Fuerteventura, Canary Islands Weather and Climate
The Spanish island of Fuerteventura is the second largest island in the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean after Tenerife and has around 110,000 inhabitants.
The popular holiday island is located around 122 kilometers west of Morocco and, due to its climatic conditions, is not only popular with beach holidaymakers.
Since 1860, today’s Puerto del Rosario (formerly Puerto de Cabras) with around 40,000 inhabitants has been the capital of Fuerteventura. Politically, the Canary Islands belong to Spain, but with their two provinces they have the status of an autonomous region.
Fuerteventura belongs to the province of “Las Palmas” with Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, while the Canary Islands Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma belong to the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Climate in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is also known as the “island of eternal spring” because it is pleasantly warm all year round and the weather is very balanced. In contrast to other holiday destinations in the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is very dry, with only around 150mm of rainfall during the year.
Rain can only be expected in the winter months, but even then there are rare short showers. The weather is usually sunny with averages between 17 and 26 ° C, whereby the maximum daily temperatures in summer can also exceed 30 degrees.
The water temperatures are between 19 and 23 degrees. The special climate on Fuerteventura is caused by the so-called Canary Current (a moderately warm Atlantic current) and the continuous north-east trade wind. The humidity is usually pleasantly low.
In midsummer, the climatic phenomenon calima (a desert wind) can also bring record temperatures above 38 ° C for a short time, but these extremes only last for a few days.
When is it warm on Fuerteventura?
There are no seasons on Fuerteventura in the classic sense, which is why the Canary Island is suitable as a holiday destination all year round. Even in winter it remains pleasantly mild with daytime temperatures of around 20 degrees, only the time between sunrise and sunset is now significantly reduced compared to summer (see duration of sunshine / climate table).
The island is not only popular with beach holidaymakers in the summer months, but is also one of the best places in Europe for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Optimal conditions prevail in the period from late May to early November, especially from July to October can be described as the best travel time on Fuerteventura. Due to the warm, long summer days, the Atlantic Ocean is warmest in September and October with a water temperature of 23 to 24 degrees.
Those who prefer to take a more relaxed or active approach can, however, switch to the off-season without hesitation. Especially for walks on the beach, hikes and excursions to the highlights of the island, the winter months with mostly sunny weather and mild temperatures are definitely a suitable travel time.
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Corralejo (Fuerteventura)
|Daytime temperature||20 ° C||21 ° C||23 ° C||24 ° C||25 ° C||26 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||28 ° C||27 ° C||25 ° C||21 ° C|
|Night temperature||14 ° C||13 ° C||13 ° C||14 ° C||16 ° C||18 ° C||19 ° C||20 ° C||20 ° C||18 ° C||17 ° C||15 ° C|
|Water temperature||20 ° C||19 ° C||19 ° C||19 ° C||20 ° C||21 ° C||21 ° C||22 ° C||23 ° C||23 ° C||21 ° C||20 ° C|
|Hours of sunshine||6||7||7||8||9||11||11||11||9||7||6||6|
The annual average temperature in Corralejo is 20.6 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is August (24.5 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of 17 ° C. The maximum water temperature in Corralejo is 23 ° C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All months have a water temperature of at least 17 ° C. Bathing is then possible to a limited extent. The months of June, July, August, September, October and November have a water temperature of at least 21 ° C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year the sun shines for 8.2 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
Sights and highlights
If you don’t want to chase through the waves yourself, you can watch the water sports enthusiasts doing their tricks in La Pared, for example. All surf schools make sure that surfers and bathers do not “get in each other’s way” even on popular beaches – safety is a top priority on the Canary Islands.
The inland of Fuerteventura is quite sparse and sparsely populated compared to the neighboring islands, the main attraction are undoubtedly the long, dreamy beaches. A visit to the dunes of Corralejo is just as popular as the steep coasts in the west of the island (e.g. Ajuy) and the fishing village of Morro Jable.
The archaeological site “La Atalayita” reveals the secrets of the Mahos who lived in Fuerteventura in the 15th century. Our recommendations for excursions: Boat tour with FuerteCharter or Ocean People, visit to Oasis Park Fuerteventura and off-road tour, e.g. from Cross Island.
Fuerteventura weather in March, April and May
Daily temperatures averaging 23 to 25 ° C are to be expected over the next three months. The temperatures hardly fluctuate during this time.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 19-20 ° C. This is good weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
You can expect around 3 days of rainfall in March, about 2 days in April and about one day in May.
In the period from March to May , the sun shines an average of 7 to 9 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in May in Corralejo, but with less sun you will have to get by in March.