Averages for Lanzarote in December

Weather overview

Even though it’s classed as a winter month, December is a great time to visit Lanzarote, Canary Islands, when the temperatures are relatively warm – compared to the rest of Europe – the sky is clear and the sun is shining. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 19°C, created by average highs of 22°C during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 15°C during the coolest part of the night.

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Averages for Lanzarote in December

  Temperature 19°C

66°F

Low Temperature 15°C

59°F

  High Temperature 22°C

72°F

  Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 48 %
  Rainfall 29mm
  Rainfall days 4 days
  Chance of Rain 12 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 9 %
  Sea Temperature 20°C

68°F

Chance of Windy Day 46 %
Daily averages for December

Daily averages for December

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Averages for Lanzarote in December

Weather overview

Even though it’s classed as a winter month, December is a great time to visit Lanzarote, Canary Islands, when the temperatures are relatively warm – compared to the rest of Europe – the sky is clear and the sun is shining. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 19°C, created by average highs of 22°C during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 15°C during the coolest part of the night.

Daily averages stay fairly constant throughout the month at 19°C, with just a three-day jump up to 20°C at the start of the second week and a two-day drop down to 18°C in the final few days of the month. This makes the second week of the month the warmest time to visit Lanzarote and the final week the coolest time to visit.

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.

This means 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.

December is the ideal time to visit Lanzarote if you want to escape the cold, blustery conditions back home and soak up some warm winter sunshine. Although the temperatures are fairly mild at this time of year, they’re some of the warmest in Europe. And whilst daily sunshine is almost guaranteed, there is a high chance of overcast days and the odd shower.

Across the month, an average of 29mm of precipitation falls across the island over the course of four wet days. The likelihood of rainfall occurring on any given day stays fairly constant at 24%-25%, so it doesn’t really matter when you visit – the chances of you experiencing a bit of rainfall will be the same. Drizzle is the most common form of precipitation you can expect if you visit Lanzarote this month, when it occurs on 47% of days with rain. This is followed by moderate rain (32%) and light rain (13%).

The rainstorm which caused the highest amount of precipitation in Lanzarote in one single December day took place on December 5th in 1991 and resulted in 50.7mm of rainfall. That month turned out to be the wettest December since records began, with the island receiving a total of 118.5mm of rainfall across the month. December 2004 had the highest number of precipitation days in December for a long time, when the island received precipitation on 17 days.

In December, the sun shines for an average of six hours each day alongside median cloud coverage of 45% (partly cloudy) which hardly varies at all throughout the month. So although you’ll definitely get the odd cloudy spell, you can also look forward to plenty of sunshine-filled hours during your December holiday in Lanzarote.

The relative humidity for Lanzarote in December typically falls between 59% (mildly humid) and 90% (very humid), rarely falling below 43% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is driest around December 1st when the relative humidity drops down to 66% (mildly humid) three days out of four. The air is at its most humid around December 15th, when it rises above 84% (humid) three days out of four.

In December, the average sea temperature for Lanzarote is 20°C. Anything above 18°C is generally considered warm enough for swimming, so you should have no problem taking a dip in the sea at this time of year.

Over the course of a typical December, wind speeds range between 2 m/s (light breeze) and 8 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely rising above 11 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around December 27th, 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 December 6th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s (moderate breeze).

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. Normally, the wind blows over Lanzarote in a north easterly direction, but siroccos and calimas occur when the winds blow over directly from the east, passing over the Sahara Desert first. When the winds come over from this direction, they bring with them sand and high temperatures up to 10°C hotter than average highs. So although these weather conditions don’t pose any real danger, they can reduce visibility, make the air feel remarkably hot and cause problems for visitors with breathing difficulties. 

Costa del Rubicon in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Costa del Rubicon in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by SantiMB

Where to stay

Apartamentos Fariones is a three-star complex situated just a short walk away from the beach in Puerto del Carmen and the promenade which is lined with international bars, restaurants and tourist shops. The one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments on offer are laid out around two outdoor swimming pools – both of which are heated in winter. The pools are surrounded by two sunbathing terraces, one hot tub and well-maintained tropical gardens, creating a colourful and relaxing atmosphere. Onsite dining options include one casual café-bar by the pool and one more sophisticated indoor restaurant which serves meals buffet-style and offers show cooking for entertainment. There’s also one bar which serves soft drinks and alcohol to laid back background music until midnight each night. Guests staying here can also enjoy, free WiFi access and a discount at the Fariones Sports Centre.

If you prefer to have everything paid for in advance, consider staying at Iberostar Lanzarote Park. This family-friendly hotel is located directly on Playa Flamingo beach and just a short walk away from plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and supermarkets, making it ideally-located for a family holiday with the little ones. Here you’ll find all kinds of facilities and services for everyone to enjoy, from seven outdoor swimming pools, sunbathing terraces with loungers and free WiFi access throughout to various kids’ clubs for different ages, playground and a spa. The all-inclusive programme covers food and drink at two different venues: Papagayo Restaurant which offers buffet dining and the Salon Jameos Bar which boasts nightly entertainment. There’s also the Mirador Pool Restaurant, but you’ll have to pay extra to eat and drink here. Accommodation at this complex comes in the form of double and family rooms, most of which boast sea views. Each unit is decorated with bright blue and yellow shades – inspired by the nearby beach – and offers satellite TV, free WiFi access and a small fridge.

For something a bit more budget-friendly, check out Jable Bermudas Apartments, located in the centre of Puerto del Carmen, just metres away from the nearest beach and close to loads of bars, restaurants and shops. This complex is comprised of spacious one-bedroom apartments on the ground and first floors – the units on the first floor come with sea views. Each apartment comes complete with a kitchen with hob, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee machine, so you can cook all your own meals if you feel like it. Free WiFi access is also provided throughout the resort, including in the guestrooms. Most of the resort’s activity takes place around the pool area where you’ll find one large swimming pool, one smaller children’s pool, sunbathing terrace with loungers and parasols and pool bar which serves snacks and drinks throughout the day. There’s also an onsite supermarket with international products, padel court, mini golf, gym, games room and children’s play area.

Hotel Costa Calero is a top pick if you’re looking for somewhere to spend a romantic Christmas holiday in Lanzarote. Located just steps away from the harbour in Yaiza, this four-star complex is best known for its superb 3,000m2 spa which covers indoor and outdoor areas. The spa is comprised of an indoor saltwater pool with waterfalls and water jets, Jacuzzi, hydromassage beds, bubble chairs, Roman baths with music therapy, saunas, indoor and outdoor relaxation zones with loungers and 24 wet and dry cabins for individual treatments. The pools aren’t limited to inside the spa – there are four outdoor swimming pools within the complex, too, all of which are heated in winter, plus free WiFi access throughout, hair salon and a shuttle bus into Puerto del Carmen. For the little ones there are two different kids’ clubs for children aged 4-12, playground, one games room with four computers and an Xbox and family-friendly entertainment. When it comes to dining options, there are two restaurants within the hotel – La Magdalena which serves Canarian and international cuisine and the Oyambre Restaurant which serves a buffet al fresco, plus three different bars. Here guests can choose between double rooms, one-bedroom suites and family suites here, each is decorated in cool coastal colours and comes with satellite TV and WiFi access.

December is a great time to relax by the pool at Iberostar Lanzarote Park in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

December is a great time to relax by the pool at Iberostar Lanzarote Park in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Things to do

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. During the day each Wednesday and Friday, Pueblo Marinero hosts a craft market, with local artisans setting up stalls and selling 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.

Casita de la Muecas in Arrieta in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Casita de la Muñecas in Arrieta in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Enrique

Hit the beach

During December, the strong swells around Lanzarote create immense waves which measure between 1.5m and 4m in height. 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 not into surfing and only want to sunbathe and swim at the beach, spend the day at El Reducto Beach in Arrecife. This urban beach stretches on for around 500m and is widely regarded as the best one in the capital. The bay is made up of fine, golden sand and clear blue waters which are almost always calm enough for swimming in, making this beach perfect for families with little ones. There are no sun loungers or parasols available to hire here, but you will find showers, toilets, food and drink kiosks and plenty of bars, restaurants and supermarkets just steps away in the city. 

One of the beaches at Jameos del Agua on a calm day in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

One of the beaches at Jameos del Agua on a calm day in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, image taken by Maria

Eating and drinking out

If you’re staying in Costa Teguise, definitely make reservations at Restaurante El Navarro. Voted as the very best restaurant in Lanzarote in 2015 by TripAdvisor, this eatery specialises in traditional Canarian dishes with exotic modern twists. The restaurant is family-run by the daughter of the original owner who works the front of house and her husband who takes care of the kitchen. Because of their personal ties, the family make a special effort to ensure all the food which comes out the kitchen is first class and the service is second-to-none. Some of the most popular and interesting dishes include curried lamb croquettes, fillet steak with caramelised Dijon mustard dressing and the chilli chocolate brownie.

For something more exotic, pop into Asia Delicious. This oriental restaurant serves up a wealth of Chinese, Japanese and European dishes, with more than 100 different options to choose from. From classic starters of garlic bread, steamed mussels and chicken satay skewers to mains of crispy duck, sea bass teppanyaki and even pizza, this restaurant offers something for every type of diner – no matter how fussy! Sushi and sashimi lovers will be in awe at their offering of dishes, which includes maki, rolls, nigari, temaki, tartar and standard sashimi. 

December events in Lanzarote

Public Hoilday

Día de la Constitución Española (Spanish Constitution Day

6th December 2016

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.

Website:

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/spain/constitution-day

New Year's Eve

31st December 2016

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.

Religious

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

8th December 2016

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.

Website:

http://www.lanzarotebusinessassociation.com/content/public-holidays-spain-festivos

Christmas Day

25th December 2016

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.

Website:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g662290-i11495-k6372114-Lanzarote_at_Christmas-Puerto_Del_Car

Sports

Lanzarote International Marathon

10th December 2016

Lanzarote International Marathon takes place on 10th December and is open for everyone to take part in. Participants can choose to do the entire marathon (42km) or the half marathon (21km. So no one feels left out, there is also a 10km race, a wheelchair race and even several children’s races.

Website:

http://www.lanzaroteinternationalmarathon.com/

Culture

Día de los Inocentes

28th December 2016

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!

Website:

http://www.janetanscombe.com/news/dia-de-los-santos-inocentes-spains-april-fools-day-28-december.htm

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