What's the Weather Like in Menorca in August
August is one of the hottest and driest times of the year to visit Menorca, Balearic Islands (Spain), when temperatures are incredibly high and rainfall is at a minimum. Since this month falls within the school holidays, the island will be very busy at this time of year and you'll probably find hotel and flight prices to be quite expensive.
If you have the option to travel outside of the school holidays, you're better off visiting in early July or late September. That way you can still enjoy the warm and dry summer weather, but won't have the hassle of bustling crowds or high prices that the summer months are known for. If you don't fancy blistering temperatures and little if any rainfall, you're best off visiting during spring, when the temperatures are milder and the odd cloudy day is common.
In August, the average temperature for Menorca starts off at 25°C on August 1st and slowly falls until it reaches 24°C by August 31st. Daily highs and lows follow the same pattern, dropping from 29°C to 27°C and from 22°C to 21°C, respectively, as the month progresses.
As you can see, the average temperatures during this month are very high, which means you'll need to pack plenty of light and airy clothing in order to stay cool. A swim is a great way to cool off, so make sure you bring enough beachwear and swimming gear, too.
Even if you tan easily, it's still worth bringing sunglasses, hats and suntan lotion in order to avoid heatstroke and sunburn. Even though there is a substantial difference between the daytime and evening temperatures in Menorca, you probably won't need anything more than shorts, skirts, shirts and dresses to wear out on a night time.
Although it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures in Menorca can sometimes rise above 31°C or fall below 18°C at this time of year. The coldest August day which has ever been recorded on the island is August 12th 2005, when temperatures as low as 13.6°C were registered. At the other end of the scale, August 12th 2003 is the hottest August day ever recorded, when temperatures as high as 36.6°C were registered.
Throughout August, Menorca is subject to an average of 23mm of rainfall that's 20mm more than in July which is divided between four rainy days. With such a small amount of rain occurring on so few days throughout the month, it's likely that you won't see a drop of the wet stuff at all during your holiday in Menorca.
If you are unfortunate enough to get some rainfall during your stay, it will most likely be thunderstorms, moderate rain or light rain. Even though heavy rain and drizzle are also possible during this month, you'll be happy to hear that they're a rare occurrence.
The likelihood of rainfall making an appearance on an average day in Menorca in August rises steadily as the month develops. Rainfall is least probable on August 1st, when it falls on 13% of days. On the other hand, rainfall is most likely on August 31st when it falls on 24% of days.
The highest monthly rainfall ever seen in Menorca in August is 140.6 l/m2 which occurred in 1997. The greatest number of rainy days the island has ever experienced in this month is 12 which happened in 1976. The maximum amount of precipitation ever to fall within a single 24-hour period in Menorca in August is 77.4 l/m2, all of which fell on August 18th 1977.
Average Sunshine Hours
Throughout August, Menorca boasts an average of 13 hours of sunshine every day that's the same as in July and June. With so many hours of sunshine to take advantage of each day, you'll have loads of chances to get to know the resort, chill out by the pool and soak up some rays by the beach.
Average Sea Temperature
If you do plan on hitting the beach during your holiday in Menorca, you'll be glad to hear that the average sea water temperature for the beaches on the island in August is 26°C that's 2°C warmer than July and 5°C warmer than June.
This temperature is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, which is why you'll see so many sunbathers and swimmers on the beaches in Menorca at this time of year. As you'd expect, the beaches fill up fast in August, so make sure you get there early if you want your pick of the best spots.
In August, the length of the day on the island is steadily decreasing, with a difference of 1:09 hours between the start and the end of the month. The shortest day in August is August 31st with 13:05 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is August 1st with 14:14 hours of daylight.
Thanks to the temperate Mediterranean climate, Menorca enjoys fairly humid conditions all-year-round. The average daily humidity for the island in August ranges between 50% (mildly humid) and 93% (very humid) rarely falling below 38% (comfortable) or reaching 100% (very humid).
Due to its relatively blustery weather, Menorca is locally known as The Windy Island. In August, the winds are fairly calm, with typical wind speeds fluctuating between 0 m/s (calm) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze) almost never going above 9 m/s (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around August 1st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s. At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around August 15th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s (moderate breeze).
Menorca Hotels in August
Located in the south east of Menorca, Valentin Star Hotel is located just a short walk away from the nearest beach, making it ideal for families and couples who want to spend a lot of time at the coast during their holiday. Accommodation is available in the form of standard double rooms, double rooms with views and superior double rooms, providing something for all budgets. Onsite facilities and services include restaurant, snack bar, 24-hour reception, WiFi access, parking, entertainment programme and swimming pool.
Grupotel Playa Club is another great choice when it comes to beachside accommodation. This complex is located within view of the Playa de Son Xoriguer Beach, with a second beach and marina just a short walk away. Here guests can choose between one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom apartments and adapted apartments, each of which features air conditioning and international satellite TV. There is a great selection of amenities and services available, onsite, including wellness centre, gym, restaurants, swimming pool, kids' club, sports activities, playground and WiFi access.
If you want to be surrounded by nature, consider staying at Biniatram Agroturisme. This hotel is found in the north of Menorca, surrounded by trees, fields and flowers. Here you'll find double rooms, apartments, junior suites and complete houses available, providing something for all group sizes. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the onsite services and facilities which include swimming pool, garden, sports zone, breakfast and nature trails.
Menorca Beach for August
Cala Pregonda is one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Menorca. Located on the central northern coast, this bay is made up of soft golden sands lapped by clean aquamarine waters. The slope leading down to the water is very gentle and large waves are practically non-existent, making this beach a top choice amongst families with young children. Unfortunately, there is no onsite parking for the beach, so you'll have to park up in the nearby resort and walk there if you really want to visit. Due to its remote location, this beach has absolutely no facilities, so you'll need to take your own shade, food and drink with you. Be aware that there is also no lifeguard working here, so be careful when you're swimming.
Cala Presili is another popular beach worthy of a visit during your holiday in Menorca. Situated on the north eastern coast, this bay is a medium size, made up of a mixture of white and golden sands. The beach opens up to a wide turquoise bay which is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Although most of the beaches in Menorca are very busy during summer, Cala Presili is often relatively quiet in August, making it a great choice if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle. There are no real facilities here, so you'll have to bring everything with you that you'll think you'll need. Be aware: even though it's not officially a nudist beach, Cala Presili is often frequented by nudists.
Cala Alcaufar is another quiet bay to visit, away from the busier and more crowded beaches of the island. Found on Menorca's south east coast, this beach is made up of fine white sand flanked on either side by mini concrete harbours and rocks where boats regularly moor. Despite the number of boats in the area, the water is remarkably clean and clear, making this beach a top pick for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. There is a handful of services and facilities available here, such as sun loungers, sun shades, boat rental and pedalo hire, with a café-bar available just a short walk away.
Bars and Restaurants
If you're a fan of freshly made dishes created with seasonal produce, don't hesitate to visit Pan y Vino. This restaurant is located in San Lluis and provides a number of set and a la carte menus to choose from. The set menu is only available on a weekend and allows you to sample a canapé, starter, main dish and dessert for a reasonable price. You can even swap one of the items on the set menu for an item on the a la carte menu, if you like! There is also a Normandy set menu available, made up of 13 different themed dishes. There is extensive wine list available, too, with a selection of local and international labels.
Avid carnivores won't want to miss the chance to dine at Ca Na Marga. This restaurant is located in Ses Salines and is open every day from 7pm until 1.30am. Here you'll find all sorts of meat dishes available including beef, pork, chicken and lamb each of which is freshly cooked on the barbecue. If you're not in the mood for meat, you'll be pleased to hear that there is a number of fish and vegetarian options available, too.
The family-run La Venta de Paco has been serving food since 1991 and continues to please diners today. This restaurant specialises in fish and meat cooked on the grill, in addition to various other delicacies, such as rice-based dishes, lobster stew and all sorts of homemade desserts. Diners can choose to enjoy their meal outside on the terrace or in the air-conditioned interior.
Head to Tom's Bar in Cala en Bosch for a lively, exciting night with the bonus of cheap drinks. Although not expensive, the cocktails here are fabulously tasty! With music until late to dance to, TVs to catch up on sport games and very friendly staff, this bar is a favourite among visitors.
Things to do in Menorca in August
For the adventurous and those wanting to explore more of the island, book onto a tour through Jeep Safari Menorca. This company offers three options of safari, one of which can be booked solely for your group of friends or family. The other two are mixed with other tourists, and include return transfer from your hotel as well as a Menorcan picnic. Relax in the comfort of a Land Rover Defender 8 and discover the unforgettable scenery of the island, followed by a cooling dip at a local beach.
If you've had enough of the beach for one day, head inland to Fort Marlborough. This historical site was built by the British between 1710 and 1726 and is one of the most important structures of its time. Whilst you can walk around the site yourself, it's best to sign up for one of the tours if you really want to find out as much as you can about the area. The tours will take you to an exhibition centre with various reconstructions of what life was like back in the time Fort Marlborough was active. There are also several underground galleries to explore where various audio and visual devices help to bring the site alive. If you're holidaying on a budget, make sure you visit the site on a Monday, when admission is free.
The Lladro shop in Castillo Menorca is one of the best places to go if you're on the lookout for gifts for friends and family back home or even just a souvenir to remind you of your stay. This shop is the second largest Lladro store in the world and is full of all sorts of jewellery and figurines. If you're an avid Lladro collector, you'll be excited to hear that you can even get your hands on a number of discontinued products available here from previous years that aren't available to buy anywhere else. Even if you're not interested in purchasing anything, the Lladro shop is a great place to explore for a couple of hours to get out of the midday heat.
Jazz lovers won't want to miss the chance to spend an evening at the Jazz Club in San Clemente the oldest jazz bar in Menorca. Each Tuesday and Thursday night from 9.30pm onwards during summer, this popular music club invites local musicians to perform live in front of an audience. Famous and semi-famous musicians have been known to perform whilst on holiday, so if you're lucky, you might even get to see a face you recognise. The bar is well-stocked with a selection of local and international beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks, so there's no danger of you going thirsty.