Averages for Fuerteventura in December

Weather lowdown

Although it’s classed as winter, December in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands is still relatively warm, compared to many other holiday destinations in Europe. At this time of year, the average temperature is 19°C, created by average highs of 22°C during the warmest part of the day and average lows of 16°C during the coolest part of the night.

Daily averages stay fairly constant across the month....

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Averages for Fuerteventura in December

  Temperature 19°C

66°F

Low Temperature 16°C

61°F

  High Temperature 22°C

72°F

  Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 33 %
  Rainfall 26mm
  Rainfall days 3 days
  Sea Temperature 20°C

68°F

Chance of Windy Day 83 %
Daily averages for December

Daily averages for December

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Averages for Fuerteventura in December

Weather lowdown

Although it’s classed as winter, December in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands is still relatively warm, compared to many other holiday destinations in Europe. At this time of year, the average temperature is 19°C, created by average highs of 22°C during the warmest part of the day and average lows of 16°C during the coolest part of the night.

Daily averages stay fairly constant across the month. December 1st usually starts off at around 19°C, before the average temperature jumps up to 20°C for the following fortnight. The rest of the month sees the average temperature fluctuate between 20°C and 19°C. This makes the first fortnight of December the warmest time to visit Fuerteventura.

The highest temperature ever registered in Fuerteventura in December is 29.5°C, which was registered on December 16th 1989. At the other end of the scale, the lowest temperature ever recorded on the island at this time of year is 9°C, which was recorded on December 22nd in 1974.

Coinciding with the warm winter weather, Fuerteventura also enjoys a fair bit of sunshine in December. On average, the island enjoys six hours of sunshine each day, along with median cloud coverage which ranges between 46% (partly cloudy) and 51% (partly cloudy). On an average day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 24% of the time, partly cloudy 20% of the time and mostly cloudy or overcast 15% of the time. So although you should expect the odd overcast spell if you holiday in Fuerteventura in December, you can also be assured of plenty of sunny spells, too.

Fuerteventura experiences hardly any rainfall at all across the year and December is no exception. During this month, an average of 26mm of precipitation falls across the island over the space of three rainy days. Drizzle is the most common form of precipitation you can expect to get at this time of year, when it falls on 40% of days with rainfall. This is followed by moderate rain (31%) and light rain (24%).

The highest monthly rainfall ever registered in Fuerteventura in December is 143.5mm, which was recorded in 1991. The maximum number of wet days ever recorded on the island in a December is 12, which was registered in 1990. Furthermore, the maximum rainfall ever recorded falling during a single 24-hour period in December is 76.5mm, which was registered on December 5th 1991.

The Canary Islands are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, which means the average sea temperature for the island is usually lower than that which you’ll find in Mediterranean holiday destinations. During this month, the average sea temperature is 20°C. Anything above 18°C is usually considered warm enough for swimming, so the sea should be comfortable for most visitors in December.

Since Lanzarote enjoys a sub-tropical climate, the weather is rarely humid. In December, the relative humidity ranges between 58% (mildly humid) and 88% (very humid), rarely falling below 43% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is driest around December 31st, when the relative humidity falls below 66% (mildly humid) three days out of four. The air is at its most humid around December 8th, when it rises above 81% (humid) three days out of four.

Generally speaking, Fuerteventura is a windy island. Over the course of the month, typical wind speeds range between 2 m/s (light breeze) and 8 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely rising above 11 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around December 27th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s (moderate breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around December 5th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze).

The strongest gust of wind ever registered in Fuerteventura is 27.5 m/s, which occurred on December 4th 1991 at 22:40.

Looking toward Caleta de Fuste in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Looking toward Caleta de Fuste in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, image taken by Ronald

?Where to stay

If you are looking for quiet and comfortable apartments to enjoy a memorable Canarian Christmas then Sol Jandia Mar Aparthotel will not disappoint. Situated amid lush vegetation and only a stone’s throw from Jandia beach, the hotel offers fully furnished one-bedroom apartments with separate lounge with sofa bed, kitchen with fridge and bathroom with hairdryer, plus sea or pool views from the balcony or terrace. Onsite dining options include the Tenerife Buffet Restaurant with show cooking and international cuisine, the Pool Bar which serves snacks and drinks al fresco and the Lounge Bar which is only open in summer. There are also two outdoor pools – one of which is heated in December – surrounded by a sunbathing area, two squash courts, games room with pool tables, organised daytime and evening entertainment for adults, children’s play area and a children’s evening programme with live music, shows and mini discos, so no one will ever get bored. You can stay on an accommodation-only basis, bed and breakfast basis or all-inclusive basis.

Located in central Corralejo, Hotel Atlantis Dunapark is ideal for couples in search of a romantic holiday. This four-star adults-only complex is just 50m away from the nearest beach and provides accommodation in the form of double rooms – some of which have views of the street and some of which have views of the complex’s garden or swimming pool. Each room is very light – thanks to the numerous windows and French-style glass doors – and features free WiFi access, air conditioning and satellite TV. There’s one onsite restaurant which serves up an international buffet for breakfast and dinner, plus a poolside snack bar which serves light bites and drinks. There’s also a swimming pool framed with a sunbathing area and tropical gardens, a fitness club and thanks to its coastal location, there are plenty of opportunities for water sports nearby.

Located on the coast in Costa Calma, Barlovento is ideal for families and couples who plan on spending a lot of time at the beach during their holiday in Fuerteventura. Here guests can choose between 255 apartments and bungalows, each of which is decorated in a cosy Canarian style and offers a combined living room-bedroom with sofa bed, a separate bedroom, satellite TV, fridge and bathroom with shower or bath. Each unit also has a balcony or terrace with sun loungers and sea views. The main buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but there’s also a lunchtime salad bar by the pool and nationality-themed evening specials with show cooking regularly held throughout the week. If you go for the all-inclusive option, you’ll also be treated to afternoon tea for the adults and ice cream for the children. There are plenty of places to keep fit whilst on holiday, with a modern fitness centre, tennis courts, table tennis, mini golf and diving lessons all provided within the hotel – plus a windsurfing and diving school just 600m away on the beach. After all that work, you can relax in the hotel’s spa which offers a Jacuzzi, relaxation zone, sensation showers and saunas.

SBH Hotel Monica Beach Resort is another excellent choice when it comes to accommodation in Fuerteventura. This four-star hotel offers almost 300 standard and superior one-bedroom apartments decorated in bright colours with WiFi access, air conditioning and satellite TV. There are two swimming pools in the complex – one of which is heated in winter – plus four tennis courts, one multi-sport court, gym, volleyball court, mini golf course and windsurfing and diving school. Daytime and evening entertainment is also organised six times each week, with live shows and games for the adults, plus kids’ games and mini discos for children. There are loads of options when it comes to eating and drinking here. There is a main buffet restaurant which serves local and international cuisine, plus the Tobogán pool bar which serves light bites and drinks, the Turquesa bar salon for pre- and post-dinner drinks and the Africa beach bar for drinks and snacks on the sand. The all-inclusive service covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus afternoon tea, alcoholic drinks and soft drinks.

Hotel Cotillo Beach is one of the most popular all-inclusive hotels in El Cotillo, located just 0.5km away from El Cotillo Beach and the popular Spew Pits surfing spot. The accommodation is set around a large outdoor swimming pool, framed with sun loungers and parasols. In this area, you’ll also find table tennis tables, pool tables and a pool bar which serves drinks and snacks throughout the day. There are two other places within the hotel where you can grab a bite to eat – the main international buffet restaurant and the casual café. For kids, there’s an outdoor playground and mini club with organised games. Accommodation comes in the form of double and triple rooms, each of which is decorated in a traditional Canarian way with wooden furniture and light colours. Although there aren’t many services or facilities found within the hotel, there are plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and mini markets found just a short walk away in the centre of the resort.

Swimming pool at Sol Jandia Mar Aparthotel in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Swimming pool at Sol Jandia Mar Aparthotel in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands via Melia

Things to do

The Museum of Traditional Fishing just 5km outside El Cotillo in the Tostón Lighthouse is a compact and charming museum that deals with all things fishing. Visitors will learn about all the traditional fishing methods employed on the island since the first settlers started fishing there and how fishing has evolved over the years thanks to modern technology. The Museum of Traditional Fishing is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

Art lovers should definitely schedule a visit to the Centro de Arte Canario – the Canarian art centre located in La Olivia. Set inside the historic building of Casa Mane, the art centre hosts the most comprehensive collection of traditional and contemporary Canarian art in Fuerteventura, with paintings, sculptures, plastic work and more on display. There are several rooms to explore, each of which displays unique works of art from local artists.

Hit the beach

 

Ajuy Beach is a popular beach with pure black sand much darker than that which you’ll find across most of the island. The sea here is remarkably clean and blue, providing a great colour contrast to the volcanic sand and creating some great photo opportunities. Even though the beach is always busy, the strong currents often make swimming dangerous and it is not advisable to swim too far out – especially for children. On the right-hand side of the beach there is a paved path that leads to a cliff which you can walk along for spectacular ocean views. Just back from the beach there are also a few small fishing restaurants where you can enjoy the local Canarian cuisine, with more bars and restaurants further into the centre of the village.

La Pared Beach is 900m-long beach with fine, golden sand. Since this beach is situated on the west coast of the island, the sea is also very rough and the currents are strong almost constantly. Sadly, this means it’s unsuitable for swimming – although it’s still great for sunbathing and walking. Local windsurfers and surfers often use the big waves to their advantage, but unless you’re skilled and experienced in water sports, it’s unadvisable to go into the sea. There is a small car park at the top of the cliffs where you can leave your car and follow the path down to the beach. 

The dark sand of Ajuy Beach in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

The dark sand of Ajuy Beach in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, image taken by Xavier

Eating and drinking out

 

Los Pescaditos Restaurant serves Canarian as well as traditional British cuisine in a prime spot next to the sea in Corralejo. There’s a children’s play area next to the sun terrace to keep the little ones amused, plus British pub grub, local and imported drinks and live entertainment to keep the adults happy. There’s also a rainbow flag painted on the wall of the eatery, showing the restaurant is gay-friendly. Some of the most popular dishes include burgers (said to be the best on the island), fried fish (the Canarian speciality) and English breakfasts.

Fazz's is a contemporary Indian restaurant located in the heart of Corralejo. It prides itself on its attentive service and fantastic selection of Indian dishes which cover everything from balti, tandoori and biryani to specials which change almost every day. If you’re after value for money, opt for one of the set menus available for two or four diners. The staff are very helpful and will explain all the dishes on the menu, helping people who are unfamiliar with Indian food to choose wisely.

Alpha 2 is a popular karaoke bar also situated in Crorralejo. This bar is open every night and offers wannabe pop and rock stars a venue where they can sing their hearts out in English, Spanish Irish and Dutch! The Alpha 2 also televises major sports events during the day, including Formula 1.

Rogues Gallery serves a great range of drinks and the unique décor pays homage to the history and culture of Corralejo. There is a great selection of both local and imported beers, wines and spirits on offer, as well as soft drinks. What really makes this bar stand out is there wall of fame which includes many famous people who have left their mark on the town. If you’re looking for some live entertainment, make sure you visit on a Saturday evening when a solo artist or a music group always perform.

Spanish food English Beer Los Pescaditos restaurant

Local cuisine with a beer from Los Pescaditos in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

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