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When to go to the Balearic Islands

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Traditional Balearic festivals and celebrations form an important part of the social calendar and present the chance for family get-togethers. Every town and village holds an annual festa to celebrate the patron saint of the community. There are also some wonderfully diverse events, from cutting-edge music festivals to natural wonders.

The Balearics are very warm between June and late September, when cloudless skies are virtually guaranteed. The heat can get intense in July and August, when highs in the 30s are common, but even at this time of year cooling sea breezes usually intervene to prevent things getting too uncomfortable. Winter in the Balearics is also glorious, with very little rainfall and temperatures normally high enough to enjoy sitting outside in cafés, even in January.

As far as crowds go, there’s a very clearly defined tourist season on both islands that begins slowly around Easter, peaks in August when the islands get really packed, and slowly winds down from late September and throughout October. Winter is a wonderfully peaceful time for a visit, with late January and early February a particularly beautiful time to come. Nightlife might be thin on the ground, but the skies are still blue and the almond trees and winter wild flowers are in full bloom.

Winter events

Carnival

February

Towns and villages on all four islands take the chance to live it up and let off some steam in the week before Lent begins. The streets come alive with marches, fancy-dress parades and classical music concerts. Traditionally one of the liveliest celebrations of the year, expect street parties and fireworks displays to carry on late into the night. This is a pre-Lent festival, so dates vary depending on Easter.

Weather in 
December: Avg. high 16° / low 7°
January: Avg. high 15° / low 6°
February: Avg. high 16° / low 6°

Spring events

Semana Santa (Holy Week)

March-April

Holy Week is celebrated throughout the islands, with solemn processions starting on Palm Sunday. The rest of the week is dedicated to the Passion of the Christ, with some of the most elaborate celebrations taking place in Palma de Mallorca, where crowds gather to watch floats passing through the streets, and reenactments of the crucifixion to sombre music. Easter Sunday is a time for family and food. Traditional recipes served include robiols and crespells (sweet pastries filled with jam or cheese), and of course, Easter eggs!  

Weather in 
MarchAvg. high 17° /  low 7°
April: Avg. high 19° / low 9° 
May: Avg. high 23° / low 12°

Summer events

Formentera Jazz Festival

First weekend in June

Four days of workshops, concerts, DJ and jam sessions from local, national and international artists, with most activities taking place between the Jardí de ses Eres and the Plaça de sa Constitució in Sant Ferran.

Ibiza Gay Pride

Mid-June

Fabulous four-day event with exhibitions, concerts and special club nights culminating in the exuberant and colourful last-day Grand Parade around the streets of Ibiza Town. 

Virgen de Carmen

15–16 July

The patron saint of fishermen and sailors is celebrated in many ports with processions of decorated boats on the water. In Majorca, celebrations take place in Palma, Port de Sóller and Cala Ratjada. In Menorca, head to Mahón, Ciutadella and Fornells. In Ibiza, choose between Ibiza Town, Sant Antoni, Es Cubells and Portinatx. In Formentera, La Savina and Es Pujols are the best places to be.

Día de Sant Bartomeu

24 August

Sant Bartomeu is celebrated with horse races, devil dancers and spectacular midnight fireworks, plus concerts and traditional dances. In Majorca: in Capdepera and Montuïri; in Menorca in Ferreries; in Ibiza in Sant Antoni. In Formentera, it's all about St James, not St Bartholomew, and the Festa de Sant Jaume is widely celebrated throughout the island on 25 July.

Perseid Meteor Shower

Mid-July to mid-August

The Balearics’ clear skies are ideal for stargazing, no more so than during the annual Perseid shower which peaks around the 11th−13th August. Grab a blanket, find a hilltop and enjoy the show.

Weather in 
June: Avg. high 27° / low 16° 
July: Avg. high 30° / low 19° 
August: Avg. high 30° / low 20°

Autumn events

La Nit de l'Art

Mid-September

Considered Mallorca’s most important artistic event of the year, the streets of Palma are transformed into an open-air exhibition of contemporary art. Local artists make use of every space available in the Old Town to showcase their work to the public. Not to be outdone, galleries and museums also throw open their doors and display their collections late into the evening - and it’s all totally free!

Ibiza Closing Parties

Mid-September - mid-October

As the nights draw in, revellers gather to sign off the season in style. Closing parties in Ibiza are when super-clubs like Amnesia, Pacha and DC10 host their most elaborate events with no expense spared. With close to 100 parties taking place across the island from mid-September onwards, tickets can sell out fast, so be sure to plan ahead if you have a specific venue in mind.  

Weather in 
September: Avg. high 27° / low 17° 
October: Avg. high 24° / low 13°
November: Avg. high 19° / low 9°

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