Weather Averages for Majorca in August
Averages for Majorca in August
August is one of the most popular and hottest times of the year to visit Majorca, Balearic Islands, when the temperatures are scorching and sunshine is a sure thing. During this month, the average temperature starts off at 25°C at the beginning of August and very slowly drops until it reaches 23-24°C by the end of the month, making it a great time to hit the beach during your holiday.
At this time of the year, the daily highs vary very rarely and usually stick around the 30°C mark, dropping below 26°C or exceeding 34°C only one day out of every ten. Equally, the daily lows for August change very little, staying around 19°C and dropping below 15°C or rising above 22°C only one day in ten.
Throughout August, the daily high temperatures gradually fall, which means that the coldest days of the month tend to be positioned at the end – 29th to 31st – with the warmest days being found toward the start – 1st to 3rd. The hottest temperature ever recorded in August in Majorca is a scorching 41°C, with the coldest temperature ever recorded being a cool 11°C. When you compare these temperatures to the average for the month – 25°C – it’s clear to see that they are the extremes and certainly not the norm.
Thanks to the almost non-existent rainfall – Majorca receives only 16mm of rainfall divided between four days in August – you won’t need to pack your umbrella for your holiday. If you are unlucky enough to experience some type of precipitation during your visit, it’s most likely to be thunderstorms, followed by moderate rain, drizzle and light rain. As you’d expect, heavy rain and snow are exceptionally unlikely at this time of year, so you can leave your warm and water-proof clothing at home.
The chance of rain steadily increases as the month progresses, beginning at 12% on August 1st, before rising to 15% by August 11, 18% on August 21st and 21% on August 31st. You’re most likely to experience thunderstorms, drizzle and light rain on August 31st and moderate rain on August 29th, so play it safe and book your holiday for the first couple of weeks of the month. In a similar fashion, the cloud coverage also increases as the month goes on, starting at 23% on August 1st and ending at 29% on August 31st. In comparison to the rest of the year, August is a very clear month, so you can still expect plenty of clear skies and sun bathing opportunities. In 2013, the longest clear spell of the year took place between August 28th and September 12th – that’s 16 consecutive days that were clearer than they were cloudy.
At 26°C, August enjoys the highest average sea temperature of the year, so take full advantage and enjoy as many dips in the ocean as you can during your holiday. Due to the high humidity which ranges from 47% to 94% throughout the month, you’ll need a refreshing swim or two. Decreasing from the previous month, August experiences an average of 12 hours of sunshine each day, providing you with plenty of opportunities to work on your tan.
Dates for the diary
Fiesta Sant Salvador takes place on the first week of August – sometime around August 1st until August 8th in 2014 – and provides something for everyone to enjoy. Brimming with triathlons, fashion shows, musical concerts, all types of races, parades and parties, this festival in honour of Sant Salvador is the one-stop-shop of festivals and is great fun for visitors of all ages.
On August 2nd, a mock battle is held between Moors and Christians in Pollensa. This fascinating re-enactment is suitable for the whole family to enjoy and is a great opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of Majorca. The battle is between Pollensa’s local hero Joan Mas and the Moor pirate invaders, led by Dragut Rais. All the participants are dressed in authentic costumes and really get in the mood, creating a very lifelike battle.
This battle forms part of the La Patrona Festival which is held at the beginning of August every year. Jam packed with activities and events, this festival is one of the most popular in Majorca and incorporates musical concerts, children’s entertainment, sporting exhibitions, demonstrations, various markets and all-night parties.
Music lovers won’t want to miss the Amazing Sunday Ibiza Meets Majorca event held at Nikki Beach each year. In 2014, the event will take place on August 3rd and is an incredible opportunity to experience all that the hedonistic Ibiza scene stands for without leaving Majorca. On this day, locals and tourists alike flock to the popular beach club to listen to the resident and guest DJs from Ibiza spin the decks and raise the roof as they dance well into the early hours.
If you want to experience an authentic Majorcan festival, head on over to Alcudia for the Can Picafort Correfoc. One of the liveliest, most dangerous and exciting festivals of the island, Can Picafort Correfoc takes place around the first Sunday of the month – August 3rd in 2014 – and incorporates a procession of locals dressed as devils and demons. These scary creatures let off a plethora of fireworks and breathe flames until they arrive in the town centre for a grand finale-style firework display and traditional dancing. Protective clothing – i.e. long sleeves and a hood or hat – is essential and taking children along is certainly not recommended.
August 15th marks the Feast of the Assumption – a public holiday in Majorca. The locals consider this festival to be of huge importance and celebrate with parades, carnivals, traditional dancing and music concerts which take place all over the island. Just like the battle re-enactment, the Feast of the Assumption is a great chance to mix with the locals and learn more about their culture. Don’t forget – since this event is a public holiday, almost all banks, shops, supermarkets and services will be closed all day.
On August 28th, the Sant Agusti Fiesta is held in Felanitx, when local children dress up as horses and are chased by other children to the sound of bagpipes, flutes and drums. Although it sounds unusual, this fiesta is fantastic to watch and is always a hit with little ones.
Things to do
If you’re holidaying with children, a visit to Katmandu Park in Magaluf is an absolute must. This interactive theme park is divided into themed sections, each one offering a different experience. Here you can have a go at crazy golf, explore an abandoned mental hospital, play a laser shooting game, test yourself against some optical illusions and go on a 4D ride. There is a great choice of restaurants and snack bars throughout the park, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to lunch.
The Caves of Arta situated in Arta is another popular attraction in Majorca and is a great place to visit, whatever the weather. You can choose to explore the caves at your own pace or join a tour led by a qualified guide who will tell you all about the caves and answer any questions you may have. Photography is unrestricted, so you can take as many pictures of the stone stairs, columns and bizarre formations as you wish.
Hit the beach
The beach at Cala Millor is a great place to spend the day. Regarded as one of the best beaches on the east coast of Majorca, this bay stretches on for 1.5km and is lined by a promenade filled with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Facilities here include sun beds, parasols, pedaloes, toilets and lifeguards. Boat trips are also available from several jetties along the beach.
Cala San Vicente also offers a small sandy bay popular with families with small children. Here you’ll find soft white sand and gentle clear waters, creating the ideal conditions for swimming and snorkeling. Due to its small size, facilities are limited to sun loungers, parasols and pedalo hire.
Where to eat & drink
Ca’n BoQueta is one of the most popular restaurants in Soller. Many people travel to this eatery to try the affordable five-course tasting menu, made up of a selection of the restaurant’s best dishes. Ca’n BoQueta can get very busy during the summer months, so it’s highly recommended that you book a table at least one week in advance to avoid disappointment.
Como En Casa in Alcudia is one of the best places to go for local Majorcan cuisine. Here you’ll find a large menu packed with Mediterranean comfort food, such as meat- and fish-based dishes, pizzas and tapas. There is also a fantastic selection of local wines available to accompany each dish.
Chaplin’s Bar situated in the middle of the Magaluf strip is a fantastic bar to visit if you’re looking for a lively atmosphere. Open from 10pm until 6am, this bar is known for its party games held before midnight and top dance, party, RnB and old skool tunes played by the resident DJs from midnight until closing.
If you want something a bit more chilled out, visit El Garito Café in Palma. Here you can listen to fusion Jazz, pure Jazz and the latest electronic music in the early evening, when the bar has a chill-out atmosphere. As the night moves on, the dance tunes become more frequent, enticing people to the dance floor until closing time at 4am.
Where to stay
Hipotels Aparthotel Cala Millor Park is one of the best four-star hotels in Cala Millor. Just a short walk away from the beach, this hotel features many amenities and services, including an all-inclusive option, restaurant, bars, solarium, swimming pools, free WiFi, spa, sports facilities and entertainment.
When it comes to holiday accommodation in Majorca, it doesn’t get much better than the Hoposa Daina Hotel in Puerto de Pollensa. There are many facilities for guests to enjoy, including restaurant, lounge bar, swimming pool, free WiFi, 24-hour reception, car rental, excursion booking, fitness room and cycling facilities.
Families and couples looking for accommodation during their holiday in Majorca should consider staying at the Maristel Hotel in Estellenchs. Here you’ll find a great selection of rooms to choose from as well as many amenities, such as spa, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor water beds and WiFi. There are plenty of outdoor activities available in the area, including hiking and cycling.
Holiday Park Apartments in Santa Ponsa is another popular choice when it comes to accommodation in Majorca. This self-catering hotel is ideally-located, just a short distance away from the beach and many shops, bars and restaurants. There is a handful of facilities available, such as swimming pools, pool bar and sun deck.
Playa del Moro is one of the most popular hotels in Cala Millor. Overlooking the beach, this hotel offers a number of standard rooms and junior suites and well as a vast array of facilities, such as swimming pool, sun terrace, buffet restaurant, bicycle hire, evening entertainment and health and beauty treatments.