In May 2017 we enjoyed a brilliant sun-filled vacation on the Balearic Island of Menorca.
But the small and perfectly formed Island of Menorca can experience bad weather in particular when it is slightly off season.
The main tourist months are May to October with the hottest and driest months usually July and September. You can get very hot weather in May and June if you are lucky and September though rarely in October.
However each month has its own charm and usually fairly good weather.
But when it rains boy can it rain.
Here is a report come diary entry from a few years back relating to one particularly wet afternoon.
"A late vacation to the small but perfectly formed Balearic Island of Menorca was unexpectedly hot for October. However just to keep us on our toes there was one wet, wet, wet day the first week and a mega-windy one the second.
Neither really brought cold temperatures but both were predicted.
If you holiday on the island of Menorca check out the local weather forecast online or at hotel reception. Either can usually tell you exactly what days wind or rain is likely to occur. This is done with much more accuracy than in the UK.
Here comes the rain
We took a bus from Mahon station to Ciutadella during the morning. Mahon is the capital of Menorca and in the east, and Ciutadella the old capital and in the west.
Mahon has the deepest natural harbour in the world and was useful to the occupying British many years ago.
These days cruise ships and ferries utilise the port.
We arrived back in Mahon from Ciutadella after lunch. The skies were cloudy but the first few drops of rain only appeared as we reached our hotel a short walk away. By the time we arrived in our room the heavens opened and the rain set in.
The place looked deserted as other guests opted to sleep through the wet afternoon.
It rained and rained and rained until late evening but that was it. The next day the sun shone in clear skies and the temperature soared to 31 C, very hot for October in Menorca.
It was only afternoon during the downpour but the hotel lights automatically kicked in with the rain giving a dismal feel to the day.
I had rung reception but there was no reply as they were all busy closing windows and making sure the place was safe and dry.
Just as we thought we would have to go to reception the "cavalry" appeared in the shape of the hotel maintenance man.
We shot the footage below from outside of our room.
It includes the hotel maintenance man Augustine who was dispatched to lift drain covers and remove dead leaves from filters to prevent guest rooms flooding. (The other guy looking on is husband - the mutterings are Hubby and I)
We have visited Menorca many times but it never ceases to amaze or appeal.
And most days it is the sunshine that dazzles."
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