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Mallorca by Design - Month by Month

January

January is a very sunny month.  Temperatures are comfortable enough to dine outdoors with a sweater, scarf, or light jacket.  Christmas fairs are in full swing until January 6 when there is the Three Kings Parade.  Our favorite festival this month is Sant Sebastia, a week long celebration with music, dance, and endless wood fire grills that line the streets for everyone to cook on.  Think community BBQ!!  Another festival is dedicated to the patron saint of animals, Sant Antoni, who is honoured with bonfires and the traditional Correfoc (devil fire run).  The night after the villages are lit with burning effigies of demons, animals are paraded into the town square to be blessed.  January's cooler temps make it perfect for outdoor activities and sports, which there is never a shortage of.  All the while, the most popular villages remain devoid of tourism. 

Who should visit in January? 

You do not enjoy crowds, lower prices are important, you prefer cooler temperatures to hot sun, you don't mind that the more touristy attractions may be closed, you want to experience the island with local people, you love artistic and cultural experiences, Christmas is your jam, being in nature is non-negotiable, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, and ... you prefer private villas and Airbnb accommodations to hotels.  Many rural hotels are closed November - February, open only to a full buyout.

Weather:  Fahrenheit - low 47, high 60 / Celcius - low 8, high 15 

Sunrise 8:00am / Sunset 6:00pm 

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February

In February, four million almond trees are suddenly full of the most beautiful pink and white blossoms.  This is a gorgeous sight to behold, and it is possible to arrange an outdoor dining experience under these trees.  There are almond festivals throughout the island.  The Cathedral in Palma hosts a light show during the feast of La Candelaria.  The sun’s position on this day casts an image of the colorful rosette window on the church wall, which happens just two times per year.  Valentine's Day means romantic restaurants are a must.  Every year in February the streets of Mallorca become one huge party with the traditional celebration of Palma's Sa Rua Festival, kicking off the start of Lent.  February is also a fantastic month to visit local markets, to buy and taste original products.  February is amazingly priced in comparison to the more touristy months.

Who should visit in February? 

You do not enjoy crowds, lower prices are important, you prefer cooler temperatures to hot sun, you don't mind that the more touristy attractions may be closed, you want to experience the island with local people, you love artistic and cultural experiences, almond trees are your jam, being in nature is non-negotiable, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, and ... you prefer private villas and Airbnb accommodations to hotels.  Many rural hotels are closed November - February, open only to a full buyout.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 47, high 60 / Celcius - low 8, high 15

Sunrise 7:30am / Sunset 6:30pm

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March

Mallorca is laden with stories, and these stories can be found in ancient ruins, old cities, secret caves.  March is when a warm wind starts to blow, making temperatures perfect for the great outdoors.  Adventure seekers, nature lovers, sporty souls ... all know that this is the best time to visit.  Imagine a walk in the mountains where you see one or maybe two people the entire day.  The wineries are not crowded either, so there is a very good chance of meeting the owners and having a private tour.  Fira del Fang is an enormous pottery and ceramics fair that takes place in Marratxi.  Meet the local craftspeople and learn how they create their pots, plates, jugs and tiles.  You can also taste the foods that are prepared in these authentic dishes. 

Who should visit in March? 

You do not enjoy crowds, lower prices are important, you prefer cooler temperatures to hot sun, you don't mind that the more touristy attractions may be closed, you want to experience the island with local people, you love artistic and cultural experiences, almond trees are your jam, being in nature is non-negotiable, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, and ... you enjoy hotels as well as private villas.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 50, high 63 / Celcius - low 10, high 17 

Sunrise 7:00am / Sunset 7:00pm

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April

Welcome to Spring!  It's a great time to go caving and canyoning, or to explore the ancient walls of a medieval city.  Yoga classes awaken the spirit in preparation for Summer.  Visit the salt flats to see how the best tasting salt in the world is produced.  The annual salt harvest is in April.  Easter is one of the most popular celebrations in Mallorca.

Who should visit in April? 

You love Spring, moderate prices are ok by you, you prefer warm temperatures, you want to experience the island with local people but you don't mind tourists, you love artistic and cultural experiences, adventurous activities in nature are your jam, being in nature is non-negotiable, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, you love to stroll through weekly markets, you enjoy live shows, and ... you enjoy hotels as well as private villas.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 53, high 67 / Celcius - low 12, high 19 

Sunrise 7:10am / 8:30pm

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May

This is a fantastic month for sporting events with desirable temperatures and lots of sunshine.  Some of the most popular triathlons are in May.  Golf, tennis and boating are just a few more options.  A beautiful flower festival takes place in Costitx, while on the other side of the spectrum, a very loud and wildly popular festival called Es Firo takes place in Soller.  We can finally swim in the Sea comfortably. 

 

Who should visit in May? 

You love a mild Summer, moderate prices are ok by you, you enjoy a swim in the Sea, you want to experience the island with local people but you don't mind tourists, you love artistic and cultural experiences, exploring the mountains is your jam, being in nature is non-negotiable, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, you love to stroll through weekly markets, and ... you enjoy hotels as well as private villas.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 60, high 73 / Celcius - low 15, high 23

Sunrise 6:30am / Sunset 8:00pm

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June

June is full blown Summer.  The Sant Joan Festival in honor of John the Baptist happens at the end of the month, where everyone sets up camp on various beaches around the island.  This is done at night, with food and drink, music and dancing, and hundreds of candles.  At midnight everyone takes to the Sea en masse to make their wishes for the year ahead.  Traditionally, you are to lie on your back with a candle in your right hand.  The Mallorca Live Music Festival is a pleasure for all of the senses with world music, food trucks, street art and more.  There is also the occasional American artist appearing on the island.   June is the month to be outdoors ... restaurants, beaches, mountains.  It is a busy month with lots of visitors, but not quite the crowds of July and August.

Who should visit in June? 

You love Summer, higher prices are ok by you, you enjoy a swim in the Sea, you want to experience the island with local people but you don't mind tourists, you love artistic and cultural experiences, the beach is your jam, being in nature is non-negotiable, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, you love to stroll through weekly markets, you enjoy live shows, and ... you enjoy hotels as well as private villas.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 70, high 85 / Celcius - low 21, high 30 

Sunrise 6:20am / Sunset 9:20pm 

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July

July and August are the two hottest and most crowded months.  They are also the most expensive.  But if blazing sun with barely any rain or clouds is your thing, these months are perfect.  Early mornings you have the most comfortable temperatures, so if you want to get in a run or a hike, this is the time.  Sunset is when the blaze dissipates ... time for cocktails and tapas near the Sea.  But what to do in the afternoons?  Exploring the inside of a cave will be the coolest (in both senses of the word) thing you can do, but there is also the option to rent a boat, hit the beach, or plan something fun like outdoor movie night.  Night owls love the Summer because the island comes alive with parties and celebrations.

Who should visit in July

You love a hot Summer, higher prices are ok by you, you enjoy a swim in the Sea, you want to experience the island with local people but you don't mind lots of tourists, you love artistic and cultural experiences, the beach is your jam, early morning and evening experiences to avoid the heat works for you, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, you love to stroll through weekly markets, you enjoy live shows, and ... you enjoy hotels as well as private villas.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 70, high 85 / Celcius - low 22, high 29

Sunrise 6:35am / Sunset 8:15pm

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August

A pilgrimage at it's purest and most ancient definition is an unbroken journey on foot to holy places.  Lluc a Peu is a pilgrimage that starts at midnight and attracts 50,000 walkers.  You start in Palma and end at the Lluc Monastery, but it is possible to jump in at any point along the route.  As mentioned above, July and August are the two hottest, so walking at night is perfect.  Early mornings in August are the most comfortable temperatures, but after the sun sets is ideal as well.  Mallorca is so beautiful at night.  Time to curate some adventures that require a head lamp, or perhaps a Flamenco show, or a party in Palma city.

Who should visit in August? 

You love a hot Summer, higher prices are ok by you, you enjoy a swim in the Sea, you want to experience the island with local people but you don't mind lots of tourists, you love artistic and cultural experiences, the beach is your jam, early morning and evening experiences to avoid the heat works for you, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, you love to stroll through weekly markets, you enjoy live shows, and ... you enjoy hotels as well as private villas.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 73, high 86 / Celcius - low 23, high 30 

Sunrise 7:00am / Sunset 8:45pm

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September

The sizzling Summer comes to an end, kids are back to school, the bulk of the tourists head home, and Mallorca is spectacular.  Spending time along the coast in Mallorca is ideal.  In mid-September, "Festa des Vermar" brings together the Mallorcan people in the small town of Binissalem.  This place is famous for its wine industry and it is where the Founder of Mallorca by Design lives.  The Festa des Vermar festival is famous for wine tasting, grape stomping, grape throwing, and dinner in the streets with Fideus de Vermar ... slow cooked lamb, spices and noodles, best served with Binissalem wine.  Mallorcans love wine so much that they continued to make it even during prohibition under Arab rule. Before the invasion of insects at the end of the 19th century, more than 40,000 hectares of Majorcan land were used to grow grapes, while today there are only about 2,500. Despite this, grapes are just as important in Mallorcan agriculture as almonds and olives.

Who should visit in September? 

You love Summer, higher prices are ok by you, you enjoy a swim in the Sea, you want to experience the island with local people but you don't mind tourists, you love artistic and cultural experiences, the beach is your jam, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, you love to stroll through weekly markets, you enjoy live shows, and ... you enjoy hotels as well as private villas.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 68, high 81 / Celcius - low 20, high 27

Sunrise 7:30am / 8:00pm 

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October

Welcome to the shoulder season in Mallorca.  The Sea is still warm enough for swimming, temperatures are perfect for village explorations and shopping, and there is the Palma marathon, half marathon and 10k that takes place in front of the Cathedral, along the water.  Sporty events for all levels of people who love to move their bodies and challenge their minds take place all year long in Mallorca.  Some events are at night.  It's one of the best ways to mingle with the locals.

Who should visit in October? 

You love a warm Autumn, moderate prices are ok by you, you enjoy a swim in the Sea, you want to experience the island with local people but you don't mind a few tourists, you love artistic and cultural experiences, adventurous activities in nature are your jam, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, you love to stroll through weekly markets, and ... you enjoy hotels as well as private villas.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 62, high 75 / Celcius - low 17, high 24

Sunrise 8:00am / Sunset 7:00pm (clocks shift end of month

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November

This is actually our favorite month, but don't tell anyone!  Tourists are gone, the sea is still warm, and temperatures are perfect for outdoor activities.  Additionally, we harvest the olive, almond, mushroom, grape, pepper, and other local products, for which there are huge festivals happening where you get to mingle with the locals and taste the flavors of Mallorca.

Who should visit in November? 

You love a cool Autumn, lower prices are important to you, you want to experience the island with local people, you love artistic and cultural experiences, festivals to celebrate local harvests are your jam, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, you want to explore the city with less crowds, and ... you prefer private villas and Airbnb accommodations to hotels.  Many rural hotels are closed November - February, open only to a full buyout.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 55, high 67 / Celcius - low 12, high 19

Sunrise 7:30am / Sunset 7:30pm

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December

Christmas in Mallorca is a delightful treat for the senses.  The city and villages are drenched in lights, there are food and music festivals, and the vibe is quite celebratory.  Pueblo Español is transformed into a magical winter wonderland.  You can even go ice skating!  This is not your typical winter where it's too cold to be outdoors ... with just a light jacket, it's actually perfect.

Who should visit in December? 

You love a warm Winter, holiday prices are ok by you during Christmas and New Years, you want to experience the island with local people, you love artistic and cultural experiences, Christmas is your jam, you are curious to learn about Mallorca's history, you want to explore the city with less crowds, and ... you prefer private villas and Airbnb accommodations to hotels.  Many rural hotels are closed November - February, open only to a full buyout.

Weather: Fahrenheit - low 49, high 62 / Celcius - low 10, high 17

Sunrise 8:00am / Sunset 7:20pm

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