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The Canary Islands are famous for their sunny climate, volcanic landscapes and intoxicating infusion of Spanish and African influences. They also happen to be the perfect place for a driving holiday. Book some time driving through the island paradise of Lanzarote and you can traverse lava-scarred landscapes, laze on stunningly beautiful beaches, marvel at the artworks of island icon César Manrique, and sample some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste. This one-of-a-kind UNESCO biosphere reserve is a destination just begging to be explored.

Hire a Car at Lanzarote Airport (ACE)

Lanzarote has its own international airport, located 4 miles west of Arrecife, the lively island capital that is home to San Gabriel Castle. If you arrive on the island by plane, you should find it easy to pick up your own rental vehicle at the airport. You’ll find a number of car rental agencies, including Sixt, Europcar and Thrifty, which can be browsed using the Expedia search tool. From the airport, Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen can be reached in 10 minutes. The popular resort of Playa Blanca, meanwhile, is just a 30-minute drive away.

Car Hire in Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca

Outside of the airport, the main areas for hiring rental cars are the resort towns of Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, all of which make for excellent holiday destinations. You can reach these resort towns using the public buses or the local taxis at the airport. If you are arriving in Arrecife by boat, you’ll also find some car hire agencies there. In fact, rental companies can be found in most towns and resorts along the southern coast of Lanzarote – just be aware that you will find it more difficult to pick up a vehicle once you start to head north.

Driving On Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a very easy island to drive on. The roads are well-maintained and quiet and, outside of the main resorts, traffic isn’t a concern. The road networks are also fairly simple. One main highway, the LZ-2, connects Playa Blanca in the southwest, with the capital of Arrecife. Another main highway, the LZ-1, continues up from Arrecife to Orzola on the northeastern tip of the island. Smaller roads allow access to the north of the island, with the LZ-67 being a crucial route for any visitors planning a trip to Timanfaya National Park.

Take A Tour Of Lanzarote’s Natural Areas

When you hire a car on Lanzarote, you have the freedom to explore its most secluded corners. For the best experiences on the island, make time to discover its natural regions. In the west, there’s Timanfaya National Park, which boasts striking volcanic landscapes as well as César Manrique’s famous “El Diablo” sculpture. To the northeast there’s La Corona, an extinct volcano surrounded by beautiful scenery, and the beautiful island of La Graciosa, which can be reached by ferry from Orzola. And of course, there are the island's many beaches, Famara and Papagayo being two of the most spectacular.

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