The small island of Lanzarote is perfect for relaxed, almost meditative car journeys. The roads are in excellent condition here, the locals drive calmly and politely, and the places of interest are not far way from each other. Renting a car to explore the island is not just a good idea, it's a great idea.
There are several must-see tourist hotspots on the island: the Cactus Garden (Jardín de Cactus), the Wine Valley of La Geria, the Green Cave (Cueva de los Verdes), and the Río Viewpoint (Mirador del Rìo). There are less known but also entertaining rock formations known as Stratified City (Antigua Rofera de Teseguite), the authentic Janubio Salt Works (Salinas de Janubio), and the Green Lake (El Lago Verde).
With a rental car, you can enjoy all the Lanzarote’s attractions of your choice. No rush, no rigid schedules, no crowds of tourists travelling by the same bus with you. The car means comfort and freedom.
The best way to rent a car on Lanzarote
You can rent a car at the airport when you arrive, but if you want to save money and choose the best car for your money, book in advance. The earlier you book a car for your vacation, the more and better options you will have.
On our website, you will find cars from local rental companies sorted by price. Just enter the dates and cities where you want to pick up and drop off the car, and the website will find all suitable options.
If you want to pick up the car at the airport, please enter your flight number when booking. Then the rental agent will be aware if your flight is delayed.
Advantages of booking with us:
- Convenience and transparent in pricing. You see the car and the actual cost;
- No deposit or just a small deposit compared to the market;
- Advance payment of only 15-20% when booking;
- Website and support in several languages;
- Formal agreement with the rental company.
For how long to rent a car
Some people come to Lanzarote to see the volcanoes, dine at El Diablo restaurant built right above the lava flow, and take selfies against the backdrop of ‘Martian’ landscapes. You can rent a car for 1-2 days for such sightseeing.
But if you're going to spend your vacation driving along the local beaches, walking in the mountains, and watching sunsets and sunrises at the most scenic viewpoints, you'll need a car for at least a week.
Which car to choose
An economy car is okay if you are planning to travel between the hotel and the beach stopping at restaurants.
For a trip to the mountains, you'll need a more powerful car with an engine capacity of more than 1.4 litres. Even a crossover would be fine.
A convertible is good for top-down driving along the coast to enjoy the fresh breeze in your hair and take photos of the most beautiful scenery.
A minivan is a great option for a group of friends or a large family. Just make sure you agree the route with everyone in advance.
Which documents are required to rent a car on Lanzarote
You’ll need the following documents:
- Category “B” driving license;
- ID or passport;
- Bank card.
The driver must be at least 22 years at the time of picking up the car. The minimum driving experience is 2 years.
Traffic regulations on Lanzarote
The roads on the island are smooth and clearly marked, traffic is quiet and drivers respect the local traffic rules. However, the beautiful views can be distracting, so watch out.
The speed limits are 120 km/h on expressways, 90 km/h on highways, 50 km/h in towns.
Seat belts must be worn by all car occupants. Using a mobile phone without a hands-free system is prohibited.
Pedestrians do not always cross the road on the zebra, but it is common practice to give the right of way to them.
There are both paid and free parking spaces.
Parking is mostly paid in city centres. They are marked with a blue line on the pavement, and there is a parking meter nearby (the receipt for payment must be placed on the dashboard).
If you drive around a bit, you can always find free parking.
It is forbidden to park in places marked with a yellow line.
Places to visit on Lanzarote
In addition to the places of interest mentioned above, make sure to visit the Volcano of the Ravens (Caldera de Los Cuervos). The views are outlandish here.
Los Hervideros is a good viewpoint for beautiful photos. The Faro de Punta Pechiguera Lighthouse is a very peaceful spot to watch the sunset.
If you want to see an authentic Sunday fair, get up early and go to the Mercado Teguise. It's very authentic, loud and lively. You can walk around the stalls of local artisans, browse through all sorts of exotic products, buy Canarian cheese, cactus jam, and whatever catches your eye.
The best bathing beaches are on the south shore at the Papagayo Gulf. The sand is great and the water is clear.
The Famara Beach (Playa de Famara) is an insanely beautiful surfing spot. You can stop here for some beautiful photos, but this beach is not sunbathing-friendly because of constant wind.