Mallorca in October: The Ideal Time to Explore the Island by Yacht
Looking for a balmy sun-filled autumnal break? Mallorca in October offers a wonderful array of things to see and do. While Mallorca is best known for its sun-drenched beaches, the largest island of the Balearics also offers a fabulous plethora of activities, and Mallorca’s weather in October is sufficiently cool enough to allow you to explore this wonderful island in comfort. So, skip the beaches and instead discover some of Mallorca’s hidden gems.
Here’s the top five things to see and do in Mallorca in October
1 – Hike Mallorca’s mountains
Mallorca’s weather in October offers great conditions for hiking and the island’s stunning mountain ranges make it a great destination for hikers. Both novices and hiking pros will find a wide range of hiking routes to choose from, including ones that take you through soaring pine forests, rugged mountain ranges, and valleys filled with fruit trees. Many routes offer stunning vistas, including vantage points to look out over the sea. Serra de Tramuntana and Sierra de Llevant are Mallorca’s two mountain ranges, offering more than five summits over 1,000 metres high.
2 – Feast on Mallorca’s harvest spoils and enjoy a foodie festival
Mallorca in October is the ideal time for foodies to check out the myriad of farmers markets, which are bursting with local produce at this time of year.
Mallorca has an abundance of fruit trees and almond trees; however, the island is probably best known for its olive trees, from which high-quality extra-virgin olive oil is produced.
Alongside all the traditional fresh produce you would expect to see at a farmers market, other notable items to look out for are Sobrassada, a traditional cured and spiced sausage. There’s even a festival dedicated to this humble food, held every year in October in the rural town of Campos, so be sure to check it out!
3 – Cycle Mallorca’s mountain roads with a purpose
Not only does Mallorca’s weather in October make for better cycling conditions, the peak summer crowds have departed too, making this pursuit a much more enjoyable affair. Mallorca in October is a particularly stunning time of year, and cyclists will be able to enjoy the wonderful scenery as the Autumn leaves begin to change colours, showcasing brilliant hues of red.
If you want to cycle with a purpose, then check out the True Cycle Challenge, held the first week of October. Individuals will take on three days of cycling challenges, all to raise funds from Tommy’s, a UK-based charity, designed to help break the silence around baby loss.
4 – Tour Mallorca’s wineries and enjoy a tipple or two
Mallorca is a must-visit for oenophiles as the island is brimming with vineyards producing a spectacular array of fine wines, which, thanks to their excellent quality, are now growing in popularity.
The two main wine regions, Binissalem and Pla i Llevant, are easy to visit in a day, where you can visit the region’s wineries and sample and buy wine. Make sure you visit Bodega Ribas, Mallorca’s oldest winery that produces wines from hand-harvested, premium grapes. There is a wide range of tour operators offering tours of Mallorca’s wine regions, making this a must-do activity during a visit to Mallorca in October.
5 – Soak up some culture in Palma, then check out the tennis
October offers the perfect opportunity to visit Palma as the weather cools and the crowds have dispersed. The capital city of Mallorca offers a wealth of culture and old-world charm, from quaint cobbled streets to grand monuments and impressive museums. As well as fabulous architecture, Palma also offers a vibrant food scene, from traditional taverns to high-end eats, as well as exceptional shopping. Alternatively, just head on down to the seafront and soak up the fresh sea air.
If you are visiting Mallorca in October and are a tennis fan, be sure to check out the annual Legends Cup Tennis Tournament, hosted by the Palma Tennis Club every October. The tournament plays host to some of the greatest tennis legends. A wide range of ticket options are available, including VIP, which includes wine, tapas, and access to the exclusive player’s party. A must!
With such a wide range of wonderful experiences to enjoy, whatever you set your heart on, you’ll find it in Mallorca this October.