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With its intoxicating mix of volcanic cragginess and beautiful beaches, Lanzarote is the perfect place for a driving adventure. Car hire in Lanzarote gives you the chance to explore its black lava fields, gnarly coastline and everywhere else in between.
Located around 80 miles from the African coast, the Spanish island of Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands.
Volcanic eruptions in the 1700s have given the island its characteristic scorched landscape, and it is a designated Unesco biosphere reserve with large areas of protected national parkland. Lanzarote gains its cultural edge thanks to the artist Cesar Manrique, whose work can be found across the island.
Fly in to Aeropuerto de Lanzarote, which is situated just on the outskirts of the island's capital Arrecife. From there you can take an airport bus or pick up a hire car.
Rental cars in Lanzarote are easy to access, with a mix of major brands such as Europcar, Hertz and Avis and smaller firms including AutoReisen, Cicar and Cabrera Medina.
They can be hired straight from Lanzarote Airport or from the main tourist towns around the island, or book in advance online.
Lanzarote is small, you could drive from Playa Blanca, the family-friendly southernmost town, up to the northeast La Corona volcano and Famara Cliffs in about an hour. It is at times a twisted path, with narrow roads and hairpin bends, but is very hard to get lost. The dramatic landscape of blackened slabs of rock, barren hills and the green vineyards, or bodegas, dotted around the island means there is no wrong turn, and always another photo opportunity to stop for.
Arrecife Lanzarote’s capital city, is probably the busiest area, but easily manageable in a hire car. About a 10-minute drive east from the airport, it is a must for shopping and those seeking a more bustling atmosphere. Small boutiques line up against high-end labels in higgledy-piggledy back streets. Then tired legs and empty wallets can rest on the beach Playa del Reducto or sit among the palm trees or a local bar.
Drive 10 minutes from Lanzarote Airport in the opposite direction and you reach Puerto del Carmen the island’s main tourist town. It is an old fishing village that has grown to span four miles of sandy beaches. Casinos, water sports and an abundance of restaurants are available, but there is also plenty to explore out of town.
The driving laws on the island are standard – wear a seat belt, don’t drink and drive and don’t use a mobile telephone. The roads are well signposted and driving is on the right side of the road.
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