The beautiful Mallorca (often spelled Majorca), is the largest of Spain‘s Balearic Islands with a classic Mediterranean climate. Experience the Mediterranean spirit through the island’s lifestyle and traditional cuisine.
Mallorca is known for its sandy long beaches in the east in the Bay of Palma and the Bay of Alcudia, where coves of clear turquoise water can be seen, while in the west, the land can be pretty rough and rocky.
From its dynamic nightlife and stunning beaches to its different seasons with hot summers and cool winters, Mallorca is an all-year-round destination for all kinds of activities.
Read on to find out the best time to come to Mallorca – and the best things to do on your trip!
Table of Contents
- 1. Spring (March-May)
- 2. Summer (June-September)
- 3. Autumn (September-November)
- 3. Winter (October-February)
- Getting Around Mallorca
- Clothing Packing Tips
- Helpful Phrases for Communication
- The Bottom Line
1. Spring (March-May)
According to many local people, the spring season is the most ideal time to visit the charming city of Mallorca. The days are long and the weather is comfortably warm. Its scenery is teeming with bright vivid colors that are ever-perfect for an outdoor picnic or a captivating picture.
It’s considered the shoulder season (between the peak and off seasons) where streets are a lot quieter, with fewer people compared to the packed summer crowds.
What’s the weather like?
In March, experience refreshing breezes and get a glimpse of the lovely flowers in full bloom. The temperature averages around 17-24 degrees Celsius, but can still be the perfect time to have long beach walks, soak in the sunshine, and lie under the clear blue skies.
Best Activities to Do
- Enjoy the great outdoors and have an early or late afternoon hike by heading into the two mountain ranges: the vast Serra de Tramuntana and Serres de Llevant. The Serra de Tramuntana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site suitable for keen hikers for steep or comfortable walks.
- Take a long stroll at the tranquil beaches of the Bay of Palma and Bay of Alcudia, and find the perfect spot to chill. At these long sandy beaches, enjoy the splash of water through water activities including kitesurfing, sailing, kayaking, jet-skiing, and many more.
- For thrill-seekers out there, if you want to experience the spectacular coastline on a whole other level, cliff-jumping and or abseiling is the best way to go.
- The city is great for cycling since it has many cycling routes that pass by awe-inspiring landscapes on the island. For the best weather and clear roads for cycling, come between February and May.
- Explore the quiet city while you can and discover secret beaches and hidden gems in the city.
- Have a feast at each town that has superb restaurants that serve fresh and tasty seafood including prawns, paella, and mussels.
- We recommend going to the historic city of Palma, which has many ancient buildings with amazing scenery of the seas. Visit some of the famous attractions including the Cathedral, the Bellver Castle, and stores and boutiques for an endless shopping spree.
- Head over to the bunkers at El Toro, which used to be a military base, and check out historical houses, caves, and tunnels. If you’re keen on history, this place has a wondrous atmosphere with stunning views of the sea and coastline.
- For quality souvenirs, visit a local Mallorcan market and shop from a range of clothes and handmade items that are not like the usual run-of-the-mill products.
- Cuevas del Drach, the dragon cave in Porto Cristo, is famous for its underground lake with clear waters, as well as beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
Mallorca is filled with many celebrations during the spring season including holidays, music festivals, sports events, local fairs, and cinema celebrations. Here are a few that take place during this season for a chance to have a fun-filled experience:
- Carnival and Firo del Fang Fiesta Portól are some of their must-visit events in the spring season.
- The most famous and important celebration in spring is the Semana Santa, otherwise known as the Holy Week or Easter Week. During this celebration, you’ll be greeted with colorful religious processions, church services, and street parties in every town.
- Another similar celebration is Balearic Day, which is celebrated by having processions and parties with people wearing fabulous traditional costumes.
- For a fiery festival, check out the Festival de Sant Joan with the ‘Correfoc’, which involves bright bonfires and beautiful fireworks.
- You wouldn’t want to miss the huge music festival called the Mallorca Live Festival which showcases famous musicians every year.
- If you’re into sports, the Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR and Palma Vela Regatta are some events to watch out for.
2. Summer (June-September)
Summer isn’t the most ideal time to come since it’s peak season – which means the city is crowded with tourists flocking to the city. Expect the hotels, resorts, and activity places to be fully booked, so book in advance to reserve a spot.
In the summer season, 99% of the establishments are open for business since it is the busiest time of the year. Stores usually open from 9:30 am-8:00 pm from Monday-Saturday only.
However, it’s worth mentioning that most stores have siesta time – in other words, a nap time – around 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. People usually take a break in these hours because of the heat that can be too exhausting to bear.
What’s the weather like?
After the blossoming spring comes the scorching summer season between June and September. Temperatures can be as high as 35 degrees Celsius – with 10 hours of sunshine a day.
Best Activities to Do
For beachgoers and sunbathers, summer is the best time to get a tan and relax at the sandy beaches and warm waters without being too chilly. Here are some of the best things to do and the best places to visit in these hot months:
- The very reason why tourists come to this historic place is to stay cool at the beach and engage in exhilarating water activities, including snorkeling and diving. Plus, it’s the best time to enjoy the beach without worrying about the cool weather.
- The beach isn’t for everyone, but if you enjoy nature, visit water and animal parks or go for a hike in the mountains for some fresh air.
- Discover famous dragon caves in Porto Cristo and have a walk through history.
- Partygoers can have a night of a lifetime at beach clubs and annual music festivals happening on the island.
- In September, wine lovers can enjoy a glass of local wine at the grape harvest that happens every year for nine days at Festa del Vermar, which is among the most traditional fiestas in Spain.
- For a fun, family-friendly activity, book a speedboat trip and catch the rays of the sun and the breeze of the air along the stunning bays, and feel the need for speed running through your veins as you go along the coastline.
- Enjoy a boat party in the afternoon until midnight with onboard DJs, unlimited booze, and amazing people.
- Traveling in the summer can be sweaty and exhausting, so rent a Segway for a fun and comfortable way of traveling. It’s easy to manipulate and could go into the narrowest street.
- Jeep safaris are a thing as well, and you’ll see plenty of those across the island.
- Of course, let’s not forget about good Spanish food and desserts. Join a tapas tour and try the best local food the island has to offer including a dish of paella or Spanish tortilla.
- As you walk along the seaside, you can visit several ice cream parlors selling gelatos and sorbets.
There are countless events to choose from in the summer, making it difficult to know where to even begin. The summer season is jam-packed with major events. Embrace the culture of Mallorca and join plenty of festivals and holidays to enjoy, including:
- Med’s biggest sailing regatta
- The Nit de Foc, also known as Night of Fire, is a major party in Palma celebrated at the end of June on the night of Sant Joan. On this day, bonfires are lit, and “devils” run through the city and light firecrackers or fireworks. You’ll be partying to good music in every street of the city, from 10:00 pm onwards.
- On July 11th, the Seafood Festival in Porto Cristo is most enjoyed with families and friends for authentic food, fresh seafood, and excellent local wine.
- For a week’s celebration, Copa del Rey is held in Palma from July 30th-August 6th and is perfect for avid boat enthusiasts – as it feeds your satisfaction with several yachts of different shapes and sizes.
- Also in July, you won’t want to miss the La Patrona Festival, Carmen Festival, and Passejada dies Bou I Carro Triunfal.
- From August-September, don’t miss out on Electro Sant Agusti, La Beata Festival, and Festival of the Grape.
3. Autumn (September-November)
Most elderly people and families enjoy the autumn season since the peak season, hot weather and crowded places have left the island. Keep reading to find out more about this picturesque time!
What’s the weather like?
The weather in Autumn is a relaxing 20-degree Celsius, which can get colder at the end of November. In the evening, the temperature is a lot cooler, at about 12 degrees Celsius – and can go as low as 8 degrees Celsius in November. The weather is just right and can still allow you to go for a swim since the water is warm – but you can expect more storms in September.
Best Activities to Do
- Take advantage of peaceful long beach walks since they are completely empty during this time.
- Go sailing and spend a day at the sea – and sunbathe on the deck.
- Hikers can now walk up the hills for longer walks without worrying about the heat or getting a heat stroke.
- Autumn is Mallorca’s harvest season, and it’s the best time to try some of their oranges. The valley is filled with oranges, and you can get a glimpse of farmers collecting them.
- If you like shopping for luxury items, visit the top shopping centers in Palma including Fan Mallorca and Porto Pí.
- Other activities great for families are horseback riding, dolphin watching, and of course, eating out.
Though it’s after peak season, there are still many traditional festivals and events on the island.
Palma’s Marathon is an international tennis event that happens in mid-October.
If you’re into music, the Port de Soller’s Classic Music Festival might catch your interest.
For all the sweet tooths out there, the Fira Dolça is the sweetest fair you’ll ever visit in Mallorca.
For art enthusiasts, take advantage of the Nit de l’Art. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see art from private art galleries that open to the public for one time only.
3. Winter (October-February)
Winter in Mallorca is the season of rainfall, clouded snowy mountains, and closed shops. As a result, most prices drop, making room for a little more cash savings. However, take note that stores usually open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm from Monday to Friday, and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays.
Since there are fewer tourists in winter, expect to find only a handful of hotels open (around only 500) so plan your trip in advance.
What’s the weather like?
By wintertime, the summertime crowd has already left – so brace yourselves for cooler weather averaging between 12-17 degrees Celsius, and 6 hours of sunshine.
Best Activities to Do
The quiet city of Palma in the winter months offers several things to do including cultural events, live music, and tapas tours. Whether you need activities on land, in the water, or air, there’s always an activity that will spark your interest.
- From February-March, be captivated by the blossoming almond trees on the island.
- The Winter season calls for a splendid Christmas shopping spree. Luckily, the advent season in Palma is excellent for Christmas shopping for the best deals and bargains.
- If you like sailing in winter, it’s still possible with the right winter gear, including windbreakers and jackets. The weather is tolerable as long as you’re dressed properly, and you can appreciate a quieter environment on the sea since fewer boats are sailing during this time.
- For prayers and offerings, you can participate in the ecumenical service at the Cathedral or Cathedral La Seu on December 24th, Christmas eve.
- Have a NewYear’s celebration at any restaurant in Palma and celebrate with traditional grapes and sparkly fireworks.
- Nothing beats ending the day with golden sunsets on different parts of the island. From November-March, catch a beautiful sunset at Palma Beach, Es Portixol, and Es Trenc Arenal d´en Tem. From December-February, go to Punta Negra, Cala Oli, and Es Malgrats.
- A trip won’t be complete without trying Mallorcan cuisine in a typical Spanish atmosphere. Head over to Palma’s old town La Boveda, where you can try great food from the best tapas restaurants.
- Alternatively, you can find culinary delights in the Christmas markets in Puerto Portals.
Todos de los Santos, or All Saint’s Day, is widely celebrated in Mallorca and around the world. On this day, people bring freshly picked flowers and lighted candles to the graves of their loved ones. it’s also a special day for the children where they are given necklaces made from candies. This day is considered a holiday, so all stores are usually closed.
If you like cheese, sausage, and wine, then Dijous Bo is a festival you shouldn’t pass. Dijous Bo means Fat Thursday – and the best place to buy local products and devour good food is Inca.
Other events for foodies to visit are Fira de S´Oliva, Fira de Sa Miel, and Fira d`esclata sang.
There are many sports-related holidays as well, including boxing day on December 26th and the 29th.
Check out the Mallorca Tour, a professional cycling competition that takes place on January 30th.
Lastly, one of the biggest celebrations in Palma in winter is the Fiesta San Sebastian where live music and exhibitions are a must-visit. People are usually dressed up as devils or dragons and just dance the night away.
Getting Around Mallorca
It’s easy to get around Mallorca with its convenient and well-developed public transportation. You can either take the bus, Metro service, or the 3 train lines in Palma.
If you’re coming from the airport, the first stop is Palma’s Intermodal Station, where you can take a train or bus to head to Inca, Pobla, and Manacor.
While the public transportation system is great, there are many other ways to get around:
1. Rent a bicycle.
You can easily rent a bike and travel all over the city with ease. It’s the most relaxing way to do some sightseeing on the island while riding.
2. Take a taxi.
If you prefer riding a car, then taking a taxi is the next convenient way to travel around the city. You can easily take a taxi from several taxi operators to get you from one place to another.
You can also book or call for a taxi – but make sure to negotiate the price with them before heading out.
3. Rent a car.
Renting a car is not necessary unless you just want to drive like a local. You can choose to rent one if you’re staying in more remote areas where public transportation is scarce.
Book online in advance to get the best deals, or book directly from the airport car companies.
Clothing Packing Tips
In all seasons, the weather is usually warm during the day and cool at night. Of course in winter, it’ll be a lot cooler than in other seasons. Thus, it’s always a good idea to pack warm clothing to endure the cold winter.
Some weather factors, including wind, rain, and humidity, will highly affect your wardrobe as well. Although weather forecasts may tell you about the weather, it’s not always accurate and reliable. The rain or wind can be unpredictable, so it’s best to pack an umbrella or a wind-resistant jacket.
Additionally, your clothing will also depend on the activities and location as well.
Helpful Phrases for Communication
- Hello: Hola /O-la/
- Welcome: Bienvenido /Bee-en-ven-EE-doh/
- Good morning: Buenos días /BWAY-nos DEE-as/
- Good evening: Buenas tardes /BWAY-nas TAR-des/
- How are you?: Cómo estás? /KOH-moh eh-STAHS/
- I’m fine, thanks: Estoy bien Gracias! /eh-STOY bee-en GRA-see-as/
- And you?: Y tú? /ee too/
- Thank you: Gracias /GRA-see-as/
- You’re welcome: De nada /de NA-da/
- To apologize for a mistake/Sorry: Lo siento /lo see-EN-to/
- Please: Por favor /por FAH-vor/
- Excuse me (asking someone to move): Perdone /per-DON-ay/
The Bottom Line
Our verdict? The best time to visit Mallorca is in the spring since prices are low and the places are not as crowded in comparison to the summer.
If you decide to visit Mallorca, remember these tips and tricks:
- Make sure to bring Euros, since this is the currency used on the island.
- Tipping in Mallorca for taxis, restaurants, and other services is normally 10%, but if you think the service is good you can make it higher.
- For Spanish SIM cards, you can get one from Vodafone, Orange, Yoigo, and Movistar.
- If you check into luxury hotels, bellhops and housekeeping are usually tipped about €20 in a week or €2 to €3 per bag carried.
- If you were to bring electronic items or chargers, keep in mind that Mallorca uses a 230V/50Hz system and uses a two-pin socket – so if you have a plug needing 220-240V, make sure to bring the right adapter.
- Don’t forget to check with your accommodations to make sure they have necessary amenities, including a heater for the cold weather or an air conditioner to keep you cool in the hot summer.
Enjoy your trip to this beautiful and scenic place!