When people are booking their first Lanzarote Holiday with us, and don’t know where to stay, they always ask us which resort in Lanzarote has the best weather.
I’m sorry to disappoint you, but there isn’t a really an answer I can give you to this one.
I’ve been driving the length of the island for 20 years, observing the weather, looking at the outside temperature gauge, and I can tell you there isn’t a pattern. On some days it’s glorious in the north and rubbish in the south, and of course, it can be the opposite.
But there are a few facts I can share with you:
The coast is usually warmer
Generally, it’s 2 or 3 degrees warmer on the coast than up in the hills. But even that can turn around as we have occasional temperature inversions where it’s warmer the higher you go.
Costa Teguise is generally windier
Costa Teguise sort of “Sticks out” from the island and catches more wind than the other two resorts. That’s why so many windsurfers go there.
If we have cloud, it tends to be inland
Cloud can build on the mountains, and create a sort of central layer across the island. But when that happens, the resorts often escape and are bathed in sunshine.
The “other” coast gets more cloud
The Famara / La Santa coast generally gets more cloud than the Puerto del Carmen / Arrecife side of the island. Its a function of the Famara cliffs and the fact that any weather normally comes from that direction.
Playa Blanca has the best sunsets
Its simply because there are no hills in the way, so you’ll see the sun dip slowly into the ocean at the end of the day.
Puerto del Carmen has the calmest ocean
Because of the shape of the island and the bay at Carmen, the ocean there is generally flat calm – fantastic for swimming, snorkelling and stand up paddle. Not so good for boogie boarding!
When its hot, Arrecife is the hottest place
I can only guess that its to do with the density of buildings, but when it gets hot here, Arrecife always has the highest temperature.
When its cold Teguise is the coolest place
We had an office there over a couple of winters, and it was always a relief to head out of La Villa and into any other part of the island. Note, Im referring to Teguise and not Costa Teguise.
So, as I said at the top, no one resort stands out from the others as being the one with the best weather. Don’t try and choose on the basis of weather. Instead, pick the one that suits your needs, and rest assured that wherever you are in Lanzarote, you’re likely to get great weather for most of your stay.
More weather stuff: Lanzarote Temperature