Mallorca (Majorca) In June – The Best Things To See And Do
June is the month when you know summer has truly arrived, it’s hot and everyone is enjoying beach life. There is so much things to see and to in Mallorca in June. You can choose from plenty of water and beach activities, overall sightseeing opportunities and ideas directly from our local experts. Enjoy our guide to Mallorca in June and plan the best adventure on the biggest of the Balearic Islands.
Mallorca Weather in June
The weather in Mallorca in June is hot. During the day the main objective for most visitors is either the beach or the poolside. With approximately 15 hours of sunshine the days are still relatively long and the pleasantly warm. It´s great weather for enjoying the outdoors.
- How hot can it get in June?
Mallorca is hot in June, you can go to the beach and sunbathe depending on the day. On average, the daytime temperature is 25 degrees, but at noon it can reach 30 degrees, and at night time 15 degrees.
- Can you sunbathe in Mallorca in June?
Mallorca in June has sunbathing weather. The temperatures are perfect for the beach and poolside. Caution is recommended as the sun is strong at this time of year and ample sun protection is necessary! Especially for children.
- What should I pack with this weather?
In your suitcase to travel to Mallorca in June, you will need shorts and bikinis and light summer clothing. It is also recommended to bring a long-sleeved light jersey as sometimes it may be necessary for the evenings. Good to know that at this time of the year most of the shops are already open, so no worries if you forget to pack something 😉
- Will it rain in Mallorca in June?
It can rain in Mallorca in June, there may be storms but they will be short-lived. When there are storms it can be powerful, but not cold so some kind of rain mack can be useful. Sometimes the best solution will be a packable plastic rain mack and these are available from most supermarkets for a few euros. Mini umbrellas can also be useful. Trainers are the best solution for footwear in these situations.
- What time are the sunset and the sunrise in June?
The Sunrise is at around 06:30 and the sunset at 21:15 approximately.
You can check the average temperature on the official website of AEMET. This is the official website of the state meteorological agency. Here you can find useful statistics on temperature and average rainfall.
What to See and Do in Mallorca in June
Visit the famous Formentor and the Tramuntana Mountains
The famous Formentor lighthouse was built in one of the most inaccessible and isolated locations imaginable. At the very end of the Tramuntana mountain range, there was no road, so one had to be built. Between 1857 and 1859, many men labored to create the seventeen kilometers of the Camí Vell del Far (Old Lighthouse Way). In 1860 the go-ahead was given for the lighthouse. The engineer in charge was Emili Pou, known as the ‘father’ of Balearic lighthouses. The road to the lighthouse is one of the most popular sightseeing routes in the Tramuntana mountain range.
Some two hundred men were employed in the construction. Stone from quarries in Sa Pobla was used. Stored in Alcudia, this was then transported by sea. They used a winch to lift the stones off the boats, to the site, almost 170 meters above. The lighthouse first became operational in 1863. However, it was to be a further 100 years before it used electricity, such were the complications of the logistics of supply. Today Access to the Lighthouse is restricted in the summer months, visitors can park at the beach of Formentor and visit by shuttle bus
At the Mirador de Sa Creueta in Formentor is a tribute to Antoni Parietti, a monument built in 1968. It was in recognition of the civil engineer who truly did make the lighthouse accessible: he was the engineer responsible for the road from Puerto Pollensa. Parietti was just 24 years old when in 1923 he was appointed as head of roads and public works. Two years later, work on the road started, a project so dangerous that it has been suggested that it would not even be contemplated nowadays.
The road was to be of benefit to Adan Diehl. A wealthy Argentine poet, he conceived the idea for the Formentor Hotel. Diehl was a romantic and not much of a businessman. He was also very unlucky. The hotel opened in 1929, but the Great Depression struck. In 1934, hounded by creditors, he was forced to hand over the land. At the end of the year, the hotel closed. By then, it was controlled by a bank and his creditors. The hotel still exists today and is one of the most exclusive hotels on the island with rooms exceeding 1000€ per night during high season. The general public can visit and one way is to enjoy lunch at their sea view terrace, a real delight and excellent value for money.
The people of Pollensa were grateful for all that Diehl had done. A banquet was held in his honor at the Sant Domingo Cloister in Pollensa and he was named ‘Protector Son of Pollensa’. Bankrupt, he and his wife, María Elena, were given financial assistance to return to Argentina.
There is debate as to the origin of the name Formentor. One opinion is that it came from the Latin ‘promontories’, meaning promontory. Another is that it was derived from the Catalan ‘forwent’ to refer to a variety of grain. Whatever the origin, the first documented reference was to ‘Promontore’ around 1265.
Although the Formentor Hotel closed at the end of 1934, it soon reopened. Two important guests stayed at the hotel in December 1935. Winston and Clementine Churchill were assigned Room 222. Churchill, overlooked for the post of First Lord of the Admiralty, was taking a painting and writing break from politics. Or was there more to his visit? The Vice-Consul in Palma lavished him with food and drink. The Vice-Consul was Alan Hillgarth, who was to become Churchill’s spy chief in Spain.
La Fortaleza on Formentor was bought in 2011 by British banker James Lupton. The estate of seven houses was a fortification dating from 1628 which was created as a defense against pirate raids. It acquired more recent international recognition as the Mallorcan home of arms dealer Richard Roper in the BBC series ‘The Night Manager’.
Unesco World Heritage Site of Mallorca
The Tramuntana Mountains extend from Andratx to Formentor. The name of the mountains comes from the north wind of the eight winds of the Mediterranean. In 2011, the mountains – the Serra de Tramuntana – were declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in the cultural landscape category. The declaration was a recognition of the symbiosis between nature and human activity. This had occurred over several centuries and had involved different cultures. The legacy includes ancient hydraulic systems and the dry-stone paths, walls, and terraces that have shaped the mountains’ landscape.
Unesco also acknowledged the mountains’ contribution to Mallorcan spirituality. This is exemplified by the Lluc Sanctuary, with its roots in the original thirteenth-century sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary – the Mother of God of Lluc, Mallorca’s patron saint – whose image (‘La Moreneta’, the Black Madonna) is to be found in the chapel dedicated to her. Another example from the same century is the Miramar monastery in Valldemossa, which was founded by the Mallorcan religious philosopher Ramon Llull.
Spotlight on Gastronomy – whats interesting to eat in Mallorca in June
Enjoy a Coca de patata on a terrace in Valldemossa
There are many uses for the humble potato, but none so elegant than the coca de patata that can be found in Mallorca and specifically from the mountain village of Valldemossa. We are sure that the previous residents of this mountain village have enjoyed a coca de patata with their hot chocolate or coffee. This sweet delight has been produced in the area for hundreds of years. The main ingredients are flour , boiled potatoes, lard, eggs, milk, salt, and yeast. Lard is used instead of butter because this is what was available historically and the resulting sweet bun is a favorite indulgence. There are many small cafes in Valldemossa and all have their versions.
Lengua con Alcaparras
This is a typical delicious Mallorquin delicacy that can be found in many villages across the Balearic islands. Commonly produced with pork or beef tongue and often served with Rice or potato puree. The main ingredient of course is tongue which is cooked with tomato, onion, garlic, and herbs for about an hour then sliced and presented with capers and an accompaniment. Whilst not suited to all tastes it is highly recommended.
The coca Malloquina is a Mallorcan staple and can be found everywhere on the island and even in petrol stations. If you want a tasty snack that won’t cost the earth then this is for you, It is basically a bed of flat pastry that is topped with anything the housewife can find to put on it. The most common variations are a coca de Verduras (vegetables) and this can include Red peppers, capers, onion, and tomato, or a coca de trempo (tomato, onion, green pepper).
The great thing about Coca Mallorquina is that its transportable and cheap so if you have a day planned at the beach and you need a convenient solution for feeding the family then its ideal for that. Most if not all bakeries on the island will sell you a slice or even a full tray of coca and this will feed a family of 6 easily for your beach day out. Coca mallorquina its not at all expensive at about 13 euros a tray, just advise your bakery a day in advance so it will be ready for you.
Galletas Mallorquinas from Arta
The Mallorcans are very proud of their history and traditions and this can also be said of their snacking culture. If you meet a Mallorcan abroad and were to ask them what they miss most about Mallorca one of the main answers will probably be the food, and sometimes the tasty olive oil biscuits that are a mainstay in every larder across the island and these are the tasty oven-baked savory biscuits. One of the main producers of these biscuits is the industrially produced Quely variety which can be found on sale everywhere.
The history of these biscuits is not clear but it’s thought that the recipe and necessity originate from the seafaring industry as sailors needed a source of nourishment and this was the hardtack biscuit or cracker. These biscuits were durable and could survive long journeys and were often baked several times to improve shelf life. The Mallorcan biscuit is of course much more palatable than the biscuits used by sailors in the previous centuries.
Several brands can be found around the island but one of our favorites is produced in the village of Arta at the forn de sa placa, this family-run business produces several types of biscuit, from wholewheat and rye and sesame and sunflower seeds to our favorite the hot pepper which packs ann intense savory punch. They are an ideal accompaniment to any meal or even a quick snack. Their products can be purchased online or at many points of sale throughout the island.
When we find out that arroz brut is on the menu this always brings a smile to our faces. The direct translation is dirty rice and this is taken from the fact that the end product looks exactly like that because of the ingredients used. Arroz brut can best be described as a rice casserole that can err on the side of a soup as there is generally a lot of liquid. Ingredients differ as this is originally a farmhouse dish and so this means that the housewife used the seasonal ingredients available to her, pork, game, quails, rabbit artichokes, snails, and spices such as clove, cinnamon and saffron among others. Arroz brut is great at all times of the year and especially for sharing and on family occasions. One of our favorite places to enjoy Arroz brut is at the restaurant Alhambra in the port of Alcudia, they often have it on the menu del dia and it is highly recommended.
Spotlight on local villages in Mallorca
Sa Pobla, where the Potato Fair takes place in June offers visitors an authentic taste of Mallorcan history. The fair provides visitors with opportunities to taste the best of the island’s favorite potato dishes and soak up a flavor of Mallorca.
The history of potatoes in Mallorca
The British introduced the potato to the Balearics during the eighteenth century when Mallorca was periodically under British control. By the end of that century, Mallorca had been alerted to the possibilities offered by the potato, but it wasn’t to be until the mid-nineteenth century that production started to take off. There had been misgivings about the potato: it was thought that a vegetable that is grown in the soil surely couldn’t be good for the health
As these anxieties eased, there were to be two main areas for growing – Sa Pobla and Soller. The marshy soil in Sa Pobla was to prove to be more advantageous and so Sa Pobla began a process by which the municipality became established as Mallorca’s center for potato-growing. Sa Pobla produces potatoes for the island’s consumers and its reputation has extended overseas – Sa Pobla satisfies some of northern Europe’s demand for new potatoes.
The versatility of the potato is highlighted each June by Sa Pobla’s evening potato fair – some thirty or so bars and restaurants present potato-based tapas in the Plaça Major. But while the potato is the crop most associated with Sa Pobla, there is another which has become just as important and now takes pride of place as the theme for Sa Pobla’s autumn fair in November – rice.
The history of rice in Mallorca
The history of rice in Sa Pobla is very much older than the potato. During the centuries of Moors’ occupation of Mallorca, rice was grown in the Albufera wetlands and there was some export of this rice. Following the conquest by Jaume I in 1229, the Catalans stopped the cultivation. This was partly for cultural reasons – it had been a Moorish practice – but was also because the Catalans felt that the method of cultivation was unhygienic. Potatoes and rice, therefore, had something in common – health fears.
At the turn of the twentieth century, there was a plan for rice cultivation on a significant scale. The impetus came from a member of Mallorca’s noble class, Joaquim Gual de Torrella. He had acquired the assets of the New Majorca Land Company, the failed British organization that had overseen the drying-out of Albufera.
Gual de Torrella drafted in experts from Valencia, where rice had been produced since the eighteenth century and was to make Valencia famous for paella. Unfortunately, serious flooding destroyed the entire rice harvest. To make matters worse, the flooding increased the salt levels in the water of Albufera. This disaster in 1906 ruined the huge 320-hectare rice cultivation area. Rice-growing dwindled to such an extent that by the 1970s only one percent of this area was being used to grow rice.
In the 1990s rice made a comeback. Bomba short-grain rice took off in such a way that there are now some 200 hectares devoted to production. Today, Sa Pobla rice is a key ingredient of one of Mallorca’s most delicious and traditional dishes – the aforementioned arròz brut.
Muro, Artá and Els Calderers
Muro, Arta, and Els Calderers offer a majestic view and more than 800 years of fascinating culture and history.
Muro simply means wall – the Romans referred to it as ‘Murus’. This was because the location provided a view of the whole of the Bay of Alcudia and could therefore act as a wall against pirate attacks. The moors created a district called Algebeli, which the Christians divided and formed into the parishes of Sant Joan de Muro and Santa Margalida de Muro (now just Santa Margalida). The Sant Joan of Muro was Saint John the Baptist, after whom the church is named. The church is an impressive sight.
Churches dominate villages’ urban landscapes, but few do so to the degree which Sant Joan does. It was built between 1570 and 1611, the original church from 1248 having been deemed too small to serve the 1,600 inhabitants. The bell tower was finished in 1640. It houses four bells known as Barbara, Trinitat, Angelina, and Eloi. At the fiestas for Sant Antoni in January, fire cascades down the front of the church and the bell tower. This is part of what is one of the most spectacular of all ‘correfocs’, demons’ fire-runs.
The Ethnology Museum opened in 1965. It displays objects representative of life before tourism; the ground floor containing a variety of traditional rooms as well as a kitchen and a pharmacy from the nineteenth century. The upper floor has farming equipment and traditional ceramics, such as siurell figurines.
The iconic structure of Sant Salvador dominates the skyline in Artá. Proudly perched on a hill, it overlooks the entire village. Early accounts of the site refer to a Moorish citadel, Almudaina, which hosted a mosque. The christian conquerors converted this into a church, and the walls were rebuilt in the sixteenth century as protection against pirate raids. The current sanctuary was built in 1825, and the two towers were erected towards the end of the nineteenth century. One of the most outstanding features of Sant Salvador is the Renaissance window on the first floor. Sant Salvador was adopted as Artá’s patron saint in 1922.
On the outskirts of the village is the talayotic settlement of Ses Païsses. One of many such prehistoric sites in Mallorca, Ses Païsses is among the best-preserved. It was founded around 850 BC, the talayotic era generally taken to have started some 600 years before. By the time that Ses Païsses was created, the layout of settlements had moved on from mainly a defensive function provided by the talayot megaliths, which probably served as lookout towers. The taula (table), a pillar with a horizontal stone on top of it, became common in the later talayotic era. It is thought that the taula had some form of astronomical purpose.
Els Calderers in Sant Joan is an estate that dates back to the thirteenth century. Records from 1285 refer to the estate belonging to the Calderers family. It is a superb example of the preservation of traditions, but with its own life as a place for events such as weddings.
Construction of the main building started in 1750. It houses, among other things, a grand living room with an impressive fireplace, its wine cellar, a music room, and a traditional Mallorcan kitchen. There is also a granary, which reflects the estate’s farming function. The general public is invited to visit Els Calderes and can do so daily in Summertime.
Between the village of Muro and the Playa de Muro resort lies the Albufera Nature Park. The Albufera land and water were important in determining new municipal boundaries in 1954. Neighbouring Sa Pobla acquired more of this land. In exchange, Muro obtained an area of coast that is now the main part of Playa de Muro. Muro, it might be said, got the better deal as Sa Pobla gave up its beach.
Caves of Artá
Ses Païsses and the Caves of Arta were the settings for an epic poem by the Pollensa priest Miquel Costa I Llobera. ‘Nuredduna’ told the story of the Talayotic prophetess Nuredduna and her love for a captured Greek sailor, Melesigeni. In Palma, near the Palacio de Congresos, is a statue of Nuredduna, looking out to sea for her loved one.
The mahogany furniture mostly came from the city of Manacor, renowned for its furniture production in Mallorca. The centuries-old furniture includes a canterano, (chest of drawers), richly decorated with inlays on the outside.
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