Average Temperatures and Rainfall of the Balearic Islands

19 October 2010

The Balearic Islands are known for white beaches, mild climates, and the delicate lapping of the Mediterranean. They enchant holiday seekers, luring them back over and over with a siren’s song and the promise of idyllic scenes. A wide range of property is available for sale on the four largest of these Spanish islands; Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera; with prices to fit many budgets and climates which, according to Holiday-Weather.com, are suited to anyone seeking a little slice of paradise.

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands. It is a land of pristine beaches ranging up to the towering mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana. Although it can be chilly in the mountains, the coasts and rolling hills are mild. July and August are the warmest months, with gentle temperatures averaging 30°C. Although January can dip to chilly temperatures averaging 14°C during the day, the warm days are frequent, and temperatures rarely dip below freezing, even at night. Some winter days are even warm enough for sunbathing. What’s more, the warm days of summer are also the driest, with June, July, and August showing the lowest precipitation numbers of the year. In July, only 10mm of rain falls on average, leaving plenty of sunshine and warmth for sunbathing, swimming, and strolling country hills.

For holiday home seekers, properties for sale on Mallorca cater to a wide variety of needs, but the average prices are slightly higher than those on the Balearic Islands as a whole. Two bedroom properties average € 288K currently, while four bedroom properties average € 846K without a sea view, making Mallorca a good destination for those with a flexible budget. Obviously Mallorca is also known for properties in the ‘higher end’ of the property market, where values reach several million. In fact we currently have a property on our books selling for Euros 50,000,000!

Situated to the north of Mallorca, Menorca is slightly smaller and less densely populated than its southern neighbour. Its quaint coastal villages and whitewashed villas invite the visitor to stay, and balmy breezes warm the beaches throughout the spring and summer and well into fall. From May to October, average temperatures are above 21°C, with temperatures in August, the warmest month, topping 28°C. The winter temperatures average 12°C in February, generally the coldest month, and frequent warm days make the beach a year round destination. And while October through April can be wet, with average rainfall for October of 84mm and overall rainfall for these months averaging above 50mm, the summer makes up for it, with rainfall in July averaging only 4mm.

What’s more, property for sale on Menorca is significantly less expensive than that of the Balearic Islands as a whole, making it ideal for those shopping for a home on a tighter budget. A two bedroom home on Menorca currently costs an average of € 226K, and three bedroom homes average € 300K. No data was available for larger homes on the island, but indications are that homes on the island will continue to be an excellent value.

To the South of the largest of the Balearic Islands lies Ibiza. Smaller than the northern islands, Ibiza is perhaps most famous as an island of strobe-lit discos and pulse-pounding nightlife. Beyond this coastal enclave of tourism, however, are rolling hills, rustic country homes, and secluded beaches. The mild climate means that temperatures in July and August average a balmy 29°C, and winter days generally warm up to at least 15 °C. Summer’s are dry, with a negligible 3mm falling on average during July, and fall and winter, while wet, generally average rainfalls between 30 and 55mm. Only October, typically the Balearic Islands’ wettest month, exceeds 55mm, with a 77mm average that sustains orange groves and olive trees.

Property for sale in Ibiza tends to be among the most expensive in the Balearic Islands, with prices averaging € 1,365K for a four bedroom house, but those for whom price is not an object will find sunny days and breezy nights here.

Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands. An isle of ancient walls, olive trees, sheep, and soft green fields, Formentera is a peaceful escape just to the South of Ibiza. In the summer, it daytime temperatures average 24°C in July, with little rain falling during these months, according to CostaBlancaUncovered.com. Although January can be a chilly 12°C in the day, the overall temperature is gentle and balmy. Although winters typically experience heavier rainfall, the only month in which rainfall averages break above 50mm is April, when rainfall measures 63mm on average.

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