blossom making the valleys between Palma and Sóller look like they’re dusted with snow. Mallorca is said to have around four million almond trees which were reputedly planted by an Arab king for his Scandinavian love interest who missed the winter snowfall.