Lanzarote: April Weather AveragesDaily averages for April
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||46 %|
|Rainfall days||1 days|
|Chance of Rain||7 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||5 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||66 %|
Daily averages for April
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Averages for Lanzarote in April
April is one of the best times of the year to visit Lanzarote, Canary Islands when the weather is pleasantly warm and the chance of rainfall is low. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island is 19°C, created by average highs of 24°C in the middle of the day and 16°C after dark.
Throughout the month, daily average temperatures increase as time progresses. Daily averages start at 20°C and jump up to 21°C in the fourth week. This makes the final week of April the warmest time to visit Lanzarote.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Lanzarote in April is 36.3°C, which was registered on April 3rd 2006 at Lanzarote Airport. The lowest temperature ever registered on the island during this month is 9.5°C, which was recorded on April 15th 1974 at the same airport.
If you want to make the most of your holiday time and visit Lanzarote when it’s hottest, delay your holiday until August – this is usually the hottest month of the year for the island.
During April, the chance of precipitation falls as the month progresses, beginning at 16% on April 2nd and dropping down to 11% by April 29th. Across this month, the island is normally subject to 5mm of rainfall which falls on a single day. The most common types of precipitation to fall in April are drizzle (which occurs on 55% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (27%) and light rain (14%).
The highest monthly rainfall ever registered in Lanzarote in April is 34.9mm, which fell at the island’s airport during April 1982. April 8th 1974 was declared the wettest April day ever, when 17.1mm fell within a 24-hour period. Moreover, the maximum number of rainy days ever recorded during any April in Lanzarote is 13, which was registered during April 2002.
Although the month wasn’t record-breaking, April 2012 saw regular showers. On the 2nd of the month, the local weather forecast stated there was only a 5% chance of rain and despite this, the north and the sound of the island experienced fairly heavy showers. On April 4th, the local weather forecast gave a 40% chance of rain and indeed, there were more showers. More rain fell on April 11th, with a 40% chance of rain predicted for the morning and a 55% chance of heavy downpours predicted for the afternoon and evening. A yellow alert was put in place for 15mm rainfall per hour, which fell that day between noon and midnight, accompanied by thunder and lightning.
Throughout April, Lanzarote enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine each day, along with median cloud coverage which stays fairly constant throughout the month. Cloud coverage begins at 44% on April 1st and falls down to 43% by April 29th. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 31% of the time, partly cloudy 22% and mostly cloudy/overcast 15%.
Thanks to Lanzarote’s year-round mild temperatures, the average sea temperature for the waters around the island is a warm 19°C. Although it’s 2°C-3°C cooler than the sea temperatures of October and November, the sea in April is still certainly warm enough to go swimming in at this time of year.
The relative humidity for Lanzarote in April averages at around 66%, ranging from 52% (mildly humid) up to 89% (very humid) throughout the month, rarely falling below 39% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air tends to be driest around April 21st, when the relative humidity drops below 59% (mildly humid) three days out of four. On the other hand, the air is usually at its most humid around April 1st, when it rises above 82% (humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of an average April, wind speeds vary between 3 m/s (light breeze) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze) in Lanzarote, rarely going over 13 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around April 21st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s (fresh breeze). Whereas the lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around April 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s. The strongest wind ever registered in Lanzarote in April is 25.8 m/s, which was registered at Lanzarote airport on April 3rd 1994.
April 2012 didn’t just see weather alerts for rainfall – alerts were also put in place for strong, tall waves. On April 16th, a coastal wind yellow alert was released for north-north easterly winds of 8 m/s to 10 m/s, with gusts of up to 18 m/s. On the 24th of the same month, a second coastal alert was put in place for strong waves.
Dusty sandy storms blown over from Africa (referred to locally as calimas and siroccos) are common in Lanzarote throughout the year, especially as the weather gets warmer and drier. Although this type of weather condition doesn’t post any extreme danger, it does bring with it high temperatures – up to 20°C higher than normal – very low visibility and a general discomfort for everyone.
On April 19th 2013, Lanzarote was put on yellow alert for a calima which saw temperatures reach 34°C. This alert was increased to an orange alert on April 20th, when little to no wind from the east (0-3 m/s) and temperatures of up to 37°C were experienced.
Playa Papagayo in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Simone
Where to stay
The four-star Natura Palace and Spa Hotel is located on the coast of Lanzarote in the popular resort of Playa Blanca. Here you’ll find 251 twin/double standard and premium rooms, 12 junior suites, four senior suites and two villas, many of which come with sea views. Each apartment features a full bathroom with hairdryer, air conditioning, satellite TV and balcony or terrace. Suites and villas also feature hydro-massage baths. Onsite facilities and services include: buffet restaurant with show cooking and Canarian cuisine, Talasso Natura Spa with sauna, steam room, beauty treatments and massages, free WiFi access, two outdoor swimming pools surrounded by landscaped gardens, tennis courts, mini golf course, gym, children’s playground and mini club. Free onsite parking is also provided.
H10 Rubicon Palace is another hotel located on the coast of Playa Blanca in the south of the island. This hotel boasts free WiFi access throughout, five adult swimming pools, three children’s pools with water slide, four children’s clubs, boutique and new outdoor chill-out terrace with sea views. There are loads of sports facilities on offer, including multi sports courts, beach volleyball, diving and snorkelling centre, daily sports programme and mini golf course. There are nine onsite restaurants, including buffets with show cooking, restaurants serving Canarian cuisine, Italian restaurant, Asian restaurant, Mediterranean restaurant, pool bar, piano bar and sports bar. The H10 Rubicon Palace also features a Despacio Thalasso Spa Centre with seawater pool, hydro-massage beds, seawater river, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath and two treatment rooms, plus a gym with resistance machines exercise bikes and treadmills.
The four-star VIK Hotel San Antonio is also located on the seafront, next to the Blue Flag beach of Playa de Los Pocillos in Puerto del Carmen. This hotel is comprised of 331 guestrooms divided between double rooms, family rooms, junior suites and full suites. Each brightly decorated unit boasts private bathroom with hairdryer, satellite TV, air conditioning and private balcony or terrace. A fridge and tea/coffee making facilities are also available for an extra fee. Suites offer the same amenities, but are situated in the best part of the hotel. Onsite dining options include buffet restaurant, pool bar which serves drinks and snacks and cocktail bar. Other onsite services and amenities include outdoor saltwater, freshwater and children’s pools, wellness area with sauna, massages, Turkish baths and Scottish showers, two tennis courts, gym, children’s playground, mini golf course, mini club and daytime and evening entertainment. Room only, bed and breakfast, half board, full board and all-inclusive options are all available.
For something more budget-friendly, consider staying at Holiday Village Flamingo Beach. This complex is found in Playa Blanca close to the beach and is made up of 284 apartments and 21 studios, each of which features the essentials, including a full bathroom, living room with satellite TV and ceiling fan and well-equipped kitchenette. Within the hotel you’ll find three swimming pools, one of which is heated, sun terrace with loungers, mini spa, sports courts, supermarket, WiFi access and mini spa. Children’s facilities include playground, kids’ pool, mini club and children’s entertainment. There are two onsite a la carte restaurants, one buffet restaurant with theme nights, one pool bar and a sports bar.
If you feel like a spa break, consider staying at the four-star Hotel Costa Calero in Yaiza. This hotel is found overlooking the Puerto Calero harbour and boasts panoramic sea views which reach across to the Island of Lobos and Fuerteventura. Here accommodation comes in the form of single rooms, double rooms, family suites and one-bedroom suites, many of which come with garden or swimming pool views. Each apartment features air conditioning, free WiFi access, LCDTV with satellite, fridge and private bathroom with hairdryer. Suites have a separate living room, Jacuzzi in the bathroom, slippers, bathrobes, pool towels and VIP Clarins bathroom amenities. Onsite dining options include La Magdalena restaurant which offers Canarian buffets and show cooking, the Oyambre restaurant which offers local and international food buffet-style, Pool Bar Puerto Chico with drinks, salads, sandwiches and cakes, Piano Bar Mouro which offers soft and alcoholic drinks and Bar Mataleñas which boasts live entertainment. The resort’s highlight is the onsite spa, comprised of an indoor and outdoor pool with waterfalls, Jacuzzi, hydro-massage beds, Roman baths, saunas, relax zones, hair salon and fitness centre. Other onsite services and facilities include two kids’ clubs, daytime and evening entertainment for adults, free WiFi access throughout, four swimming pools, shop, children’s playground and free daily shuttle bus to Puerto del Carmen. Room only, half board and all-inclusive options are available.
H10 Rubicon Palace in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Sonia
Things to do
April is one of the best months of the year to go big game fishing in Lanzarote. This month marks the beginning of the Bluefin Tuna and Albacore fishing season, when the two species of fish are attracted to the waters around the island due to the increasing sea temperature. Sport Fishing Lanzarote offers a big game fishing excursions for small groups of up to nine people. This type of fishing is more difficult than normal fishing, but when you catch something, it’s larger and more dramatic. The excursion takes place on the Katfish boat which is equipped with sonar, radar, GPS, VHF radio, reels and rods, providing you with everything you’ll need. The price of your ticket includes transfer, snacks, drinks, fishing equipment, bait, lures and insurance. The tours are suitable for inexperienced and experienced fishermen alike and spectators are even welcome onboard to watch and soak up some rays whilst the others fish.
Families travelling with small children on an Easter holiday will have a great time at AquaLava in Playa Blanca. This water park is open throughout the year, but April is really the earliest that the water in the swimming pools and on the slides will be warm enough to enjoy a day out here. At the park you’ll find a two water slides, heated swimming pools, lazy river, wave pool, designated kids’ splash zones and mini clubs. There are also solariums with sun beds and a buffet restaurant. AquaLava is open every day from 10am until 6pm and entrance is free for guests staying at Relaxia Resorts.
Tropical Park is another top pick for families on an Easter holiday in Lanzarote. Located in Haria, this zoo is home to more than 150 different animal species, including parrots, birds of prey, penguins, lizards, otters, meerkats, genets, desert foxes, lizards and lemurs. Each species is housed in a large habitat which resembles their natural environment and is accompanied by information about the species in several languages, including English. One of the highlights of the park is the two interactive bird enclosures which you can walk through as the birds fly all around you. Public penguin feeding takes place every day – except Thursdays – at noon and 3.30pm and parrot shows take place daily at 11.15am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. There is also a bar onsite which serves food and drinks, a children’s play park and a gift shop. The park supports numerous conservation and breeding programmes, which means a percentage of the entrance fee you pay goes towards protecting species all across the world. Tropical Park is open every day from 10am until 5pm and children under three can go for free.
Amazonian parrots at Tropical Park in Haria in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Jose
Hit the beach
Make the most of the spring sunshine and heas for the beach during your holiday in Lanzarote. If you want to avoid the Easter crowds, spend an hour or two at Playa Quemada. This quiet bay isn’t as popular as many others in the south of the island. Therefore, it doesn’t have facilities such as sun loungers and shades – so make sure you take your own things with you. The beach is made up of natural volcanic black sands peppered with a few pebbles. The sands gently slope into the calm, clear waters which are not affected at all by bad currents, making them perfect for swimming in. The best time to visit this beach is on a weekday when most of the locals are at work. Playa Quemada can be reached by driving along a dirt track off the main road from Arrecife to Playa Blanca or by taking a boat trip from Puerto Calero.
April marks the start of the windsurfing season in Lanzarote, when the north-east trade winds blow side/side off shore consistently from the left, reaching 11-27 knots. Since Lanzarote is the easternmost of the Canary Islands, it is the first hit by the trade winds, meaning the island enjoy more windy days than any other island. This creates the perfect windsurfing conditions. Windsurfing Club Las Cucharas is based on Las Cucharas beach in Costa Teguise – the best known windsurfing spot in Lanzarote. This windsurfing club offers eight eco boards, 12 pro boards and ten team edition boards to rent. If you’re new to windsurfing, there are children, junior, beginner, intermediate, fun-board and special coaching courses available, too.
Playa Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Luis
April events in Lanzarote
26th April 2015
On April 26th, Club La Santa hosts the Volcano Triathlon. A must for sports enthusiasts wanting to keep fit whilst on holiday, this energetic event is made up of various courses, including one for swimming, one for biking and one for running. Courses are also available for kids to take part in, making it suitable for the whole family to enjoy.