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About Lanzarote

Lanzarote, the easternmost island of the Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. The capital of the island is Arrecife, founded by Alonso Fernandez de Lugo in 1404.

Lanzarote is a young volcanic island, formed from eruptions that occurred over millions of years. The island is about 144 square kilometres and has a population of about 170,000 people.

The capital, Arrecife, is located on the south coast, where there are almost continuous hotels along the seafront to the Punto del Papagayo. It is a popular starting point for day trips to other parts of the island. The northern and western parts of Lanzarote offer barren, rocky landscapes that contrast stunningly with the south and east, where lush vegetation, hills and mountains rise above the volcanic remains.

A popular tourist attraction is Timanfaya National Park, which is set in an otherworldly moonscape around a living volcano. The area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. The unique landscape around Timanfaya makes it an ideal filming location for movies like "Lawrence of Arabia" or "Poseidon Adventure".

Basic info and car hire in Lanzarote

  • Location: Canary Islands
  • Population: 150,998 (2019)
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Weather:  The weather in Lanzarote is very convenient. The coldest month, January is an average of 17°C and the warmest is August with 25°C. The best time to visit is in the spring/autumn when the temperature is mild around 20°C. 
  • Holidays in Lanzarote: For all public holidays in Lanzarote, you can read more here
  • Internet coverage: Most hotels, bars, restaurants and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
  • Road conditions:  Road conditions in Lanzarote are generally very good. Most of the roads are one-lane roads. If you go on unpaved roads, you might find them to be bumpy, but nothing extreme. 
  • Car hire in Lanzarote: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Lanzarote is the airport. There are many different car rental companies available and they all offer competitive prices, so it's best to book a car three or eight weeks ahead of time - this will ensure you get an affordable rate! Alternatively, if your travel plans change last minute there are plenty around who can help out as well; just look no further than us here at Orbit Car Hire

 Driving in Lanzarote

Driving in Lanzarote is simple and stress-free. The road conditions are known to be in very good conditions, weather is mostly sunny. Most of the roads will have only one lane for each way. You drive on the right side of the road, so in roundabouts, you go anti-clockwise and overtake on the left. Driving in Arrecife can be quite confusing, so we recommend just park the car and walk instead, this is due to narrow streets and many one-way roads. Driving around the Island is on the other hand very good and recommended as the Island has so many things to see and do! 

The maximum alcohol level in the blood can be 0.05% (BAC) which is lower than in the UK. The speed limit is 100km/h on motorways and 40km/h in residential areas. Signs for speed limits are well visible and easy to understand, which helps a lot when driving in Lanzarote for the first time. Other general signs are also quite easy to understand, although they are in Spanish. 

  • Age limits: The minimum age to hiring a car in Lanzarote is 21 years of age. The driver must also have held the license for a minimum of 1 year. 
  • International Driving Permit:  If you have a driving license outside the EU and UK, you will need International Driving Permit
  • Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance with Orbit Car Hire in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Croatia)
  • Additional requirements: Warning triangle. First aid kit (not compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
  • Children in the car: All occupants must wear seat belts. Children under 18KG in weight must be in child seats and those who are 135CM tall or shorter should stay behind the driver on a booster cushion for safety's sake!
  • Driving side of the road: Right Side. 
  • Lights: You may think that the rainy days in Lanzarote are few and far between, but when it rains even for just an hour or two you should turn your headlights on.
  • General speed limits: 100km/h on motorways and 40km/h in residential areas. 
  • Parking suggestions: Parking is free and most often you will find enough of them at the tourist attractions. Parking in the towns has to be paid for. You should always find parking spots in the towns without to much trouble. 

Car Hire in Lanzarote

Most popular car hire at Lanzarote

The most selected hire car in Lanzarote is the Smart ForFour, with the Fiat 500 and Volkswagen Polo also being a popular options. The most popular car type in Lanzarote is the mini category. As it is great to drive the narrow streets inside the towns and fuel-efficient for those longer drives around the Island. 

Popular Driving Routes

Popular One-Way car hire from Lanzarote

Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Lanzarote. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Canary Islands.

What to see in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is one of the main tourist destinations on the Canary Islands, known for its white beaches and warm waters. Besides all these fabulous landscapes, Lanzarote also has a lot to offer its visitors culturally, historically and gastronomically.

The island is also famous for its great variety of volcanic stones, which appear in many shapes and colours due to the evolution processes of the lava flows. So if you want to take home beautiful souvenirs, this might be the best option for you!

Besides nature, tourists can visit interesting places like Timanfaya National Park where they can see amazing landscapes formed by bubbling sulphur mud pools and fumaroles (holes through which volcanic gases escape). The park's visitor centre offers a fascinating insight into the evolution of the island's landscape. Another very popular attraction in Lanzarote is MUSA Museo de las Salinas de Janubio, an artistic venue where this unique natural monument is presented using audio-visual techniques, along with more than 15000 amazing sculptures made from local salt by artist César Manrique; all of these masterpieces are inspired by pre-Hispanic myths and legends. There is also a small marine museum dedicated to the work of César Manrique, the initiator of the marine reserve of La Graciosa.

Also absolutely worth visiting in Lanzarote are several archaeological sites in places like Tahiche, Guatisea and El Golfo.

Las Coloradas: This beautiful bay of white sand is situated at the extreme southern tip of Lanzarote and can be reached by boat from San Bartolomé. It has a bit of everything to offer. Las Coloradas is close to many interesting places on the island, including traditional fishing villages and other beaches, making it an ideal place for a relaxing holiday or an eventful getaway.

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    Drive your rental car beyond Lanzarote

    The most interesting routes are between Tinajo and Yaiza, in the south of the island; San Bartolome to Haria, also on the south coast; Guinate-Teguise, in the north of Lanzarote; La Graciosa - Playa Blanca, popular with tourists who come to watch turtles lay their eggs at night. There are also some wonderful roads around Puerto Del Carmen, leading to Arrecife town centre. Car rental agencies can give you information on scenic routes and recommended drives. Some also offer guided tours.

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    Enjoy the culture in Lanzarote

    Where to eat, drink, and party in Lanzarote

    Lanzarote has much more to offer its visitors than volcanoes, lava fields and barren rock formations. The island's cuisine is also worth mentioning with many African-influenced specialities. One of the most famous dishes is Caldo de Peixe - a fish soup with peppers, garlic and vegetables. Another famous dish that has its origins in Africa is Pasteles de Carne - meat pies with onions, cured meat and red pepper, brushed with egg yolk and baked in the oven.

    Las Palmeras is a restaurant at the port of Teguise. The best way to experience the full flavour of the menu is to try one of the many excellent sets, which include both tapas and main dishes. You can choose to enjoy your meal indoors or outdoors with stunning views of the marina.

FAQ

What you need to know about renting a car

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What do I need to rent a car in Spain?

credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

How old do I need to be to rent a car in Spain?

The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.

Do I need car insurance in Spain?

Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Spain with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Spain?

In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

Do I need an international driving license in Spain?

An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.

How do I find the cheapest car hire in Spain?

You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period. 

What is the cheapest rental car in Spain?

You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as VW Up, Fiat 500, and Fiat Panda often provide the best prices. 

What is the best car rental company in Spain?

You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise rent a car, OK rent a car and Centauro. 

What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in Spain?

You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are VW Up, Fiat Panda, VW Polo, Nissan Micra, Fiat 500.

Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for Spain?

Most car hires in Spain offer unlimited mileage in their offers

What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?

Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.

Are there any hidden fees in my Spain car hire?

There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:

  • Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
  • One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
  • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
  • Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not in relation to the regulation of the specific country),
  • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

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