Mallorca in September – The Best Things to See and Do
Mallorca in September is a perfect time to enjoy a break to the island of Mallorca. Summer may be nearing an end but the weather on the island still feels like summer and everything is still in full swing. Most of the schools around Europe are going back to work so there are fewer families and children. The beaches are less crowded and many hotels have the same feeling as well as a reduction of traffic on the roads. September in Mallorca is an ideal time to sample some local culture and gastronomy.
Mallorca Weather in September
The weather in Mallorca in September is spectacular! Approximately 12.5 hours of sunshine makes the days still long and the nights are warm but beginning to cool slightly. Temperatures are on average in the high 20s with the mercury often reaching the mid to high 30s.
Mallorca is hot in September. The highest temperature recorded in Palma airport in September in Mallorca was 38.2 °C. As average the daytime temperature is 25 °C, but at noon it can reach 32°C. At night time goes down even till 19-22 °C.
Mallorca in September has perfect beach weather. The sea is warm with an average temperature of 27 °C.
In your suitcase to travel to Mallorca in September, you will need shorts, light trousers, T-shirts during the day. Don’t forget the beach stuff such as towel, bikini and sun cream. It is advisable to bring a jersey or cardigan for the evenings if you are dining al fresco.
The Sunrise is at around 07:30 and the sunset at 20:00 approximately.
Mallorca holidays and events in September
September for local people in Mallorca is not the main holiday time. Parents are back at work and the schools are open. This being said there is still a holiday atmosphere for tourists and all the restaurants are open. Many people take advantage of the cooler temperatures to dine outside on the many terraces that can be found. At weekends there are still many events to be enjoyed around the island.
The fiestas de Vermar in Binnisalem
Binissalem is one of Mallorca’s principal wine-producing areas. The village holds a wine fair towards the end of September. The wine fair is part of a larger Fiesta devoted to the grape harvest, known as Vermar or Sa Vermada. The fiesta straddles late Summer and the first week of Autumn. During the festivities, there are huge grape battles and grape-treading contests, in which anyone and everyone can take part. The grape used in the Fiesta is then used as an offer to Binissalem’s patron, Saint James, and for a good harvest the following year.
The origin of Festa de Vermar takes us back to September 1965. There was a gathering of wine enthusiasts at Can Gelabert. A year later, this private meeting started to acquire the trappings of a fiesta. This became the famous Vermar grape harvest fiesta, which is held each September in Binissalem. As well as grapes and wine, the Vermar – right from the outset – was a revival of rural traditions and customs. Central to the fiesta was the ‘vermadora’, the fiestas’ maid of honour. The ‘vermador’ male equivalent followed a few years later.
A significant figure in the creation of the fiesta was one of the wine enthusiasts at the 1965 gathering – the writer, Llorenç Moya. He is perhaps best known for two open-air performances of his works. One, on Good Friday, is ‘Via Crucis’, played out on the steps of Palma Cathedral. The other is on January 6 and called ‘L’adoració dels tres reis d’Orient’ (The Adoration of the Three Kings), it has become an occasion for satire. Prominent politicians are roped in to play various parts. It is performed in Palma’s Ses Voltes Park.
La beata Fiesta in Santa Margalida
The village of Sta Margalida is located in the northeast of the Island, this small market town whilst not a tourist destination in its own right boasts links to the nearby resorts of Can Picafort and Son Serra de Marina.
Unbeknownst to many a visitor are its connections to one of the Mediterraneans most infamous financiers of the last century, the son of a peasant Snr Joan March who amassed his fortune in the marine, property, and eventually the financial sector. Evidence of the March banking dynasty can be found in most villages of Mallorca even today.
The celebrations that take place in the village each September are in honor of the patron Saint of the Island, St Catherine who is known locally as Catalina Thomas, her image can be found in many houses of the island in the form of painted ceramic tiles and many other forms. The fiestas take place over several days with one of the highlights being a procession of a girl representing the youthful Catalina Tomas accompanied by children of the village in traditional dress.
What to See and Do in Mallorca in September
With over 14 hours of sunlight, there are many things to see and do in Mallorca in September. Every tourist attraction is open and it is advisable to book your visits and plan in advance.
A common question is what is there to do with our family in the month of September? In September in Mallorca, everything is open and busy. Visitors who come from northern Europe want to spend their time outdoors and still enjoy the sunshine. There is also plenty of activities still open as horse riding, wakeboard activity and many more.
Horse riding in Alcudia
In these days of social distancing, there is no better way to get off the beaten track than a morning or afternoon discovering the Mallorcan countryside on horseback. The fresh mountain/beach air is just the tonic that is needed these days. There are many options of horse riding excursions to suit the complete novice right up to the seasoned cowboy or cowgirl among us.
Beaches and walking
The weather in September can bring great opportunities for sunbathing, sports activities or walking and hiking. Whilst the really hot days of summer have passed Mallorca is still blessed with fabulous sunny weather. It is perfect for those looking to enjoy the outdoors without having to worry too much about preparing for all eventualities.
- From the town of Pollensa, it is possible to walk to the Summit of the Puig de María, where you can enjoy uninterrupted views over the bay of Alcudia and the town of Pollensa. In summertime, a cold sangria can be enjoyed don the terrace there depending on the opening hours.
- Walking from the old town towards the viewpoint of la Victoria can be a great way to spend the morning. A stop can be made at either of two small calas St Joan or st Pere and there are also several other places to find shade or have a cooling dip in the sea. For those more adventurous you can attempt the Summit of La Victoria. It is recommended to bring water and be prepared for an energetic climb.
- For those more adventurous who like to disconnect completely from urbanization there is a walk from the village of Pollenca to the Sanctuary of Lluc, although this is a full day undertaking. Leaving the village take the road Ma-10 towards Lluc, passing Km 5 you will find a bus stop and it’s here you take a left turn. The walk to Lluc is approximately 12 kilometers and is quite an easy hike and for all abilities including children.
Visit the literary museum in Binissalem - Casa Llorenç Villalonga
Binissalem has long been famous for its rich wine-making tradition. But it was also home to one of the island’s most important literary figures Llorenç Villalonga.
Casa Llorenç Villalonga
His former residence of contains 18th-century wine vats and a special room reserved for the crushing of grapes underfoot. You can also find many artifacts of the author’s life, including his Civil War diary. Casa Llorenç Villalonga is a literary museum. It is situated in a building otherwise known as Casal de Can Sabater. The museum traces his career through documents, books and notes. Among these are original works for the ‘Diario de Guerra’ that Villalonga wrote in Binissalem during the Civil War. This diary shows that he was initially a supporter of the Falange. Later on he was to become disenchanted with what he saw as the ruination of the world, and craved peace and harmony instead.
Can Sabater is where Villalonga lived during the Civil War with Maria Teresa Gelabert. She was a distant and wealthy relative, who he married some months after the start of the war. Can Gelabert is nowadays a cultural center. Dating to medieval times, various renovations were made from the mid-seventeenth century until 1837. An original Gothic style was adapted along Neo-Classical and Italian lines. Central to this styling was the 1807 marriage between Antoni Gelabert and Mercedes Bañuelos y González Destéfani. The house and estate were the property of the Gelabert de la Portella family, who had an important place in Mallorca’s social structure from the fifteenth century onwards.
Mort de Dama
Among his most famous novels was ‘Mort de Dama’ (Death of a Lady), a satire of Mallorcan life and society in the 1920s. The novel brought him many enemies. Another was ‘Bearn’, published in English under the title ‘The Doll’s Room’. This one concerns Mallorca’s fading nobility and, specifically, the decline of the noble house of Bearn.
Mallorcan gastronomy tasting - the spicy sobrassada sausage
The stories behind some of the island’s food are as fascinating as the food itself.
In 1403, King Martin I of Mallorca sent a request to the head of the household of the Sicilian king. Among the items Martin wanted was charcuterie. Also on the list were ‘sobressades’ or raw, cured sausage. At that time, Sicily was in the Catalan sphere. What is now spelled ‘sobrassada’ came from the Occitan language, a close relative of Catalan.
The product itself seems to have originated in southern Italy. After the Moorish era ended, it became a favourite of the medieval kingdoms within the Crown of Aragon. Mallorca was one of them. Various historical documents, such as Martin I’s order, made reference to sobrassada. From the year 1550, there is mention of sobrassada in Pollensa. Up until that time, the supply for Mallorca continued to be mostly Italian: Naples was an exporter.
Mallorcan production of sobrassada
By the mid-sixteenth century, there were signs of local production, but it wasn’t to be until the eighteenth century that Mallorca started to come into its own. This was because of the cultivation of paprika. The local variety of the pepper is known as ‘pebble bored’ and ‘tap de cortí’. The paprika added colour to sobrassada. It also added taste and provided greater preservative qualities. Sobrassada and other pork products could sustain a Mallorcan family for months.
With or without pepper, the making of sobrassada remains traditional. Many Mallorcan households prepare their own, the process starting in November in time for the Christmas period. The texture of sobrassada means that it is highly versatile, so it is now also a feature of the island’s innovative gastronomy.
We would highly recommend you to visit Mallorca in September. The fabulous weather combined with the holiday atmosphere makes for a perfect time to spend your Mallorca holidays.
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