Lanzarote: October Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||53 %|
|Rainfall days||4 days|
|Chance of Rain||8 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||2 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||41 %|
Averages for Lanzarote in October
In October, the average temperature in Lanzarote, Canary Islands drops from 24°C at the beginning of the month down to 22°C during the final few days. Daily highs change in a similar pattern, falling from 27°C down to 25°C. Similarly, daily lows drop from 21°C to 19°C as the month progresses.
In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Lanzarote in October is 36°C which was recorded on October 22nd 1989. On the other hand, the lowest temperature which has ever been recorded on the island during this month is 12°C, recorded on October 25th 1974.
October is a great time to visit Lanzarote if you want plenty of sunshine, but don’t want the scorching temperatures that come with summer. You’ll be perfectly comfortable in shorts, t-shirts and beachwear during the day, but you’ll probably need a thin jumper or cardigan for an evening.
In October, the average sea temperature for Lanzarote is around 22°C. Most holidaymakers find this temperature perfect for swimming, which is why you’ll see plenty of swimmers and sunbathers on the beaches during your holiday in October.
Throughout the month, Lanzarote receives an average of 11mm of rainfall spread across four days. If you’re unlucky enough to get some of the wet stuff during your holiday, it will most likely be drizzle, moderate rain or light rain.
The rainstorm which caused the highest amount of precipitation ever to hit Lanzarote in one single day in October took place on October 25th in 2003 and resulted in 24.2l/m2 of rainfall. Not surprisingly, October 2003 turned out to be the wettest October since records began, with 68.3l/m2 of precipitation falling across the month. This month was also the October which had the highest number of rainy days, with precipitation falling on a total of 14 days.
Since the summer season has come to a close by October, the chances of you experiencing a calima or sirocco during your holiday decrease. These unpleasant forms of weather are created by sand storms blown over from the west coast of Africa. Whilst they don’t pose any real danger in October, calimas and siroccos do bring with them low visibility and high temperatures which make everyone feel uncomfortable.
Playa Dorada Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Dates for the diary
- Swimming enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Lanzarote to La Graciosa Swim. This annual event takes place on October 4th in 2014 and is exactly what you’d expect. The challenging swim covers around 2,600 metres and spaces are very limited, so if you’d like to take part, make sure you register as early as you can. Even if you’re not interested in doing the swim yourself, this event is great fun to watch.
- Between October 24th and October 26th in 2014, El Golfo celebrates La Pardela. This festival guarantees a great turnout of locals and visitors alike who travel to the village to take part in all the water-themed events and activities. Whether you’re taking part or just watching, the crab races and fishing competitions are always two of the best events. The highlight and climax of La Pardela is certainly the huge fish cookout which is accompanied by traditional music played by local bands.
Scuba Diving in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Things to do
- October and September are the best months of the year for big game fishing in Lanzarote. Aquaticket organises a number of big game fishing excursions which are carried out on their boat – Ana Segundo. During October, you can expect to catch tuna, white marlin, blue marlin, dorado, wahoo, dentex, barracuda, amberjack and snapper.
- In October, the sea water retains the warm temperatures from summer, making it a great month to hit the beach. Caletón Blanco is one of the best secluded beaches on the island, ideal for sunbathing and swimming. This beach is actually made up of a collection of small bays of white sand where adults can sunbathe and warm rock pools teeming with aquatic wildlife which children can explore. The water at Caletón Blanco is incredibly clear, making it a top spot for snorkelling. There are no facilities available in the immediate area, so you’ll need to take your own food, drink and shade with you.
- If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close and personal with a shark, sign up for a diving excursion during your holiday in Lanzarote. October marks the start of the angel shark season in the waters surrounding the Canary Islands. The Dive Centre based in Puerto del Carmen offers a huge selection of diving courses and excursions, including those specifically designed to seek out angel sharks. If diving is a bit too intense for you, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Dive Centre also offers a number of snorkelling trips to choose from.
- With the temperatures slowly cooling down, October is a great month to enjoy a walk or hike. The trek up Raven’s Volcano is one of the most popular on the island and allows you to get really close to the crater of an active volcano – something which you’ll struggle to do anywhere else in the Canary Islands. You can choose to visit the volcano as part of a tour, but if you enjoy having the freedom to go off and explore in your own time, you’re best off hiring a car and visiting the site on your own. Don’t forget to take a good pair of trainers or walking boots, food, drinks and your camera.
- The possibility of cloud coverage increases as October progresses. If you’re unfortunate enough to have an overcast day during your holiday and don’t know what to do, why not visit Jardín de Cactus? This cactus museum-garden is home to more than 10,000 plants from over 1,450 different species from the Canary Islands, America and Madagascar, all of which were brought to Lanzarote by a botanicals expert. Whether you’re into gardening or not, Jardín de Cactus is a pleasant way to while away an hour or two on a cloudy afternoon.
Jardin de Cactus in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Where to stay
- The four-star H10 Timanfaya Palace is located in Playa Blanca – a family-friendly resort on the coast of Lanzarote. Here you’ll find accommodation in the form of double rooms and junior suites, each of which comes well equipped with: balcony or terrace with sea or mountain views, air conditioning, TV, mini bar, safe and private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Onsite services and facilities include: all-inclusive option, swimming pools, WiFi access, internet corner, bars, restaurants, tennis court, gym, Jacuzzi, hair salon, laundrette and boutique.
- Apartamentos Santa Rosa is located in Costa Teguise, just a short walk away from the beach. Here guests can choose between one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, each of which features: bedroom(s) with single beds, private bathroom, living room with sofa bed, safe, TV, telephone, well-equipped kitchen and balcony or terrace. Onsite amenities and services include: 24-hour reception, concierge, car hire, buffet restaurant, snack bar, swimming pools, kids’ pool, sports centre, supermarket, laundrette and leisure centre.
- Hotel Lancelot is found in the centre of Arrecife, close to loads of attractions and amenities. Here you’ll find accommodation in the form of double or twin rooms, each of which comes with: phone, air conditioning, mini bar, free WiFi access, safe, TV and private bathroom with hairdryer. Onsite facilities and services include: swimming pool, laundrette, luggage storage, newspapers, restaurant, bars, car park and car hire.
Lanzarote Golf in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
October events in Lanzarote
Haría Extreme Mountain Marathon
10th October 2015 to 11th October 2015
The Haría Extreme Mountain Marathon is due to take place later this year from October 10th to the 11th. The event will consist of three gruelling races varying in length including a 10km race, 22.5km and finally the Spanish Cup which is a total of 32.5km! The event is like an obstacle course with high mountains and rough terrain at a high altitude.
Día de la Hispanidad
12th October 2015
On October 12th, the whole of Lanzarote celebrates Día de la Hispanidad – the national day of Spain. Día de la Hispanidad is known for its huge street parties held in villages and towns throughout the island with free flowing food and drink, folk music concerts and plenty of dancing.
24th October 2015 to 26th October 2015
Between October 24th and October 26th, El Golfo celebrates La Pardela. This festival guarantees a great turnout of locals and visitors alike who travel to the village to take part in all the water-themed events and activities. Whether you’re taking part or just watching, the crab races and fishing competitions are always two of the best events. The highlight and climax of La Pardela is certainly the huge fish cookout which is accompanied by traditional music played by local bands.