The Best Time to Visit the Balearic Islands

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TripSavvy / Nusha Ashjaee

There's really no bad time to visit the Balearic Islands. The Mediterranean archipelago enjoys pleasant weather year-round, with mild winters and pleasantly warm summers. However, to really make the most of everything that this destination has to offer, the best time to visit the Balearic Islands is late spring through early summer, or May and June.

The Weather in the Balearic Islands

Temperatures across the islands generally reach the high 80s F (30.5 degrees C) in the summer months during the day, with lows in the 60s F (15.5 degrees C) at night. Spring and fall see temperatures in the 70s F (21 degrees C), and winter averages out in the low 60s F (15.5 degrees C).

Precipitation is virtually nonexistent during the summer months. The rainiest months are October and November. Snow in the winter is usually limited to Mallorca's Sierra de Tramontana mountain range, though snow can fall in other areas.

High Season Crowds

As you might expect, the islands are at their most crowded in July and August as eager beachgoers descend upon them. This naturally means that the most popular beaches are especially packed at this time of year. Consider renting a car and heading to one of the islands' lesser-known beaches for a more pleasant experience.

Single person swimming in clear blue waters in Ibiza
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Low Season

On the other hand, winter makes the Balearic Islands seem like a totally different place. Once the summer crowds have dispersed, the islands become much quieter. Many seasonal businesses will close up shop for the time being, but those that do stay open offer great deals to off-season customers. This is a great time of year to visit if you don't care as much about the beach and would like to experience the local culture and traditions of the islands.

Price Variations

Airfare and hotels are at their highest in the summer and sink to their lowest in the winter. Spring and fall are great value times to visit in terms of prices, availability and crowds.

January

January is a quiet month in the Balearic Islands, with little to no tourism and mild winter temperatures in the 50s and 60s F (10 and 15.5 degrees C). However, budget travelers won't want to miss the reduced accommodation rates this month, which is a great time to experience the authentic everyday life of the archipelago.

Events to check out:

  • Festa de Sant Antoni: The Feast of St. Anthony is celebrated on Mallorca in mid-January. Its religious procession is different than most: Residents of the island often bring their pets in order to have them blessed by the clergy during the event.
  • Festa de Sant Sebastià: Palma de Mallorca commemorates its patron, St. Sebastian, on Jan. 20 with street festivals throughout town.

February

Like January, February sees mild winter temperatures and plenty of sunshine despite falling squarely within winter. The crowds won't arrive for several more months, so accommodation prices are low. It's also a great time of year to get out and about in nature, and explore some of the islands' lesser-known charming villages.

Events to check out:

  • Known as Sa Rua, the carnival parade in Palma de Mallorca is one of the most elaborate and flamboyant in all of Spain. A children's version of the parade, called Sa Rueta, takes place earlier in the day. Dates change yearly, but expect a mid-to-late February celebration.

March

High temperatures start to reach the 60s F (15.5 degrees C) in March. While still not warm enough for the beach, it does make for great exploring weather. Accommodation prices aren't as low as they were in the dead of winter, but this is still prime time for finding amazing deals.

Events to check out:

  • Day of the Balearic Islands (March 1): The entire archipelago will be in fiesta mode to kick off the month. The festivities can last for several days, so no worries if you're not there on the day of. In addition to street parties and gastronomic events, many museums and cultural sites also host open houses with free entry.
  • Festes de Sant Josep: The Ibizan town of Sant Josep celebrates its patron saint, St. Joseph, on March 19. For several days before and after, you'll find plenty of activities and cultural events that also go hand-in-hand with the coming of spring.

April

Spring is in full swing, and the islands couldn't be lovelier at this time of year. Expect perfect weather for sightseeing and al fresco dining, with highs occasionally hitting the 70s F (21 degrees C). This is considered "shoulder season"—it won't be quite as dead as winter, but the summer crowds still have yet to arrive.

Events to check out:

  • Semana Santa (Holy Week): The entire week leading up to Easter is marked by solemn religious processions that snake through the streets. Even if you're not Catholic or even religious, the attention to detail in the floats is quite impressive.

May

May is easily one of the best months to visit the Balearic Islands. It's the start of great beach weather, but accommodation prices still haven't hit their summer highs.

Events to check out:

  • Festa de Nostra Senyora de la Victoria: Taking place on the second Sunday in May, this fun event in Sóller, Mallorca commemorates an important military victory for the island in the 16th century. Locals stage a complete mock battle, gunfire and all.
  • International Music Summit: This event marks the unofficial start of summer party season in Ibiza. Expect to see some of the music industry's biggest names in attendance.

June

Summer is officially here, and while the islands are starting to get a bit more crowded, it's still a great time to visit. Accommodation prices are starting to rise noticeably, so keep that in mind.

Events to check out:

  • Sant Joan: Across the islands, locals take to the beaches on the night of June 23 to mark the official start of summer with bonfires. Head to Ciutadella, Menorca for the most spectacular celebration, a multi-day festival complete with elaborate parades.

July

With the start of high season comes a load of tourists. Temperatures and accommodation prices will be at their highest over the next two months. However, if you want to experience the beautiful chaos that is a Balearic beach in the middle of summer, mark your calendars for July and August.

Events to check out:

  • Virgen del Carmen: This religious procession, which aligns with the feast day on July 16, has a unique maritime element. Most towns on the islands commemorate the event in some way.

August

Not much changes from July to August. Expect high temperatures and accommodation prices, as well as crowded beaches.

Events to check out:

  • Pollença Music Festival: Going strong for nearly 60 years, this event on Mallorca is a must for classical music fans.
  • Festes de la Terra: A two-week event in Ibiza Town complete with concerts, fireworks, traditional dancing, markets, parades, and more.

September

Things are starting to quiet down in the islands, but the weather is still lovely. Accommodation prices also start to steadily drop this month.

Events to check out:

  • Medieval Seafarers' Market: This unique event in late September sees the sea promenade in Sant Antoni, Ibiza fill up with stalls selling artisan goods and food.

October

October is a month of transition weather-wise. Highs are in the 70s F (21 degrees C), but it's also one of the rainiest months on the islands. Prices are very budget-friendly this time of year as the last of the summer crowds have dispersed.

Events to check out:

  • Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Oct. 12): The village of El Pilar de la Mola on Formentera celebrates this feast day with markets, dancing and local gastronomy.

November

November is another rainy month on the islands, and the first winter chills are starting to arrive. However, the quiet atmosphere is quite pleasant and makes for a great time to experience local life.

Events to check out:

  • Dijous Bo: Mallorca's largest typical fair brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to Inca, a small inland town. It's a fun, lively event that captures the spirit of autumn on the island.

December

December is also a calm month, but one of the biggest draws at this time of year are obviously the holiday festivities. It's right in the middle of tourist low season, so you'll be able to mingle with the locals as you check out the decorations.

Events to check out:

  • Sant Francesc (Dec. 3): The village of the same name on Formentera celebrates its patron with a unique winter celebration.
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