High temperatures and sandy beaches have made Majorca a popular tourist destination, with millions of visitors enjoying island life every year.
Along with its fellow Balearics, Majorca prospers on the European stage from its tourism industry, attracting holidaymakers to its warm and pleasant climate and offering many tourist attractions.
Majorca weather averages and climate
When is the best time to go to Majorca?
Sunseekers will find refuge in the warm climate of Majorca throughout the year, although those who want to take advantage of the bustling nightlife, multiple beaches and incredible natural features of the island will find the best weather in Majorca during the summer months – the low humidity through this period also makes for a comfortable period of sunshine and relaxation.
For those wanting a quieter break in cooler climes, spring and autumn are pleasantly cool, giving visitors a chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful island.
The spring in Majorca provides a mild climate, with holidaymakers able to comfortably tour the island. Whilst there is plenty of sunshine during the day, evenings can get quite cool so wrap up warm to avoid the chill.
From March to May Majorca sees moderate rainfall (Majorca rainfall is around 29 mm in April and May) although the amount of rain tails off towards the end of May as summer arrives.
Majorca’s popularity comes from its high average temperatures and near-zero rainfall in the summer. The tourist population swells to nearly 1.5 million throughout the busy, summer months. With over 80 beaches, it’s not hard for visitors to bask in the sun, with temperatures reaching as high as 29 °C.
The hot days stay comfortable however, as the island benefits from low humidity and a gentle coastal breeze.
Days are long between June and August, with sunshine averages of around 10 or 11 hours each day. Majorca’s rainfall is very low in the summer, so visitors would be unlucky to get caught in the rain – particularly in July, where average rainfall is around 5 mm.
As the summer closes, the island starts to prepare for its traditionally quiet winter. Autumn temperatures still average in the high 20s during September, dropping to around 18 °C by November.
Sunshine hours are shorter dropping to around five or six hours per day, but still giving plenty of time for cyclists to enjoy the island’s many and varied trails. Visitors can almost certainly expect rainfall during the autumn months as average rainfall rapidly rises from summer lows of 5 mm to November’s high of 73 mm.
Winter visitors to Majorca will spend slightly less time under cover as rainfall reduces to between 30 mm and 40 mm, with those seeking an escape from the colder northern European climate enjoying temperatures of around 15 - 16°C.
Majorca tourist information
Under Roman rule, the island flourished as a producer of olives and grapes thanks to its suitable climate; between then and the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 its territory had occasionally been contested by invading forces from the Moors to the Republicans. As package holidays abroad became popular and more affordable in the 1950s, the island began to receive a great deal of tourists, boosting local economy and leading to much redevelopment of the island which served as a base during the Civil War.
Being an island Majorca shares no land borders - although its fellow Balearics are all close by; Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera make up this archipelago of Spain; each with similar climates and tourist attractions, but being the largest island does lend Majorca its own cultural benefits and the biggest piece of the holidaymaking action. Majorca's capital Palma is on the south coast, and with nearly half a million inhabitants it is the place to visit for a more vibrant cultural fix.
Running alongside the western coast of Majorca is the Serra de Tramuntana; a mountain range which in 2011 was awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO due to its natural and physical significance in the modern world and the call for its ongoing protection against development on the rest of the island. Its beautiful peaks and scenery make the region absolutely worth a visit.
Elsewhere on the island, Majorca boasts a great deal of options for the traveller who wants to see the sights during the daytime and dance the night away. For a glimpse of the new alongside the old, no trip would be complete without a walk around the Old City in Palma, where visitors can see jaunty architectural styles set out among the more typically Majorcan designs.
Sports fans in Palma will also want to take in a game at Real Mallorca; the Iberostar Stadium holds 23,000 fans and can be found in the Can Valero industrial part of Palma.