Weather Averages for Majorca in September
Averages for Majorca in September
Following on from a hot and sunny summer, Majorca, Balearic Islands begins to cool down in September, when the summer season comes to a close. At this time of the year, the average temperature starts off at 23-24°C at the beginning of the month and gradually drops until it reaches 20°C in the final few days.
During September, the daily lows range slightly from 15°C to 18°C, dropping below 11°C or exceeding 22°C very rarely – only one day out of every ten. Daily highs fluctuate from 29°C to 25°C over the course of the month, falling under 22°C or reaching over 32°C only one day in ten. As the summer season is over come September, the daily high temperatures fall as the month progresses, which means the warmest days are found at the beginning – 1st to 3rd – and the coolest are positioned toward the end – 28th to 30th.
The maximum temperature ever recorded in Majorca in September is a boiling 38°C and the minimum temperature that’s ever been recorded on the island during this month is a chilly 8°C. Put these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 22°C – and it’s easy to see that they’re extremes and should not be expected during your holiday.
At 56mm spread across eight days, Majorca receives significantly more rainfall in September than in the previous months – a true indication that autumn is on its way. During this month you’re most likely to experience thunderstorms, followed by moderate rain, drizzle and light rain. Fortunately, heavy rain and snow are practically unheard of at this time of year, so the small amount of precipitation there is shouldn’t spoil your holiday.
The likelihood of precipitation steadily increases as the month goes on from 22% on September 1st to 25% on September 11th, 30% on September 21st and 33% on September 30th. Thunderstorms are most common around September 19th and September 30th is the most likely day for moderate rain, drizzle and light rain, so if you’re planning a holiday for this month, you’re best off sticking to the first and second week.
As the month progresses, the cloud coverage increases, starting at 29% on September 1st and increasing to 32% on September 11th, 35% on September 21st and 37% on September 30th. The average sea temperature is very warm at 25°C, thanks to the waters retaining the heat from summer. Majorca is quite humid throughout the year and September is no exception. With a relative humidity ranging from 52% to 96% across the month, you’re sure to take advantage of the warm sea and indulge in a refreshing dip or two.
The number of daily sunshine hours decreases to ten – that’s two hours less than in August. Despite the dramatic decrease, ten hours of sunshine each day is more than enough to explore the local area and work on your tan.
Dates for the diary
At the beginning of the month, the melon festival is held in Vilafranca de Bonany to celebrate the start of the harvest season. In 2014, it’s expected to take place on September 6th and 7th. This event is a great opportunity to sample the local produce, such as melons and figs, and purchase some of your favourites. You can also learn about the village’s traditional farming techniques.
The week leading up to the second Sunday of the month – September 8th to 14th in 2014 – is when Las Fiestas del Rei en Jaume are held in Santa Ponsa. This lively and culture-packed event celebrates the successful landing and consequent conquering of the Moors by King Jaime I in 1229. Not only is this festival a must-visit for history buffs, it’s great fun for the whole family to enjoy, with more than 60 traditional, cultural and leisure activities planned, including exhibitions, music concerts, fire runs, markets, parties, parades and dancing. The highlights of the event will be the traditional giant parade, the DJ sessions at the weekend and the medieval market which is a great opportunity to try all the local food and drinks.
Palma plays host to the Nit de L’Art each year on the third Thursday of the month – September 18th in 2014. On this special day, museums and galleries throughout Palma open their doors to the public for free from 7pm until midnight. Almost all the venues boast new exhibitions by famous artists and even offer adults free cava as they browse the displays. As if that wasn’t enough, the streets of the capital also burst into life with theatrical performances, including singers, dancers, musicians and actors putting on shows throughout the evening.
The Junipero Serra Festival is celebrated on the third Sunday of the month – September 21st in 2014 – in Petra in honour of Junipero Serra – the founding father of California who was born in the Spanish village in 1713. This family-friendly festival incorporates a fair full of food stalls, rides and attractions, as well as a colourful parade with many themed floats. Whilst you’re visiting Petra, don’t forget to pop into the Junipero Serra museum to learn more about him.
During the final week of September – September 22nd to 28th in 2014 – the Fiesta des Vermar is held in Binissalem to celebrate the grape harvest. There is loads to see and do during this event, including a grape treading contest, group dinners in the town square, music concerts, giant paella cooking and the world-renowned grape fight in which participants are obliged to wear white. Whether you want to be involved or just observe from a distance, this celebration is one of the best Majorca has to offer.
Things to do
The surfing opportunities are very limited in Majorca, which is why the Wave House at the Sol Wave House Hotel in Calvia is so popular. Here you’ll find two wave machines – the Double FlowRider which is perfect for beginners and the FlowBarrel Ten which is more suitable for experienced surfers. There is a team of qualified instructors and pro surfers onsite to teach you everything you’ll need to know to start surfing.
If you’re holidaying with little ones, a trip to the Palma Aquarium in Palma is a must, especially if the weather is a bit cloudy. Home to over 8,000 animals of 700 different species, this aquarium also features a restaurant, jungle, Mediterranean gardens, children’s play area and gift shop. There are loads of children’s activities held during the summer months, such as face painting, diving, water fights and even overnight sleepovers.
Hit the beach
Sa Coma beach is a great place to spend a day, whatever the weather. This bay is almost 1km long and features white sand and clear water where you can sometimes see dolphins. There are plenty of facilities available, including sun loungers, sun shades, toilets, changing rooms and life guards during the summer months. There is also a small selection of water sports on offer, such as pedalo hire, windsurfing and scuba diving.
If you’re looking for something more remote and secluded, try the Cala Torta beach. Although the route is well signposted, this beach is usually very quiet, due to the gravel roads you have to drive over to reach it. The beach itself is made of soft sand and surrounded by small mountains, which provide great conditions for snorkelling. Due to its off the beaten track location, you won’t find any facilities here and nudism is permitted, but it’s not obligatory.
Where to eat & drink
Trespais is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Port d'Andratx. Here you’ll find an eclectic choice of starters, mains and desserts, almost all of which are prepared freshly onsite. The high quality of food and unbeatable service make this restaurant very popular, so booking in advance is recommended.
If you’re in the mood for tapas, make sure you visit Bistro Mercat in Llucamajor, where you’ll find a small selection of tapas made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. The portions are very large, so it’s best to ask your server for their advice, to ensure you’re not ordering too much food for your group.
Situated in Alcudia, The Posh Paddy is very popular with both tourists and expats who are looking for friendly service and a great atmosphere. Here you’ll find live entertainment every evening, hosted by Brendan – the resident compare and singer who always gets the crowd going.
Wellies Restaurant & Bar in Puerto Portals is a combination of daytime café, stylish restaurant and late-night bar, ensuring there is something to suit everyone. Boasting a harbour front location, this bar features a cocktail garden terrace where you can relax as you choose from the extensive drinks menu.
Where to stay
Llenaire Hotel in Puerto de Pollensa is perfect for families and couples looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Majorca. There is a small selection of well-equipped rooms available, as well as several made-to-measure packages, including relaxing getaways, cycling and walking holidays, bird-watching options and even a honeymoon package.
When it comes to accommodation, Las Gaviotas Suites Hotel is one of the best hotels in Playa de Muro. There is a wide selection of rooms to choose from, including family apartments, double rooms and suites, ensuring there is something to suit everyone. Guests can take advantage of many facilities, including swimming pools, pool bar, entertainment, buffet restaurant, gym and WiFi.
Prinsotel La Dorada is another hotel popular with families and couples. Also located in Playa de Muro, this four-star hotel is just a short walk away from the beach and features swimming pools, restaurants, spa, sports facilities and children’s activities. The accommodation comes in the form of spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments with bedroom(s), living room, bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen.
Hotel & Restaurant Forn Nou in Arta is a great choice when it comes to accommodation in Majorca. Here you’ll find just six rooms, each with its own character, and a very popular restaurant. There is plenty to do in the local area, such as golf, cycling, spa, hiking and trekking, making it the ideal place for nature lovers to stay.
Viva Blue in Playa de Muro is ideal for couples and families who want to be close to the beach. This four-star hotel offers plenty of facilities and services for everyone to enjoy, including swimming pools, spa, gardens, sports facilities, supermarket, bars and restaurants.