Sun-hungry travelers flock to the Balearic Islands summer after summer, eager to experience the archipelago's famous Mediterranean beaches. It's easy to see why: the summer temperatures here are hot but tolerable, but the islands offer a warm and pleasant climate year-round.
Weather Breakdown of the Four Main Islands
As the largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is also the most varied in terms of climate. Part of that is due to its size, but the Tramontana mountain range on the north side of the island also plays a role. In the mountains, precipitation is more common than elsewhere on the island (yes, that means it does occasionally snow).
The rest of Mallorca is warmer and less prone to precipitation. Its proximity to France makes it one of the windiest of the islands, but there'sun is plentiful throughout the year. The best time to visit Mallorca is in the summer, but you could also visit in May or September to enjoy the great weather without as many crowds.
Menorca is the rainiest of the islands, despite its flatness. Precipitation is especially common in the fall. Summers are hot and dry with lots of sunshine. Like its neighbor Mallorca, the island is also quite windy due to its easternmost position in the sea.
Ibiza enjoys a mild climate year-round, with plenty of sunshine even in winter, the rainiest season. Unlike Mallorca and Menorca, it's sheltered from the wind, so it's not quite as breezy on Ibiza.
The smallest and southernmost of the Balearic Islands, Formentera is protected from the majority of the Mediterranean wind by its northern neighbors, especially in the summer. Winters tend to be breezier and more prone to rain, but drastically low temperatures are rare. Summers are warm but not unbearably so despite the lack of wind.
Spring in the Balearic Islands
Spring is one of the most pleasant times of year to visit the islands. The weather is excellent, but the majority of summer tourists haven't arrived yet. Temperatures average out in the low-to-mid 70s Fahrenheit (22 degrees C), and rain is rare. Late in the spring, the sea will be warm enough for swimming, though you may catch a few brave souls braving the chillier waters as early as March.
What to pack: Layering is key in the springtime, as days can start off on the cooler side before becoming quite warm in the afternoon. Bring a light jacket and long pants (leave the shorts at home), but T-shirts and open-toed shoes are good to go.
Summer in the Balearic Islands
Summer is high season in the islands, both in terms of the number of visitors and the temperatures. Temperatures reach the high 70s Fahrenheit (26 degrees C) in June and the high 80s Fahrenheit (31 degrees C) in July and August, accompanied by plenty of sunshine and little to no rain. Sea temperatures remain in the 70s F (21 to 26 degrees C) throughout the summer, making for prime swimming conditions.
What to pack: Sultry summer calls for light, breezy clothing that won't stick to your skin. Keep in mind that locals don't really wear swimsuits and flip-flops beyond the beach, so bring something that's easy to change into for walking around town or heading out to lunch or dinner. And of course, sunscreen and sunglasses are musts.
Fall in the Balearic Islands
As the summer tourists disperse, the temperatures drop to a pleasantly cool level, averaging out in the 60s Fahrenheit (15.5 to 20.5 degrees C). This is the perfect time of year to explore the islands' natural beauty beyond the beach through hiking or cycling. Autumn tends to be the wettest month throughout all the islands, but the rainfall is nothing dramatic and sunshine is still plentiful.
What to pack: Just like in the spring, layers are a must in the fall. A comfortable, lightweight jacket and sturdy shoes for exploring will go a long way. Be sure to bring a small umbrella along just in case, though you may not end up needing it.
Winter in the Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands feel like an entirely different place in the quiet winter compared to the bustling summer months. Temperatures stay in the 40s Fahrenheit (4 to 9 degrees C) throughout most of the season, and precipitation is less common than in the fall.
What to pack: Even if you come from a colder climate and are pleasantly surprised by the islands' comparatively mild winters, do as the locals do and bundle up. A winter coat, scarf, and maybe even a pair of gloves for cooler nights out and about will help keep you nice and warm.
|Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours|
|Month||Avg. Temp.||Rainfall||Daylight Hours|
|January||60 F||1.5 inches||10 hours|
|February||61 F||1.4 inches||10 hours|
|March||64 F||1.1 inches||12 hours|
|April||68 F||1.2 inches||13 hours|
|May||73 F||1.1 inches||14 hours|
|June||80 F||0.4 inches||15 hours|
|July||86 F||0.2 inches||15 hours|
|August||87 F||0.7 inches||14 hours|
|September||82 F||2.2 inches||12 hours|
|October||75 F||2.3 inches||11 hours|
|November||67 F||2.1 inches||10 hours|
|December||62 F||2.1 inches||9 hours|