Menorca's high temperatures and coastal climate make it a sun seekers’ hotspot in the summer and an attractive winter sun destination.
Menorca weather averages and climate
Menorca is a popular tourist destination and part of the group of Balearic Islands.
When is the best time to go to Menorca?
Menorca offers consistent weather during the four seasons with the changes in seasonal weather clearly defining the different times of the year. Sun seekers will, of course, enjoy the hot summer in Menorca and benefit from the long days of sunlight and a comfortable level of heat.
However, the island sees nearly a million visitors over the summer months, so those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the sights and sounds of Menorca and its heritage might enjoy a late spring or early autumn break
Menorca’s Spring is warm with average daily temperatures of around 16°C in March, steadily rising to 22°C by the time May arrives. The spring in Menorca is relatively dry, although April’s rainfall is typically higher than other times during this season. Sunshine is among one of the popular reasons why tourists visit this island and the spring offers a gradual introduction into the summer with between 7 and 9 hours a day of sunlight.
Summer in Menorca begins with the popular Sant Joan festival in June, which attracts visitors from across Spain. The weather in June is hot, although temperatures peak at an average of nearly 30°C in August. Most visitors to the island would be unlucky to be caught in the rain with the summer months typically being the driest, as well as the hottest, of the year. Sunshine peaks in July with 11 hours per day, on average; the entire summer season offers long days and relatively low humidity.
The distinction between summer and autumn is clearly seen in the rainfall in Menorca with typical rainfall increasing more than threefold from an average of 18mm in August to 70mm in September. The rain continues to define the autumn months with 104mm of showers by November. The days rapidly become shorter across the autumn period, although temperatures on the island fall less rapidly (26°C in September, cooling to 18°C by November) as the cooler weather draws in between September and November.
The winter on the island of Menorca offers a generally consistent, mild climate for those visiting the island between December and February. Average daily temperatures hover around 14°C and 15°C across the period and, similarly, rainfall ranges from a seasonal high of 54mm in December to a low of 45mm in January. Sunlight hours on the island are largely consistent, also; visitors can expect around 5 hours of sunlight each day. Menorca occasionally experiences some snowfall during the winter months
Menorca tourist information
As well as being a perpetually popular tourist destination, Menorca is also famed for its dairy farming and cheese making while other significant industries include leather making, shoe making, and distilling gin.
Menorca covers an area of 702 square kilometres and has over 200 kilometres of coastline. The distance between the two furthest points - the towns of Mao and Ciutadella - is 47 kilometres, making Menorca the second largest Balearic Island.
Festivals in Menorca run all the way through the year. Horses play a major part in them, particularly in the Sant Joan which is held in June - this colourful event attracts people from all over Spain. Another significant event is Día de la Hispanidad which occurs on 12th October. The day is a national holiday to mark Christopher Columbus discovering the New World in 1492 and sees soldiers taking part in a military parade.
If you are visiting Menorca as a family then spending a day at the zoo is a must. You have the chance to get up close to animals like tree-dwelling monkeys, kangaroos and emus. Many of the animals are free to roam around the park. Take a trip to the Cathedral and admire the architecture or learn all about Menorca's history at the Museum of Menorca.
Average maximum temperatures remain above 22 °C from May through to October peaking in August with an average daily maximum temperature of 30 °C.