The Canary Islands are an incredibly popular tourist destination with visitors seeking out the guaranteed glorious sunshine and superb beaches of Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote to name a few. Hiring a car in the Canary Islands is a great way to get around and explore fully whichever island you choose to visit, as it means you can be your own boss at the wheel and not have to rely on unpredicable public transport or pay out on expensive taxi fares.
Rhino trawls through hundreds of car rental supplier such as Sixt, Europcar, Avis and Hertz to find you the best deal and price on your car rental in the Canary Islands. We also check through what the more local suppliers have to offer as if they have any special deals on, we can pass the benefit onto our customers. Due to it's popularity, the Canary Islands sees a high demand for car hire especially during the summer months so we recommend you book your rental as far in advance as possible.
Canary Islands Car Hire - Did You Know?
- The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago and some of the larger islands include Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
- The population of the Canary Islands is approximately 2,100,000 inhabitants.
- Its Spanish name is Islas Canarias which likely originates from the Latin term Insula Canaria, meaning 'Island of the Dogs'.
- The Canary Islands have eight airports in total and the largest is Gran Canaria Airport.
- There is a unique form of wrestling called Canarian wrestling where opponents try to throw each other to the ground using their strength and special manoeuvres.
- Driving in the Canary Islands is often likened to using car hire Spain, if you've driven a hire car in Spain you'll be right at home.
Canary Islands Mini Guide
The Canary Islands, otherwise know to locals and the true name being Islas Canarias are slightly north of the Tropic of Cancer and close distance to the great shoulder of the Saharan Africa. They are the nearest places to Northern Europe with real hope of winter sun. Booming tourism in the 1960's and 1970's led to the construction of colossal and still growing resorts in the two largest islands, Tenerife and Gran Canaria (the latter also known under the name of its capital city, Las Palmas). Some of the islands, unbelievably, are virtually untouched by tourism.
Basically there are two groups. The eastern islands are Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura lying close to Africa. Then there are the western islands, Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma (not to be confused with Las Palmas) riding a little further out into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Canary Islands are Spanish controlled islands which are located near Cape Verde in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa. They are a favourite with European holiday makers who want to go somewhere exotic without having to travel far and are completely different to anywhere else in Europe.
Around two million people live in the Canary Islands though this number is significantly boosted by tourists. The roads are accordingly well developed as is the entire infrastructure of these remote islands. To truly appreciate the hidden beauties of the Canary Islands you will want to have your own car so that you are free to explore. Rhino car hire can also give you off road vehicles if you want to stray from the beaten track.
The islands are Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Lobos and La Graciosa. The largest of the islands in Tenerife which has two different airports and the third largest volcano in the world if you count the part of it that is submerged underwater. El Teide is also Spain’s