Warm and sunny through spring and summer and mild throughout the winter, the islands of Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera make up the popular holiday destination of the Balearic Archipelago in Spain. Thanks to high temperatures and coastal climate, it is a sun-seekers hotspot in the summer and an attractive winter sun destination.
Balearic Islands weather averages and climate information
When is the best time to visit the Balearic Islands?
If you are looking for guaranteed hot and dry weather, the best time to visit the Balearic Islands is in the summer when temperatures average between 26 - 31 °C and there is very little rainfall.
If you would rather the weather a little cooler and don’t mind occasional rainfall, then autumn and winter time stay pleasantly mild making a nice winter escape.
The Balearic Islands in spring stay mild with average temperatures ranging from 16 °C and steadily rising to 22 °C.
Rainfall is not too significant on any of the islands, though there is some variation, Majorca is generally the driest island in the early spring, while Ibiza tends to see the least rainfall in later spring.
All four islands recieve plenty of sunshine over the spring averaging between 8 - 10 hours per day.
Summers are hot and dry with temperatures peaking at an average of 26 °C in June to 31 °C in July and August. Majorca tends to be the warmest of the islands peaking at 31.5 °C in August.
The islands receive between 5 - 15 mm of rainfall, so holidaymakers would be unlucky to get caught in the rain. The daily amount of sunshine averages from 10 - 11 hours a day.
Autumn is ideal if you are seeking comfortably warm weather with an average temperature of 27 °C in September gradually falling to 19 °C in November.
Whilst autumn is the wettest time of year the rainfall totals tend to be relatively modest ranging from 47 mm in October (Ibiza) to 88 mm in November (Menorca)
There still plenty of sunshine to enjoy in the autumn months, though decreases steadily from 8 hours in September to a slightly duller 5 hours in November.
Winter visitors to the Balearic Islands can expect cool but far from cold temperatures with averages around 14 - 16 °C. The amount of rainfall decreases to 30 - 40 mm and the daily amount of sunshine steadily increased from 4 hours in December to 6 hours in February.
Ibiza is slightly warmer than the other islands throughout the winter generally recording temperatures around 1 °C warmer.
Balearic Islands tourist information
It is believed that Phoenicians took possession of the islands around the time they were first discovered. During the war on the Roman Empire, the Vandals under Genseric conquered the island at some point between 461 and 468. In late 533, troops of Belisarius re-established control of the islands for the Byzantine Empire.
The year 902 saw the islands being heavily used as a pirate base, because of their location in the Western Mediterranean Sea. This provoked the Emirate of Córdoba to invade and incorporate the islands into their state.
Ibiza is a consistently popular tourist destination frequently visited for its bustling nightlife host to some of the world's biggest nightclubs. The Teatro Pereyra is in complete opposition to this once acted as the foyer to a now abandoned theatre back in 1893.
The surrounding Mediterranean Sea to all the islands is a popular draw for those holidaying in the area. Turquoise waters and white sand beaches populate the coastline of the islands. Formentera has become known for its pristine white beaches with people soaking up the rays all day long. Cap de Formentor on Majorca's coast is populated with scenic cliffs and rock faces with endless ocean views.
Since the 1950s, Majorca has been a major tourist destination, with over 80% of the GDP coming from tourism alone. Much of the coast has been built up with resorts, cafes and restaurants to cater to the millions of tourists that the island attracts every year.
The island of Minorca hosts annual summer fiestas, including the Festes de Sant Joan in Ciutadella over three days at the end of June. Several traditions are carried out over the fiesta, including a firework finale.
A must visit if in the area is the Palma Cathedral, with the interior designed by Antoni Gaudí and contemporary artist Miquel Barceló. The exterior is an eye-catching façade of columns and towers, leading up to intricate spires.