MALLORCA – WHEN TO VISIT
Are you planning of going to Mallorca in Spain, and you want to know when is the best and the worst time to visit? You’ve come to the right place!
Mallorca is a bucket-list location for many travelers, and it is not hard to see why!
In this Guide, I have outlined everything you need to know to plan the perfect trip to Mallorca. Knowing when to book your trip to Mallorca makes sure you get the best weather for your trip. Also, it can help you save money and avoid the crowds!
So, read on to find out when to visit Mallorca to truly enjoy it!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Obviously, when you think about when to visit Mallorca you probably wish for blue skies and a blazing sun. Indeed, the Mediterranean island is a paradise in summer. These conditions are perfect for every activity on the island. From exploring Palma, to hiking in the Tramuntana Mountains, to sunbathing or swimming in a ‘cala’, summer weather is ideal.
However, few travelers know that Mallorca really can be a year-round destination. This is especially true if you want to visit the towns and villages such as Deia or Valldemossa. Clearly, you’ll need to pack a few more layers if you go during winter. In January, the temperature drops to an average of 7C. However, this is still milder than many European destinations.
Furthermore, it’s important not to book a trip to Mallorca during the high season. For, from about June to August, crowds of tourists descend on the island. Therefore, during this time places are booked or more expensive than usual, car rental is difficult, and you’ll need to fight for space most places you go. So, there is a sweet spot to be found in terms of when to book your visit.
Fortunately, Voyage Provocateur is here to tell you when is the perfect time to visit Mallorca!
Mallorca is a bucket-list location for many travelers, and it is not hard to see why. Firstly, I’m sure you’ll have seen pictures of the ‘calas’ or coves found on the southeast coast. These offer secluded, pristine beaches (check Guide to the Top 10 Prettiest Beaches in Mallorca) for sunbathing and turquoise slices of the Mediterranean for swimming – paradise! However, the island also offers the chance for a chic, low-key city break in Palma. Otherwise, there are the unbelievably magical towns of Deia and Valdemossa on the northwest coast. Or, choose from any number of charming villages in the rugged Tramuntana Mountains, or fishing villages along the spectacular east coast. Mostly, you’ll want fine weather for all these destinations and activities. However, picking the right season & month can help you dodge the crowds and avoid weather that is uncomfortably hot.
Read on to find out when to visit Mallorca not only to beat the crowds but also to get the best prices!
WHEN TO VISIT MALLORCA – SEASONS
Given that Mallorca is in the Mediterranean, it has hot summers and mild winters. Therefore, you can expect highs of around 30C during August. During January, average temperatures fall to about 10C! Normally, there’s about 20mm of rainfall per month during the winter. Across the month of August, you can expect to see only about 6mm of rainfall.
Another important thing to consider when thinking about a trip to Mallorca are the crowds. Unfortunately, lots of visitors come because of the island’s popularity. Therefore, this can have serious knock-on effects on hotel prices and availability, car rentals, and the ease and comfort of getting to some sights. So, it might be worth avoiding a visit in July or August if you want to miss these problems. Obviously, the island is much quieter during the winter. However, many hotels, restaurants, and shops close at this time of year due to the lack of visitors.
Therefore, as you’ll see below, an early autumn or late spring visit to Mallorca is a great idea.
Read on to find out when exactly is the best and the worst time to visit Mallorca!
WHEN TO VISIT MALLORCA – MONTH-BY-MONTH GUIDE
SPRING – MARCH, APRIL & MAY
Late spring might just be the perfect time to visit Mallorca. The average temperature will then be in about the mid-20s. Furthermore, hotels and other local businesses will just have reopened after the winter for a new season. However, they won’t yet have hiked their prices for the summer rush. Finally, there should not be much rainfall, and the milder temperature makes it comfortable to spend all day outside. Even the sea should be comfortable to swim in, with temperatures approaching 20C at this time. Finally, practical issues such as travel and car hire will be much easier to organize in the spring as everything is slightly less busy.
I would recommend aiming for the last two weeks of May!
SUMMER – JUNE, JULY & AUGUST
Summer may seem like the obvious time to visit Mallorca. However, the relatively small island quickly fills up with visitors. Therefore, you’ll see big increases in costs during this period. Also, the summer crowds can make trips to places like Palma or Deia less pleasant and relaxing than they should be. Finally, renting a car is a must if you want to travel around Mallorca. Unfortunately, it can be difficult and expensive to do this during the summer. Finally, while you get the best weather at this time, it may be too hot to spend too much time outdoors.
When to visit? I would recommend aiming for the first two weeks of June and avoiding at any costs July and August!
AUTUMN – SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER & NOVEMBER
Early autumn is another unexpectedly great time to visit Mallorca. The good weather and balmy temperatures last well into September and sometimes even into early October. Furthermore, prices drop after the end of the high summer season. Obviously, as you get into late October and November, temperatures drop and businesses start to close for the winter.
However, a trip in mid-September is a brilliant way to beat the crowds and still enjoy the best of what the island has to offer.
WINTER – DECEMBER, JANUARY & FEBRUARY
Traveling to Mallorca during the winter is possible. Additionally, it is the cheapest time for a visit. However, many of the resorts and restaurants close for these months meaning you’ll miss out on some great opportunities. Also, while temperatures don’t get freezing, you’ll probably encounter bad weather and rain at this time of year. That said, the almond trees blossom in late February, filling many parts of Mallorca with beautiful, pink flowers. Also, the cooler temperatures at this time of year might make it perfect for more active visitors seeking to hike or cycle through the mountains.
That said, I would not recommend visiting Mallorca at this time of the year if you haven’t been there before.
FINAL TIPS – WHEN TO VISIT MALLORCA
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MALLORCA
For the best of the weather, with the fewest crowds, our top tip would be to visit Mallorca from May until mid-June, or in mid-September. Outside of these times, prices get more expensive during summer, or businesses shut and the weather worsens during winter. Therefore, late spring or early autumn is the time to go!
THE WORST TIME TO VISIT MALLORCA
I strongly advise you to avoid visiting Mallorca in July and August. Otherwise, you have to deal with higher costs and busier sights. Also, while a winter visit is possible, your stay might suffer from rain, lower temperatures, and shuttered businesses.
THE CHEAPEST PERIOD
THE MOST EXPENSIVE PERIOD
July & August