Lanzarote: December Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||46 %|
|Rainfall days||7 days|
|Chance of Rain||12 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||10 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||46 %|
Averages for Lanzarote in December
In December, the average temperature in Lanzarote, Canary Islands drops from 19.5°C at the start of the month down to 17.5°C by the end of the month. Daily highs change from 22°C to 20°C, whilst daily lows change from 16°C to 15°C.
In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Lanzarote in December is 27.5°C which was recorded on December 2nd in 2000. On the other hand, the lowest temperature which has ever been recorded on the island during this month is 9°C, which was recorded on December 22nd in 1979.
December is the ideal time to visit Lanzarote if you want to escape the cold, blustery conditions back home and soak up some winter sunshine. Although the temperatures are fairly mild at this time of year, they’re some of the warmest in Europe. Whilst daily sunshine is almost guaranteed, there is a high chance of overcast days and the odd shower.
You’ll be perfectly comfortable in shorts and t-shirts during the daytime, but it’s wise to bring a few pairs of thin trousers and jumpers in case it gets a bit chilly. A coat or jacket will definitely come in handy on an evening, especially if there is a sea breeze blowing.
In December, the average sea temperature for Lanzarote is 20°C. Whilst some might find this a bit too cold for swimming, most holidaymakers will find this the perfect temperature to enjoy a dip, which is why you’ll see plenty of swimmers and sunbathers on the beaches of Lanzarote during your holiday in December.
Throughout the month, Lanzarote receives around 28mm of rainfall spread across seven days, which means there is a fairly good chance you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday. The most common types of precipitation for this time of year are drizzle, followed by moderate rain and then light rain.
The rainstorm which caused the highest amount of precipitation ever to hit the island of Lanzarote in one single day in December took place on December 5th in 1991 and resulted in 50.7l/m2 of rainfall. That month turned out to be the wettest December since records began, with the island receiving a total of 118.5l/m2 of rainfall across the month. December 2004 had the highest number of precipitation days in December for a long time, when the island received rainfall on 17 days.
Even though siroccos and calimas most commonly occur during the summer months, they can hit Lanzarote at any time of the year – even in December. These unpleasant weather conditions are created by sand storms which are blown over the Atlantic from the west coast of Africa. Although siroccos and calimas don’t post any real dangers, they do bring with them low visibility and high temperatures which cause discomfort for everyone.
Playa Papagayo in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Aquarium in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Things to do
- During December, the strong swells around Lanzarote create immense waves which measure between 1.5m and 4m. If you’re an experienced surfer and would like to practice the sport whilst on holiday, head to the beaches at Jameos del Agua. These beaches are suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers and are known for the rocky volcanic reef point break which is incredible when there is a big swell.
- If you’re looking for somewhere with a lively atmosphere, check out Pueblo Marinero. This small neighbourhood is full of cafes, bars and restaurants, many of which offer lively entertainment on an evening. Each Wednesday and Friday, Pueblo Marinero hosts a craft market, with local artisans setting up stalls to sell all sorts of handmade goodies, such as clothes, accessories, soaps, handbags, jewellery and artwork. These gifts make perfect Christmas presents for family members and friends back home.
- If you’re unlucky enough to get a rainy spell during your December holiday in Lanzarote, take shelter by popping into the Museo Agrícola El Patio. This museum provides you with an insight into the history of the island and the culture of its people. Whilst many of the items in the museum are lacking descriptions or explanations, it’s fun to imagine or work out what they were used for yourself. The highlight of the museum for many is the wine tasting at the end which is included in the price of the entrance fee.
- The cooler temperatures make December a great month for golf. Golfusion offers a unique golfing experience in the Secret Garden where you can enjoy a round of golf or improve your skills at the golf academy. Golfusion is designed to be easier than the traditional game of golf and is played on a course comprised of five holes with shorter distances in between, making it easier for first timers to play. The academy offers a huge range of lessons and courses, suitable for children and adults alike.
- The cool December temperatures also create the perfect conditions for hiking. The coastal walk between Charco del Palo and Arrieta is a top pick for holidaymakers and is fairly relaxed, making it suitable for people of all fitness levels. You’ll see loads of fantastic sea and mountain views along the walk, so make sure you take your camera with you. The hike ends at the beach at Arrieta, so it’s worth taking your swimming stuff with you and some change so you can enjoy a cool drink at the beachside bar before you head back to your resort.
Golf Course in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Where to stay
- Apartamentos Fariones is situated just a short walk away from the beach in Puerto del Carmen. Here you’ll find accommodation in the form of one- and two-bedroom apartments, each of which features: balcony or terrace, full kitchen with fridge, microwave and tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV, telephone, safe and private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Onsite services and facilities include: swimming pool, solarium, garden, bicycle rental, children’s playground, entertainment staff, bars, buffet restaurant, free WiFi access and 24-hour reception.
- Iberostar Lanzarote Park is an all-inclusive complex located on the beach. Here guests can choose between double rooms, family rooms and suites, each of which comes complete with: balcony or terrace, sofa bed, safe, telephone, satellite TV, fridge, private bathroom and dining area. Onsite amenities and services include: swimming pools, children’s pools, bar, restaurants, kids’ clubs, entertainment programme, internet access and sports facilities.
- Jable Bermudas Apartments are located in the centre of Puerto del Carmen, close to loads of bars, restaurants and shops. Here you’ll find accommodation in the form of one bedroom apartments, some of which have sea views. Each apartment comes well-equipped with: private bathroom with hairdryer, full kitchen, bedroom with single or double bed, satellite TV, safe, telephone and balcony or terrace. Onsite facilities and services include: swimming pool, children’s pool, solarium, snack bar, games room, children’s play area, WiFi access, internet café, money exchange, supermarket, paddle court, mini golf and gym.
Mirador del Rio in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
December events in Lanzarote
Día de la Constitución Española (Spanish Constitution Day
6th December 2015
December 6th marks Día de la Constitución Española (Spanish Constitution Day) in Lanzarote. Almost all shops, supermarkets and banks will be closed for this public holiday, so make sure you stock up on essentials the day before. Whilst there are no festivals linked directly to this holiday, many venues host music concerts or Christmas-themed theatrical performances on this day, because most locals are off work.
New Year's Eve
31st December 2015
On the evening of December 31st, Lanzarote celebrates New Year’s Eve. This lively event is celebrated with huge street parties, many of which come with free flowing food and drink. These street parties are known for their music concerts and energetic dancing which go on well into the early hours. Around midnight, most of the plazas and beaches in Lanzarote host spectacular firework displays, too.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
8th December 2015
On December 8th, Lanzarote celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which marks the beginning of the Christmas season. This religious festival is considered to be one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated all over the island with special services held in churches.
25th December 2015
On this day, many special masses are held in churches throughout the island and open-air music concerts and craft fairs are common. If you don’t like the idea of cooking your own Christmas dinner, you’ll be pleased to hear that almost all bars and restaurants throughout the island remain open, many of which serve special Christmas dinners on the day.
Día de los Inocentes
28th December 2015
December 28th marks Día de los Inocentes in Lanzarote – the Spanish equivalent of April Fool’s Day. Whilst locals normally restrict their jokes and pranks to neighbours and friends, many big businesses and news corporations try and trick as many people as possible, so don’t believe everything you hear or read on this day!