With the end of the long hot summer comes a new rhythm of life. This is a time of transition from the fullness of summer to the harvest seasons of autumn and winter. It’s a time when nature slows down, as it prepares for its annual cycle of dormancy and rebirth. It’s back to school, work picks up again, and activities arise for the next cycle. Mallorca living is all about the seasons. The people of Mallorca live with a rhythm that’s completely different from the rest of Europe. They are more in tune with nature, and they know that every season brings its own gifts. Like the farmers who work their land every day, Mallorcan people know how to appreciate what is given to them by Mother Nature.
Hikes can easily become gentle walks, and what better way to do this than by taking in the local wildlife? Mallorca is home to a rich bird population. Birdwatchers arrive on the island in their thousands to find the rare and indigenous birds that live or pass through the Balearics. The North of Mallorca is home to a wide array of species thanks to the landscape of sandy and rocky coastline, cliff faces, wetlands, grassland, scrubland and forests, and it is this diversity that makes it such a great home (temporary or permanent) for birds. The area is also located along the main migration route, so it’s no surprise that wildlife lovers come follow the nature trail here too. The best way to see the birds of Mallorca is by taking a walk or drive around the island. There are plenty of opportunities to spot them, so if you’re a keen photographer or just want to watch nature in action then there are lots of places to visit.
If you are more about the cultural side, autumn is the season for Firas (or fairs) and every year, Alcudia is the first to hold theirs. This is a traditional fair with lots of stalls, games and entertainment for all ages. In October, there is also the Fallas de San Bartolome festival where you can watch the locals build huge effigies and then set them on fire. Mallorca is also famous for its wines so make sure you visit one of the many vineyards while you’re here.
In recent years, themes have included medieval and Roman, and the Fira is a chance for local farmers to show off their livestock, local artisans to show and sell their wares and local trades to demonstrate what they do. The markets—including food, artisan, trade, plants and garden and more—and activities from local bands and dance groups make these fairs a great slice of Mallorcan culture. Pollensa’s is in November, as are the smaller towns' fairs. If you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet, Mallorca has plenty of options. The Tramuntana mountains, which run down the north of the island all the way to Fornalutx in the south, are a popular hiking destination with trails that range from easy walks to more challenging climbs.
For full-on fiestas, Campanet has its Sant Miquel Fiesta at the end of September. It’s a week-long programme of events. The highlights are community dinners, a health fair, music and dance and plenty more besides. If you’re looking for a more high-end experience, then head to Pollensa in November. This town is famous for its street fairs, which are held over five days and feature everything from arts and crafts to food stalls and live music. There are also plenty of activities for children including face painting, fairground rides and games.
If you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet, Mallorca has plenty of options. The Tramuntana mountains, which run down the north of the island all the way to Fornalutx in the south, are a popular hiking destination with trails that range from easy walks to more challenging climbs.
In October the Festes de Verges is an excuse to eat tonnes of bunyols (little Mallorcan donuts) and then of course comes Halloween. All Souls day on 1st November is a long-standing tradition but Halloween dress-ups and trick or treating is new to Mallorca. In response, the Nit Fosca in Pollensa is becoming a regular occurrence on the autumn agenda. Children from across Pollensa dress up in Halloween style and the party at the Claustre has a timetable of varying degrees of scariness. The later event is for bigger kids who think they can handle it.
The North of Mallorca is so much more than sun, sand and sea. It’s just as exciting in the cooler months. There’s little doubt that the North of Mallorca is the place to be during autumn. The long summer days are gone and the nights are cooler than they were in July. The weather is perfect for sunbathing on the beach, cycling through nature parks or simply relaxing with a good book.