Christmas in Fuerteventura: Where Santa dives and windsurfs!

Christmas Holidays in Fuerteventura

You might have wondered what happens in more sunny corners of the world when the cosy and cold Christmas festive season is about. You might have seen pictures of Australians partying on the beach with swimsuits and Christmas hats on and wondered how it would be if you spent a sunny Christmas by the beach yourself. Well wonder no further because you are guaranteed to have all that and much more if you book for Christmas in Fuerteventura! As with most places, Fuerteventura has its own customs and traditions when it comes to Christmas and some of them are magic indeed. So without further ado, here is our guide to enjoy your Christmas in Fuerteventura while soaking up the sun rays of this mostly sunny island!


The weather around the Canary Islands usually remains friendly throughout the year as its close proximity to the equator keeps the sky mostly sunny and the temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius overall. You probably won’t need to pack heavy clothes although you should definitely have a light jacket or wind breaker and trousers available as the nights are usually chilly, and prolonged exposure to the sun throughout the day will make you feel colder.

Christmas Holidays in Fuerteventura

Customs and traditions

Fuerteventura is home to some amazing traditions as Christmas is a bit mixed up between adapted western traditions and local traditions. It is not unusual to see Papa Noel or Santa Claus climbing ladders in order to give gifts as there are almost no chimneys on the island due to the mainly warm weather. However keeping with the traditions of Spain of which Canaries are a part, the children usually get their gifts during the Dia de los Reyes or day of the Kings when the three kings gave their gifts to baby Jesus. However this doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to give Christmas gifts to your children as most shops are open and the markets keep on providing for anything you might need, albeit with a bit more traffic as usual to the occasion.



Although some of the places providing for summer activities might be closed due to holiday celebrations, you can still enjoy a wide array of watersports such as surfing, diving and kayaking on the most popular beaches. How about a diving Santa Claus? Well Christmas in Fuerteventura is the perfect occasion to see such a thing happen and it certainly is picture worthy as you probably won’t see it back home! If you happen to be on the island around the Dia de los Reyes as mentioned before, make sure to see the kings arrive as the usual festivities include Melchor, Gaspar and Balthazar riding on camels around town and handing out sweets to all the lucky bystanders fast enough to get them!



The festive season always includes shopping and if you are bound on getting gifts for your children or loved ones back home, be sure to check out local markets. The usual services are always on offer and you can go for distinctive mementos that will help you bring back some of the spirit of your Christmas in Fuerteventura! Bring back some special gifts and you can be the favourite uncle, son or partner while browsing through and marveling at the handmade wares the local markets have to offer.

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