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How To Beat The Heat On Lanzarote

The weather on Lanzarote is super hot at the moment, the thermometer is reaching the high 30’s, making it almost too intense to venture outdoors. All of which is thanks to the presence of a calima, which has helped to ramp the heat on the island way up above normal seasonal levels.

Hot Saharan Dust Cloud


Calima dust cloud, Canary Islands

A Calima sweeps in from The Sahara....


A calima is essentially a dust cloud that blows in to the Canaries periodically from the Sahara desert, which is located just 100km away. This cloud then sits over the island like a lid, covering everything in a fine layer of sandy dust and inflating temperatures by up to ten degrees. Now during the winter months, when the thermometer is in the mid 20’s this is an always welcome addition. But come summertime when it is already hot enough this can make it a bit unbearable, as you only have to move to break sweat.

Locals find it hard to sleep and work when it gets this hot as Lanzarote is usually cooled by a refreshing breeze, so don’t be surprised if tempers get a little frayed. Indeed on other island chains to the south such as the Cape Verdes, where they endure moth long calimas, this type of freak weather can create serious social problems.

Keeping Your Cool

Luckily on Lanzarote though these periods of intense calima induced heat only last for a few days at most. But if you are already on the island in one of our villas or apartments or are arriving in the next day or so what can you do to keep cool?

Air conditioning suddenly becomes a very attractive thing when there is a calima. If you are hiring a car make sure you stipulate that you need a vehicle fitted with an effective cooling system, as just opening your car window is akin to having a hair dryer set to hot blown in your face. It’s also a good idea to invest in a cheap car windscreen shield, as this helps to ensure that your car doesn’t feel like an oven when you get into it after a visit to the beach.

Hit The Beach

You’ll certainly find that you’ll be spending a fair amount of time at the beach as this is the best place to head for when the heat is on. Just being by the sea helps to reduce the temperature by a few degrees – and jumping into the Atlantic is always a great way to bring down your core body temperature too, even if the effect only lasts for a few minutes. If you do plan to spend more time on the beach follow all of the obvious precautions such as taking along a sun shade, hat and plenty of lotion as well as water – you’ll need it all!

Take A Boat Trip


Catlanza catamaran, Papagayo, Lanzarote

Chill Out on board the Catlanza Catamaran...


One other good way to keep cool is to book a boat trip, as being out on the waves also helps to reduce the temperature considerably. There are quite a few options here for anyone seeking a decent day trip, such as booking an excursion on board the Catlanza catamaran, which sails from the marina at Puerto Calero to the beaches of Papagayo in the south.

Guests on board can enjoy free snorkeling and jet skiing once the multimillion catamaran has dropped anchor. Whilst the less active can just drink in the views from the free on board bar whilst waiting for the crew to cook up their lunch. The cost isn’t cheap at 58 Euros per adult, but it is still one of the most popular days out on Lanzarote.

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