Majorca – A Holiday Haven

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Best of the Holiday Haven of Majorca

Blessed with good temperatures for much of the year, Majorca has become a holiday haven for those in search of some sunshine therapy. Even if you’ve come for the mountains rather than the east-coast resorts, there’s usually a reliably Mediterranean climate waiting for you. However, it’s helpful to know the best times of year to visit, so try to get a brief overview of the weather in Majorca.

"majorca beach"

Photo by Duncan Rawlinson

Spring is usually a good time to come for a more active break, with pleasant temperatures and the days fairly dry on average. The island is also at its most floral at this time of year, when the fruit trees blossom and wild flowers fill the meadows. Night-time can still get cool until around May, so extra layers are advisable.

Though for many visitors, the soaring heat of the summertime is the biggest draw, you might want to avoid this period if you’re here to hike. Summers can be dry and hot with figures reaching up towards 40ºC in August and from June to September generally in between 26 and 30ºC. However, the coastal areas do benefit from welcome sea breezes and if you make like the locals and take a siesta, the summer months can be glorious.

Autumn is another sound choice for the energetic holiday-maker, when the temperatures slide but it’s still warm enough for a quick dip in the ocean. Watch out for unpredictable weather during October and November, as flash floods and hail storms can arrive without warning. Fortunately, most are short-lived and sunshine still dominates much of the daytime.

"Pollensa town in Majorca"

Photo by ellesmere FNC

December through to February is when Majorca is at its coldest, but still enjoys an enviable climate compared to much of northern Europe. With highs of around 14ºC in January and some nights dropping to zero, the higher altitudes can see snowfall, but the bright days and fewer showers make this time of year an attractive prospect for walkers.

A good south-Mediterranean location and hot currents coming in from North Africa make the Balearics a fairly safe bet, weather-wise. Whether you come for a leisurely stroll through inland Pollensa or to scale the heights of the Sierra de Tramuntana, the climate generally shows this stunningly varied island to its full advantage for much of the year.

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