Life in Matagorda revolves around the 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.
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. The Biosfera Shopping Centre has many fashion outlets, bars and restaurants to sample. There is also a weekly market in Puerto del Carmen Harbour on Fridays, and a Saturday market in the chic Puerto Calero Marina.
Alternatively, the islands largest market is held every Sunday in the ancient capital of Teguise, around a 20 minute's drive from Matagorda.
You’ll find a good selection of relaxed cafes, bars and restaurants with ocean views., along the promenade in Matagorda There's also a commercial centre offering a choice of places to eat. You can expect to find international cuisine including 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 looking for something a bit livelier, head to the nearby resort of Puerto del Carmen, where there's a great choice of both local and international cuisine.
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 on offer, from walks and bike rides along dedicated cycle lanes, to windsurfing in the clear waters.
The much loved Rancho Texas Park, around a 10 minute drive away, is home to exotic birds and animals, a water zone for kids and falconry displays. At night, the place comes alive with Cowboys and Indians themed entertainment, with a BBQ, disco, line dancing and games – great fun for all the family!
Children will also love the Aqua Park in Costa Tequise, within 20 minutes of Matagorda by car.
Lanzarote Karting is a popular go-karting centre nearby, while Lanzarote A Caballo is a horse-riding venue offering many equestrian excursions across the island.
The National Park of Timanfaya is the most famous site in Lanzarote, and can be reached with 30 minutes, by car. Take a journey through the luna landscape passing some large volcanic craters and the valley of tranquillity to fully appreciate the natural energy that has shaped the island.
Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, is around 6 kilometres from Matagorda and is worth a 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