Weather Averages for Majorca in January
Averages for Majorca in January
Majorca – the largest of the Balearic Islands – is located in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the east coast of Spain. The island enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild but stormy winters from November to April and pleasantly warm summers from May to October. During the winter months, there is an average of three hours of sunshine each day and the sea temperature is around 7°C, but come summer, the hours of sunshine increases to seven and the sea temperature goes up to 11°C. Most of the rainfall happens in October, although there are small showers throughout the year.
There are two mountainous regions in Majorca, occupying the north-western and eastern thirds of the island, with the highest peak being the Puig Major in Serra de Tramuntana. With the exception of this part and the northern coast which is very rugged and features many cliffs, the rest of the island is mostly flat. Majorca boasts many beautiful white sand beaches, which attract tourists from all over Europe. There is also a great number of holiday resorts peppered throughout the island, as well as traditional Majorcan villages where many locals live.
January is one of the coldest months to visit Majorca, Balearic Islands, when the average temperature is just 10°C. During this time of year, highs of up to 15°C are common, falling down to lows of 5°C after dark. On average, January experiences 11 rainy days, five foggy days and just two hours of sunshine each day. The sea temperature is very chilly at 6°C, making it too cold to take a dip in the ocean.
Dates for the diary
Majorca’s main Christmas festivities take place in January, with the Three Kings celebrations. On the evening of the 5th, the three wise men travel throughout the island handing out sweets and gifts to little children. The island’s capital, Palma, hosts the biggest celebrations in the city’s plaza where everyone crowds around 7pm to catch a glimpse of the kings.
The patron saint of farm animals, Sant Antoni, is also celebrated in January, with the biggest and best activities taking place at Sa Pobla. Each year around January 17th, locals gather to collect firewood for a huge bonfire. There is an impressive street parade throughout the village with musicians and singers accompanied by participants dressed up as devils – symbols of evil and human temptation.
Things to do
The Pirates Adventure Show is the ideal family-friendly attraction in Magaluf, suitable for children and adults of all ages. This dinner show is one of the most popular on the island and includes some of the best acrobatics, dancing and gymnastics the world has ever seen. A main meal plus unlimited soft drinks and sangria are included in the ticket price.
Art and history enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to visit Cathedral (Le Seu) in Palma. This Gothic-style cathedral stretches into the sky in the middle of the city and can be seen from miles around. Its stained-glass windows are one of the characteristics which make it so popular and are a must-see – don’t forget to take your camera with you.
Hit the beach
If you do get some bright and sunny weather during your stay, make the most of it by spending the day at Alcudia beach. Thought of as one of the best beaches in Majorca, this beach has soft white sand and offers loads water sports, such as water skiing, jet skiing and paragliding. There are also many facilities available, including sun beds, parasols, showers, toilets and lifeguards.
The beach at Magaluf is another top choice for couples and families who want a great choice of water sports. Here you can try banana boats, jet skiing, pedaloes, water skiing and paragliding. There is also a water ski training school for beginners. Facilities are extensive and include life guards, changing rooms, toilets, sun shades and sun loungers.
Situated close to Puerto de Pollensa, Alcudia beach is considered to be one of the best in Majorca. This long beach has soft white sand and shallow water with a playground at one end for children. All kinds of waters sports are available, including water skiing, jet skiing and paragliding. Facilities include sun loungers, parasols, toilets, showers and lifeguards. There is also a great selection of bars, restaurants, shops and hotels nearby.
Where to eat & drink
Julie’s Sweets & Sandwiches in Cala Bona is a great place to go for lunch or a snack. This small kiosk serves a great choice of freshly prepared sandwiches, rolls, baguettes, pastries and ice cream. Although there is no seating provided, this mini café is the ideal place to grab a bite to eat before enjoying it by the harbour.
If you’re looking for something more filling, Restaurant Ca’n Josep might be just the place. Offering a top selection of Mediterranean dishes, this eatery offers an extensive a la carte menu as well as several daily specials made with seasonal produce. If you like seafood, be sure to try the homemade paella.
When it comes to clubbing, it doesn’t get much better than Pacha Mallorca in Palma Nova. As well as a huge dance floor, this club also boasts a room which plays jazz house music if you want a break from the dance tunes. If you’re in the mood to chat, head to the chill out zone where you can relax with friends.
Also in Palma Nova, Chi Lounge is one of the best beachside lounge bars in the resort. The ideal place to relax and enjoy a few cocktails in the sunshine, this bar will even deliver the drinks to your boat if you’re anchored offshore. If you visit the bar itself, you can enjoy great music, fantastic views and a top selection of drinks.
Where to stay
Hotel Villa Singala in Port de Pollensa is a great choice for families and couples looking for accommodation in Majorca. Just a short distance away from the beach, this hotel offers a number of one- and two-bedroom apartments and each guest has access to swimming pool, snack bar and WiFi.
Ses Rotges in Cala Ratjada is another popular pick when it comes to accommodation. Close to the centre of the resort, this restored 18th century mansion features 20 rooms with original décor. Facilities include restaurant, bar, gardens, solarium, hot tub and golf course just 3km away.
Families and couples who want to be close to the beach should consider the Viva Palmanova in Calvia. Recently renovated, this complex is close to the Palma Nova beach and offers several swimming pools, children’s water playground, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and restaurants.
Fowlers Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Cala d'Or. This family-run boutique offers a number of studios, apartments and suites and all guests are invited to take advantage of the nearby attractions, including the beach, square, church and village centre.
Iberostar Albufera Park is an all-inclusive hotel found on the shores of Playa de Muro. The ideal holiday destination for families with young children, this hotel features swimming pools, daytime and evening entertainment, a number of bars and restaurants, spa and children’s club.