Where and What to Hire
When hiring a car on Lanzarote, there are a reasonable number of well known car rental companies to choose from. From Lanzarote Airport a car can be hired from Goldcar Lanzarote, Autos Cabrera Medina and Payless Car Hire. The company Cicar have a branch on the Las Caletas Road in Punta Chica and, along with Avis and Plus Car, a branch near the windsurfing club on the east coast of island. Plus Rent a Car, Avis and Autos Cabrera have branches located near Puerto del Carmen while Cicar also operates from the very south of the island in Los Guardianes. Most types of cars are available for hire but predominately small two-door vehicles and larger four-door cars with more boot space.
Driving in Lanzarote is on the right hand side of the road, giving way to traffic (especially at roundabouts) on the left. It is also the done thing to indicate left to inform people you are stopping at a pedestrian crossing. Altogether, Lanzarote is a safe and easy place to drive with very little traffic.
It is important never to park on a white or yellow line as fines will be incurred. Restricted parking is between blue lines which are marked ‘pay and display’. Parking is normally easy in areas like Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen. There are car parks on Lanzarote and it is best to use them in order to avoid any parking misunderstandings. Many hotels also offer free parking and parking is free and usually plentiful at most of the main tourist attractions on the island. Also take note never to park in front of dustbins as these are collected any time of day or night and if you car is in the way it will be towed. Footwear also matters. No flip-flops are allowed when driving, only closed shoes or trainers are required and fine will be imposed if caught wearing unsuitable shoes.
Where to Go and What to See
Having a car on Lanzarote means being able to explore and tailor make your holiday to suit your needs. For those interested in art a trip to the César Manrique Foundation in Tahiche is a must. His home has been converted into a museum of his life and work with exhibition space showing works by Tàpies, Millares, Picasso and Saura. Outside, steps lead down to a breath-taking turquoise pool linked by passages in the volcanic rock. A wonderful place to stroll and admire the architecture is in Teguise, founded in the 15th century. This little town was once the capital of Lanzarote and boasts splendid colonial mansions, narrow cobbled streets and elegant squares like Plaza de San Miguel, where lively markets take place at weekends, perfect for some retail therapy. For surfers there is no place like Famara, in the north-west of the island. With majestic cliffs, Atlantic winds and a beach made for water-sports; this is the place to catch the waves. There is even a Surf School for those who want to learn. For those travelling with children, Teguise has an excellent Aqua Park where kids and parents can enjoy the numerous waterslides, rubber rings and wave pools. Alternatively, the Rancho Texas Park in Puerto del Carmen has a fantastic array of attractions from an Indian Village and Medicine Man Cave to a Goldmine and Lilliput Farm. One activity that is sure to appeal to the whole family is a camel safari. Available in the beautiful National Park of Timanfaya, in the south west of the island, a ride along volcanic craters on these friendly beasts is sure to be a memorable experience. For those with a head for heights or simply a love of walking, nowhere offers views as stunning as from the top of the Mirador del Rio in Risco de Famara in the north west of Lanzarote. Located 498 meters above sea level, this breathtaking peak not only boasts far reaching views of the blue ocean but an elegant restaurant and balcony from which to watch the very magical sunset.