What's the weather like in Palma in March?
Just as in the UK, you can expect the temperatures in Palma, the capital city of the Balearic Island of Majorca, to start edging upwards in March. Although the average temperature is 12°C, it can reach as high as 17°C in the afternoon. So make sure you remember to pack shorts and T-shirts. In the evening and at night, though, you will need long sleeves, pants and possibly even a jacket as the mercury then drops to an average low of 6°C.
Both the average low temperature and average high temperature increase gradually in the course of the month. March 1 is the coldest day of the month with lows of 5°C and highs of 16°C; March 31 is the warmest day with nighttime temperatures of 7°C and afternoon temperatures of 18°C. The sea temperature now averages 15°C.
You should see an average 9 hours of sunshine per day, a one-hour increase compared to the two previous winter months. This increase is due to the gradual lengthening of the days and very slowly clearing skies.
March 1 is the shortest day of the month with 11.19 daylight hours, while March 31, with 12.37 hours of daylight, is the longest. This means that each day in March is 2.5 minutes longer than the previous one. Cloud cover decreases from 44% in the beginning of the month to 42% toward the end. A typical March day is partly cloudy.
In March, the statistics concerning rainfall are exact the same as they were in February. There is a 40mm total of rainfall, which is spread out over 8 days with precipitation. The same numbers are also observed in September. This, of course, also means that there are 22 days without a single drop of rainfall this month. The average chance that rainfall occurs on any given day in March is 32%his percentage doesn't change very much throughout the month. Just like in the previous months, rainfall is March happens mostly as moderate rain. It is recorded on 49% of the days with rainfall. Drizzle and light rain can happen as well, respectively on 19% and 14% of the rainy days. Thunderstorms occur on 13% of the days with precipitation.
Hotels in Palma in March
AC Hotel Ciutat de Palma
The AC Hotel Ciutat de Palma is part of the Marriott group of hotels. It's ideally placed for sights such as La Almudaina Palace (see below) and it often offers special rates if you book well in advance. The hotel lies only 50 metres from the beautiful promenade and only a few minutes on foot from the beach. Other nearby attractions are the Esbaluard Museum and some of Europe's best golf courses. Amenities are plentiful and include free Wi-Fi, a bar, an excellent restaurant serving traditional Majorcan cuisine, a gym, 24-hour room service and an open-air terrace.
Hotel Isla Mallorca & Spa
Another option would be the Hotel Isla Mallorca & Spa, which bills itself as an oasis in the city. This charming hotel has 153 well-furnished rooms with free high-speed Internet, a garden, a swimming pool, a fantastic spa and wellness centre, a buffet and an à la carte restaurant, and a private parking garage. It boasts a great location as well, close to landmarks such as the Bellver Castle and the Santa Catalina neighbourhood with its numerous restaurants.
Bars and Restaurants
Garito Cafe Bar Club
In the evening, try the Garito Café Bar Club and enjoy boiled octopus with potato mash while listening to the musical entertainment. This is a fantastic place for a fun night outhe menu is extensive and features cocktails, beers and excellent food.
If you're don't know what you're after, make your way to the superb tapas restaurant Gaudeix Bodega. Situated in the historic city centre, this creative restaurant serves a wide variety of tapas, including garlic shrimp, croquetas and meatballs.
Things to do in Palma in March
Day of the Balearic Islands Festival
March kicks off with the Day of the Balearic Islands festival. The event takes place on March 1st and is celebrated with concerts, sports competitions, public readings, private parties, communal meals, exhibitions and open-air markets. Similar to bank holidays in the UK, you will find that most of the shops are closed and the reduced public transport services may be disrupted. If you're in the area in early March, this is an event that should not be missed!
La Almudaina Palace
While you're in Palma you should make a point of visiting the 13th-century La Almudaina Palace. The palace contains furniture and tapestries from different periods of Spanish history and is still used by the King of Spain for official ceremonies in the summer months. It once was the seat of the King of the independent kingdom of Majorca. The present-day castle is actually a renovation of a much older Muslim fortress. Highlights are the rectangular tower, the King's Palace, the Queen's Palace, the Tinell Hall and the Royal Chapel and courtyards. Near the palace lies the quaint old Arab Quarter, a neighbourhood made up of narrow winding alleys, palaces, museums, gorgeous courtyards and home to the Palma Town Hall.