When you think of Majorca, you probably picture sandy beaches, blue waters, or culture in the capital of Palma and perhaps even lively bars and nightlife in some of the bigger resorts like Magaluf. But Majorca is a very diverse island and its changing landscapes and topography create many microclimates perfect for all kinds of different travellers – Sarah Black explains more.
Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea. Also known as Mallorca, the island packs a lot of history and modern adventure for the savvy traveller. With a little something for everyone, there is a lot to like about the island.
A travel hot spot for a number of years, Majorca has plenty in the way of amenities both for the student traveller and those looking at five-star resorts. The island is not only popular with those who just want rest and relaxation, but also for those looking for specific adventures such as bicycling or scuba diving.
Thanks to a pleasant climate year-round and fairly low rain chances, Majorca is a destination that can be enjoyed any month of the year. The locals take advantage of this opportunity and hold festivals throughout the year that are also a welcome treat for any tourist. Carnival is always a popular time to visit the region and can be in February or March depending on the date of Easter. The locals celebrate this time before Lent with fancy dresses, bonfires and floats. One of the more popular events takes place in August. Located in the Bay of Palma, a yearly regatta attracts some of the best yachtsmen from around the world.
The location of the island in the Mediterranean Sea can create a “Mediterranean front” of its own weather. As it does so, the northern part of the island is battered by high winds that not only make it good for sailing but also great for windsurfing. Conditions will be the worse here in the winter months than in the southern part, as stronger fronts prevail and the winds can make conditions dangerous.
The landscape of Tramuntana Mountain Range in Majorca
Not only does the geographic location play a role in the weather of Majorca, but the topography does as well. For a small island, there are numerous microclimates that can create their own conditions independent of the overall weather. One reason for the microclimates is the Tramuntana Mountain Range. These mountains act as a barrier for clouds and rain. As a result, the windward side is generally pelted with rain and even snow, but the leeward side is warm and dry. Therefore, the valleys are generally warmer and drier, but can also come under the influence of the nearby sea. For visitors travelling to the region, it is important to consult an extended forecast before leaving home.
Thanks to the mountainous regions of the island, it is has become a favourite training spot for bicyclists from around the world. The challenging topography attracts not only recreational cyclists, but also those who are members of some of the best professional teams. There are numerous companies such as Trek Travel that offer a wide variety of tours to those who want to tour the island on two wheels. With trips as long as 7 days, participants can experience anything from heat to driving rain.
The best time to experience dry conditions is in June, July and August where the average rain days are only one or two per month and rainfall amounts are between 6 and 22mm. Summer months also see 12 to 13 hours of sunshine each day for training as compared to 6 to 7 hours in the winter months.
The island adventure continues beneath the land as well as above it. The rich history of this land has been forming for millennia and continues to this day. Nature has played one of its biggest roles with the formation of the Dragon Caves. Extending almost 1200 meters, these caves are one of the most popular spots on the island and a great place to hear one of the most unique concerts ever.
Back outside, there are also numerous watersports to take advantage of while visiting the island. Companies such as Water Sports Mallorca are here to teach vacationers the finer points of surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and much more. With water temperatures between 21° and 26°C (70°F-79°F) from June to August, this is the time to hit the water. Water temperatures are much cooler in the winter months and less perfect to enjoy these types of activities. Additionally, afternoon air temperatures will warm from 15° to 17°C (59°-63°F) in the winter to 27°C to 30°C (66°-73°F) by the summer.
The island of Majorca has numerous different climates depending on where you are and the time of the year. However, this makes the island unique and with varied conditions, there is something for everyone to like. An outdoor lover’s dream, Majorca is a great place to visit and enjoy any time of the year.