Canary Islands


Canary Islands

Highway Code

The Canary Islands use the same Highway Code as Spain, driving on the right hand side of the roads the steering wheels are fitted to the left hand side of the car. Seatbelts are compulsory and children under 10 must travel in the rear of the car. The permitted blood alcohol level is low and penalties are severe.

Theoretically you require an International Drivers licence to rent a car in the Canary islands, however, in practice you can make a rental with a standard valid driving license, it is advisable to always carry your insurance documents with you. The minimum age to rent a car is 21.



Some rules :-

  • Motorists must carry two officially approved warning triangles.
  • Seatbelts are compulsory.
  • Do not drive in tram, taxi or bus lanes.
  • The use of a "horn" is against the law at night in town.
  • 3 point turns and reversing is forbidden in town.
  • Hand held phone usage is illegal when driving.
  • You should understand and familiarise your self with the Spanish highway code .

Speed limits (generally ) are :-

Motorway (autopistas) - 120km / h
Dual carriageway (autovias) - 100km / h
Main roads (carreteras) - 90km / h
Buit up areas / towns (vias urbanas) - 50km / h