Lanzarote Weather January Averages, Canary Islands
What's the Weather like in Lanzarote in January?
January is a great time to visit Lanzarote, Canary Islands if you're in search of some winter sunshine. And with an average of seven hours of sunshine each day in January, you will have plenty of opportunities to work on your tan during your holiday, even if there is a shower or two.
How Hot Is Lanzarote In January?
Temperatures 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.
How Warm Is The Sea In Lanzarote In January?
The average sea temperature for Lanzarote in January is 19°C. Some will find this temperature too cold for swimming, others will find it perfect.
Rain and sunshine hours
In January the island has an average of 16mm of rainfall, which is spread out over three wet days.
Is It Windy In Lanzarote In January?
Over the course of January, typical wind speeds fluctuate between light and moderate breezes.
Calima and Siroccos
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. These don't pose any real danger, but they bring high temperatures, winds and low visibility caused by sand in the air.
Lanzarote Hotels in January
Jardines del Sol
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.
Hotel THe Volcan Lanzarote
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.
Albatros Club Hotel
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
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.
Lanzarote Beach for January
Playa de Papagayo
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.
Charco del Palo Beach
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.
Bars and Restaurants
My Kitchen Julius
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 in Lanzarote in January
Casa Jose Saramago Museum
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.
Costa Teguise Golf
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.
Bueno Bike Lanzarote
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.