Of all the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura's weather is among the most agreeable with very little rainfall, high winter averages and a cooling breeze throughout the summer.
Fuerteventura tends to avoid the extremes of temperature. So while it can be a refuge from the scorching Spanish mainland in summer, Fuerteventura is often the place to sunbathe through winter. There are some 3000 sunshine hours a year, averaging 9 a day in mid-summer and 6 in mid-winter.
The island's northern coast is sheltered somewhat by Lanzarote, less than 10 miles to the north. While the northern coasts of the Canaries are generally where the rain falls, much of Fuerteventura's is 'stolen' by Lanzarote. What there is - on average only 101 mm a year - falls mostly in December and January.
The weather is quite steady throughout the year. Like all of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura weather averages show little difference between summer and winter, though mid-winter months may be wet. Compared with the Spanish mainland or Morocco, the summers tend to be a few degrees cooler. Don't forget the figures on this page are averages, though. The sunniest summer days can be stunningly hot: up to 40 degrees.
Lying so close to Morocco and the Sahara, Fuerteventura sees a lot of dry sunshine from June to August. The average peak temperature for these months is more than 27 ºC with nights in the low 20s. The average water temperature is a comfortable 22 ºC: a degree or two more refreshing than the 'hot tub' feel of the late-summer Mediterranean or Indian Ocean.
If you're really unlucky, you might get a whole week of rainfall in December or January, but it's unlikely to last longer. The days are a little shorter with an average 6 - 7 hours of sunshine, and the evenings can be quite cool. But average winter maximum temperatures are still pleasant at just over 20, a few degrees warmer than the water.
Anyone visiting Fuerteventura soon becomes aware of the wind. Being relatively small and low-lying in a vast ocean, the Canaries are rarely without a breeze. An average 13 mph of wind throughout the year has helped make the islands very popular with wind sports enthusiasts and surfers. In summer, the north-east Trade Winds offer a relatively steady 16mph while the long reach of the Atlantic brings a good swell for surfers.
Fuerteventura is close to the Sahara desert, which is responsible for the hot, dry easterly winds. Sometimes they blow a little harder than usual and bring sand with them, this is known as the scirocco. It can reduce visibility and take temperatures on Fuerteventura sharply upwards. It might make life uncomfortable if you're sunbathing or have respiratory problems. Although infrequent, sandstorms tend to hit the islands from February to April.
The best time to visit Fuerteventura is in late spring or early summer when peak temperatures are in the mid 20s, rainfall is minmal, humidity is low and it's the sunniest time of the year. Average sunshine is about 9 hours a day. At this time of year, before continental Europe is in holiday mode, there's also a lot more room on the beach.
Despite the island having a major tourist draw, it has not been lost completely to tourist resorts and modern buildings, still keeping the natural beauty of the island. The tourism met the beauty of the island with the Villa Winter building, built by German engineer Gustav Winter. Situated in one of the lesser-populated areas of the island, the villa looks out to sea over placid beaches of the stunning Fuerteventura coast.
Fuerteventura villas on the coast With 3000 sunshine hours a year, it is no surprise that the island is so popular. The coast is a surfer's paradise year round, with the summer bringing Trade Winds and the Atlantic providing the swells through the winter months. Temperatures rarely drop below 16 °C, even in the winter months, with the coastal winds keeping it a little cooler during the summer. Thanks to the warm, sunny, climate the winter months can be a good off-season destination to come and relax.
The island is rife with outdoor activity, from hiking through the soft peaked mountain ranges, to the extensive sand dunes along the coastline which create a haven for windsurfers. The natural beauty of the island alongside the fantastic education system has earned it UNESCO status.
It is believed that the first settlers arrived on the island from North Africa and established cave and semi-subterranean lodgings. The remnants and remains of a few have been discovered relatively recently, which has leant to extensive research into the history of the island. The conquest of 1402, commanded by French conqueror Jean de Béthencourt and Gadifer de la Salle, had them settle in Lanzarote before continuing on excursions to neighbouring islands. It was not until 1405 when Béthencourt completed the conquest of the island. He left his legacy by giving his name to the former capital, Betancuria, on the west coast. Fuerteventura itself is literally translated to strong (Fuerte) wind (ventura).
Fuerteventura's economy is largely based on tourism; mainly centred around Corralejo and Morro Jable, along with the purely tourist location of Caleta de Fuste. Other exports are made up of fishing, taking advantage of their coastline and the Mediterranean offerings from the ocean. Their agricultural economy is based on vegetables and cereal.
January is Fuerteventura's coolest month but the sun still shines for most of the average day and there's little rainfall. Some find the sea too cool for swimming, but water-sports fans disagree.
If you want a good amount of sunshine but prefer to avoid the really hot weather, February is a good month for visiting Fuerteventura. You can enjoy this beautiful island in relative peace without the summer crowds.
In March, the winter months have passed and temperatures are on a steady climb. The sea's starting to get warmer, there's usually plenty of sunshine and very little rain. Throughout the Canaries, March has become the start of the high season.
In April the tourist season starts to get under way. There's an hour more sunshine and a degree more heat than an average day in March, and rainfall in the single digits.
May is the favourite month for many visitors to Fuerteventura. Though it's not the hottest (the following four months are a few degrees hotter), this really feels like the beginning of summer. The great news is it's still relatively crowd-free.
June is the beginning of the virtually rainless summer in Fuerteventura. It's definitely high season here but not yet the European holiday so there should be plenty of space on the beach.
In July the tourist season really begins and thousands make their way to Fuerteventura to enjoy consistently hot weather and almost unbroken clear skies. A pleasant summer breeze fills the sails and takes the edge off the heat.
August is the hottest, driest and windiest month on Fuerteventura. The tourist season is at its peak and thousands throng the beaches and the streets. On exceptionally hot days it can reach 40 °C.
The closing month of summer is a little less hot, but in September Fuerteventura is still in full holiday mode with sometimes scorching, cloudless days. The sea has had all summer to warm up.
The holiday rush is over, there's an hour less sunshine and a degree less heat than August. But the days are still warm, the sea is even warmer and there's a lot more space to stretch out.
Fuerteventura attracts those looking for a warm but quiet refuge in the winter. Although there's still plenty of sun in November, the days and especially nights are a little cooler and the summer breeze has calmed.
There is no bleak in Fuerteventura's mid-winter. December is by far the wettest and darkest month, though it's still not what the average northern European would call dark or wet. Even in the Christmas month it's usually bright and warm.
Last updated: 5 August 2016
The seven islands that form the Canary Islands experience a Mediterranean climate typified by extremely dry summer months with warm temperatures and mild winters with more rainfall, particularly to the north of the region.