What’s the weather like in Fuerteventura in January?
Fuerteventura is the closest of the Canary Islands to the west coast of Africa; this location ensures that the island sees warm temperatures throughout the year – winter is barely felt in Fuerteventura. The Canaries are dubbed the ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’, meaning you can look forward to high temperatures and little rainfall during January.
Fuerteventura is just over 100km from Africa, and being so close to the Sahara Desert means it enjoys warm weather all year round. The desert can drive temperatures up when it sends hot winds over to Fuerteventura, along with occasional dust storms, although the Canary Current and north easterly winds will usually keep you nice and comfortable. Most of the winds are blocked by the neighbouring island of Lanzarote, which means that Fuerteventura is warmer and drier than other Canary Islands. The weather’s also more consistent around the island, compared to other Canaries where northern regions are usually cooler and wetter than the south.
The average high temperature in Fuerteventura during January is 21ºC, which is warm enough to spend the day at the beach. Pack some warmer clothes for the evenings though, as temperatures cool to an average of 13ºC. The average sea temperature’s 19ºC, while humidity’s low and ranges from the high-50s to mid-80s(%). Despite being one of the wettest months of the year, January’s average rainfall’s just 18mm over 3 rainy days.
During January you can expect 11 hours of daylight with 7 hours of sunshine each day; the UV index will be moderate. Sunset is 6.10pm at the beginning of January and moves later towards the end of the month.
Things to Do
Things to do
The warm weather that Fuerteventura experiences all year round makes it a great option for a dose of winter sun, and there’s plenty of beaches for working on your tan during January. Try popular Playa Barca in Costa Calma, Cofete’s secluded stretches or the Parque Natural de Corralejo with its sand dunes. Cooler temperatures compared to summer make activities such as golf more comfortable during January, while surfing is popular throughout the year. Kitesurfing and windsurfing are also huge in Fuerteventura, and you should head to the south coast’s Playa de Sotavento for the latter.
Where to stay
As Fuerteventura’s quite sheltered, the weather’s similar across the island. One of the most popular resorts on the island is northern Corralejo, which has a lively atmosphere, plenty of amenities and a twice-weekly market. Costa Caleta is great for families and also has two superb golf courses. Costa Calma offers a relaxed vibe, with most visitors heading to the beach.