Averages for Lanzarote in January

Weather overview

The Canary Islands enjoy spring-like weather all-year-round, which means January is a great time to visit Lanzarote if you’re in search of some winter sunshine. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island is 17°C, created by average highs of 21° during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 14°C during the coolest part of the month.

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  • Temperature Temperature 17°C 64°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 21°C 70°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 16 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 3 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 19°C 66°F

Daily averages for January

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°C 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 19 19 18 18 18 18 17 18 19 18 18 19 19 19 18 17 18 18
°F 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 66 66 64 64 64 64 63 64 66 64 64 66 66 66 64 63 64 64

Averages for Lanzarote in January

Weather overview

The Canary Islands enjoy spring-like weather all-year-round, which means January is a great time to visit Lanzarote if you’re in search of some winter sunshine. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island is 17°C, created by average highs of 21° during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 14°C during the coolest part of the month.

Daily averages fluctuate slightly throughout the month, switching between 18°C and 17°C seemingly randomly across the month. The first drop down to 17°C doesn’t seem to occur until January 8th – this makes the first week of the month the hottest time to visit Lanzarote in January.

In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Lanzarote in January is 27.9°C, which was registered on January 31st, 2000. At the other end of the scale, the lowest temperature ever recorded on the island during this month is 8°C, which was registered on January 10th, 1974.

Temperatures can vary across the island throughout the month, with the north of Lanzarote generally being cloudier and cooler than the south, which remains sunny and relatively warm. January is a great time to visit for tourists who prefer cooler temperatures and don’t mind a few clouds every now and then. Whilst you’ll get away with shorts and a t-shirt during the day, you’ll need a light coat or jumper to go out with on an evening. If you prefer holidaying when temperatures are hot, forget about visiting Lanzarote in January and plan your holiday for August or September instead.

The average sea temperature for Lanzarote in January is 19°C. Everyone is different, so whilst some people will find this temperature too cold for swimming, others will find it perfect. Generally, anything above 18°C is usually considered warm enough for swimming, so you should be okay. Either way, it’s common to see sunbathers and swimmers on the beaches of Lanzarote in January.

At this time of year, the island is subject to an average of 16mm of rainfall, which is spread out over three wet days. Drizzle is the most common form of precipitation you’ll experience in January (which occurs on 47% of days with rainfall), followed by moderate rain (29%) and light rain (14%). The probability of precipitation occurring drops as the month develops, starting at 24% on January 1st and falling down to 21% by January 30th. This makes the final week of January the best time to visit if you want to keep the chance of having your holiday ruined by rainfall down to an absolute minimum.

Lanzarote gets most of its rainfall between December and February when there is a small risk of flash flooding, due to the lack of drainage across the island. If there is a heavy downpour, it rarely lasts more than half an hour and minutes after the rain stops, the sun always comes back out.

The highest number of rainy days Lanzarote has ever experienced in January is 19, which occurred in January 1996. The longest rainstorm which ever took place in this month only lasted three days in January 1985. What’s more, the January day which saw the highest amount of rainfall took place on January 25th in 1980, when 71.5mm of rain fell during a single day. Not surprisingly, January 1980 turned out to be the wettest January since records began, with a total of 112.7mm of precipitation falling across the month.

With so little precipitation falling on so few days, the rain will hardly affect your holiday in Lanzarote at all. In fact, the island enjoys an average of seven hours of sunshine each day in January, providing you with plenty of opportunity to work on your tan during your holiday, even if there is a shower or two. Whilst there is a chance of rainfall, there’s also a chance of no rainfall whatsoever – January 1995 was the driest January ever, when no precipitation occurred at all.

Despite having a sub-tropical climate, Lanzarote is rarely humid. This means that when the temperatures get high, the air rarely feels stifling and the heat is always pleasant. The relative humidity at this time of year ranges between 57% (mildly humid) up to 89% (very humid), rarely dropping below 39% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is driest around January 28th, when the relative humidity falls below 64% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around January 1st, when it rises above 84% (humid) three days out of four.

Over the course of January, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 2 m/s (light breeze) and 8 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going over 11 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around January 31st, 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 January 4th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze). The strongest gust of wind ever recorded in January in Lanzarote is 28.5 m/s, which was registered at Lanzarote Airport on January 17th 1994 at 10:02.

Whilst they’re more common in summer than in winter, dust sand storms blown over from Africa (locally known as a calima and the more severe sirocco) can occur at any time of the year in Lanzarote – even in January. Whilst trade winds normally blow over Lanzarote in a north easterly direction, calimas and siroccos occur when the wind changes direction and blows in directly from the east, crossing over the hot Sahara Desert first.

Whilst they don’t pose any real danger, calimas and siroccos bring with them high temperatures, high winds and low visibility caused by sand in the air. January 1999 saw one of the worst sand storms to date in Lanzarote, but since then the storms have all been relatively minor.

Where to stay

The three-star Jardines del Sol is a quiet resort found in the south of Lanzarote, close to Playa Blanca. Accommodation here is available in the form of white-washed, brightly-decorated two bedroom bungalows, three bedroom villas and four bedroom villas, making this resort ideal for big families or large groups. Each bungalow and villa is totally self-contained and includes a fully-equipped kitchen, separate bedrooms, sofa bed for extra guests and private balcony or terrace. Although the beach is a good walk away, there is a huge adult swimming pool and a smaller children’s pool onsite, both of which are surrounded by a sunbathing terrace and tropical gardens. There’s also a bar in this part of the complex which serves drinks and light bites throughout the day where you can chill out whilst the little ones make the most of the mini golf course and playground.

If you really want to splash out on your next holiday, the five-star Hotel THe Volcan Lanzarote located on the seafront at Rubicon Marina could be right for you. This complex was designed to reflect the typical architecture of Lanzarote and is comprised of secluded courtyards with hidden sports, traditional patios with great views and a magnificent entrance which is a replica of the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church. That’s not all the hotel has to offer – there is also a trio of huge swimming pools, three speciality restaurants, a state-of-the-art gym and a spa which boasts an extensive treatment menu. Thanks to its central location, you can also enjoy harbour views from many parts of the hotel and a wealth of bars, restaurants and shops are found literally just outside the hotel on the promenade. Guests can choose between standard rooms, junior suites and complete suites, each of which are decorated in typical Canarian fashion and boast air conditioning, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The junior suite also offers a deluxe hydro-massage bath, whilst the complete suite is more spacious and has a separate bedroom.

For something less extravagant, consider the Albatros Club Hotel. Located just steps away from the Playa de las Cucharas Beach in Costa Teguise, this complex offers a value-for-money all-inclusive programme which includes unlimited eating and drinking between 10am and midnight at the main buffet restaurant that boasts show cooking and theme nights. There is also one cocktail lounge bar, one casual snack bar and one pool bar – although these aren’t all covered by the all-inclusive programme. After indulging in the buffet, you can work some of the calories off at the basketball and volleyball courts or head to the wellness centre which includes a state-of-the-art gym. To soothe tired muscles, there’s an onsite spa where you can indulge in massages, body treatments and facials, plus a large outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace. The accommodation here takes the form of one-bedroom apartments which are spread out between two- and three-storey buildings. Each apartment is decorated in a basic and colourful contemporary style with separate bedroom, bathroom, living room and balcony.

The Hotel Beatriz Costa & Spa is another top pick for travellers who love spa breaks. Situated in Costa Teguise, this four-star resort is best known for its Thalasso Spa which is divided into two areas. The hydro-thermal part of the spa is made up of three hydro-massage swimming pools, Jacuzzis, water jets, ice fountain and Turkish bath. The thermal part of the spa is where guests can pamper themselves with all kinds of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. The relaxation doesn’t end there – the entire complex is full of facilities, services and extras which inspire relaxation, including 20,000m2 of tropical gardens with Canarian vegetation, waterfalls and lakes throughout, beauty salon, hair salon and 2,000m2 of saltwater swimming pools. There are plenty of onsite dining options available, too, including the main Buffet Restaurant which offers themed dinners and show cooking and Las Falapas pool bar which serves international light bites. There are also three onsite bars – two of which host live music and performances throughout the afternoons and evenings. Here guests can choose between standard double rooms and suites, each of which comes with garden or pool views, satellite TV and private balcony. 

Hit the beach

Despite being one of the coolest months of the year in Lanzarote, most people will find the sea temperature in January more than warm enough to enjoy a dip in the sea and Playa de Papagayo is one of the best places to do so. During the summer months, this beach is packed full of people, making January one of the best times to go if you want a relaxing beach day. Here you’ll find golden sands which give way to clear and calm waters perfect for swimming. Whilst there are no real facilities available here, it only adds to its natural beauty and unspoilt appeal.

If you’re a fan of nude sunbathing, hit the Charco del Palo Beach. The entire resort which houses the beach is fully naturist-friendly, so don’t be surprised if you see nude people walking along the street on your way to the beach. When you arrive at the bay, you won’t see any sand – instead the beach is made up of large volcanic rocks which you can lie your towel on and sunbathe. The waters here are usually calm, so as long as you’re careful climbing from the rocks into the sea, swimming is perfectly safe. Due to the resort’s secluded location and niche market, you won’t find any services or facilities directly on the beach – although there are several bars and one supermarket just steps away in the centre of the resort.

Eating and drinking out

If you’re staying in Puerto del Carmen, making a reservation at My Kitchen Julius is an absolute must. This restaurant aims to cater for all taste buds and offers an eclectic menu made up of a wealth of international dishes – from fresh lemon sole and fillet steaks to vegetarian four-cheese pasta and roast lamb. Almost all diners who’ve eaten there agree that the price-to-quality ratio definitely works in favour of the diner and the sangria is said to be one of the best in Lanzarote!

La Cabaña is one of those places that truly exceeds expectations. From the outside, this restaurant appears small and unappealing, but as soon as you step inside, you’ll be greeted by the delicious smells being created in the open-plan kitchen by the British head chef, Darren. Although the menu is small, everything on it – from the caramelised French goat cheese crostini and the Thai beef salad with salsa to the herbed roast rack of New Zealand lamb and traditional Spanish pork – are all superb. There is an extensive wine list with Canarian and international bottles to choose from to accompany your meal, too.

Things to do

Since there is a chance of rain and overcast days if you visit Lanzarote in January, it’s best to plan some indoor activities in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. If you’re in Tias for the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria y San Blas festival, pop into the Casa Jose Saramago Museum whilst you’re there. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 2pm, this museum hosts numerous tours each day which you can join to learn more about writer Jose Saramago and his life. When you’ve finished the tour, you’ll have the chance to pick up a souvenir at the museum’s gift shop to remind yourself of your trip.

The milder temperatures and cloud coverage make January a great month for a round of golf. Costa Teguise Golf is one of the best and most popular courses in Lanzarote, located on the eastern coast of the island. The 18-hole par 72 golf course features amazing sea and mountain views, more than 3,500 palm trees and various other obstacles, which make the course a pleasant and challenging one for amateurs and experienced golfers alike. In addition to the golf course, Costa Teguise Golf also includes a pitch and putt course, putting green, driving range, practise greens and a pro shop.

If the sea really is too cold for you in Lanzarote in January, warm up at the Aquarsis Wellness Centre. This spa is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am until 8pm, and is situated in Puerto del Carmen. Here you’ll find a thermal circuit, complete with jet pools, relaxing pools, cold water pools, essential oil showers, pebble rivers and Turkish baths – everything you ned to relax and unwind. If you really want to indulge yourself, there is a lengthy treatment menu available, full of massages, manicures, pedicures, body treatments, facials and even hair treatments.

The north-easterly trade winds which prevail throughout most of the year drop considerably in January, making many wind-based water sports out of the question. Instead, take advantage of the lack of wind by hiring a bicycle and exploring the island. Bueno Bike Lanzarote offers a great variety of tours to choose from, including marina and market tours, volcano tours, wine tours and landmark tours, providing something to suit all tastes and abilities.

January events in Lanzarote

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New Year's Day

1st January 2017

January 1st marks New Year’s Day in Lanzarote, when most resorts kick off the New Year with a huge firework display. Playa Grande and Puerto del Carmen both throw major parties from 2am onwards which spill out of the bars and into the streets.

Religious

Procession of the Three Wise Men

5th January 2017

The Procession of the Three Wise Men, also known as Cabalgata de Reyes takes place every year the day before King's Day. Three Wise Men parade through Arrecife on camels, throwing sweets to all the children! The 6th January marks the date when Christmas gifts are given to loved ones.

Website:

http://www.spain-lanzarote.com/uk/what-jan-dec.html

Three Kings Day

5th January 2017 to 6th January 2017

January 5th and 6th mark Three Kings Day across the island. The events kick off around 6pm on January 5th with a festive parade in Arrecife – this is the biggest and best one on the island. The main parade is followed by a smaller version in Puerto del Carmen from around 9pm. The highlight of the parade is the presence of the Three Kings who ride through the streets on large floats, handing out sweets and presents to children. January 6th is a public holiday when locals take a break and spend time with their families.

Website:

http://www.spain-lanzarote.com/uk/what-jan-dec.html

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