Canary Islands

Canary Islands Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving in the Canary Islands
As in Spain, driving abroad in the Canary Islands is on the right. You can rent a car using the photo licence of most countries. Roads are generally in good condition, even smaller roads. Most of the Islands have the main towns at the coast and quieter villages in the mountainous interior where roads may be steep and winding. On Tenerife, Mount Teide is the highest mountain is Spain at 3700m. Its usually very cold in the areas around the peak, even in Summer, with snow and ice common until typically March/April on average. In winter expect a few feet of snow and ice, and strong winds so check conditions on villages on the approach if you suspect bad conditions. Driving style in the Canary Islands is typical of small town Spain and is more laid back than driving in big Cities on the mainland. Drivers usually abide by road rules though you may find speeds quick on dual carriageways if you’re used to driving in Northern Europe or USA.

Canary Islands Car Rental
Sixt, Hertz ,Europcar, Alamo, National,and all the other big international firms have branches on Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Plus all car rental broker sites, eg Argus Car Hire can arrange rental on the Islands. The Canaries will also feature on the big broker sites like orExpedia

This is the local Sixt Franchise

These are well known Spanish companies operating on the Islands

Canary Islands Self driving rules
There may be restrictions on taking cars on ferries between Islands and to mainland Spain so you should check the terms when making your reservation


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