Discover the best reasons to visit Mallorca in winter, as well as some of the things you can do and see while you’re there.
If you’re considering visiting Mallorca in winter, great decision! The months between November and February make a fantastic time to go to the Balearics. Mallorca’s mild climate and virtually non-existent crowds in winter mean that it is one of the best places to find winter sun in Europe.
Why Visit Mallorca in Winter?
Cheaper flights to Mallorca
Your money will go a lot further than you think in Mallorca in winter. While the entrance fees to most attractions stay the same price all year round, visiting Mallorca during the off-season will save you a fortune on flights.
A quick search of Skyscanner shows a return flight from London to Mallorca in August is 47% more expensive than average, while the price of similar flights to Mallorca in January is 40% cheaper than average! Most no-frills airlines fly to Palma de Mallorca from across Europe, so you’re bound to find a bargain.
Take your pick of wonderful accommodation in Mallorca
If you’re a first-time visitor to Mallorca, you’ll be spoilt for choice of accommodation. And this is even more true in winter! Visiting in the off-season means you get the pick of the bunch when it comes to accommodation before they’re snapped up by the summer crowds. Choose from the best rated hotels in Palma, to the most beautiful lodges in the heart of the island.
Hotel Can Cota* in Selva is a great example of where your money goes further. It’s a boutique hotel set in picturesque countryside, overlooked by the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. The family-run hotel has just 7 rooms, making it the perfect place to unwind after a busy day exploring the island. Guests are free to enjoy the hotel’s many facilities, from the games room with table tennis table, to the expansive gardens and infinity pool. For those interested in gastronomy, the breakfast is made to order and you can choose from all manner of cooked food, pastries and fresh fruit. You can even wake up early and nab the outside table for breakfast with a view! Hotel Can Cota* is my personal pick for places to stay in Mallorca, outside of Palma.
Disclaimer: I paid full price to stay at Can Cota* – I just really enjoyed my stay and am happy to recommend it!
Visit the lesser-known Mallorca holiday destinations
In the summer, visitors to Mallorca flock to the coast and beaches to cool off from the blistering heat. That’s not necessary in winter, thanks to the cooler temperatures. Instead, winter makes a great time to explore the centre of the island.
Selva is a small village set at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. It’s relatively unknown, meaning there’s not many ‘traditional’ tourist sights, but that’s what’s so loveable about it! You can use it as a base to explore, enjoy walks through the historic alleys or simply take it all in from your hotel’s terrace.
S’Albufera Nature Reserve
S’Albufera is an area of wetland on the east coast of Mallorca, popular among birdwatchers, nature lovers and those with a passion for wildlife. While it’s open all year round, one of the benefits of visiting S’Albufera in the winter is the possibility to see many bird species that use the park as an escape from the cold weather in northern Europe. Among others, you’ll see large populations of ducks, herons and starlings.
Mallorca winter weather is not too hot, but not too cold
Mallorca is a great place for winter sun. Of course, the average temperature highs between November to February in Mallorca are colder than summer at 15-19°c, but I’ll bet you that’s warmer than home.
Between November and February, Mallorca averages 7 hours of daily sunshine and approximately 47mm of rainfall. Compare these figures to the rest of Europe (where there’s much less sunshine and much more rain) and you’re in for a treat!
Thanks to Holiday Weather for providing the data in this section.
>> If you’re after some more winter sun inspiration in Europe, check out my top tips for a winter holiday to Athens. Click here!
Visit famous Mallorcan attractions without the crowds
One of the major benefits of visiting Mallorca in December or other winter months is the virtually non-existent queues for some of the top attractions. You can take your time exploring Palma Cathedral, enjoy a peaceful visit to the Drach Caves and enjoy the Alcudia Old Town without the crowds.
During the summer months, the beaches are full of tourists, but you could almost have them all to yourselves in winter. If that’s not reason enough to go, I don’t know what is!
Find fantastic photo opportunities on a winter visit to Mallorca
If you search for images of Mallorca online, you’re bound to be met with thousands of photos of blue skies and yellow sands. Yet, the photo opportunities in the winter are even more spectacular! Imagine coming across Palma Cathedral in the snow – wouldn’t that make a wonderful and unique photo? Or capturing the mist as it forms over the hills in Valldemossa one wintry morning – beautiful, huh? One thing’s for sure… you certainly couldn’t take photos like these in the summer!
Enjoy the Christmas season in Mallorca
Traditionally a religious country, Spain does Christmas well. And Mallorca? It does it really well. The streets are filled with beautiful lights, the churches host incredible nativity scenes, and cheery locals spill out onto the streets to celebrate their favourite season. Even between Christmas and New Year (one of my favourite times to visit Mallorca!) the festive markets stay open to help the locals prepare for the Three Kings Day or epiphany. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
Take advantage of the empty roads when hiring a car
If you’re considering hiring a car in Mallorca, the roads in winter will be relatively empty thanks to the lack of other tourists. This should really help boost your confidence when driving in an unfamiliar country, or if you’re not used to driving along the windy mountain roads in Mallorca. They can be very tight!
Next time you’re planning a trip to Mallorca, reconsider the best time to go. Have you thought about visiting Majorca outside of the summer season? Let me know our top tips in the comments!
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