Averages for Fuerteventura in January

Weather lowdown

Winter barely touches the Canary Islands, which makes Fuerteventura a superb place to go to soak up some winter sunshine. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island is 18°C – making it the island’s coldest month – created by average highs of 21°C during the warmest part of the day and average lows of 15°C during the coolest part of the night.

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Averages for Fuerteventura in January

  Temperature 18°C

64°F

Low Temperature 15°C

59°F

  High Temperature 21°C

70°F

  Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 33 %
  Rainfall 14mm
  Rainfall days 3 days
  Sea Temperature 19°C

66°F

Chance of Windy Day 83 %
Daily averages for January

Daily averages for January

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 18 19 18 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 19 18 18 19 19 19 18 18 18 17 18 19 18 18 18 19 19 18 18 18 18
°F 64 66 64 66 64 64 64 64 64 64 66 64 64 66 66 66 64 64 64 63 64 66 64 64 64 66 66 64 64 64 64

Averages for Fuerteventura in January

Weather lowdown

Winter barely touches the Canary Islands, which makes Fuerteventura a superb place to go to soak up some winter sunshine. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island is 18°C – making it the island’s coldest month – created by average highs of 21°C during the warmest part of the day and average lows of 15°C during the coolest part of the night.

The daily average temperature stays fairly constant throughout the month, starting off at a pleasant 19°C during the first five days. The average then drops down to a slightly cooler 18°C for the rest of the month, with just a couple of random spikes back up to 19°C. This makes the first week of January the warmest time to visit Fuerteventura.

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

January is one of the driest winter months for Fuerteventura, when the island is subject to just 14mm of precipitation which is spread out across three wet days. Drizzle is the most common form of precipitation you can expect to experience during this month, when it falls on 38% of days with rainfall. This is followed by moderate rain (36%) and light rain (20%). The beginning of January is when the likelihood of rain falling is at its highest, at just 16%. This steadily drops down until it reaches 14% by the final few days of January, making the last week of the month technically the best time to visit if you want to keep the odds of rainfall down to an absolute minimum.

Don’t worry about rainfall spoiling your winter holiday in Fuerteventura. When it rains in the Canary Islands, it’s usually in the form of fairly heavy storms which begin suddenly and last around 30 minutes at the most. After the rain stops, the clouds tend to move out to sea and are quickly replaced with clear blue skies and sunshine. The only thing you need to watch out for is flash flooding. Despite relatively heavy rainstorms occurring several times each year, Fuerteventura is sorely unprepared for downpours of rain. So when a lot of rain falls, roads and pathways can often become flooded.

The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Fuerteventura in December is 143.5mm, which was registered across December 1991. This month also saw the maximum amount of rainfall ever recorded in a single December day – 76.5mm, which was registered on December 5th 1991. However, the maximum number of rainy days ever recorded in a December in Fuerteventura is 12, which was registered during December 1990.

Over the last few years, the island has received very little rainfall without any rise in temperature. This pseudo-drought has made Fuerteventura even sunnier than before without making the island too hot for comfort, and even in January the island enjoys six hours of daily sunshine on average. The median cloud coverage for Fuerteventura in January is 47% (partly cloudy) which hardly varies at all across the month. This means that although you’ll get plenty of hours of clear blue sky perfect for sunbathing, you should be prepared for the odd overcast spell, too.

The relative humidity for Fuerteventura in December typically ranges between 57% (mildly humid) and 86% (very humid), rarely reaching as high as 100% (very humid) or dropping below 42% (comfortable). The air is driest around January 14th, when the relative humidity falls below 65% (mildly humid) three days out of four. The air is at its most humid around January 31st, when it rises above 80% (humid) three days out of four.

The average sea temperature for Fuerteventura in January is 19°C, which some might find a bit too cold for swimming in. However, you’ll still find plenty of people sunbathing on the beach and enjoying water sports in the sea, regardless of how chilly the water is.

Lanzarote is a fairly windy island and hosts numerous important wind surfing championships later in the year. In January, the typical wind speeds vary between 3 m/s (light breeze) and 8 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely rising above 12 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around January 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s (moderate breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around January 4th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze). The strongest gust of wind ever recorded in Fuerteventura in December is 27.5 m/s which was registered at Fuerteventura Airport on December 4th 1991 at 22:40.

a view of Church of Our Lady of Candelaria in La Oliva, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

 Church of Our Lady of Candelaria in La Oliva in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Where to stay

Playa Park Club is a great place to go if you’re on a tight budget and want to stay in Corralejo. This family-friendly complex offers loads to keep the little ones entertained, such as three saltwater outdoor swimming pools – including one child’s pool with fountain and water games – playground, games room and free WiFi access in the reception. Whilst the kids are having fun, the adults can enjoy the outdoor Jacuzzi, gym, sauna, beauty salon, massage parlour or simply take it easy and relax on the sun terrace surrounded by tropical gardens. There are three places to dine within the hotel – the main restaurant, the pool snack bar and the evening bar where you’ll find live entertainment – and all guests have the option of staying on a self-catering, bed and breakfast, half board, full board or all-inclusive basis. Accommodation here takes two forms – small studios with views of the swimming pool or tropical gardens and one-bedroom apartments which offer a separate bedroom and fully-equipped kitchen.

Hotel Costa Caleta is another great option when it comes to highly-rated yet affordable accommodation in Fuerteventura. Set within Caleta de Fuste, just 400m away from the nearest beach and within easy access of a wealth of international bars, restaurants and clubs. Here guests can choose between 308 one-bedroom apartments, each of which is spacious, decorated in bright primary colours and comes well-equipped with air-conditioning, private bathroom, satellite TV and sofa bed for a third guest. The apartments are set around a large swimming pool area made up of two adult swimming pools, one children’s swimming pool and an outdoor pool bar, all surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. As well as the pool bar, dining options also include one main buffet restaurant with themed dinners twice each week, cocktail bar which serves cocktails and coffee, and one entertainment bar which hosts evening shows.

For a romantic break in Fuerteventura, it’s tough to beat Barcelo Corralejo Bay. This four-star adults-only hotel is located just 50m from Corralejo beach and is best known for its superb wellness centre and spa. The hotel’s U-Spa is made up of a relaxation pool, shower labyrinth, caldarium with colour therapy, toning pool, Turkish bath, hydromassage jets, solarium, pebble walkway, Finnish sauna and various indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. The spa also features personalised treatment zones and a fitness centre where you’ll find state-of-the-art gym equipment. If spas aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other facilities within the hotel, including organised sports games and workout classes, swimming pool with sunbathing terrace and free WiFi access. There’s also a free shuttle bus service to the beaches at Grandes Playas if you want to get away from the resort. Onsite dining options include the Tindaya Restaurant which boast live show cooking, an outdoor Pool Bar Restaurant which serves snacks and drinks, an indoor Lobby Bar with live music and the Adama Lounge with evening entertainment. There is a huge selection of international bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs just a short walk away from the hotel, too. All the guestrooms here are beautifully decorated with white bed linen and dark wooden furniture and feature air conditioning, free WiFi access, 32” TV, tea and coffee facilities and a Raindance shower.  

Affordable self-catering apartments don’t get much better than Morasol apartments. Located just 150m from the famous Costa Calma beach, this friendly and family- oriented complex offers 88 spacious, fully furnished apartments (most of which come with sea views) and is conveniently located next to several shopping centres. Each apartment comes complete with everything you’ll need to cook your own meals, plus satellite TV and balcony or terrace. Within the complex you can relax on the sunbathing terrace next to the outdoor pool or head to the nudist sunbathing terrace for an all-over tan. Here you’ll also find a supermarket with local and international products, pool table, children’s swimming pool, massage service and lobby bar. If that’s not enough to keep you entertained, you can try your hand at water sports at the nearby Costa Calma beach or hit the bars and restaurants which line the promenade.

If you’re searching for friendly, naturist accommodation in Fuerteventura, look no further than Infiniti Fuerteventura. Located in Corralejo, this resort encourages full naturism in all parts of the complex during the spring and summer months, but in January, full naturism will be limited to the ‘clothes optional’ area on the rooftop solarium and sauna. This makes Infiniti Fuerteventura ideal for couples where one is into naturism and the other isn’t too sure. The accommodation here is made up of one large villa, two houses and eight one- and two-bedroom apartments, each of which comes with a private rooftop solarium which you can use for naked sunbathing. All the onsite facilities are covered by the room rates and include heated outdoor swimming pool with sunbathing terrace, spa, WiFi access and small supermarket which sells daily essentials. Guests are also taken care of by the onsite management team which lives on the complex. The naturism doesn’t have to end when you leave your complex – you’ll find many beaches in Fuerteventura which are officially dedicated to nude sunbathing. 

Fuerteventura hotel complex

Morasol Apartments in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Hit the beach

Caleta de Fuste Beach is one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura for families with small children. The crescent-shaped bay is made up of soft, golden sand imported from the Sahara which gently shelves into the clear blue sea. Thanks to the shape of this bay, the shore is well-protected from large waves, which means it’s almost always calm and safe enough for swimming in. The only thing you need to watch out for is the tide – it tends to come in very quickly and if you lie your towel down too close to the shore, it could easily get washed away! Here you’ll find all the usual facilities and services, include sun loungers and parasols available to hire, showers and plenty of water sports, including scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and boat trips. Along the seafront you’ll also find restaurants, shops, bars and entertainment venues.

If you’d rather visit a beach with natural Canarian sand, spend a day at El Charco de Bristol. This beach is made up of fine, golden sand which spans 100m by 30m along the coast of La Oliva. Although the sea is entirely calm the majority of the time, small waves do appear from time-to-time which are perfect for newbie surfers to have a go on or for families to splash about in. This beach is unique in Corralejo for several reasons – it’s been declared an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International and it was the very first beach in Fuerteventura to be declared as dog-friendly. The only major downside to this beach is that there are no services or facilities onsite, so you’ll need to bring enough food and drink with you to get you through the day or head to the shops in the resort if you need anything. 

Enjoy a camel ride on Caleta de Fuste Beach in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Enjoy a camel ride on Caleta de Fuste Beach in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, image via Iñaki

Things to do

Fuerteventura is a great place to try your hand at all kinds of water sports, including sailing. On this island, sailors of all skill levels can hire sailing boats and catamarans to explore the Atlantic, and the winds are almost always favourable in Fuerteventura. People with a good deal of sailing experience can hop on a boat and visit the islands around Fuerteventura – including Lanzarote and Los Lobos. While those with less experience may enjoy visiting the small fishing harbours and islets closer to the island. You’ll find plenty of boat hire companies located around each harbour in Fuerteventura or you can book your boat hire in advance online with The Globe Sailor.

The tiny island of Los Lobos across from Corralejo is a charming place to visit for a day. Newbies can sign up for sailing trips with seasoned experts and book excursions for a fun-filled day of maritime adventure. There are at least three sailing schools which cater for tourists wishing to learn the ins and outs of sailing. The waters around Fuerteventura are home to an astounding variety of sea creatures including whales, dolphins, loggerhead turtles, flying fish and more, so you’ll stand a chance to seeing loads of interesting wildlife if you hire a boat.

Camels on Caleta de Fuste Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Camels on Caleta de Fuste Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Federhirn

Eating and drinking out

When it comes to a friendly, family-run bar in Corralejo, it’s tough to beat An Caisteal. This bar offers a real taste of home for Scottish travellers, with live Scottish football and other Scottish sports broadcast, along with a huge selection of the finest Scottish malt whiskeys behind the bar and amazing Scottish breakfasts and pies. Although the menu is small – is also includes favourites such as nachos, bruschetta, burgers, lasagne and fajitas – all the dishes are typical pub grub classics, so you’re sure to find something to suit everyone.

For something more adventurous, check out El Andaluz, also located in Corralejo. This contemporary restaurant offers classy international dishes served up in a luxurious atmosphere. Diners are treated to a complimentary glass of cava with fruits of the forest liqueur to sip on whilst browsing the menu, along with crusty bread with olive oil marinated with fresh herbs and chillies for nibbling on. The menu is regularly updated according to which products are in season, so it’s unlikely you’ll ever have the same meal twice!

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