Weather Averages for Menorca in October
Averages for Menorca in October
October marks the beginning of the autumn season in Menorca, Balearic Islands (Spain), when temperatures begin to cool down and the chance of rainfall increases. During this month, the sea retains the heat from summer, making it a great time to hit the beach if you plan on swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving. Because the summer holidays ended in September, October is usually a quiet time for the island, so you should be able to snap up some fantastic deals on flights and accommodation. If you don’t like the idea of the odd cloudy spell and rainy day during your holiday, you’re best off visiting Menorca during July or August, when temperatures are at their highest and the chance of rainfall is at a minimum.
In October, the average temperature for Menorca starts off at 21°C and quickly falls down to 17°C as the month develops. Daily highs and lows change in the same fashion, dropping from 24°C to 20°C and from 17°C to 14°C, respectively, as the month progresses.
With temperatures like this, you’ll need to bring a collection of clothes suitable for all types of weather. Some days you’ll get away with beach clothes and swimming gear, whereas other days, trousers and thin jumpers might be more appropriate. Always make sure you bring suntan lotion, hats and sunglasses in case the sun is stronger than expected. Whatever the weather is like during the daytime, you’ll probably get some good use out of a light jacket or coat if you plan on venturing outside your accommodation on an evening.
Although it only happens on an average of once every ten days, October temperatures in Menorca can sometimes rise above 26°C or fall below 11°C. The coldest October day which has ever been registered on the island is October 13th 1965, when temperatures as low as 5.2°C were recorded. On the other hand, the hottest October day which has ever been registered in Menorca is October 26th 1987, when temperatures as high as 30.2°C were recorded.
Throughout October, Menorca is subject to an average of 85mm of rainfall which is divided out between 12 rainy days. With rain falling on just short of half of the month, there is a good chance you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday. If you don’t want to risk rain spoiling your visit, make sure you pack some waterproof clothing or an umbrella.
The most likely types of precipitation you can expect to experience in Menorca in October are moderate rain, thunderstorms and light rain. Even though heavy rain and drizzle are also a possibility during this month, they’re relatively unlikely.
The probability of rainfall occurring on an average day in Menorca in October slightly increases as the month progresses. Precipitation is least likely to fall around October 1st, when it only happens in 36% of days. On the other hand, precipitation is most likely to fall around October 31st, when it falls on 41% of days.
The highest monthly rainfall which has ever been recorded in Menorca in October is 245.5 l/m2 which happened in 1976. The greatest number of wet days the island has ever seen during this month is 22 which occurred in 1990. The maximum amount of precipitation which Menorca has ever received within a single 24-hour period in October is 67.6 l/m2, all of which fell on October 26th 1997.
Throughout October, the island boasts an average of eight hours of sunshine each day – that’s two hours less each day than in September. In spite of the decrease in sunshine hours, you’ll have more than enough time to explore the resort, work on your tan by the pool and soak up some rays at the beach during your holiday in Menorca.
October is probably the last month of the year you’ll be able to spend a day at the beach in Menorca, so make the most of it! Any later than this and the sea temperatures will probably be too cold to go for a swim. In October, the average sea water temperature for the beaches around the island is 23°C – that’s 2°C cooler than in September. Despite the decrease in temperature, 23°C is more than warm enough to enjoy all sorts of aquatic activities, including swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
In October, the length of the day in Menorca is steadily decreasing, with a difference of 1:16 hours between the start and the end of the month. The shortest day in October is October 31st with 10:29 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day in October is October 1st with 11:45 hours of daylight.
Thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate which the island enjoys, Menorca stays fairly humid throughout the year. The average daily humidity for the island in October ranges between 60% (mildly humid) and 94% (very humid) almost never dropping below 47% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
Since it suffers from fairly blustery conditions all-year-round, Menorca is fondly known as The Windy Island. In October, typical wind speeds range 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 October 13th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s (moderate breeze). At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s happens around October 1st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s (moderate breeze).
Cala Mitjana Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Tuscasasrurales
Things to do
The milder temperatures make October a fantastic month to go cycling in Menorca. The island boasts more than 3,000km of cycle routes, divided between coastal, village, mountainous and countryside terrain. With such a large number of routes available, there is something for everyone to have a go at – whether you’re a cycling newbie or a fully-fledged professional. Although a lot of the tracks are unpaved, this only adds to the experience and providing you’ve rented a mountain or hybrid bike, you won’t have any trouble with the uneven terrain.
Water sports are incredibly popular in Menorca and provide you with a way to stay fit and have fun at the same time whilst on holiday. Wind Fornells claims to be Menorca’s most popular sailing centre and provides visitors with a number of windsurfing, dinghy sailing, waterskiing and paddleboard excursions, guaranteeing something for every type of water sport enthusiast. You’ll find a number of special deals for couples, families, groups and students if you book through the website.
If you want a break from the beach, why not head to Lithica near Ciutadella? This historical attraction is made up of a quarry, Medieval-inspired garden and an ecological nature reserve, providing something for everyone to enjoy. There’s also a gift shop where you can pick up presents for friends and family back home, as well as a beautiful rose garden which is found at the bottom of a 20m hole. Unfortunately, English guided tours of the site aren’t available yet, but you are given a map of the entire place when you arrive which you can use to guide yourself around.
Another historic site worthy of a visit during your holiday in Menorca is the Cala Morell Necropolis. Located in Ciutadella, this small inlet is made up of 14 different manmade caves which date back thousands of years to the Pretalayótic period. The caves were previously used as separate burial tombs and, with their decorated doorways, detailed pillars and drainage systems, are fascinating to see – especially from an architect’s point of view. If you’ve got an eye for detail, you’ll be able to spot the little markings on the exterior which identify each of the tombs.
Cala Mitjaneta Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Hugos
Hit the beach
Situated just a short walk away from Cala Mitjana, Cala Mitjaneta is a tiny beach mainly frequented by locals. Access is via the Cala Mitjana beach and you can get there either by walking or swimming. When you arrive, you’ll find a beautiful bay made up of a combination of golden and white sands, creating the ideal place for adults to sunbathe and children to play. The sand gives way to gentle aquamarine waters which are perfect for swimming in. Due to its remote location, you won’t find any services or facilities available here, so you’ll need to bring your own shade, food and drink.
Son Xoriguer is one of the numerous Blue Flag beaches located on Menorca. Situated on the south western tip of the island, this beach is a must-visit for water enthusiasts. Here you can try all sorts of aquatic activities, including scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, pedalo hire and windsurfing, to name a few. If you’re not into water sports, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is plenty of fine white sand available where you can relax and work on your tan. When lunchtime rolls around, there is beachside bar available which serves food and drinks throughout the day, as well as a shaded grassy area nearby which is perfect for picnics.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy resort beaches, spend a day at Cala Turqueta. Since it’s protected by the local authorities, this sandy cove is one of the most pristine and unspoilt on the island. Made up of fine white sands which give way to clear shallow waters, Cala Turqueta provides the ideal conditions for sunbathing as well as swimming. Due to its remoteness, there are no real facilities offered at this beach, so you’ll need to take everything with you that you’ll need for the day.
Cala Turqueta Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Tuscasasrurales
Where to eat and drink
Sa Gavina is renowned for its top quality food and fantastic waiter service, making it more than worthy of a visit during your holiday in Menorca. Located in Es Mercadal, this restaurant serves a combination of popular British dishes and traditional Spanish options, making it perfect for groups of holidaymakers when half want to try the local food and the other half want something they’re familiar with.
Restaurante Tipico Meson Murciano is another restaurant which prides itself on the quality of its food and service. Here you’ll find a comprehensive menu overflowing with all sorts of international meat-based, fish, seafood and vegetarian dishes, guaranteeing something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re not sure what to have, order the paella or the inferno pizza – they both come highly recommended.
If you’re in the mood for tapas, spend an evening at Menorca Restaurant. This small and friendly eatery is tucked away in the traditional village of Alaior and offers a wide range of Spanish tapas dishes, ranging from Tortilla Española and Papas Bravas to Pescaditos Fritos and Albondigas. With so many different dishes to choose from, you’re sure to find something to suit everyone in your group – even fussy eaters.
Satisfy your Asian cuisine craving by spending an evening at Restaurante Way. This eatery serves a combination of Chinese and Japanese dishes, including sushi, maki and tempura. Diners can choose something from the a la carte menu or pick from the dishes available on the affordable three-course set menu. The highlight of dining at Restaurante Way is the fantastic show cooking, which is sure to make your experience unforgettable.
Torrenova in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Martin
Where to stay
If you can afford to splash out during your holiday, consider staying at Hotel Port Mahon. This hotel is located just a stone’s throw away from the port in Mahon, which means many of the rooms come with superb views. Accommodation is available in the form of single rooms, double rooms and double rooms with views, each of which features air conditioning and a balcony or terrace. Onsite services and facilities include swimming pool, bars, restaurants, entertainment programme and internet access.
For something a bit more budget-friendly, check out Alfonso III. This two-star hotel is located in Ciutadella, making it perfect for families and couples who want to visit the various historic sites in the area. Guests can choose between a number of studio-style rooms, each of which comes with WiFi access, air conditioning and private bathroom. There is a handful of onsite services and amenities to take advantage of, such as bar-café, laundrette, 24-hour reception and car hire.
Marinda Garden is perfect for families and couples looking for accommodation during their holiday in Menorca. This complex is made up of a number of different bungalows and apartments, each of which fits into the surroundings perfectly to create an appealing overall holiday structure. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the amenities and services available onsite, which include swimming pool, solarium, mini golf, sports facilities, bar, café and games room.
Cala Macarella Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Tuscasasrurales
October events in Menorca
National Day of Catalonia
12th October 2014
National Day in Menorca is celebrated throughout the whole of the island and is a rather low-key event. Although there aren’t really any festivals or activities held on this day, it’s safe to say that almost all major shops, banks and supermarkets will be closed, so make sure you stock up on essentials beforehand if you don’t want to go without.
Festa d’es Butifarra
19th October 2014
On the third Sunday of the month, Sant Joan hosts the Festa d’es Butifarra – the Sausage Festival. This foodie event is known for its folk dancing displays and traditional music concerts, as well as the huge selection of local sausages which will be available to try.