Spain Guide

 road 282698 1920

Lanzarote Car Hire

You'll probably want to hire a car for at least part of your stay in Lanzarote as there are so many fascinating places to visit around the island. Standard cars are cheap here and you can also hire cabriolets, 4x4s and people carriers. You may even want to hire a quad bike to explore the volcanic landscapes and more inaccessible beaches.

With the freedom of a car you'll be able to enjoy the full extent of the island's unique natural heritage from the volcanic craters and bizarre fields of petrified lava to the rugged cliffs and fascinating cave systems which give Lanzarote its special brand of magic.

Tour the spectacular landscape of La Geria in the centre of the island where you'll see thousands of small volcanic craters and the world's most unusual vineyards growing in pits of volcanic ash surrounded by stone walls.

Visit the famous Timanfaya National Park, an extraordinary land born out of hundreds of fire spitting volcanoes. Park your car and take a tour of the park by bus.or camel!

Travel to the west coast to see the beautiful El Golfo crater filled with emerald green sea water which laps the beaches of black volcanic sand.

Travel north to marvel at the island's top tourist attractions the Cuevas de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua. The intricate cave and tunnel system, which connects the Mount Corona volcano to the sea, is a miracle of nature enhanced by the brilliance of Lanzarote artist Cesar Manrique.

View the island of Graciosa from Manrique's magnificent El Mirador de Rio look out post at the northernmost tip of Lanzarote.

And tour the beautiful Valley of Haria with its volcanic canyons and huge palm forests.

These are some of the questions you should be asking yourself before choosing your car hire company:

  • If you've booked the car to be waiting for you on arrival you'll want to know if the company have a dedicated desk inside the airport where you can collect your keys and sort out the necessary paperwork and any problems. There's nothing worse than arriving in the middle of the night to find no car.and no one to complain to!
  • Does the company give a commitment on the quality of its cars are they, for example, all under a certain age?
  • Will you have to pay the local IVA tax (Spanish VAT) of 16% or is it included in the price?
  • Does the company offer "no quibble" insurance to cover such things as collision damage and theft? Is unlimited third party insurance and basic personal accident damage for the driver and occupants included?
  • Will you have to pay an "excess" charge in the event of an accident?