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Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands, and it's the easternmost in the chain, lying closest to the coast of Africa. The islands are known for their great weather and beautiful scenery and Lanzarote is certainly no exception, so it's definitely worth considering car hire in Lanzarote to make the most of your time here.

This island has plenty to offer, with sandy beaches, pretty town and a volcanic landscape that looks out of this world! Expect bustling resorts along the coast and traditional villages in the interior, as well as some of the prettiest tourist sights in the whole of the Canary Islands, thanks to local artist Cesar Manrique. You could say he is to Lanzarote what Gaudi is to Barcelona, and you simply must visit at least one of his creations when you're on holiday here - which is reason enough to arrange car hire from Lanzarote Airport as soon as you arrive.

Holidays here are understandably popular, whether it's for winter sun or a proper summer holiday so you need to snap up a bargain when you see it! Look for offers with free car hire in Lanzarote, or visit for one of the annual events or festivals such as the Corpus Christi celebrations in June or the Jazz Festival in July to really make the most out of your 2016 or 2017 holiday!

Hiring A Car In Lanzarote

It's pretty easy to get great value car rental in Lanzarote because it's such a tourist hotspot. The best place to get your car from is the car hire booths at Lanzarote Airport because then you have your travel needs all sewn up for your whole trip! It's best to make your booking in advance though, to make sure that you get the best prices. Plus, in peak season you won't have to worry that they will have run out of cars!

If you would rather get a shuttle bus to your hotel and then hire a car for a couple of days to head off on a couple of adventures, you can check online prices with the local car hire firms in Lanzarote once you arrive, so that you can be sure to get the best deal.

Driving your hire car in Lanzarote will be pretty easy and you'll never have to go that far because the whole island can be driven north to south in about 50 minutes, and east to west in around half an hour, depending on traffic. There is minimal traffic away from the resorts and traffic jams are practically unheard of! Be aware though that driving in flip flops is illegal - but parking at the main attractions is free and plentiful!

Places To Visit In Lanzarote

Most people come to Lanzarote for the beaches, and you're sure to have one within walking distance of your hotel. If you've got a rental car in Lanzarote it's definitely worth getting off the beaten track and visiting Papagayo Beach, which is one of the prettiest in the whole of the Canary Islands. Another great driving destination is the Atlantida Tunnel where you'll find beautiful volcanic caves in a formation that's the longest of its kind. And remember Cesar Manrique? Here are his top sights:

Manrique Foundation - located in Cesar Manrique's former home, it's part art gallery and part beautiful house. Pictures don't do it justice!

Cactus Garden - a strange landscape of many different cactuses, punctuated by strange sculptures and restored windmills.

Jameos del Agua - a beautiful volcanic cave complex with an auditorium, swimming pool, restaurant and gardens as well as some unusual fish.

Mirador del Rio - once pirate lookout caves, today this is a stunning spot to take in an even more spectacular view!

El Diablo Restaurant - boasting impressive views of Timanfaya National Park, the main attraction here is that you get your food cooked by volcanic heat - plan to go for lunch as this is not available after 3pm.

So get behind the wheel of your hire car and explore Lanzarote!

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Lanzarote, and any additional charges.


Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Lanzarote. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Lanzarote!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.