Weather Averages for Menorca in May
Averages for Menorca in May
May is one of the best times of the year to visit Menorca, Balearic Islands (Spain), when the temperatures are pleasantly warm, sunshine is almost guaranteed every day and the resort is still relatively quiet because the kids haven’t started their school holidays yet. Although the temperatures are great during this month, they’re not as hot and overwhelming as they are during the summer months.
In May, the average temperature for the island begins at 15.5°C on May 1st and quickly increases until it reaches 19.5°C by May 31st. Daily highs and lows change in the same way, rising from 19°C to 23°C and from 12°C to 16°C, respectively, as the month develops.
Although the weather is getting warmer every day throughout the year, temperatures can be unpredictable in Menorca, so it’s still worth packing a jumper and a pair of jeans or trousers just in case the weather is colder than expected. Even if you don’t wear them during the daytime, they will probably come in handy on an evening. May is probably the first time of the year that the sea will be warm enough to swim in, so make sure you pack some swimming gear and beachwear, too.
Even though it only occurs on rare occasions, temperatures have been known to rise above 26°C and fall below 9°C during this month in Menorca. The coldest May day in Menorca which has ever been recorded is May 7th 1985, when temperatures as low as 6.4°C were registered. At the other end of the scale, the hottest May day in Menorca ever registered is May 28th 2006, when temperatures as high as 30.7°C were recorded.
Throughout May, the island receives an average 36mm of rainfall – that’s significantly less than in April. This rainfall is divided between eight rainy days throughout the month, which means if you’re holidaying in Menorca for a week or more, there is a pretty good chance you’ll experience a shower or two during your stay. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so take an umbrella or some waterproof clothing with you if you don’t want to get wet. If you want to avoid the wet weather as much as possible, consider visiting the island in July or August, when rainfall levels are at their lowest.
The chance of rainfall making an appearance on any given day in Menorca in May steadily decreases as the month develops, falling from 33% on May 1st down to 23% by May 31st. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to experience in Menorca in May are moderate rain, light rain and thunderstorms. Although drizzle and heavy rain are also a possibility during this month, they’re both relatively unlikely.
The highest monthly rainfall ever experienced by Menorca in May is 107.1 l/m2 which fell in 1984.The greatest number of rainy days ever seen on the island during this month is 15, which happened in 2008. The maximum amount of precipitation ever to fall within a single day in Menorca in May is 80 l/m2, all of which fell on May 5th 2005.
Throughout the month, the island enjoys an average of 12 hours of sunshine every day – that’s two hours more each day than in April. With such an abundance of sunshine to enjoy, you’ll have plenty of time to work on your tan by the pool or at the beach.
If a beach day sounds like just what the doctor ordered, you’ll be pleased to hear that the average sea water temperature for the beaches around Menorca in May is 18°C. Although it is a bit on the cool side, most people will find this temperature suitable for all sorts of water activities, including swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Over the course of an average May, the length of the day in Menorca is steadily increasing, with a difference of 54 minutes between the start and the end of the month. The shortest day in May is May 1st with 13:55 minutes of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is May 31st with 14:48 hours of daylight.
Thanks to the temperate Mediterranean climate, Menorca is relatively humid throughout the year. The average daily humidity for the island in May varies between 55% (mildly humid) and 96% (very humid) almost never falling below 40% (comfortable) or reaching 100% (very humid).
Being known locally as The Windy Island, you’d imagine Menorca to be quite blustery throughout the year, and this is certainly true for many of the months. In May, average wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s (light air) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze) rarely exceeding 11 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around May 1st, when the average daily maximum speed is 7 m/s. At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s happens around May 24th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s (moderate breeze).
Cala Pregonda Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands
Things to do
Castillo de San Felipe is one of the most popular historic sites in Menorca. If you really want to make the most of your visit, it’s worth signing up for the guided tours which take place on Thursday and Sundays at 10am. Unfortunately, much of the castle above ground has been destroyed, but there are still plenty of underground tunnels to explore. The guides are very knowledgeable about the history of the area and really bring the site to life, making it suitable for adults and children alike – whether or not they’re into history. Keep in mind that some of the walking tour can be quite challenging, so it’s not advisable for those who struggle to walk on uneven surfaces or have back problems.
Families travelling with young children won’t want to miss the chance to visit the Aqua Center during their holiday in Menorca. This family-friendly water park is made up of a huge variety of water slides, swimming pools and children’s attractions, providing something for everyone to enjoy. Dare devils will love the Giant Water Slide and Adventure Rider whilst the little ones will have a great time on the Water Shuttles and Water Castle. There is an onsite restaurant where you can enjoy a selection of local dishes as well as homemade pizzas for a reasonable price.
Another great way to spend the day as a family is to visit Lloc de Menorca. This animal zoo is home to a wide range of animals native to Menorca, as well as a selection of tropical species from all over the world. In addition to admiring the various animal habitats, you can also get up-close and personal with the park’s residents, including the goats, horses and monkeys. The park prides itself on creating the ideal environment to allow visitors to get as close to the creatures as possible without interfering with their lifestyles. After you’ve wandered around the park, you can pick up a souvenir at the gift shop, enjoy a packed lunch in the picnic area or grab a drink at the snack bar.
Menorca is a beautiful island to explore and one of the best ways to discover everything there is to see is on a horse riding excursion. Menorca Horse Riding offers a variety of trips, ranging from short one-hour rides for beginners up to more intense four-hour rides for experienced riders. Whether you’re a complete amateur or have plenty of experience when it comes to horses, Menorca Horse Riding will ensure you’re paired up with the perfect horse to suit your abilities. In addition to the various excursions, classes are also available to help first timers learn and experienced riders to improve, as well as pony rides for children aged three and over.
Cala Mitjana Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Pablo
Hit the beach
Cala Mitjana is without a doubt one of the best beaches in Menorca. Protected by giant white cliffs topped with dense green trees, this golden sandy beach faces a large blue lagoon which is almost always calm, providing the ideal location for swimming. Thanks to the incredible clarity of the water, the sea at Cala Mitjana is also perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. With the exception of a small car park, there are no real facilities available here, so you’ll need to bring your own shade, food and drinks with you. Cala Mitjana can get extremely crowded during the summer months, which makes May one of the best times of year to visit.
Locally known as ‘Queen of the Calas’, Cala Galdana is famous for its sandy bay, which many agree is the best in the area. Here you’ll find soft white sand which is perfect for children to play in and adults to relax on. Like many beaches in the area, the sand here gently slopes into the water, creating the optimum conditions for safe swimming. You’ll find all the usual beach facilities available onsite, including sun loungers, shades, water sports and pedalo rental. There is also a top selection of hotels, bars and restaurants lining the beach, providing you with plenty of choice when lunchtime rolls around.
When it comes to a secluded, natural beach a world away from the bustling tourist resorts, it doesn’t get much better than Cala Turqueta. This sandy cove is protected by the local authorities and is therefore as natural and pristine as they come. Here you’ll find fine white sand and remarkably clear and shallow waters. Although the shallow waters create the ideal conditions for young children to play, they can be a bit of a pain for adults who have to wade really far out if they want a proper swim. Be aware that there are no real facilities offered here, so you’ll need to bring your own shade, food and drinks with you.
Cala Turqueta Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Tuscasasrurales
Where to eat and drink
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a difference, consider spending an evening at Café Bistro Sol 32. This intimate restaurant is set inside an old, traditional Menorcan house in Es Mercadal and is known for its character-packed decorations and friendly staff. The varied menu provides something for everyone to enjoy in the form of meat-based dishes, seafood, pasta and vegetarian options. There is a lengthy a la carte menu to choose from, as well as a set menu which is always superb value for money.
Carnivores won’t want to miss the chance to dine at Es Forn de Torre Soli Nou. This restaurant is famous throughout the island for its grilled meats, all of which are cooked fresh to order. Diners can choose between a great variety of dishes, including beef steaks, stuffed chicken breast, fresh fish of the day and pork loin, providing something to please all palates. If you’re still feeling a bit hungry after your main, why not indulge in a dessert? They’re all homemade!
Families in search of a child-friendly restaurant should definitely visit Boni. This popular restaurant features a large children’s play area where the little ones can entertain themselves until their dinner is served. The menu is packed with all sorts of starters, mains and desserts, ranging from prawns and soups, to fish and lamb, to cheesecake and puddings. With so much to choose from, everyone is guaranteed to go home full. If you’re not in the mood to dine, but still want to check the place out, simply stop by and have a drink at the well-stocked intimate bar.
For top quality tapas and a great selection of delicious wines, you can’t beat Casa Tia. This small restaurant doesn’t look anything special but the food comes very highly recommended. If you’re familiar with tapas, you’ll spot all the popular favourites on the menu, including papas bravas, calamari, albondigas and tortilla española. On the other hand, if you’ve never had tapas before, just ask the staff what they recommend – they know the dishes like the back of their hands. Whatever tapas options you choose, make sure you wash them down with some fantastic and reasonably priced wine.
Historic building in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by lhourahane
Where to stay
For a little bit of rustic luxury during your holiday in Menorca, consider staying at Hotel Tres Sants. This hotel dates back to the 18th century and boasts many of the original features, making it perfect for art and architecture lovers. Accommodation is available in the form of eight spacious rooms, each of which is uniquely decorated. There is a handful of services and facilities available onsite, including breakfast included in the price of your room, café, swimming pool, car and bicycle hire, excursion booking, library and a small shop.
If a spa break sounds just like the ticket, Hotel Capri might be just the place for you. Located in the centre of Mahon, this hotel is surrounded by shops, making it perfect for shopaholics looking to indulge themselves. Guests can choose between basic doubles, standard doubles, doubles with Jacuzzis and apartments, guaranteeing something for all price brackets. Onsite services and amenities include restaurant, bar-café, meeting room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, buffet breakfast and spa which offers a range of beauty treatments.
When it comes to affordable accommodation, Maribel Apartmentos are a top pick. Located in Cala Blanca, just a ten minute walk away from the coast, this complex is perfect for families and couples who want to be close to the beach during their holiday. Here you can choose between one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, providing something for all group sizes. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the services and facilities available onsite, including restaurant, shops, swimming pool, children’s play areas, WiFi access, car and bicycle hire, laundrette, excursion booking and shuttle bus.
Sea view in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Pablo
May events in Menorca
1st May 2015
During Labour Day, most locals in Menorca celebrate by taking the day off work. It’s safe to say that almost all banks, supermarkets and shops will be closed throughout the island on this day, so make sure you stock up on essentials beforehand if you don’t want to have to go without.
Festa de la Verge del Toro
8th May 2015
Festa de la Verge del Toro takes place close to Monte Toro in honour of of the island’s patron saint. Celebrations start off with a special mass held at the hilltop shrine in Monte Toro and continue with a small, friendly street party hosted in Es Mercadal.
Menorca Maxi Regatta
27th May 2015 to 30th May 2015
The Menorca Maxi Regatta is a four-day sports event which sees numerous boats take to the waters around Mahon to race for first place.