Lanzarote Airport- Guacimeta, is located just 5km away from Arrecife, the island capital. It has wide-ranging flight connections with main European countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany or Italy. In Spain, its main connections are with Madrid – Barajas, Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
Car hire in Lanzarote
Considered to be one of the most attractive of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote packs in unrivaled beauty throughout its 863km which encourages us to explore with our hired car and be surprised by volcanic scenery, natural parks and beaches or cliffs by the Atlantic Ocean which will make us fall in love with this beautiful island.
Lanzarote tourist information
Hire a car in Lanzarote and enjoy the average year round temperatures of almost 20º C, of its heavenly beaches. There can be no doubt that this is an invitation to visit the island at any time of year. Maritime excursions and a great variety of aquatic sports are at your disposal. To be specific, Lanzarote is one of the best places to go surfing or any variable of this since here you can find waves that can even be compared to those found by the famous and mythical Hawaiian coasts. The island has more outstanding places to visit, apart from those in the sun and the beach. For example, taking a drive in our hired car to the Timanfaya National Park comes highly recommended.
What to see in Lanzarote
The island of Lanzarote, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is made up of 7 municipalities throughout its territory, which we encourage you to explore in some holidays around Lanzarote which no doubt will be unforgettable. Arrecife, Haria, San Bartolomé, Teguise, Tías, Tinajo and Yaiza are waiting for you.
Route around Lanzarote by car
We start our tour by Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote,which for centuries has been the fortress which has defended the island from pirate raids. We will visit San José Castle, where the Lanzarote International Museum of Modern Art is located, with works from renowned artists such as Miró or Tàpies.
Take an evening stroll by the Charco de San Ginés natural lagoon and enjoy the beautiful pattern of white fishermen´s cottages leaning out together with lighters over turquoise waters in what is known as “the Venice of the Atlantic”. This is something else you can´t miss on our tour around Arrecife. Just a few minutes away the Puente de las Bolas(las Bolas Bridge) awaits you, a pedestrian crossing which submerges into the ocean before reaching the Islote de los ingleses(los ingleses isle) where the Castillo de San Gabriel (San Gabriel Castle) is located. Seize the moment to take photos of your trip in this magical place and immortalize one of the best views of Arrecife and the Atlantic Ocean.
we continue our tour by car to Tahiche to visit the César Manrique Foundation, this house – museum was the home of the artist and today conserves the great legacy he left in Lanzarote and the Canary Islands.
His works have become real tourist attractions where nature is the protagonist. We recommend you visit the Jardín de Cactus (Cactus Garden), situated in Guatiza.
Los Jameos del Agua and the Cueva de los Verdes, in the municiplaity of Haria will take your breath away. There, you can go on an underground and tour and marvel at an authentic cave system, volcanic tubes which are over 3,000 years old and natural lakes under emerald green soil,a real masterpiece of architecture integrated into nature.
To enjoy some spectacular views of Canarian scenery we move to the Mirador del Rio, an observatory embedded in cliffs situated 500m above sea level, from where there are views of the Chinijo archipelago above the ocean.
Route by car around the Natural Landscapes of Lanzarote
Prepare your hired car, your camera and put on some comfortable shoes, we are going on a tour to discover the most beautiful natural landscapes of Lanzarote where water and fire meet by the ocean where there is a great contrast in volcanic rocks.
Our first destination is located in the Salinas de Janubio (Janubio Saltworks), an impressive place made up of geometric figures of earth in which the saltworks reflect different colours according to the quantity of water and salt they store.
From there we head to los Hervideros, some volcanic rock cliffs where the waves break which creates a spectacular view of boiling water, which has given it its name. The best way to see it is to walk along the winding path which goes around it in order to be able to lean out on the natural balconies and experience this explosion of nature with your own eyes.
We follow our path until el Golfo, where the Charco de los Clicos (Green Lagoon)is located, an emerald green sea water lagoon situated by the sea and below mountains of rocky lava which will be sure to make an impression, without doubt one of the most amazing sights in Lanzarote.
Next to these by the Atlantic Ocean is the Timanfaya National Park, this natural park of volcanic origin is one of the unmissable visits you must make on your holidays in Lanzarote. Las Montaña de Fuego (Fire Mountains), la Montaña Rajada (Rajada Mountain)or la Caldera del Corazoncillo (Corazoncillo crater) are some of the best known volcanoes in Lanzarote. Taking a camel ride over the dunes and seeing for yourself how steam gushes out of the geysers, or its 25 craters and moonscape scenery that will make you think you are on Mars are just some of the wonders you can enjoy there.
Enjoy an unbeatable meal in Timanfaya is possible thanks to the El Diablo restaurant, designed by Cesar Manrique himself. This restaurant makes the most of a geothermic hearth which roasts the food with volcanic embers, a type of natural barbecue.
The best Beaches and Coves in Lanzarote
Visiting Lanzarote is synonymous with enjoying different high quality beaches and coves which will astonish us because of the scenic variety found in their golden and black sand and their turquoise or emerald green waters.
On the south of the island in the municipality of Yaiza we find one of the paradises on the island of Lanzarote, the wild beaches of Punta de Papagayo, located in the los Ajachesprotected area. Their indescribable beauty is due to the fact that they have been kept in their natural state, without the interference of man. Distributed throughout their 2km breadth are Playa del Papagallo (Papagallo Beach) (the most visited and well-known of them all), Playa Mujeres(Women Beach), El Pozo(The Well), Caleta del Congrio(Caleta de Congrio Beach) or Puerto Muelas(Puerto Muelas Beach).
Caribbean style crystal clear waters, volcanic rock landscapes and golden sand invite you to enjoy its wind-free warm temperatures. The ideal destination to wind down or to take the kids to play by calm waters. This area of beaches can be accessed by bicycle or on foot from Playa Blanca (White Beach). You can also park your hired car in a earth car park for just 3€ a day. Don´t forget to take food and drink to enjoy an unforgettable day as this area has no bars or restaurants.
In the north of the island Playa de Famara(Famara Beach) awaits us, situated in Teguise, it is considered to be a paradise in Lanzarote for adventure and nautical sports lovers. There are over 6km of fine sand sheltered by the Peñas del Chache craggy mountain and the trade winds there make good conditions for surfing or kitesurfing. You need a car to get there, although you won´t have any problems to find parking spaces as it is a very extensive area.
Other spectacular beaches off the beaten track are the virgin beaches of Archipiélago de Chinijo (Chinijo Archipielago), situated to the north of the island, where the peaceful isla de la Graciosa (Graciosa Island)is located. Solitary golden beaches and turquoise waters beckon you to enjoy the solitude that only nature can give you whilst listening to the sound of seagulls in the background . Do not miss the Playa de las Conchas(Conchas Beach), la Playa Francesa(Francesa Beach) or la Playa la Cocina (Cocina Beach).
We must recommend you visit the natural pools in Lanzarote, such as los Charcones, which spread out over more than 2km, Punta de Mujeres villageor the Puertito de Lobos area. A real show of nature by the ocean which encourages you to relax or enjoy snorkeling while you watch the bottom of the sea and underwater rocks.
The climate in Lanzarote
If you are planning a trip to Lanzarote and you don´t know which time of year would be best to travel to the island, don´t worry, since it has an average all year round temperature of 20º and the few rainy days it has are concentrated in the winter months. This magnificent climate, combined with the wide variety of natural areas, its numerous high quality beaches, as well as the large amount of cultural sightseeing on offer make Lanzarote the ideal destination to go with your hired car.