Lanzarote Weather December Averages, Canary Islands
What's The Weather Like In Lanzarote In December?
December is the ideal time to visit Lanzarote if you want to escape the cold, blustery conditions back home and soak up six hours of daily Canary Islands' sunshine. And with an average sea temperature of 20°C, it's warm enough for swimming in the sea.
What's Lanzarote Like At Christmas?
Lanzarote at Christmas has some of the warmest temperatures in Europe for the festive season.And while daily sunshine is almost guaranteed, there is a high chance of overcast days and the odd shower.
This means you'll be comfortable in shorts and t-shirts during the day, but it's wise to bring a few pairs of thin trousers and jumpers in case it gets a bit chilly, especially if there's a sea breeze blowing.
Christmas Day average temperature in 2017 was 17°C, 2018 was 20°C and in 2019 it was 21°C. All three previous Christmases were sunny with temperatures rising to an average of 22°C at the warmest part of the day.
How Hot Is Lanzarote In December?
How Much Does It Rain In Lanzarote In December?
Across the month, an average of 29mm of precipitation falls across the island over the course of four wet days
Check the forecast page here.
Is It Windy In Lanzarote In December?
Over the course of a typical December, wind speeds range between light and moderate breezes, rarely rising to anything stronger.
The chances of you experiencing a calima on your holiday are quite rare in December, These unpleasant forms of weather are created by sand storms blown over from the west coast of Africa. While they don't pose any real danger in December, they can bring low visibility and higher than normal temperatures.
Lanzarote Hotels in December
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.
Iberostar Lanzarote Park
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.
Jable Bermudas Apartments
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
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.
Lanzarote Beach for December
Jameos del Agua
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.
El Reducto Beach
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.
Bars and Restaurants
Restaurante El Navarro
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.
Things to do in Lanzarote in December
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.
Museo Agrícola El Patio
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.
Coastal Walk Between Charco del Palo And Arrieta
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.