Life in Matagorda revolves around the miles of impressive golden sandy beach. This low key resort is much newer than its livelier neighbour, Puerto del Carmen, and was developed in the 1990s to accommodate the growing tourism on the island. Although the region has grown over the past couple of decades, the resort retains a slower pace, ideal for a relaxing holiday. Or, if you fancy working up a sweat, join the many cyclists or runners making their way along the attractive promenade that runs parallel to the beach. This resort is also within very close proximity to the airport and the island’s capital, Arrecife.
Local Markets and Shopping
Matagorda has a designated shopping venue, ‘Centro Comercial’ which is home to a small Spar supermarket, some tourist and souvenir shops and a few restaurants. It’s conveniently located just behind the coastal promenade. For a larger selection, head to bustling Puerto del Carmen, just 10 minutes’ drive away.
Bars and Restaurants
Lining the coast, you’ll find a good selection of relaxed cafes, bars and restaurants with views across the Atlantic. Eateries are international here and include a German bakery, a few Irish pubs and sports bars. You’ll of course be able to try authentic Canarian tapas dishes, fresh seafood and local wines here too. If you’re craving the golden arches, you may like to know that Matagorda is home to the island’s only drive thru McDonald’s!
The highlight of this resort is the wide and inviting Blue Flag beach. It spans all the way along the coast and merges into the neighbouring resort of Puerto del Carmen, where you’ll find 2 more glorious beaches with Blue Flag status, Playa Pocillos and Playa Grande. The Matagorda bay has plenty of offer, from walks and bike rides along dedicated cycle lanes, to windsurfing in the clear waters.
If your little ones fancy veering away from the beach, you could head 20 minutes’ drive north to the wonderful Aquapark in Costa Teguise. Alternatively, Lanzarote Karting is nearby and has excellent tracks for children aged 8 and above to whizz around. Puerto del Carmen has more beaches to explore and also offers boat excursions around the island.
Places of Interest
Arrecife is just over 4 miles from Matagorda and is home to half the population of Lanzarote. It’s a small working town, not dependent on tourism and makes for an interesting visit. Arrecife means ‘reef’ in Spanish, and the name of the town refers to the remarkable coastline, studded with reefs and natural harbours. Stop by the central sandy beach before paying a visit to the 18th century castle, Castillo de San Jose, originally built to fend off pirates.