Averages for Menorca in December

What's the Weather Like in Menorca in December

December is a fairly popular time of the year to visit Menorca, Balearic Islands (Spain), when many British holidaymakers head to the island in search of some winter sunshine. Although the temperatures in Menorca in December are significantly warmer than they are during the same month in the UK, they are much cooler compared to previous months in Menorca and come with increased rainfall and fewer sunshine hours. If you would prefer y...

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  • Temperature Temperature 12°C 54°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 15°C 59°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 9°C 48°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 59 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 13 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 17°C 63°F

What's the Weather Like in Menorca in December

December is a fairly popular time of the year to visit MenorcaBalearic Islands (Spain), when many British holidaymakers head to the island in search of some winter sunshine. Although the temperatures in Menorca in December are significantly warmer than they are during the same month in the UK, they are much cooler compared to previous months in Menorca and come with increased rainfall and fewer sunshine hours. If you would prefer your holiday to come with high temperatures and low rainfall, you're best off visiting during the summer months, such as July or August.

Temperature

In December, the average temperature for Menorca starts off at 12.5°C and drops down to 11.5°C by the end of the month. Daily highs and lows change in the same fashion, dropping from 15°C down to 14°C and from 10°C down to 9°C as the month progresses. With average temperatures this low, you'll need to bring warm clothing for both the daytime and the evening. If you're planning on venturing outside your accommodation for long periods on a night, you'll need to bring a coat or jacket, too.

Although it only occurs on an average of once every ten days, temperatures in Menorca have been known to rise above 18°C and fall below 5°C during this month. The coldest December day ever recorded in Menorca is December 3rd 1973 when temperatures as low as -1°C were registered. At the other end of the scale, the hottest December day ever registered on the island is December 4th2006, when temperatures as high as 20.8°C were recorded.

Rain

Throughout December, Menorca is subject to an average of 63mm of rainfall which is divided between 13 rainy days. With rainfall occurring on well over 1/3 of the month, it's almost guaranteed that you'll experience a shower or two during your holiday. If you don't want to risk the chance of rain spoiling your stay, make sure you bring some waterproofs or an umbrella with you.

The most likely type of precipitation you can expect to experience in Menorca in December is moderate rain, followed by light rain and thunderstorms. Even though heavy rain and drizzle are also possible at this time of year, they're both unlikely to occur. The possibility of rainfall making an appearance on an average day in Menorca in December stays fairly constant as the month progresses, starting off at 42% on December 3rd and falling down to 40% by December 31st.

The highest monthly rainfall which has ever been registered in Menorca in December is 188.6 l/m2 which happened in 1970. The greatest number of wet days the island has ever experienced in December is 25 which happened in 1969. Not only is this the highest number of wet days ever seen in December, but it's the highest amount of rainy days ever seen in any month. The maximum amount of precipitation which has ever been seen within a single 24-hour period in December is 121.3 l/m2, all of which fell on December 21st 1979.

Average Sunshine Hours

Across December, the island enjoys an average of six hours of sunshine each day – that's one hour less than in November. In spite of the drop in sunshine, six hours is still more than enough time to discover the island and work on your tan by the pool or at the beach if it's warm enough.

Average Sea Temperature

Because of the high chance of rainfall and low average temperature, December isn't a popular time to spend a day at the beach. The average sea water temperature for the beaches around the island is 17°C at this time of year, which is probably a bit too cold to go for a swim. If you're determined to enjoy a dip during your holiday, you're best off sticking to the inside and heated swimming pools throughout the island.

Daylight Hours

In December, the length of the day in Menorca is slowly decreasing, with a difference of 11 minutes between the beginning and the end of the month. The longest December day is December 1st with 9:33 hours of daylight, whilst the shortest day of the month is December 31st with 9:22 hours of daylight.

Humidity

Thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate which the island enjoys, Menorca stays fairly humid all-year-round. The average daily humidity for Menorca in December ranges from 64% (mildly humid) up to 96% (very humid), almost never falling below 51% (mildly humid) or reaching 100% (very humid).

Wind

Known locally as The Windy Island, Menorca is subject to blustery conditions throughout the year. In December, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s (light air) and 8 m/s moderate breeze, almost never going above 12 m/s (strong breeze).

The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around December 23rd, when the average daily maximum is 8 m/s. At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around December 2nd, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s (moderate breeze).

Menorca Hotels in December

When it comes to top end accommodation in Menorca, Hotel Torralbenc is a great choice. Just a short distance away from the Torralbenc architectural site, this complex provides accommodation in the form of standard rooms, suites and cottages, guaranteeing something for all group sizes. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the services and facilities available, including restaurant, swimming pool, garden, gym, free bicycle hire and free WiFi access.

For something a bit more affordable, check out the three-star Hotel Club Sur Menorca. Here guests can choose between double rooms and apartments, each of which comes with a full or partial sea view. There are plenty of onsite amenities and services available, including bars, restaurant, swimming pool, free beach shuttle, sports facilities and kids' club.

Families and couples looking for somewhere affordable and comfortable to stay during their holiday in Menorca should take a look at Apartamentos Sa Cornisa. This complex is made up of various two-bedroom duplexes, each of which can sleep up to five adults and one baby. Onsite services and facilities include swimming pool, kids' area and solarium.

Bars and Restaurants

For traditional Spanish seafood, book a table at Jagaro Restaurante. Located along Mahon's seafront, you can be assured friendly service and uncomplicated culinary perfection at this intimate establishment. All of their dishes are sourced from the freshest local ingredients; the paella and Menorcan lobster come highly recommended. This is the place to be if you're after a classic Menorcan dining experience.

Those in pursuit of something a bit more contemporary should head to Passio Mediterranea, one of the island's most fashionable new eateries. Known for its cosy, eclectic decor and tapas which are inspired by a variety of world cuisines beyond Spain, this easily ranks as one of the most unique and memorable gastronomic experiences in the Balearic Islands. The menu changes in accordance with the seasons and there's a fine list of wines to choose which will accompany your meal. 

Another tapas bar in Menorca that's worth visiting is the lively La Cava del Ars in Mahon. Always buzzing with chattering locals, you'll hear the sound of conversation and laughter resounding through this small and friendly restaurant/bar. Featuring live music during the evenings, this makes an excellent stop for an informal meal with food to share among good company. 

Things to do in Menorca in December

If you're shopping for some Christmas presents for friends and family back home, make sure you stop by one of the many markets that take place throughout Menorca. You'll find markets held at Mahon every Tuesday and Saturday, at Ciutadella every Friday and Saturday, at Es Castell every Monday and Wednesday, at Alaior every Thursday and at Ferreries every Tuesday and Friday. Most of the markets end between midday and 2pm, so make sure you get there early. You can pick up all sorts of gifts at these markets, from fresh produce, handmade clothes and local delicacies to souvenirs, artisan jewellery and designer goods.

When it comes to a night out with a difference, you can't beat the Cave Bar at Cala En Porter. Known locally as Cova d'en Xoroi Night Club, this club has been carved out of the cliff-face and provides the ultimate sundowner. During the early evening, the nightclub provides the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing cocktail whilst watching the sun set on the horizon, but come late evening, it takes on a completely different atmosphere. Local and international DJs take to the decks and have visitors dancing for hours on end. If you only get to visit one club during your visit, make sure it's this one.

Horses play a huge part in traditional life in Menorca. If you'd like to learn more about the local culture, see if you can catch one of the trotting races unique to the Balearics. Unlike traditional horse racing when the jockey sits on the horse, the jockey sits in a small cart behind the horse in Menorcan horse racing and has to prevent it from breaking into a gallop. This fantastic family-friendly event is a great method to while away a few hours if the weather takes a turn for the worst and takes place every Sunday morning at the Mahon Hippodrome in December.

December events in Menorca

Religious

Christmas Eve

24th December 2018

The main Christmas celebrations begin on Christmas Eve in Menorca. On this night, locals celebrate with nativity displays, nativity re-enactments and midnight masses held in churches such as Iglesia de Santa Maria in Mahon, Cathedral of Minorca in Ciutadella and Parroquia Sant Bartomeu in Ferreries. Most hotels, bars and restaurants also put on Christmas Eve parties, with lavish dinners or buffets, themed entertainment and special drinks offers.

Other

Día de Los Santos Inocentes

28th December 2018

Día de Los Santos Inocentes is similar to the UK’s April Fool’s Day – so be on the lookout! Don’t believe everything you see or hear on December 28th in Menorca – especially the newspapers and media on TV.

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