Getting from and back to the airport
Lanzarote is in the Euro zone, so the currency is Euros and cents, or centimos. There are plenty of shops in the resorts that offer a currency exchange – the rate they use is generally two cents below the mid bank rate, which you can Google. Euro notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100 and €200 denominations. Hundreds and two hundreds are quite hard to use, so change them in a bank for 50’s.
Driving here is pretty straightforward – traffic is light and road signs are good, and as you can almost always see the ocean, it’s easy to orient yourself. We drive on the right. Look out for pedestrian crossings in the resorts, as there are many, and people tend to step out in front of cars, often looking the wrong way! Roundabouts can feel odd – the law here is the cars in the outside lane have priority, and when entering a main road up a slip road, you must give way to traffic.
Fuel is quite cheap, especially diesel, and most filling stations employ attendants who will pump your fuel. “Full up” is “Lleno” in Spanish, pronounced “Yay no.”
The island is duty free and our equivalent to VAT is only 7%. That means bargains on perfumes, cigarettes and booze, and you’ll see many shops in the resorts that sell all of those. You’ll also come across loads of electrical shops selling tablets, phones and cameras. They aren’t all 100% genuine, so shop wisely – if it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a fake.