Majorca: March Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||47 %|
|Rainfall days||8 days|
|Chance of Rain||23 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||9 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||16 %|
Averages for Majorca in March
The weather begins to warm up in March in Majorca, Balearic Islands, when the winter season is well and truly over. At the beginning of this month, the average temperature starts off at around 9-10°C and gradually rises as the month progresses until it reaches 12-13°C during the final few days.
Daily highs tend to increase from 16°C at the beginning of the month to 18°C toward the end and highs exceeding 21°C or dropping below 12°C are very rare and generally only happen one day in ten. Daily low temperatures range between 5°C and 7°C, only exceeding 11°C or falling below 1°C one day in ten.
As expected, the coldest days of the month tend to be toward the beginning – 1st to 3rd – and the warmest days are always found at the end of March – 29th to 31st. The highest temperature ever recorded for March in Majorca is a scorching 29°C and the lowest temperature is -3°C, both of which are incredibly extreme when compared to the average 11°C for the whole month.
With 30mm of rainfall spread across eight days, there is only a small chance you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday. Moderate rain is the most common type of precipitation, followed by drizzle, light rain and even the occasional thunderstorm. You’ll be pleased to hear that heavy rain and snow are almost unheard of in March in Majorca, although cloudy spells are practically guaranteed. The average cloud coverage on any given day is 43% and varies very little throughout the month.
There is almost no variation in precipitation throughout the month, but it’s safe to say that moderate rain is most likely around March 16th, drizzle around March 1st, light rain around March 19th and thunderstorms around March 31st.
At 14°C, the average sea temperature in Majorca in March is quite chilly, despite the high humidity. Throughout the month, the humidity ranges from mild to very, with the most humid day falling around March 9th. On the other hand, the air is at its most dry usually around March 25th.
There are six to seven hours of sunshine each day in Majorca in March, which varies according to how dense the cloud is on each given day. Since the daylight hours increase as the month goes on, the number of sunshine hours also develops as the month progresses. In spite of the daily sunshine, there is an average of eight foggy days throughout the month.
Although the weather is generally quite pleasant throughout March, it was the windiest month of the year in 2013, with an average wind speed of 69 km/h. During this month there is also the occasional hail storm and thunderstorm to watch out for. Almost every storm is predicted well in advance, so if you keep an eye on the weather forecast or on the sky, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about during your holiday.
The Classic Rally also takes place on the third week of March in Majorca – the next one will be held on March 13th-15th 2014 and will be the tenth edition. This exciting race is one of Europe’s most famous and competitive car events and takes cars through approximately 400km of winding mountain roads on the west of the island. Around 60 vehicles take part each year in two different categories – competition which is focused on speed and regularity which concentrates on the lighter, more fun side of the event.
Things to do
If you want to do some exploring, sign up for an excursion to visit the Formentor Lighthouse. Available in English, German and Spanish, this half-day tour starts at Puerto de Pollensa and takes you along the Formentor Peninsula, past many sightseeing opportunities and the Formentor beach, before arriving at the lighthouse.
Alcudia Old Town is a great place to visit to get a feel for what Majorca was like before it was changed by mass tourism. There are loads of narrow, winding streets to explore, lined with cafes, restaurants, shops and bakeries. On Tuesdays and Sundays the town hosts a large market, full of stalls laden with food and handicrafts which make ideal souvenirs or gifts.
Hand-made crafts at Alcudia Old Town, Majorca.
Hit the beach
Cala Major, found to the west of Palma de Mallorca, is one of the most popular beaches in the area. Here you’ll find Majorca’s characteristic fine white sand, alongside clear and calm waters, making the spot ideal for families with young children. There are loads of facilities available, including sun loungers, parasols, toilets, showers and lifeguards. Surrounding the beach is a fantastic selection of restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy a spot of lunch or something to drink. This beach gets very crowded during the summer months, so March is one of the best times to visit.
If you want to try your hand at water sports, visit the Blue Flag Paguera beach, also situated to the west of Palma de Mallorca. Like many beaches on the island, Paguera beach offers plenty of soft white sand for children to play in, as well as calm, clears waters which might be a bit cold in March if the weather is cloudy. There are many activities to enjoy, including banana boats, windsurfing, diving, pedaloes and water skiing. There are loads of bars, restaurants and hotels in the area, as well as sun loungers, shades, toilets and lifeguards onsite.
Paguera Beach at Majorca. Photo courtesy of Christian Shmitt.
Where to eat & drink
When it comes to dining, it doesn’t get much better than The Village Café in Deya. Set in a cosy stone cottage, this café offers a menu packed with appetisers, tapas, salads, main dishes, pizza and desserts. The specialities are the trendy yet comforting filled baguettes and homemade pasta served with a variety of sauces.
Ca´n Cuarassa is a beachfront restaurant located in Port de Pollensa. The restaurant itself is set in an old Majorcan house with the original décor. The menu has been inspired by Mediterranean flavours and features a great number of fresh, seasonal produce. All the bread and desserts are homemade and most of the fish and meat dishes are cooked in front of your eyes on a charcoal grill.
Majorca boasts many top nightclubs and Tito’s in Palma is no exception. Established in the 1950s, this club is popular with people in their early 20s and is spread over three floors. The best time to visit is around 2am, leaving you loads of time to enjoy the night before the club closes at 6am.
Hogan’s, also situated in Palma, is a must-visit for sports fans. This Irish establishment features bars and woodwork which was handcrafted in Ireland before the bar first opened in 1996. Here you can watch every major sports match live on one of the nine large screen TVs. On top of the draught Guinness, this bar also serves cocktails, spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks.
Port de Pollensa has many restaurants right on the beach such as Ca'n Cuarassa. Photo courtesy of Andy Spencer.
Where to stay
When it comes to accommodation, Protur Sa Coma Playa Hotel & Spa in Sa Coma is a great choice for families and couples looking for accommodation during their holiday in Majorca. There are loads of facilities for everyone to enjoy, including WiFi, sports equipment, gym, kids’ club, swimming pool, pool bar, parking and gardens. The hotel also features a spa with a hydrothermal circuit, children’s section and massage and treatment rooms.
Condesa de la Bahia in Alcudia is another popular pick for families. Here you’ll find a great choice of accommodation from standard rooms to double suites, ensuring there is something for everyone. Guests can also enjoy a wealth of amenities, including restaurants, bars, entertainment, children’s club, swimming pools, free WiFi and an all-inclusive option.
Aparthotel Playa Mar in Port de Pollensa is ideal for those who want to be in a central location. Just a short walk away from beaches, shops, bars and restaurants, this hotel features an all-inclusive dining option, swimming pool, family entertainment, children’s activities, free WiFi and a spa. Also in Puerto de Pollensa, Hoposa Uyal Hotel is another great choice when it comes to accommodation in Majorca. This complex features 105 rooms, spread between two buildings and numerous facilities including restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tennis court, free WiFi, car hire, excursion booking and cycling facilities.
Iberostar Albufera Playa in Playa de Muro is perfect for couples and families looking for holiday accommodation in Majorca. Situated on the beach, this hotel provides an all-inclusive option, spa and multilingual staff. Guests also have access to the complex’s sister hotel, the Iberostar Albufera Park.
Condesa de la Bahia pool area. Photo courtesy of Sandra Rojka.
March events in Majorca
Day of the Balearic Islands
1st March 2015
March 1st marks the Day of the Balearic Islands – a public holiday in Majorca – and is celebrated with a variety of traditional markets, music concerts, art displays, children’s entertainment and more throughout the island. For more family-friendly fun, head to Palma de Mallorca Monday to Thursday between 5pm and 11pm, Fridays from 5pm until 2am and weekends from 10am until midnight. During these times, Palma comes to life with a funfair, complete with a 60 metre-tall ferris wheel. For the more serious-minded, Consolat de Mar in Palma - the seat of the presidency of the Balearic government - is open to visitors all day.
Santa Maria del Cami Market
1st March 2015 to 31st March 2015
Santa Maria del Cami lies within the district of Raiguer, approximately 20km north east of the capital Palma. Its weekly market, held every Sunday from 8am until 2pm, is a great place to stock up on fresh produce from local farms, plus clothes, trinkets and loads of artisan products. The Consell flea market in central Majorca also takes place each Sunday and brings together all sorts of second-hand items, including clothes, toys, furniture, jewellery and even antiques.
Burial of The Sardine in Son Carrio
8th March 2015
The ceremonial burial of The Sardine is one of the final religious celebrations before Lent begins. The burial is usually held in Son Carrio and is a very popular ceremony celebrated in Spain and the Balaeric Islands. The "burials" generally consist of a traditional carnival parade that re-enacts a funeral procession with the burning of a symbolic figure, usually a representation of a sardine. Traditionally, there's barbecued sardine tasting, too. The event date can change so check online and look out for any posters to check for the correct date.
Semana Santa Holy Week
29th March 2015 to 4th April 2015
Semana Santa Holy Week celebrates the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem and is acknowledged across the island. Blessings take place on Palm Sunday, and a procession leaves the church of La Sang (Iglesia de Sant Crist de la Sang) in Palma on Maundy Thursday. If you're near the town of Felanitx, look out for "Davallament", or Deposition - this popular religious ceremony takes place on Good Friday in the Sanctuary of Sant Salvador.
Fira del Frang Pottery Fair
9th March 2015 to 17th March 2015
Art lovers won’t want to miss the chance to experience the annual pottery fair held each March around 9th-17th in Marratxi. Affordable earthenware such as pots, jugs, plates and tiles are for sale. Theatrical performances and music concerts are held alongside the fair, making it a great day out. The dates for this fair change each year, although it usually takes place in the second and third week of the month.
ISAF Sailing World Cup
29th March 2015 to 5th April 2015
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma brings together some of the world’s best Olympic and Paralympic class competitors, this event is a must for boating enthusiasts and includes men and women’s one- and two-person dinghies, keelboating and windsurfing. Competitors from over 50 countries travel to Majorca to take part in the event with the aim of achieving first place and getting their hands on the prestigious trophy. Dates to be confirmed, check the official website for dates.