Lanzarote: January Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||47 %|
|Rainfall days||6 days|
|Chance of Rain||13 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||7 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||45 %|
Averages for Lanzarote in January
The average temperature for Lanzarote, Canary Islands in January remains constant at 17°C across the whole month. Daily highs are around 20°C – rarely going over 22°C or falling below 18°C. Daily lows are around 15°C – rarely going over 17°C or falling below 12°C. In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Lanzarote is 27.9°C (January 31st, 2000), whilst the lowest temperature ever recorded for this month is 8°C (January 10th 1974).
Temperatures can vary across the island throughout the month, with the north 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.
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. Either way, it’s common to see sunbathers and swimmers on the beaches of Lanzarote in January.
The island is subject to an average of 16mm of rainfall throughout January, divided between six days. Drizzle is the most common form of precipitation you’ll experience in January, followed by moderate rain, light rain and heavy rain. Lanzarote gets most of its rainfall between December and February when there is a small risk of flash flooding. If there is a heavy downpour, it shouldn’t be more than an hour or so before the sun is out again.
The highest number of rainy days Lanzarote has ever experienced during this month was 19, which occurred in January 1996. The longest rainstorm which ever took place in this month only lasted three days in January 1985. The January day which saw the highest amount of rainfall took place on January 25th in 1980, when 71.5l/m2 of rain fell on a single day. Not surprisingly, January 1980 turned out to be the wettest January since records began, with a total of 112.7l/m2 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 eight hours of sunshine each 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.
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 they don’t pose any real danger, this type of weather brings with it 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.
Las Conchas Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
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 from Monday to Saturday from 10am until 2pm, this museum hosts numerous tours each day which you can join to learn more about writer 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 the sea really is too cold for you, warm up at the Aquarsis Wellness Centre. This spa is open from 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. 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. 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, with something to suit every type of holidaymaker. You’ll find marina and market tours, volcano tours, wine tours and landmark tours available, providing something for all tastes and abilities.
Golf Course in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Where to stay
- The three-star Jardines del Sol is found in the south of Lanzarote, close to Playa Blanca. Accommodation is available in the form of two bedroom apartments, each of which can sleep up to six people. Each room includes a double bed or twin beds, sofa bed, fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom with hairdryer, TV with DVD player, balcony or terrace, heating, air conditioning and safe. Onsite facilities and services include: outdoor heated swimming pool, outdoor children’s pool, poolside bar, pool table, table tennis, mini golf, playground, excursion booking, library, internet access and laundry facilities.
- The five-star Hotel Volcan Lanzarote is located on the Rubicon Marina in the south of the island. Here you’ll find standard rooms, junior suites and suites, each of which comes with: air conditioning, ceiling fan, sofa, satellite TV, two telephones, minibar, coffee/tea making facilities, safety deposit box and bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. Onsite amenities and services include: room service, laundry service, pillow menu, outside swimming pool, gym, spa, bar, restaurant, free WiFi access, 24-hour reception and sports activities.
- The Albatros Club Hotel is found close to the beach in Costa Teguise. Accommodation comes in the form of standard one-bedroom apartments, each of which features air conditioning, living space, private bathroom with hairdryer, balcony or terrace, satellite TV, telephone, minibar and safety deposit box. Onsite services and facilities include: 24-hour reception, outdoor swimming pool, kids’ pool, sun terrace, spa, sports court, buffet restaurant, lounge bar, snack bar and poolside bar.
Playa Papagayo in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
January events in Lanzarote
New Year's Day
1st January 2015
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.
Procession of the Three Wise Men
4th January 2015
The Procession of the Three Wise Men, also known as Cabalgata de Reyes takes place every year the day before Three Kings Day. Three Wise Men parade through Arrecide on camels, throwing sweets to all the children!
Three Kings Day
5th January 2015 to 6th January 2015
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.
Nuestra Señora de Candelaria y San Blas
17th January 2015 to 1st February 2015
January 17th to February 1st in 2015 marks the celebration of Nuestra Señora de Candelaria y San Blas in Tabayesco in Tias. This religious festival is celebrated with lively street parties, processions and displays of traditional Canarian wrestling, making it a great opportunity to learn about the local culture.
Spring Triathlon Camp
6th January 2015 to 12th January 2015
Between February 6th and February 12th in 2015, Lanzarote hosts the Spring Triathlon Camp. Held at Club La Santa, this sports event is perfect for beginners looking to improve and professionals looking to train. Club La Santa provides all sorts of sports facilities to make your training a success, including: salt-water lagoon, Olympic swimming pool, running track and on- and off-road running routes in the local area.
International Lanzarote Duathlon
11th January 2015
Why not kick off the New Year by running in the International Lanzarote Duathlon. This exciting course includes a 5km run, a 20km bike course, followed by a final 2.5km run, rather than a swim. This beautiful course weaves through Lanzarote's natural landscape and finishes off at the Club La Santa Stadium.