Car hire in Canary Islands

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Car hire in the Canary Islands

On this page you’ll get tips and advice on hiring a car in the Canary Islands, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest price. If this is your first time renting a car in Spain, please read our general tips on car hire in the country via the link below.

Canary Islands car rental

The Canary Islands are made up of a few different islands. The main ones are Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Lanzarote and La Palma. You’ll find several major car rental firms represented at all the international airports on the islands. Book your rental car in advance, and pay proper attention to any extra insurance deals you are offered – the insurance is usually already included.

Some roads on the Canary Islands are both narrow and winding, but the majority of them are wide and in good condition.

Where to go on the Canary Islands

The different islands of the Canaries are ideal for road trips. It is often to possible to go around a whole island in a day, and there is a lot to see on the way, both in terms of cute towns and beautiful scenery.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is the island that has it all, and it’s very easy to get around, especially if you use the biggest city on the island, Las Palmas, as a starting point.  With a rental car, you’ll be able to experience everything from quaint fishing villages like Puerto de las Nieves and Chira, to the volcanic crater Caldera de Bandama. There are also many wineries on Gran Canaria, mainly in Santa Brígida.

The mountain village of Artenara gives you a totally different experience. A winding road leads up to the village, which has a great location. Many of the houses in Artenara are actually old caves, and the village is known for its cave church La Ermita de la Cuevita.

Fuerteventura

Despite the fact that Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands, it is also the most quiet, and driving here is a completely different experience than driving on Gran Canaria. With a car, you can go for a drive among the many beautiful sandy beaches on the coast, but also visit the small, historic city of Betancuria, which has a church worth seeing.

Fuerteventura also has the Parque Natural de Corralejo nature reserve, with gorgeous scenery.

Tenerife

Tenerife is one of the most popular islands of the Canaries. The island has many beaches, but also several nice villages that you can visit by car. The mountain village of Masca is a perfect option with its spectacular views. The road up to the village is narrow and winding, but it’s definitely worth the challenge!

On the northern part of the island, you can also visit an animal park, namely the Loro Parque. This park has the largest dolphinarium in Europe.

Lanzarote

Lanzarote has many interesting types of landscape. In 1993, it was the first island in the world to be named a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. You can get around the whole island and discover the amazing scenery by car. We recommend that you take a trip to the wineries in the area of La Geria, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the special methods used in the wine production.

Another popular destination on the island is the Fundacion Cesar Manrique, the House where the famous painter Cesar Manrique lived. The House has, after his passing, become a famous art museum.

La Palma

La Palma is one of the smallest islands of the Canaries, and also one of the most quiet. Santa Cruz de La Palma is the largest city on La Palma. Here you’ll find shopping, museums and plenty of other attractions.

In the southern parts of the island, in the area of Fuencaliente, you’ll see volcanoes, two lighthouses, one of which is a museum, as well as salt evaporation ponds (salterns).