Palma de Mallorca is a major holiday destination that has a rich cultural heritage inherited from the communities of Romans, Moors and Catholics who lived here successively since 123 BC. From its massive cathedral to its soft sand beaches to its delicious food specialities, there’s no wonder why Palma is so popular today.
The capital – and only – city of the Balearic Islands, Palma is settled in a large bay on the southwest coast of Mallorca, the largest island of the group. Featuring agreeable temperatures from April to October, it offers a close hideaway from Europe.
Palma has a Hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csa) with an average annual temperature of 18.2 °C (65 °F). During the coldest month, January, the average high temperature is 15.4 °C (60 °F), while the average low is 8.3 °C (47 °F). In the warmest month, August, the average high temperature is 29.8 °C (86 °F), while the low is 22.5 °C (73 °F). Autumn is the wettest season, with occasional heavy rainfall and storms. The average sunshine hours are around 2800 per year. There is a significant maritime influence, so the city has mild winters and hot but not extreme summers. The surrounding continental landmasses can warm up the offshore sea surface temperatures and as a result the small confines of Mallorca are still able to build up and sustain heat in spite of being on an island. There is vast seasonal lag, especially in late summer courtesy of the sea water peaking in temperatures long after the summer solstice. Extreme temperatures are rare for the influence of the sea. Freezes are extremely rare, as the port of Malorca has only registered once a low temperature below freezing (−0.1 °C (32 °F) in February 2012) as well as Mallorca has never went above 38 °C (100 °F) in any summer month since temperature records began in 1978. The average temperature of the sea in Mallorca is 19.5 °C (67 °F) and the beach weather normally lasts about 6-7 months, from late April to early November.