Driving in Lanzarote: Tips for Visitors

Lanzarote is a relatively small island with few roads, making it quite easy to get around in approximately half a day. There are however certain rules that you must obey when driving in Lanzarote, which may be different to what you are used to. Read this handy guide for more information.

Even though cars are driven on the opposite side of the road, the laws governing driving in Lanzarote are much the same as in the UK.  There is strict adherence to wearing a seatbelt, no mobile phones are to be used whilst driving and under no circumstances is drink driving tolerated (blood limit 0.08%). All offenders on the last rule face on the spot fines and mandatory prison sentences.

If you are looking for car hire in Lanzarote it is in theory, proper to have an international driver’s licence. However if you carry your national driver’s licence with a valid credit card, you can rent a car. It is important that all documentation including the rental agreement is carried on your person at all times as the police can and do regularly stop tourists to demand identification. Be sure to carry an official photo ID, i.e passport.

As in all territories of Spain, the driving speed limits in Lanzarote are 120 Km/h on motorways and 50 Km/h in built-up areas, unless otherwise indicated. Do not park on yellow or white lines. This seems to be ignored by locals from time to time but is best adhered to. Restricted parking is permitted between the blue lines which are “pay and display”. Parking is normally not a problem outside of the urban areas of Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen.

As with the other Spanish territories, driving in Lanzarote is on the right hand side. At roundabouts always give way to traffic coming from the left. Apart from this or unless indicated, traffic from the right has priority. Please also remember not to throw anything out of the window. Fines can be hefty and local drivers will report the number plate to the authorities. Seatbelts are also compulsory and remember that no child under the age of 12 is allowed to travel in the front passenger seat.

An interesting bit of information given to us recently was that it you should never park in front of any dustbins. There are no signs to warn of this but it is known that refuse can be collected at any time of the day or night, resulting in you car being towed if you are not careful. Another source recently told us that certain footwear is not allowed whilst driving in Lanzarote. Flip-flops, crocs or sandals must not be worn but a closed shoe or trainer will suffice. The same source claimed that police in Yaiza have been imposing fines of €150 for those who break this law. You have been warned!

Do you have some tips for driving in Lanzarote for our readers? Do you know of any strange driving regulations? Please leave your comments.