by Georgette Hayter
If you are lucky enough to own a villa in Pollensa or Alcudia you will know that September is a perfect month to visit Mallorca. The island is still busy but can be enjoyed without the scorching July and August sun, with temperatures averaging a comfortable 27 degrees meaning anything outdoors is still most definitely on the cards.
Sports enthusiasts will find this month ideal. From water sports to golf, cycling to hiking, the calendar is brimming with events such as: The international Ironman held in Alcudia on 26th September, the towns half marathon on 20th and on the 5th, an open water swim across Pollensa bay.
But if a little rest and relaxation is what you are after, September also delivers. Have a read through our beach guide and head off to one of the north stunning beaches. Some of those that require a little more effort to reach will be pleasantly deserted, with resort beaches much less crowded and considerably quieter.
The question on everyone’s mind when September in Mallorca is mentioned is, will it rain? Although it is unlikely that your week would be a wash out, the end of summer does see some remarkable storms that usually start at the end of August and begin “the cooling process”. The heat and humidity levels rise until broken by a spectacular thunder storm and usually very heavy rain that lasts a day, two at most, a couple of times a month. Often appearing out of nowhere and disappearing equally as fast, you can be back on the beach the next morning; nothing a light rain jacket, umbrella and a pair of flip flops can’t handle. So if clouds fill the sky and rain looks imminent, hop in your rental car and banish those rainy day blues by discovering the undercover delights the north has to offer.
1) Drink wine. Instead of heading to the nearest bar if the heavens open, visit a local vineyard. C’an Vidalet in Pollensa offers a selection of fine wines. Open to the public all year round, for a small fee, you can taste a selection of their wines, served with olives and “Quely” biscuits. www.canvidalet.com
Take a drive up into the Tramontana mountains to the monastery at Lluc, stopping en route at Vinyes Mortitx. The unique location of their vineyards, 390m above sea level, produce grapes of extraordinary quality. Sample and purchase their wines and see how they are produced. www.vinyesmortitx.com
2) Watch artisans in action. Take a short drive to Campanet to the Menestralia glass blowing factory and watch amazed as beautiful tableware and decorations are created before your very eyes. Visit their shop and have a fantastic buffet lunch at their onsite restaurant. www.menestralia.es
3) Enjoy the local culture. Mallorca is brimming with museums, art galleries, historical sites and religious buildings. Some of the best in the north include the Ancient Roman city of Pollentia in Alcudia. Visit the town whilst there, the Tuesday or Sunday Market and “walk” the city walls. If it is raining, head to main church of St. Jaume, with its spectacular Baroque altarpiece and visit the museum in front, which has a fine display of roman objects retrieved from the archaeological site at Pollentia. (Closed Mondays)
4) Take a bus trip. If you prefer someone else to do the driving, Mallorca has a small but adequate public transport system. A day trip to Palma or a ride into the mountains to the infamous and stunning Sa Calobra are all possible by bus and all of the resorts along the north coast have interlinking bus services. Collect a timetable at the tourist information office as services stop in the early evening and are often infrequent.