Averages for Fuerteventura in May

Weather lowdown

May is one of the best times of the year to visit Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, when the temperatures are warm and the resorts are quiet and not crowded because the throngs of tourists which visit during the summer haven’t yet descended upon the island. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 21°C, created by average highs of 24°C in the middle of the day ...

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Averages for Fuerteventura in May

  Temperature 21°C


Low Temperature 17°C


  High Temperature 24°C


  Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 48 %
  Rainfall 1mm
  Rainfall days 0 days
  Chance of Rain 2 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 4 %
  Sea Temperature 19°C


Chance of Windy Day 74 %
Daily averages for May

Daily averages for May

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Averages for Fuerteventura in May

Weather lowdown

May is one of the best times of the year to visit Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, when the temperatures are warm and the resorts are quiet and not crowded because the throngs of tourists which visit during the summer haven’t yet descended upon the island. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 21°C, created by average highs of 24°C in the middle of the day and average lows of 17°C after dark. 

Across the month, daily averages steadily increase as time progresses. Daily averages begin at 20°C on May 1st and jump up to 21°C in the first and second weeks. Average temperatures then fluctuate between 21°C and 22°C throughout the month before ending at 22°C on May 31st. This makes the final week of May the warmest time to visit the island.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Fuerteventura in May is 36.7°C, which was registered on May 15th 2012 at Fuerteventura Airport. The lowest temperature ever recorded on the island during this month at this location is 11.6°C, which was registered on May 18th 1976.

The record high temperatures of May 2012 were caused by an intense calima – a severe sand and dust storm which blew over the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert. This calima lasted from the beginning of May 12th right up until May 17th, with average daily temperatures between 35°C and 37°C.

If you love the heat and want to visit Fuerteventura when the island is hottest, delay your holiday until the end of July or any time in August, since these months enjoy the highest temperatures.

During May, the probability of precipitation drops as the month develops, starting off at 8% on May 1st and falling down to 5% by May 31st. At this time of year, the island usually receives a meagre 1mm of rainfall which falls on a single day. If you are unlucky enough to get some rainfall during your May holiday in Fuerteventura, it will most likely be light rain (which occurs on 36% of days with rainfall), drizzle (30%) or moderate rain (25%).

The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Fuerteventura in May is 14mm, which was registered at Fuerteventura Airport in May 1976. The 8th of that month was declared the wettest May day ever, when 8mm of water fell within 24 hours. Moreover, May 1976 also saw the maximum number of rainy days to ever fall in one May – five.

On average, Fuerteventura experiences much less rainfall than any of the other Canary Islands. This is because Fuerteventura is significantly flatter than the rest of the Canaries. Whereas the trade winds in the rest of the islands create precipitation when they rise up over the mountains and cool down, the trade winds in Fuerteventura never rise up and therefore never cool down and subsequently don’t form rain clouds.

Throughout May, Fuerteventura boasts an average of nine hours of sunshine every day, along with median cloud coverage which slowly drops as the month develops. Cloud coverage starts at 43% on May 1st and drops down to 42% by May 11th and 40% by May 28th. On average, the sky is clear/mostly clear 23% of the time, partly cloudy 17% and mostly cloudy/overcast 13%.

Thanks to Fuerteventura’s year-round warm climate, the average sea temperature for the waters around the island is 19°C during May. Although the sea at this time of year is 2°C-3°C cooler than it is between June and November, it’s still definitely warm enough to go swimming in.

The relative humidity for Fuerteventura in May averages at around 67%, ranging from 54% (mildly humid) up to 86% (very humid) throughout the month, rarely reaching as high as 100% (very humid) or dropping below 41% (comfortable). The air is driest around May 3rd, when the relative humidity falls below 62% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around May 31st, when it rises above 77% (humid) three days out of four.

Throughout an average May in Fuerteventura, wind speeds range between 3m/s (gentle breeze) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely going above 11 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around May 27th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around May 6th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s. The strongest wind ever recorded in Fuerteventura in May is 22.8 m/s, which was registered at Fuerteventura Airport on May 4th 1993.

The summer season is much windier than the winter season in Fuerteventura. With this in mind, if you want to enjoy high temperatures, but don’t want to be subject to the blustery winds that are present from next month onward, May is a great time to go. 

Grandes Playas beach in Corralejo, Fuerteventura

 Grandes Playas beach in Corralejo in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands taken by Xavier

Where to stay

The Sunrise Costa Calma Palace is a four-star hotel located on the main beach at Costa Calma. Here accommodation comes in the form of 370 standard doubles and superior doubles – all of which come with sea views, satellite TV, air conditioning and paid WiFi access. The superior doubles are located on the ground floor and have direct access to the beach. The luxury complex features two outdoor swimming pools, one of which is heated in winter, one children’s pool, two tennis courts, two padel courts and a gym. There’s also a spa with a saltwater heated pool, sauna, massage treatments and beauty therapies. Onsite dining options include one buffet restaurant, snack bar, piano bar, pool bar, lobby bar and lounge bar. Room only, bed and breakfast, half board and full board options are all available.

Playitas Aparthotel is a top pick for families on holiday in Fuerteventura. Located in Las Playitas, this family-friendly resort offers a large swimming pool full of inflatables, a large slide and pool toys, Jacuzzis, mini golf course, kids’ club and nightly entertainment at the Playitas Sports Bar. Moreover, there is also an onsite supermarket, 18-hole golf course which blends in with the surrounding landscape and a spa which boasts a hyrdrotherapy circuit, beauty treatments, facials and beauty salon treatments. There are four onsite restaurants: Buffet Playitas Aparthotel which serves international cuisine, Da Luigi Restaurante which serves Italian cuisine, La Bodega which serves Spanish tapas and Pool Bar which serves snacks, salads, burgers and pizzas. Accommodation comes in the form of 114 studios and 94 apartments, each of which features contemporary décor, air conditioning, kitchenette and paid WiFi access.

Located on the main promenade of Jandia in front of Playa del Matorral, Hotel Faro Jandia is a four-star hotel which overlooks the beach. Accommodation comes in the form of double rooms, each of which is decorated with bright primary colours and features tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning and satellite TV. The hotel is surrounded by grassy landscaped gardens peppered with outdoor swimming pools, whirlpool, three tennis courts, mini golf course, playground, international buffet restaurant and pool bar. There’s also Spa Las Caricias del Faro – only for guests aged 16+ – which is free to enjoy and offers a hydrotherapy pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, sensation showers, ice shower, fitness centre and relaxation room. There are loads of attractions and facilities in the local area, including Playa del Matorral Beach (200m away), the Morro Jable Harbour from which you can sign up for various excursions, Centro Commercial Cosmos with loads of shops and the promenade which is lined with international bars and restaurants.

If you prefer all-inclusive hotels, check out Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park. Situated just 200m away from Playa Gaviotas Beach, this hotel offers Bentacuria Restaurant which serves international cuisine buffet-style, Del Castillo Pool Bar which serves continental breakfasts and international lunches, Lobby Bar which offers sandwiches and drinks, Tindaya Bar with mini discos and evening entertainment and Bowling Bar where guests can play ten-pin bowling and enjoy a drink. As well as all meals and drinks, the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park’s all-inclusive programme also covers a kids’ clubs, tennis courts, water polo, football, volleyball, aerobics classes and the Thai Zen Sensations Spa which boasts facials, massages, body wraps and water experiences using natural products. Accommodation comes in the form of double rooms, junior suites and full suites, several of which feature sea views. Double rooms are the smallest and most basic accommodation choices, junior suites are larger and feature a sitting area, whilst full suites are the largest and feature a separate living room and bedroom.

The four-star Elba Sara Beach & Golf Resort is perfect for travellers on a golfing holiday. The complex is ideally located, with the Fuerteventura Golf Club and the 18-hole par-72 golf course on one side and the Costa Caleta Beach on the other side. Guests can choose from 208 double rooms, 40 standard family rooms and several junior suites, all of which are decorated in coastal yellows, blues and greens and feature coffee/tea making facilities, satellite TV and WiFi access. There are loads of onsite dining options, including the international Albatros Buffet Restaurant, Bar Tuscan Grill, Bar Salon Broadway and Reception Hall Bar. For families there are swimming pools, kids’ clubs, mini golf and daily entertainment, whilst for adults there is a gym with sauna and Jacuzzi, sports zone, beach club and access to the spa at the nearby Sheraton Hotel.

Sunrise Costa Calma Palace in Costa Calma in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Sunrise Costa Calma Palace in Costa Calma in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands taken by Dirk

Things to do

May is one of the quietest months of the year for Fuerteventura, making it a great time to enjoy a round of golf at Fuerteventura Golf Club. Most golfers head to the island in the winter months, so you’ll practically have the whole course to yourself in May. This par-72 golf course is the first 18-hole course to be built in Fuerteventura and is lined by three interconnected lakes. What makes this course so special is its location – one side faces the sea and the other side is overlooked by the rocky, volcanic terrain of Fuerteventura. The fairways, tees and 67 bunkers of little depth are strewn over a very well-kept green in a way which makes a round enjoyable for golfers of all skills. In addition to the main golf course, Golf Club Fuerteventura also boasts a practice area, driving range with 50+ positions, 800m2 putting green, bunker, green approach and pro shop.

May is also a great time of year to go fishing. There are many fishing excursions available throughout the island, but if you want something cheaper and more personalised, try rock fishing on your own from the Lanzarote-facing side of the harbour in Corralejo. In May, you’ll be in with the chance of catching tuna, parrot fish, snappers, bream, garfish, mullet, blue fish, needle fish and barracuda. Fishing without a license is illegal in Fuerteventura. A fishing license is valid throughout the Canary Islands for three years and can be obtained from the Agricultural and Fisheries office in Puerto del Rosario or the La Oliva Town Hall in Corralejo. 

Playa Matorral in Jandia, Fuerteventura

Playa Matorral in Jandia in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands taken by Manu

Hit the beach

Puerto Remedios-Las Agujas Beach is located in the north of Fuerteventura in Corralejo, just where the sand dunes begin. This beach is 700m long and 20m wide, providing plenty of room for adults to relax and children to play. The golden sand here is course and heavy, whilst the sea is very clean with a smooth and moderate surge which makes it perfect for swimming in. Whilst the wind can get very blustery around the coast of Corralejo (with gusts of between 20kts and 35kts) these usually happen between 6pm and 9am, when most people aren’t at the beach. The swell rarely gets above 1m, even during particularly windy periods. The only onsite facilities available are parasols which can be rented. There is a very small resort a few steps away where you’ll find bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets.

El Bajo Negro is also located in Corralejo in the north of Fuerteventura, tucked in between Playa Larga and Playa del Caserón. This 300-metre-long beach faces north and features fine white sand lapped by turquoise waters – just like you’d get in the Caribbean. This beach is incredibly popular with tourists – especially those staying at the nearby Club Hotel RIU Oliva Beach – although since May is one of the quietest months for the island, the beach shouldn’t be overly crowded at this time of year. Thanks to the sand dunes which line the beach, El Bajo Negro rarely receives any strong winds, making it perfect for sun bathing. The sea is equally calm and very shallow – in fact you have to walk out quite far out before it’s deep enough for swimming. Thanks to the hotels in the local area, there is a great choice of bars, restaurants, mini markets and shops nearby, plus sun loungers, parasols, toilets, lifeguards and bars on the beach.

Man plays golf golf at Fuerteventura Golf Club

Fuerteventura Golf Club in Jandia in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Eating and drinking out

If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, pop into Agua in Corralejo. This bar is located overlooking the beach and specialises in exotic cocktails you won’t find in most bars which are made to order right in front of you. There is also a small snack menu available with sandwiches and other light bites. If you’re not too hungry skip the food and just order drinks – you get a small serving of tapas for free every time you order a drink. The fantastic sea views combined with the carefully-crafted drinks and cool music make this bar a great place to spend an afternoon or evening.

For something more local, try Pincha Cabra Tapas Bar. Also located in Corralejo, this casual eatery is tucked away into a back street and specialises in Spanish and Canarian tapas and wine. Some of the most popular choices on the menu include garlic prawns, cod and banana croquettes and Canarian potatoes served with homemade mojo sauce. The portion sizes are very generous, so make sure you don’t over-order. Diners can choose to eat inside in the Canarian-styled white-washed dining room or outside in the small courtyard.

Pink cocktail from Agua in Fuerteventura

Pink cocktail from Agua in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands taken by Thomas

May events in Fuerteventura

Public Hoilday

Fiesta del Trabajo (Labour Day)

1st May 2016

A national public holiday celebrated every year on May 1st. Many Canarians look forward to this day because they get the whole day off, sometimes giving them a much needed long weekend! Most shops and businesses are closed on this day, however, popular tourist attractions, museums and restaurants are usually still open.




Antigua Craft Fair

8th May 2016 to 14th May 2016

On average, the event attracts more than 200 individual exhibitors, showcasing and selling their handicrafts. There will also be demonstrations by local handicraft makers, as well as musical groups and sportsmen performing on stage. The fair will take place on the Antigua sportsground and you can expect to see a wide variety of crafts on show including leather goods, jewellery, instruments and baskets. If you are interested, admission is completely free and parking is available in the surrounding streets.



Fiesta de San Isidro Labrador

15th May 2016

The Feast of San Isidro is mainly celebrated in mainland Spain, however, in Fuerteventura the event is celebrated in Los Alares, Antigua. The festivities are in honour of San Isidro Labrador and include processions, festivals and traditional performances.



The Dia de Canarias (Day of the Canaries)

30th May 2016

The Dia de Canarias (Day of the Canaries) is celebrated in Fuerteventura every year in May the 30th. This public holiday is infused with Hispanic festivities that take place across all towns in Fuerteventura. Local restaurants and bars serve traditional specialities and many locals take the celebrations to the streets.




Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Cobre

20th May 2016

The Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Cobre is celebrated in Los Alares, Antigua on the 20th of May. Many local people will attend mass on this day to commemorate the Virgin of Charity. The day is often celebrated in Cuba, however, some Canarians also come to pay their respects to the shrine of Santa Maria.



Corpus Christi

26th May 2016

In the middle of June you can experience Corpus Christi, a Catholic religious festival. In this festival, Catholics celebrate the belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ and his Real Presence in the Eucharist. Processions move through every major town and the locals are known to give out free food to celebrate this major religious event. Come nightfall, feasts are held in celebration of the event.



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