Lanzarote: March Weather AveragesDaily averages for March
|Sunshine Hours||10 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||56 %|
|Rainfall days||2 days|
|Chance of Rain||8 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||2 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||54 %|
Daily averages for March
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Averages for Lanzarote in March
In March, the average temperature in Lanzarote, Canary Islands rises from 18°C at the start of the month up to 19°C by the end of the month. Daily highs rise from 21°C to 22°C and daily lows rise from 15°C to 16°C.
In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded for Lanzarote in March is 32.7°C (March 12th 1981) and the lowest temperature ever recorded for this month is 8.3°C (March 1st, 1988).
March is ideal for holidaymakers who enjoy mild to warm temperatures and aren’t put off by the chance of an overcast day every now and then. You won’t need any more than a t-shirt, shorts and beachwear during the daytime, but you’ll make good use of a thick jumper or light coat on an evening.
The average sea temperature for Lanzarote in March is 18°C. Everyone is different, so whilst some visitors might find this temperature to be too cold for swimming, others will find it perfect. Either way, it’s the norm to see sunbathers and swimmers all over the beaches in Lanzarote in March.
During this month, the island receives around 14mm of rainfall divided between five days. Drizzle is the most common type of precipitation for Lanzarote in March, followed by moderate rain and light rain.
The rainstorm with the highest amount of rainfall which has ever hit Lanzarote in March struck during March 14th in 1995, when the island received 38.5l/m2 of rainfall in only 24 hours. Not surprisingly, that month saw the highest amount of rainfall since records began, with 46.1l/m2 across the month. On the other hand, March 2012 was the driest month ever, when the island received absolutely no rainfall at all.
The longest rainstorm which ever affected the island in March took place in 2011 and only lasted three days – proof as to how unlikely rainfall is in Lanzarote during this month. March 1991 was the wettest March for a long time, when the island received precipitation on 15 days.
Calimas and Siroccos (sand storms blown over from Africa) are a common occurrence in the Canaries throughout the year – including Lanzarote in March. Although these hot and sandy conditions don’t pose any real danger, they can last between one day and one week and generally make everyone feel hot and uncomfortable.
Playa Dorada Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Dates for the diary
- Between March 1st and March 2nd in 2014, Lanzarote hosts the Music Marathon Festival. One of the most unusual events of the month, this festival sees local and international bands take to the stage to perform music concerts whilst visiting adults and children alike take part in 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 marathons. Everyone is invited, whether you’ll be walking, jogging, running, skating or taking part in a wheelchair.
- March 13th in 2014 sees the celebration of the San Leandro Festival in Teguise. Like many religious festival, this event is a great opportunity to get an insight into the local culture and includes musical concerts, dances and plenty of opportunities to try the local food and drink.
- Between March 15th and March 17th in 2014, the island’s capital – Arrecife – hosts the Trofeo Sar Princesa Alexia. This boat regatta is made up of six up-wind and down-wind races in total which are spread out over the two days. Trofeo Sar Princesa Alexia is one of the biggest and most important events of the month, making it a must for any boat enthusiast.
Mini Geyser in the Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Things to do
- If you’re visiting Arrecife for the Trofeo Sar Princesa Alexia, make time to stop by La Recova Market. Whilst this market is great to visit at any time of the year, it’s often busiest and has the most stalls when there’s a festival or event going on, such as the boat regatta in March. The recently re-established market features a handful of stalls with artisans selling all sorts of handmade crafts, including jewellery, pottery, clothes, shoes, bread and plants. There’s also a small café in the centre of the market where you can grab a drink or something to eat.
- With daytime highs of around 23°C, March is a great time to hit the beach. Playa Grande is the main beach in Puerto del Carmen and stretches on for over 1km, providing plenty of room for kids to play and adults to relax. Here you’ll find soft golden sands, clear waters ideal for swimming, parasols and sun beds to rent, showers, changing rooms, toilets, vending machines, lifeguards and various water sports. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops in the area, too.
- Cloudy days are still a common weather feature in March in Lanzarote. If you’re stuck for something to do on an overcast day, visit the Timanfaya National Park. Because the park has hardly any natural shade, it can be far too hot to visit in the summer months when the chance of cloud coverage is small. The Timanfaya National Park is one of the most popular attractions on the island and is made up of 100s of volcanoes and mini geysers. As well as wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere whilst snapping a few photos, you can also go on a camel ride to better explore the area.
- March is one of the best months of the year for surfing in Lanzarote, when the swells are consistent throughout the Canary Islands. If you’re a beginner wanting to learn, or a pro looking to improve, sign up for a course at the Surf Camp and Surf School in Lanzarote. This company offers various courses for all levels and abilities, including beginner level, intermediate level and advanced level. There’s even a course designed for enthusiastic surfers travelling with those not interested in the sport.
- Diving season in Lanzarote kicks off in March, making it a great time to book an excursion or course with a diving school. Safari Diving School in Puerto del Carmen is one of the most popular because it’s the only one on the island situated directly on the beach. The school offers all sorts of diving courses – including BSAC, PADI, SSI and NAUI – as well as group diving offers, accommodation packages and try dives for beginners.
Scuba Diving in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Where to stay
- Hotel Costa Sal is located in Puerto del Carmen, just a short drive away from the airport. Here you’ll find accommodation in the form of: studios, one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom apartments, bungalows and villas. Each unit features: balcony or terrace, TV, kitchen or kitchenette, private bathroom and air conditioning. Onsite services and amenities include: gardens, bar, restaurant, supermarket, tennis courts, playground, swimming pool and solarium.
- H10 Sentido White Suites is a boutique hotel located in Playa Blanca. All the rooms come with 2 LCD TVs, coffee machine, minibar, iPod docking station, bathrobe and slippers, air conditioning and private bathroom with hairdryer. Onsite services and facilities include: bars, restaurants, all-inclusive option, free WiFi access, dog-friendly, gym, parking, swimming pools, solarium and supermarket.
- Plaza Azul Apartments are situated in Puerto del Carmen – one of the most popular resorts in the area. Accommodation comes in the form of one-bedroom apartments, each of which includes: separate bedroom, living room with sofa bed, TV, telephone, kitchen, private bathroom. Onsite services and amenities include: bar, restaurant, swimming pool, solarium, supermarket, 24-hour reception, laundrette, games room and internet corner.
Jardin de Cactus in Lazarote, Canary Islands
March events in Lanzarote
Music Marathon Festival Lanzarote
1st March 2015 to 2nd March 2015
One of the most unusual events of the month, this festival sees local and international bands take to the stage to perform music concerts whilst visiting adults and children alike take part in 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 marathons.
San Leandro Festival
13th March 2015
March 13th in 2015 sees the celebration of the San Leandro Festival in Teguise. Like many religious festival, this event is a great opportunity to get an insight into the local culture and includes musical concerts, dances and plenty of opportunities to try the local food and drink.
Dia de San José (St. Joseph's Day)
19th March 2015
St. Joseph's Day is celebrated every year on March 19th in Western Christianity. The day marks the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, who was husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Many special services will be held in churches across the island.
Semana Santa (Holy Week)
29th March 2015 to 4th April 2015
Semana Santa (Holy Week) is traditionally celebrated the week before Easter. In the Christian Calendar this week includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, but doesn't include Easter Sunday. In the lead up the Easter there will be a number of processions, where sacred icons and religious statues are paraded through the streets of villages and towns throughout the island of Lanzarote.
Trofeo Sar Princesa Alexia
15th March 2015 to 17th March 2015
Between March 15th and March 17th, the island’s capital – Arrecife – hosts the Trofeo Sar Princesa Alexia. This boat regatta is made up of six up-wind and down-wind races in total which are spread out over the two days. Trofeo Sar Princesa Alexia is one of the biggest and most important events of the month, making it a must for any boat enthusiast.