There are two main weather systems in the Balearic Islands, located on each side of a line bisecting Mallorca from the north-west to south-east. The western side, including Ibiza and Formentera, is subject to the same weather system as nearby mainland Spain, which is only 50 miles away.

With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, Mallorca and the surrounding Balearic islands are ideal for cruising almost all year round. The shoulder seasons, specifically April-May and September-October, are ideal travel times when crowds are minimal and warm winds dominate the area around Ibiza and southern Mallorca.

Weather Forecast

Rough conditions are rare during summer apart from mid-August when the NW Tramontana/Mistral blows in the Gulf of Lyon. There is little rainfall in summer.

Weather forecasts are available from The Moorings base in Palma and are posted in most marinas. There are regular weather forecasts broadcast on VHF channel 16 at 6.35 a.m., 9.35 a.m., 11.05 a.m., 2.35 p.m., 5.05 p.m. and 7.35 p.m. daily.

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