Weather Averages for Menorca in September
Averages for Menorca in September
September is a great time of year to visit Menorca, Balearic Islands (Spain), when temperatures are high, the sea is warm and sunshine is almost guaranteed every single day. Since the start of the month falls within the school summer holidays, expect the island to be very busy, with some of the hotels increasing their prices to take advantage of the high number of tourists. If you’ve got the option to travel outside of the school holidays, visit the island toward the end of the month, when the weather is still fantastic but the crowds are much more bearable. On the other hand, if you prefer the weather to be a bit more temperate, you’re better off visiting in May or October, when the temperatures are cooler and cloudy days are more likely.
In September, the average temperature for the island begins at 24°C on September 1st and gradually falls until it reaches 21°C by September 30th. Daily highs and lows change in the same way, falling from 27°C down to 24°C and from 21°C to 18°C, respectively, as the month develops.
With average temperatures this high, you’ll need to pack plenty of light and airy clothing to ensure you stay comfortable whilst on holiday. A day or two at the beach is probably at the top of your to-do list, so make sure you bring some beach clothes and swimming gear, too. Even if you’re not one to burn easily, it’s worth packing some sunglasses, hats and suntan lotion to make sure your holiday isn’t ruined by heatstroke or sunburn. Although temperatures drop considerably on a night time, you probably won’t need anything more than trousers, shorts, dresses, skirts and shorts to be comfortable on an evening.
Even though it only happens on rare occasions, temperatures in Menorca in September have been known to exceed 30°C or drop below 14°C. The coldest September day which has ever been registered in Menorca is September 17th 2008, when temperatures as low as 8.9°C were recorded. On the other hand, September 4th 2004 is the hottest September day ever registered, when temperatures as high as 32.6°C were recorded.
Across September, Menorca receives an average of 70mm of rainfall – that’s significantly more rainfall than in August. This precipitation is spread out between ten rainy days. With rainfall occurring on around 1/3 of the month, there is a fairly decent chance you’ll experience some of the wet stuff during your holiday. The most common forms of precipitation for Menorca in September are thunderstorms, moderate rain and light rain. Although drizzle and heavy rain are also a possibility at this time of the year, you’ll be glad to hear that they’re extremely unlikely.
The possibility of rainfall making an appearance on any given day in Menorca in September gradually rises as the month progresses. Precipitation is most likely to occur around September 30th when it falls on 36% of days. At the other end of the scale, rainfall is least likely to fall around September 1st, when it only falls on 24% of days.
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Menorca in September is 193.1 l/m2 which happened in 2009. The greatest number of rainy days the island has ever experienced during this month is 18 which occurred in 1996. The maximum amount of precipitation which Menorca has ever received in a single day in September is 74 l/m2 which fell on September 14th 1972.
Across September, Menorca enjoys around 10 hours of sunshine every day – that’s three hours less each day than in August. Despite the small decrease in sunshine hours, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to work on your tan by the pool or at the beach during your holiday in Menorca.
If you are planning a beach day during your holiday in Menorca, you’ll be happy to know that the average sea water temperature for the beaches on the island in September is 25°C – that’s slightly cooler than in August. Although everyone feels water temperature differently, locals and visitors alike will agree that this is the perfect temperature for all sorts of aquatic activities, including swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling. As you’d imagine, the beaches fill up very fast at this time of year, so make sure you get there early if you want to get a good spot.
In September, the length of the day in Menorca is gradually decreasing, with a difference of 1:15 hours between the beginning and the end of the month. The shortest September day is September 30th with 11:48 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is September 1st with 13:03 hours of daylight.
Because the island enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, Menorca stays relatively humid throughout the year. The average daily humidity for the island in September fluctuates between 56% (mildly humid) and 94% (very humid) almost never falling below 43% (comfortable) or reaching 100% (very humid).
Thanks to its almost constant blustery conditions, Menorca is known as The Windy Island. In September, conditions are relatively calm, with typical wind speeds ranging between 1 m/s (light air) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze) almost never rising above 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around September 30th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around September 12th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s.
Cala'n Porter Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands
Things to do
Water sport enthusiasts won’t want to miss the opportunity to go diving during their holiday in Menorca. Diving Menorca offers a number of courses and excursions across several different diving sites, providing something for everyone to have a go at – whether you’re a first-time diver or experienced professional. Some of the activities available include diving excursion packages and PADI courses. If you’re familiar with diving and don’t need an instructor or a guide to go with you, you’ll be pleased to hear that Diving Menorca also rents out diving equipment for a reasonable fee.
If golf is your sport, head to Golf Son Parc for a round or two. Open every day of the year, this golf course is made up of 18-holes and was designed by Dave Thomas Golf Ltd. The championship quality course is perfect for beginners and experienced players alike and features a number of challenging holes scattered between wooded hills and a protected wet zone which is home to several bird species. In addition to the golf course, Golf Son Parc also features club hire, buggy hire, trolleys, golf lessons and a driving range.
Holidaymakers who enjoy a drink or two should consider spending the day at the Gin Factory on Mahon Front. This attraction is completely free to enter and provides loads of different samples which are also free to enjoy, with no obligation to make any purchases. In case you’re wondering, gin has been made in Menorca since the 18th century when it was under British rule. Unfortunately, there is no way to tour the factory itself and there is no museum as such, but the free samples and opportunity to purchase local bottles and unusual flavours make it definitely worthy of a visit during your holiday in Menorca.
If you’d like to visit another alcohol-themed attraction, Bodegas Binifadet is a top pick. This wine cellar offers free tours which allow you to wander around the local vineyards in Sant Lluis and explore the winery, all the while finding out about the traditional winemaking process. The highlight of the tour is the wine tasting, which is followed by cheese and jam tasting. Make sure you keep an eye out for the goat cheese marinated in red wine – it’s their speciality. At the end of the tour, you can opt to buy some of the wine which comes in various types: red, white, rose and sparkling.
Cala Macarella Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Tuscasasrurales
Hit the beach
If you’re staying on the north western side of Menorca, why not spend a day at Cala Morell? This beach is made up of a sandy cove which is lined by incredibly tall cliffs which protect the cove from almost all windy conditions. A top spot for sunbathers and scuba divers alike, Cala Morell is known for its super-soft golden sands and remarkably deep waters which are home to a variety of local marine life and several underwater caves. Parking is available at a street nearby, although it fills up very quickly in summer, so make sure you get there early. Although there are no sun loungers or parasols, there is a beach bar which serves food and drink throughout the day.
One of Son Parc’s main attractions is its beach which is perfect for families and couples alike. This long golden bay is lined by calm, blue waters, creating the ideal environment for unconfident swimmers and children to enjoy the sea safely. You’ll find all the usual beach services and amenities available here, including sun loungers and shades which are available to rent, lifeguards, café and pedalos and kayaks which you can hire. In addition to the sunbathing and swimming opportunities, Son Parc beach is also a great place for collectors, thanks to the huge number and variety of seashells scattered throughout.
Cala Macarella is one of the most famous beaches on the island, making it more than worthy of a visit during your holiday. Here you’ll find a cove comprising of picture-perfect white sands which form an almost perfect semi-circle. The sands are framed by tall, white cliffs topped with pine trees, which protect sunbathers from blustery winds. The water is very shallow for a long way out, which means you’ll have to wade quite far if you want to do some serious swimming. Although there are no sun loungers or parasols to use, there is a beachside bar and two car parks nearby.
Sea view in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Tuscasasrurales
Where to eat and drink
If you’re in the mood for tapas, pop into Bar Camacho. This small and friendly café-bar serves a selection of traditional tapas dishes, filled baguettes and main courses, each of which is priced reasonably. The portions are very generous, so make sure you don’t over-order. There is also a lengthy wine menu available, with a small selection of local bottles. Diners can choose to sit outside on the shaded terrace or in the air-conditioned interior.
Located in Es Mercadal, Restaurante Pizzeria Flamingo is a great place to go to satisfy your pizza craving. Here you’ll find a huge range of homemade pizzas available for a reasonable price, in addition to an affordable menu of the day which is comprised of three separate dishes. If you’re dining with some people who aren’t in the mood for pizza, you’ll be glad to hear that there is a selection of meat- and fish-based tapas-style dishes available, too.
If Restaurante Pizzeria Flamingo is full, visit Restaurant Pizzeria Es Pitus. This restaurant serves a variety of Mediterranean dishes, with pizzas being their speciality. There are plenty of choices available on the extensive a la carte menu, but if you’re looking for value for money, you’re best off sticking to the set menu, which changes regularly. If you’re not sure what to order, opt for the lamb – it’s one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.
Puccini Restaurant is another top pick when it comes to Italian dining. Here you’ll find a comprehensive menu full of varied starters, salads, pizzas, pastas, meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian options. If you’re just in the mood for something sweet, have a look at their dessert menu, it’s over-flowing with Italian specialities, including panna cotta, profiteroles and crepes.
Cala Turqueta Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands
Where to stay
Santandria Playa Hotel is a great hotel if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday. This complex looks over Cala Santandria, providing the ideal place if you plan on spending a lot of time at the beach during your stay. Here you’ll find accommodation in the form of twin, double and triple rooms, many of which come with a sea view. There are all sorts of services and facilities available for guests onsite, including bars, restaurants, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, massage room and free WiFi access.
When it comes to affordable accommodation in Menorca, you can’t beat Catalonia Mirador d’es Port. This three-star hotel is found close to Mahon and has fantastic views over the natural port of the resort. Guests can choose between standard doubles, doubles with views and doubles with terraces, providing plenty of options to suit all tastes. There are loads of services and facilities to take advantage of, including restaurants, bars, internet access, garden, solarium, fitness room, Jacuzzi, swimming pool and free WiFi access.
Hostal Jume is another top choice for low-cost accommodation. Also located in the centre of Mahon, this hotel is just a short walk away from many bars, restaurants and shops, making it a great base from which to explore. Accommodation is available in the form of single rooms, double rooms and family rooms, providing something for all group sizes. The handful of services and facilities available onsite includes breakfast served each morning in the café, free WiFi access throughout, paid parking, 24-hour reception, multilingual staff and air conditioning/heating.
Cala Santandria Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands
September events in Menorca
Mare de Deu de Gracia
7th September 2014 to 9th September 2014
The Mare de Deu de Gracia marks the end of the summer season in Menorca. During this festival, all sorts of events take place in Mahon, including traditional horse displays, street processions, music concerts, dances, folklore events and firework displays. The highlight of the event is always the horse shows which see locals donning typical Menorcan dress and showing off their skills and talents on horseback.
Fiesta de Cala’n Porter
20th September 2014 to 21st September 2014
The Fiesta de Cala’n Porter is one of the few festivals held in Cala’n Porter and marks the end of the summer season. During the festival, there is a traditional programme of events which features giant parades, horse shows, music concerts, breakfast feast and a firework display. The 2014 programme is as follows: 20/09 5pm: Parade of Giants 6pm: Sa Qualcada i Sa Bandera (Cavalcade & Flag) 7pm: Jaleo en Sa Plaça (horse show) 21/09 9am: Diana Alegre (music concert) (horse parade) 9.30am: Bereneta Menorquina (breakfast feast) 9.50am: Es Replec de Sa Qualcada (horse show) 11.30am: Missa Solemne de Caixers (mass) 12.15pm: Jaleo a Sa Plaça (horse show) 3pm: Beguda Popular (reception) 10.30pm: Firework display