Weather Averages for Majorca in May
Averages for Majorca in May
May is a very pleasant time to visit Majorca, Balearic Islands, when spring is in full bloom. The average temperature at the beginning of the month is a mild 15-16°C which rises up to 18-19°C by the end, making it a great month to enjoy a sunshine holiday.
Throughout the month, daily highs increase from 21°C in the first week to 25°C in the last week, only going above 29°C or under 17°C one day in ten. On the other hand, daily low temperatures range from 10°C at the start of the month to 14°C toward the end, exceeding 17°C or falling below 6°C only one day in ten.
Due to the temperatures increasing as May progresses, the coldest days of the month are always found at the start – 1st to 3rd – with the hottest days falling at the end – 29th to 31st. The highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Majorca in May is a sweltering 34°C, with the lowest recorded temperature for May being only 2°C. When you compare these temperatures to the average monthly temperature of 17°C, it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and certainly not the norm.
Unusually, in 2013, May had the largest number of cooler than average days, with 58% days colder than the average low temperature for the month. On the other hand, May was also the clearest month in 2013, with 81% of days being more clear than cloudy.
With an average of 30mm of rainfall spread across seven days, there is a small change you’ll experience at least some rain during your holiday. Moderate rain is the most common type of precipitation in May, followed by thunderstorms, light rain and drizzle. Heavy rain and snowfall are almost unheard of at this time of year, although cloudy spells are practically guaranteed. Average cloud coverage starts at 41% at the beginning and decreases as the month progresses until it reaches 34%.
The chance of rainfall drops dramatically from 31% on May 1st down to 22% by May 31st. Moderate rain is most common around May 1st, thunderstorms on May 12th, light rain on May 5th and drizzle around May 1st.
The average sea temperature in May in Majorca is a refreshingly cool 18°C, despite the generally high humidity. Over the course of the month, the humidity ranges from comfortable to very humid, with May 1st being the most humid and May 30th being the least.
During May you can expect an average of 12 hours of sunshine each day in Majorca, which varies according to the cloud density. Just as the daylight hours increase as the month progresses, the number of sunshine hours also goes up as the month goes on. In spite of the daily sunshine, Majorca experiences around three foggy days each May.
The Majorca Beach Rugby Tournament is set to take place on May 3rd and 4th 2014 in the popular holiday resort of Magaluf. This annual tournament is open to women and men and uses a space which is a fraction of the size of a standard rugby field with shorter matches and a much simpler scoring system. There is an entry fee to be able to watch the matches but it’s definitely worth it if you’re a sports fan.
On May 10th 2014, Ironman will take place in Alcudia. This popular international event takes participants on a tour through some of Majorca’s most beautiful villages, past stunning coastlines and across tough mountain routes. If you’re not up for the challenge of competing yourself, you can find a spot along the race and cheer on your favourite competitor.
Each year on the second weekend of May – May 10th and 11th 2014 – the festival of the Moors and Christians is celebrated in Port de Soller. A wonderful cultural experience that the whole family can enjoy, this lively event incorporates a re-enactment of the battle between the people of Soller and the Moor invaders. Prepare yourself for loads of black face paint, fireworks and fun in what is sure to be one of the best events of the year.
Things to do
The Mondrago Natural Park is a great place for the whole family to spend the day. Located on the south east coast close to Santanyi, this area is full of white sand beaches where you can soak up the sun and enjoy a dip in the sea. There is also an information centre open from 9am until 4pm where you can find out information about the park and the migratory birds which pass through.
Railway enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to visit the Ferrocarril de Soller. Known as one of the “great little railway journeys of the world”, this train begins at the terminal close to the Plaza de España in Palma and travels to Soller. On this journey you pass by many orange groves, olive groves and remote farmhouses. The whole trip takes around an hour and is a great way to unwind whatever the weather.
Mondrago Natural Park, Majorca.
Hit the beach
If you’re searching for a secluded beach to spend the day, Cala Mondrago might be just the place. Lined by two large cliffs, this beach has calm, clear waters which create the ideal conditions for swimming and snorkelling. Facilities are extensive and include a bar/restaurant, sun loungers, shades, pedalo hire and free parking nearby.
Although Majorca isn’t known for its surfing opportunities, Cala Mesquida is a top location to ride some waves. This Blue Flag beach is unprotected from the wind, which makes it ideal for surfing and similar water sports, like kitesurfing and body boarding. Here you’ll find a handful of facilities, such as sun loungers, parasols and pedaloes, with a selection of restaurants and bars in the local area.
Amazing sand designs on Cala Mesquida beach, Majorca.
Where to eat & drink
Es Pati is a popular restaurant found in the north east of Majorca in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. The menu changes regularly, so there will always be something new for you to try. Most people travel to the restaurant to sample the five-course surprise menu, which leaves you guessing what you’ve ordered until it arrives on your plate.
Boston O’Brady’s in Santa Ponsa is another top choice when it comes to dining out in Majorca. This restaurant serves massive portions and is great value for money, making it ideal for those on a budget break. The staff here are very friendly and go out of their way to make sure you have a great evening.
Ruby Tuesday’s in Palma Nova is a top choice for couples and families looking for a bit of evening entertainment during their holiday. Located on the coast, this bar offers loads for the whole family to enjoy, including activities such as bingo, games, quizzes and karaoke. There is also a great line up of live acts every night, to keep the whole family smiling.
If you want to keep up with the latest sport during your stay, make sure you visit Lineker’s in Alcudia, where you’ll find almost every game and match shown across 22 large screens and a huge projector. Several football matches can be shown at one time, so you’ll never have to miss your favourite team playing. After sunset, Lineker’s drops its sports atmosphere in favour of a nightclub vibe with DJs and dance tunes played until the early morning.
Linekers Bar. Photo courtesy of Feel Summer.
Where to stay
When it comes to self-catering accommodation, Aucanada Club is one of the best hotels in Alcudia. Made up of 62 apartments and 11 villas, each unit comes equipped with two bedrooms, terrace or balcony, laundry room and kitchen complete with everything you’ll need to cook your own meals. There are loads of amenities available, such as mini market, gym, swimming pools and Jacuzzi.
If you’re looking for a spa break, it doesn’t get much better than Hotel Illa d'Or in Puerto Pollensa. Here you can choose between individual, standard and double rooms, as well as a selection of suites. Facilities are numerous and include WiFi access, bar, restaurant, sports facilities and spa with massage and treatment services.
Inturotel Cala Esmeralda in Cala d'Or is perfect for couples wanting a romantic escape. This adults only hotel features swimming pools, wellness centre, beach bar and organised entertainment throughout the day. There are loads of sporting activities available in the immediate area, such as sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, hiking, running, golf and tennis.
Families and couples searching for holiday accommodation in Majorca should take a look at Valentin Puerto Azul Aparthotel in Puerto Pollensa. Very close to the beach and the centre of the resort, this hotel offers many facilities for everyone to enjoy, including WiFi, swimming pools, children’s activities and adults’ entertainment.
Protur Vista Badia Aparthotel in Sa Coma is another top pick when it comes to accommodation in Majorca. This four-star hotel features one-bedroom apartments and studios, each of which comes complete with full bathroom, air conditioning, heating, balcony, plasma TV, phone and kitchen. There are many facilities available to guests, such as WiFi, gym, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, pool bar, restaurants, sauna and children’s club.
Inturotel Cala Esmeralda, Majorca. Photo courtesy of Inturotel.
May events in Majorca
The International Boat Show
1st May 2015 to 4th May 2015
The International Boat Show is held in Palma from April 30th until May 4th 2015. A must-visit for boat and yacht enthusiasts, this event sees a fantastic number of luxury vessels sail into the capital’s harbour for the public to enjoy. In addition to admiring the boats, there are plenty of other things to see and do, including a seafood exhibition, mini film festival, taster sessions, presentations, sporting events and music concerts.
1st May 2015
Every year on May 1st, Ses Salines hosts its May Fair. This fun-filled family-friendly event features typical Majorcan arts and craft, as well as a great selection of agricultural and commercial stalls. Ses Salines is famous for the top quality honey and salt it produces - ideal gifts for foodies at home.
Festa de Maig
3rd May 2015
The Festa de Maigis is always held on the first Sunday of May in Santa Eulalia. One of the Balearic's most colourful fiestas, this popular Spring flower festival boasts a variety of enjoyable activities, as well as a spectacular wreath of beautiful flowers on display.
Moros i Cristians
9th May 2015 to 10th May 2015
Moros I Christians takes place in Soller every year and is celebrated across most of Spain and Majorca. A mock battle is re-enacted by locals, showcasing the invasion of Moorish pirates fought by defending Christian villagers against Muslims during the period known as Reconquista. The event comes to a dramatic end, when shots of gunpowder, medieval music and fireworks finish off the remarkable re-enactment.
Medieval Fair 2015
16th May 2015 to 18th May 2015
The Medieval Fair takes place in the pretty historical village Capdepera, which is just 8 km from Artà. This popular event features locals dressed up in traditional costumes, as well as music, traditional food, medieval entertainers, markets and art and craft fairs. You'll also find plenty of stalls selling handcrafted goods, plus local herbalists, woodworkers, ironworkers, magicians, musicians and more. The market only started in 2000 and has grown in popularity and scale every year since. Times and dates vary, so keep your eyes peeled for posters in the area and/or check online.
30th May 2015 to 8th June 2015
Fiesta Primavera in Manacor plays host to a variety of events during late May and the beginning of June including concerts and competitions open to the general public.
30th May 2015 to 8th June 2015
Fiesta Primavera in Manacor plays host to a variety of events during the beginning of June and late May including concerts and competitions open to the general public.
Majorca Smooth Jazz Festival
1st May 2015 to 3rd May 2015
Music lovers won’t want to miss the chance to experience the Majorca Smooth Jazz Festival in Sa Coma, on the island's beautiful east coast. This popular music event is the only smooth Jazz festival that takes place in the Mediterranean and showcases some of the biggest and most successful artists on the scene. The dates tend to vary every year, so make sure to check before you go.
1st May 2015
Labour Day (Fiesta del Trabajo) is an annual national public holiday celebrated on May 1st across Spain and the Balaeric Islands, including Majorca. Many shops and businesses are closed on this day, but popular tourist attractions and restaurants are usually still open.