Weather Averages for Majorca in October
Averages for Majorca in October
The weather in Majorca, Balearic Islands continues to cool down in October, with the autumn season well underway. The average temperature begins at around 20°C at the start of the month and slowly drops down until it reaches 16°C in the final few days. Over the course of the month, the average daily highs range from 25°C to 21°C, rising above 28°C or dropping below 18°C only one day out of every ten. The daily low temperatures fall between 11°C and 15°C, exceeding 18°C or falling under 7°C very rarely – only one day in ten.
Since October falls within the autumn season, the daily high temperatures decrease as the month progresses, which means that the coolest days are found at the end of the month – 29th to 31st – and the warmest days are always at the beginning – 1st to 3rd. The highest recorded temperature for Majorca in October is a scorching 33°C, with the lowest recorded temperature being a brisk 4°C. Compare these temperatures with the average for the month – 18°C – and it becomes apparent that they are the extremes and certainly not the norm.
In 2013, the warmest month of the year relative to the average was October. During this month, the average temperature was 26°C, 3°C warmer than the typical average of 23°C. The warmest long spell of 2013 also took place in October between the 12th and the 30th – that’s 19 consecutive days which were warmer than the average temperature. Overall, October 2013 had the largest percentage of warmer than average days, with 90% of days having higher than average temperatures.
With 60mm of rainfall divided between 11 days, October is the wettest month of the year in Majorca, so make sure you pack some water-proof clothing and an umbrella if you plan of visiting the island during this month. At this time of year you’re most likely to be subject to moderate rain, followed by thunderstorms, drizzle and light rain. Even though it is the rainiest month of the year, October is exceptionally unlikely to experience any sort of snow, so you can safely leave your winter warmers at home whilst you’re on holiday.
The chance of rain slowly increases as the month progresses, from 33% on October 1st to 35% on October 11th, 37% on October 21st and 38% on October 31st. Moderate rain is most likely to occur on October 31st, thunderstorms on October 1st, drizzle on October 29th and light rain on October 22nd, so play it safe and take your holiday in the middle of the month.
The median cloud coverage for the month is 40% and varies only slightly from 37% on October 1st up to 42% on October 31st. As the cloud coverage increases, the average sea temperature drops from a pleasant 25°C in September down to a cool 22°C in October. Whilst this is warm enough for most people to enjoy a swim, some might find it too chilly and will prefer to take a dip in the hotel’s heated swimming pool.
Majorca is humid all-year-round and October is certainly no exception. The humidity ranges from an average of 55% to 97%, rarely dropping below 41% and reaching as high as 100% on several instances. The air is at its driest around October 1st and is at its most humid around October 24th when it’s expected to rise above 95% three days out of every four.
There are around eight hours of sunshine each day in Majorca in October – that’s two less than in September. In spite of the sharp decrease, eight hours of glorious sunshine each day is plenty to spend days lounging at the beach or the pool, working on your tan.
Dates for the diary
If you want to sample the local food, make sure you take part in the Calvia Food Show. Held on each Saturday throughout the month – October 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th in 2014 – this event sees a number of bars and restaurants working together in order to produce low-cost menus featuring some of the best food the island has to offer. Lunch menus are available from 1.30pm until 3.30pm and evening menus are available from 7.30pm until 11pm. In addition to the restaurant participation, the Calvia Food Show also incorporates a fantastic cooking show – keep an eye out for posters advertising specific locations and dates for the displays.
The Fira d’Alcudia takes place on the first weekend of the month – October 3rd to 5th in 2014 – in the popular holiday resort of Alcudia. Packed full of things to see and do, this fair is held each year in celebration of the harvest and includes busy markets, demonstrations, music concerts and exhibitions. The Estol del Rei en Jaume – a group of carnival figures – is always a hit, dressed traditionally from head to toe as characters from the island’s history.
On the first Sunday of the month – October 5th in 2014 – the Fiesta Torrada d’es Borifarro is held in Sant Joan. A must-visit for enthusiastic foodies and anyone with a good appetite, this festival is dedicated to traditional Majorcan delicacies, with a special focus on the local black pudding. Skip breakfast and go on an empty stomach to take full advantage of all the delicious homemade treats which will be available to sample.
October 12th is Día de la Hispanidad in Majorca – an island-wide public holiday. On this day of the year almost all banks, supermarkets and shops will be shut as locals commemorate the day Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492.
The Inca Agricultural Fair takes place over the third and the final weekend of the month – October 18th-19th and 25th-26 in 2014 – in Inca. Great fun for the whole family, this fair offers loads to see and do, including horse shows, handicraft markets, wine sampling and food tastings. Keep an eye out for posters advertising specific days and times for each activity.
The Festa de Virgin celebrations take place throughout Palma on October 21st. Suitable for visitors of all ages, this festival sees locals and tourists come together to celebrate with music concerts, traditional dancing, parades and plenty of children’s activities to keep the little ones entertained. There will also be a number of stalls peppered throughout the capital where you can indulge in some of the local food and drinks.
Foodies won’t want to miss the chance to experience the Festa dies Butifarro. Held on the third Sunday of the month – October 19th in 2014 – this festival takes place in Sant Joan and is brimming with food stalls laden with all sorts of traditional goodies. As usual, the local sausages take the centre stage of the event and come in all sorts of varieties and cooking styles – make sure you try the black pudding.
Things to do
Nature lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit the S’Albufera Wetlands. Here you can see hundreds of birds which flock from all over Majorca, making it a top site for birdwatchers. As well as the wildlife, this park also features a huge number of plants and flowers that you won’t find anywhere else in the Balearic Islands. There are many walking and cycle trails to follow which will take you past the most interesting parts of the wetlands.
The Coves de Campanet in Alcudia is another popular attraction to visit. You can take a 40-minute tour around the site – which covers approximately 3,200m2 – to see the various pathways, chambers and pools. The caves are renowned for the fossilised remains and the richness of calcareous deposits which take the form of stalactites and stalagmites, so don’t forget to take your camera with you – you’ll be surrounded by photo opportunities at every turn.
Hit the beach
If you want to have a go at diving, head to the beach at Cala Bona and pop into the Albatros Diving centre. The rocky sea bed surrounding this sandy bay makes for fantastic diving opportunities, where you’ll have the chance to spot many different tropical fish. If you’re not in the mood for diving, you can soak up the sun on the beach if you get some pleasant weather. There are many facilities to enjoy, such as sun loungers, parasols, toilets, showers and lifeguards.
The beach at Canyamel is another great place to spend a few hours. Surrounded by mountains and pine forests, this Blue Flag beach has golden sand, clear waters and a wealth of facilities, including sun beds, shades, toilets, showers and lifeguards. There is also a handful of water sports available, such as pedalo hire, sailing, surfing and diving. Two cafes are found very close to the beach, providing the ideal places for a spot of lunch or something to drink.
Where to eat & drink
Sa Romana is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Alcudia. With a great selection of hot and cold starters; fish, seafood, red meat and poultry mains; and homemade desserts, there is bound to be something to suit even the fussiest eater. There is also a children’s play ground on site to keep the little ones happy.
Stanley’s Tea Room in Cala Bona is a great place to go for fresh sandwiches and homemade cakes. If you’re in the mood for a leisurely lunch, opt for the afternoon tea and you’ll be presented with a three tiered cake stand laden with sandwiches, crisps, scones, cup cakes and a pot of tea.
The largest and most popular club in Cala Millor, Palace Q is the place to see and be seen. This nightclub is spread over several levels and sports a smart-casual dress code. There is a great mixture of Spanish and international dance tunes played between 10pm and 6am, when the dance floors are buzzing with a lively atmosphere.
Soho Urban Vintage Bar in Palma is popular with those who like to party. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere and 70s-style décor makes it a hit with those who want something a bit more chilled out than Majorca’s usual clubs. Here the music is more of a cheesy 70s-80s scene than the latest techno beats and it closes early in comparison, at 2am.
Where to stay
When it comes to accommodation in Majorca, Hotel Juma in Pollensa is ideal for couples and families. This recently-refurbished hotel offers a small number of rooms, all of which come complete with satellite TV, air conditioning, free WiFi and complimentary breakfast. Services are limited to car and bike rental, airport transfer and information about the surrounding area.
Viva Palmanova in Calvia is perfect for those who want to be close to the beach during their holiday. Here you’ll find a world of facilities, including swimming pools, children’s water playground, sun terrace, sauna, gym, Jacuzzi, several restaurants and WiFi.
Flamenco Hotel in Cala Millor is another popular choice for families and couples looking for accommodation in Majorca. This four-star hotel offers comfortable rooms and a great selection of services and amenities, including buffet restaurant, swimming pools, spa, Jacuzzi, car hire and free WiFi.
Iberostar Alcudia Park in Playa de Muro is ideal for families and couples looking for an all-inclusive getaway. Accommodation comes in the form of studios and apartments and there is a great selection of amenities and services for everyone to enjoy, including swimming pools, kids’ clubs, playground, spa, WiFi, bars and restaurants.
Hipotels Marfil Playa is one of the most popular hotels in Sa Coma. Here accommodation comes in the form of 162 double rooms, all of which have terrace, bathroom, air conditioning, and flat screen TV. There are many facilities onsite, such as an all-inclusive option, buffet restaurant, sun terrace, swimming pool, sauna, gym, tennis and squash courts, entertainment, kids’ club and free WiFi.