For many, autumn on Mallorca is the sweet spot of the year between its sweltering summer and crisp winter months. It’s a more temperate time on the island when the sun is still high in the sky, but without the energy-sapping heat, opening up a new world of possibilities. From outdoor activities to indoor events, here’s a rundown the top things to do on Mallorca this autumnal season.
1. Catch some culture
After the summer lull, autumn ushers in the start of the cultural season on the island. Kicking off with the ever-popular Nit d’Art during the third week of September, the island continues to enjoy a rich programme of performances, festivals and concerts from the finest local and international artists from the world of dance, music, and art.
2. Hike the mountains
After the beaches, it’s Mallorca’s mountains that are the island’s most popular draw for visitors. While still a little too hot to hike for some in early autumn, towards October-November time can offer perfect walking conditions to enjoy wonderful forest walks and explore the island’s truly stunning scenery.
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3. Hit the cycle routes
As the peak-season holidaymakers dwindle, autumn sees the return of the Lycra-clad clans of cycle-tourists. And whether you are training for the yellow jersey or just prefer a leisurely ride along the Paseo Marítimo, there is an incredible wealth of cycling opportunities to explore around the island.
4. Daytrip Mallorca’s islets
It’s easy to forget that Mallorca has a scattering of islands of its own, the main two being Cabrera and Sa Dragonera. Both are uninhabited islets that can be visited on day trips, and both have been declared protected nature reserves. You can often expect to see dolphins on the boat over, while the island’s themselves are genuine sanctuaries for a range of flora and fauna.
5. Enjoy the harvest spoils
The start of autumn is when the main harvests on the island take place. Rural towns and villages often throw festivals to celebrate the collection of local produce such as mushrooms, grapes, almonds and pine nuts, which are often integrated into traditional Mallorcan cooking in restaurants all around the island.
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6. Follow the wine trail
With more than 70 wineries across Mallorca – many of which open their doors to guests – there’s certainly no shortage of vineyards to visit. And autumn is certainly one of the best times of year to do a tour of the bodegas, while the vines are still a lush and vibrant green – visit in September and there’s a good chance you can witness the annual grape picking too.
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7. Improve your golf swing
In terms of number of golf courses relative to the size, Mallorca is number one in Europe. The island boasts a total of 23 top-quality golf courses, as well as numerous golf hotels to make the most of your golfing time here. Novices can learn from professional golf instructors, while seasoned players will be challenged by championship-level courses.
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8. Visit Palma
While the island’s capital can certainly be visited any time of the year, autumn is a particularly good time, when the crowds thin and the fresher air allows for long leisurely strolls around its charming cobbled lanes. Shorter queues for its myriad of attractions also means you can also pack more sightseeing into your visit.
9. Get your adrenaline fix
With its rugged coastline, cave systems, and mountain ranges, Mallorca is a veritable adventure playground for the more daring thrill-seeker. From climbing and abseiling Tramuntana’s rocky crags, to coasteering little-known coastal sections, you’ll find an abundance of action-packed activities that particularly lend themselves to the autumn season.
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Don’t forget much of autumn is still warm enough to hit one of the island’s numerous beaches, especially the more sheltered coves. And without the summer crowds, while you still have to go out of your way to find a deserted stretch of sand, you certainly won’t be struggling to find a spot to lay your beach towel.
With so many things to do over autumn on Mallorca, it’s no surprise many choose this time of year to come to the island, to discover its bounty of activities, cultural events, and attractions free from the summer crowds. And with cooler temperatures, visitors will find the freedom to explore more of the island’s natural beauty and great outdoors – though that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still pack your suntan lotion!