What's the weather like in Puerto del Carmen in February
The weather in February in Lanzarote is notoriously difficult to predict and unreliable. Slightly warmer than the preceding months, the average temperature in Puerto del Carmen is 13C and daytime temperatures are likely to be between 21C and 23C, falling to around 6C overnight. Correspondingly, while temperatures are so moderate, average sea temperatures are also quite cool for the next few months; around 18C.
This is still the rainy season, though rainfall averages are lower than December and January. On average, Puerto del Carmen receives around 21mm of rainfall over 5 days in February. Showers are unlikely to be prolonged, though they can be sudden, and last a few hours at most. So they shouldn't spoil any plans.
Towards the end of February there are also occasionally dust storms across the island, and at its worst visibility falls to less than 200 meters. During these times, the temperature has been known to rise as high as 37C and the humidity will increase accordingly. You can also expect dust storms to cause delays at the airport, with planes unable to land or take off while the dust settles, and across all transport systems on the island.
Sufferers of asthma or other respiratory complaints should be extremely careful at this time and avoid going outside, as the dust can aggravate these conditions. Storms may last for only a few hours, but more commonly anywhere between 2 and 7 days. The dust is usually followed by a light rain shower, which is welcome and refreshing after the storm.
Average Sunshine Hours
The unpredictability of February's weather in Lanzarote, with sudden rain showers and the possibility of dust storms at the end of the month, as well as the more moderate, lower temperatures, makes it a poor choice for a beach holiday. February is better suited to sightseeing, or other activities. However with on average 7 daily sunshine hours, while the weather remains fine it is still possible to do a little sunbathing.
Puerto del Carmen Hotels in February
There's a wide variety of accommodation available in Puerto del Carmen to suit any taste, luxury to budget, hotels, villas, and apartments.
The Club Hotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote Resort is a lively hotel, with four swimming pools, a gym, Jacuzzi, solarium terrace and spa center. There is an excellent children's programme and a variety of entertainments for all ages on offer, to help pass any rainy days.
Another option closer to the town center, the Hotel Lanzarote Village is situated right on Los Pocillos Beach and boasts a range of facilities to keep the family occupied all year round: bars, several pools, a games room and children's play park. They also have a picnic service, if you want to explore the island at your leisure.
Bars and Restaurants
There are over 100 restaurants on the Avenida de Las Playas, which cater to every taste and budget; from the more expensive and upscale to budget fast food.
The Music Hall Tavern, on Avenida de Las Playas, is a very lively show bar with venues across the UK and the Canaries. The Lanzarote bar is the original and boasts the biggest cast and show atmosphere. The experience starts with a meal and drinks, during which you can expect to be thoroughly entertained! Book online or buy tickets on the door.
Next door, The Little Elm Restaurant is very popular and serves a variety of English and international cuisine. It's quite small, and booking ahead is recommended, but the food is excellent and well presented.
Things to do in Puerto del Carmen in February
If you prefer a more active holiday, there are a number of diving and windsurfing centers in Puerto del Carmen who run courses and activities all year round, and just outside the town center the 72 par Lanzarote Golf Resort has fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean. The Golf Resort offers classes and courses throughout the year for all ages and both novice and advanced golfers. You can also rent mountain bikes from your hotel, or from any one of the many bike hire shops in Puerto del Carmen, and there are trail maps available for keen hikers at the Information Center on Avenida de las Playas.
There is very little of historical or cultural interest in Puerto del Carmen, but the picturesque Old Town has managed to retain most of its original character. Puerto del Carmen was originally a small fishing village, and the old harbour and surrounding streets, with their more traditional architecture and Spanish feel, are a delightful place to explore.
Going further afield, Jameos del Agua fuses art with nature to create a unique tourist attraction. An underground natural lake is home to a species of blind albino crabs ('Jameitos') which are only found on Lanzarote. The café on the hill overlooks tropical gardens and a beautiful turquoise swimming pool (in which, reputedly, only the King of Spain is allowed to actually swim). There is also a concert hall and auditorium, where film screenings and recitals are held.
If you're feeling a little more adventurous, definitely sign up for a Quad Safari. These can be booked from your hotel, or through companies like Explorar Lanzarote or TouristTicket Quad and Buggy. You can command your own quad bike, go in pairs, or with an instructor, to explore the volcanic interior landscape of the island, and around Puerto del Carmen. Alternatively, there are plenty of Segway tour operators, if quad bikes sounds like a little too much adventure; again, these can be booked through your hotel. You're bound to see people riding these scooters up and down Beach Avenue, taking in the sea views.