Fuerteventura: January Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||39 %|
|Rainfall days||5 days|
|Chance of Rain||11 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||8 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||48 %|
Averages for Fuerteventura in January
Fuerteventura is one of most popular subtropical destinations in the world. Spanning 1,660 km², Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands (after Tenerife) and welcomes millions of tourists each year, who flock to experience the island’s pristine biosphere, azure waters and year round spotless weather. The island is 100 km long and 31 km wide, and is divided in six municipalities with the scenic town of Corralejo as its unofficial capital, and most popular resort on the island. The island is still fairly underdeveloped, with its first tourist hotel opening just in 1965, but this only adds to Fuerteventura’s charm and genuine natural beauty.
Winter barely touches the Canary Islands and in January tourists can rest assured that they will enjoy warm and welcoming weather with minimal rainfall. During this month, average daytime temperatures float around 18 degrees Celsius and historic weather data from as far back as the 1950s indicate that winters have always been that mild. At worst, temperatures can drop at about 15 degrees Celsius (which is still rather warm) while daytime temperature peaks at around 20 degrees. This minimal fluctuation in temperature can be attributed to the island’s unique geographical location that gives it ideal subtropical conditions and makes the island’s weather very predictable.
January sees only 30mm of total rainfall spread around 5 days of the month. Nonetheless, this is the rainiest month in Fuerteventura, as the island sees rain for less than 25 days of the year. The last few years in particular, 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 8 hours of daily sunshine on average. The seawater temperature meanwhile is virtually identical with daytime average, and stays around a comfy 18 degrees Celsius. Since 2007, at least one brief thunderstorm has hit the island each year, and these thunderstorms usually occur in January. Thankfully, even though they can be violent, these storms are brief.
The Canarian archipelago offers sailing lovers a whole new dimension of fun. Sailors of all skill levels can hire sailing boats and catamarans to roam the Atlantic, and the winds are favourable in Fuerteventura. People with sailing experience can hop on a boat and visit the islands around Fuerteventura, while those with less experience may enjoy visiting the small fishing harbours and islets close to the island. The tiny island of Los Lobos across Corralejo is charming. 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 tailored 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, porpoises, loggerhead turtles, flying fish and more. While sailing, it is not uncommon to encounter several of these species amid the Atlantic blue.
Every January the 5th, a local festival brightens up the towns and villages across Fuerteventura. This festival, known locally as the Three Kings Parade or 'Cabalgata Del Reyes' celebrates the three kings who brought gifts to newborn Jesus and is celebrated with feasts and parades featuring camels and beautiful depictions of the early Christian era across all of Fuerteventura’s settlements. On the next day, January the 6th, the island celebrates the Epiphany, an important Catholic Christian holiday that closes all shops and gets everyone in church, and later on, feasting.
Church of Our Lady of Candelaria in La Oliva, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain.
Caleta de Fuste beach is a horse-shoe shaped beach artificially created to be perfect for families with young children. Along the seafront you can find restaurants, shops, bars and entertainment venues.
El Charco de Bristol is a golden, fine sand beach that spans 100 meters and is located in La Oliva. The beach is famous for its calm waves and as a popular meeting place for naturists. There are no shops or restaurants around, making the beach feel secluded and romantic.
El Charo de Bristol beach, romantic and secluded.
The award-winning An Caisteal restaurant is considered by tourists and critics as one of the best restaurants in the whole of the Canaries. The restaurant is small but offers unsurpassed quality in serving local delicacies in a cosy atmosphere.
The El Andaluz restaurant offers classy traditional Spanish dishes in a luxurious atmosphere. This restaurant is so busy that you have to make reservations months in advance.
The Venue is an 80s themed music bar that offers quality music, quiz nights, live performances.
Ace of Spades is a hard rock, heavy metal and punk rock bar that offers cheap drinks and is open until early in the morning. It has regular live music and busy pool tables.
Playa Park Club hotel is one of the most affordable yet luxurious resorts that offer bargain prices during January. The Playa Park is located right in front of Corralejo’s beach and offers lots of appealing services. The resort caters to families and elderly travellers.
Hotel Costa Caleta is an attractive and affordable resort that many tourists favour in the winter months. This fine hotel offers great package deals that are appealing to budget tourists and reels them in with good services and clean spaces. As its name implies, the Costa Caleta hotel is located right in front of Costa Caleta itself.
Barcelo Corralejo Bay is a cozy and affordable hotel in the town of Corralejo. The hotel is just a few meters away from the Atlantic Ocean and close to the famous Corralejo Natural Dunes Park. The Barcelo Corralejo is adults-only and is famous for being quiet and elegant.
Affordable self-catering apartments don’t get much better than Morasol apartments. Located just 150 meters from the famous Costa Calma beach, this friendly and family- oriented complex offers 88 spacious, fully furnished apartments (most of them with a view of the sea) and is conveniently located next to several shopping centres.
If you are looking to fully explore the island of Fuerteventura you should consider booking in at Infiniti Fuerteventura. Perfectly located along all major roads and based near the airport, the Infiniti is the ideal choice of accommodation for adventurous tourists who wish to experience everything this island has to offer.
Morasol Apartments, Fuerteventura.
January events in Fuerteventura
New Year's Day
1st January 2015
Depending on whether you are recovering from a hangover or not on this day you may want to celebrate New Year's on one of Fuerteventura's beautiful beaches including La Lajita, Isla de Lobos, Playa de El Cofete, Puerto de la Cruz and Costa Calma.
Fiesta de Fray Andrés
17th January 2015
Fiesta de Fray Andrés is an annual nocturnal torch procession celebrating Fray Andrés on January 17th. Make sure to bring along your camera as this spectacle is not to be missed.
Fiesta de Santa Inés
21st January 2015
The Fiesta de Santa Inés commemorates the martyr St Agnes, who was a patron of adolescents. The festivity is mainly celebrated on January 21st by Roman Catholics around the world.
Three Kings Parade (Cabalgata Del Reyes)
5th January 2015
Every January the 5th, a local festival brightens up the towns and villages across Fuerteventura. This festival, known locally as the Three Kings Parade or 'Cabalgata Del Reyes' celebrates the three kings who brought gifts to newborn Jesus and is celebrated with feasts and parades featuring camels and beautiful depictions of the early Christian era across all of Fuerteventura’s settlements
6th January 2015
On January the 6th, the island celebrates the Epiphany, an important Catholic and Christian holiday that closes all shops and gets everyone in church, and later on, feasting. The Epiphany is associated with the visit of the wise men to Jesus Christ, when God revealed his identity to the world through the incarnation of Jesus. For many protestant churches the season of Epiphany lasts until the end of Ash Wednesday, whilst in the Roman Catholic Church, the Epiphany is viewed as just one single day.