Car Hire in Lanzarote
This information is correct as of April 2015
When you hire a car in Lanzarote, you don’t need to build your holiday schedule around buses, shuttles and the whims of taxi drivers. Car rental gives you the chance to explore the island at your own pace. Visit unspoilt beaches, off-the-beaten track villages, fun theme parks, and enjoy the freedom of the open road.
Where to hire a car in Lanzarote
Car hire is available in all of the main towns and tourist resorts in Lanzarote. There’s a cluster of car rental companies around the port in Playa Blanca, one of the most popular destinations on the island. Another town with lots of car hire options is Puerto del Carmen, where you can find big names like Hertz and Sixt as well as small local brands. There are some pick-up and drop-off points in Arrecife and in Costa Teguise too.
If you want to avoid airport transfers, you can pick up your car as soon as you arrive. There are eight car rental firms at Lanzarote Airport to choose from, including Europcar, Avis, and Goldcar. It’s always wise to book your car hire in advance, especially if you’re visiting during high season (December-March and June-August).
Driving in Lanzarote
The roads in Lanzarote are far quieter than roads in the UK, so you won’t encounter much in the way of congestion. One thing to bear in mind is that locals have their own driving customs, for example if they’re slowing down (for a zebra crossing or traffic light) they will turn on their indicator. If they’re actually turning, they might not indicate.
Traffic laws in Lanzarote are the same as mainland Spain. One of the most important rules is no driving with flip-flops on. Bring a spare pair of trainers to the beach if need be. Another important rule is that, if you need glasses for driving, you must carry a spare pair in the car.
Traffic drives on the right in Lanzarote, so your hire car will be a left-hand-drive vehicle (with the steering wheel on the left side of the dashboard). Be extra careful when turning at T-junctions (cross the road to turn left) and when going round roundabouts (anti-clockwise).
Parking in Lanzarote
Parking is abundant and free throughout Lanzarote. The top tourist attractions all have their own car parks, many of the hotels in Lanzarote offer parking for their guests, and shopping centres also have free underground car parks. There are some pay and display bays in Arrecife (the capital) and the resort town of Puerto del Carmen, so always check regulations before stopping your car.
Great day trips in Lanzarote
Timanfaya National Park
Access to the park is regulated, and a lot of the roads are closed to the public, however it is possible to book in for a tour: either by coach or on the back of a camel. There’s a public car park where you can leave your vehicle before heading off on a fantastic adventure.
Playa de Punta del Papagayo
One of the best beaches in Lanzarote, Playa de Punta del Papagayo is set in a natural harbour and is a popular spot with families. It costs €3 to enter by car; alternatively you can park near Playa Blanca and walk between beaches until you reach the famous horseshoe bay. There are a few restaurants on the beach, too, so no need to pack a lunch.
Rancho Texas Lanzarote Theme Park
If you get bored of the beach, head to the zoo. As well as daily parrot, sea lion, and bird of prey shows you can also visit rare animals like white tigers and nile crocodiles. If you visit at night you can enjoy a Wild West show with whips, lassos, and plenty of laughs. You can also get involved with some line-dancing: a fab work-out after the buffet BBQ and free flowing sangria!