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Known for its beautiful weather, sandy beaches and dramatic volcanic landscape, Lanzarote is one of Spain’s Canary Islands located off Africa’s Atlantic coast.
With a hire car, you have the autonomy to discover the island’s natural beauty and many attractions just the way you want.
The 4th largest of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is also the archipelago’s northernmost and easternmost island. It is sometimes called the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ because its average temperature seldom dips below 57°F or rises above 85°F. Lanzarote was formed some 15 million years ago from volcanic eruptions that resulted in solidified lava streams and incredible rock formations.
The island is served by Lanzarote Airport, also known as Arrecife Airport, located 3 miles from the town of the same name. In the terminal, you will find counters for many well-known car hire companies, such as Avis, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz.
Couples travelling to Lanzarote often opt for a smaller hire vehicle, such as economy or compact models. These are usually less expensive and provide enough space for up to 4 passengers and their luggage. If you’re travelling with more people, a larger car or a passenger van may be a better choice. Since it rarely rains in Lanzarote, convertibles are also a popular choice for those who wish to discover the island with the top down.
Automatic transmissions are rare in hire cars in Lanzarote, so if they are your preference, it is best to reserve early. It’s also a good idea to make your reservation as soon as possible if you are visiting during the peak periods of November to April or July to August to get the best deals and avoid the disappointment of not getting your vehicle of choice.
Most hire cars come with unlimited mileage, so you don’t have to worry about the distances you will be driving. Roads in Lanzarote are well-maintained and easy to drive; however, there are many cyclists, so special care should be taken when overtaking them.
Lanzarote is a perfect destination for sun worshippers who love the beach. You can find a sunny spot around Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and other resort destinations. The island also offers a great deal more to see and do.
Timanfaya National Park is in the southern part of the island and features stunning volcanic landscapes and geothermal activity. Access to the park is controlled and it can only be visited on foot, in a bus tour or on a camel safari.
With hundreds of vendors selling their wares, the Teguise Market draws shoppers from all over the island every Sunday.
Cueva de Los Verdes and Jameos Del Agua combine the majestic beauty of volcanic caves and art resulting in a unique cultural and natural experience.
UK drivers should be aware that traffic drives on the right in Lanzarote. Therefore, the left lane on dual carriageways should only be used when overtaking another vehicle. Roundabouts go anti-clockwise and traffic in the outside lane has the right of way.
Using a mobile phone while driving is illegal, and drivers must have their passports and driving licence with them at all times.
Crossing a solid white line is not allowed, either to turn or to overtake another vehicle.
Free parking is usually abundant in most resort towns and tourist attractions; however, there is pay-and-display parking in parts of Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen.
You will need to show your valid driving licence and a passport, plus you may need to provide a small cash deposit depending on the car hire company.
Drivers need to be at least 23 years old to hire a car in Lanzarote.
You will be expected to return your hire car with around the same amount of petrol as was in the tank when you picked it up.
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