Within 10 minutes of departing Lanzarote airport, you could be horizontal on the beach with a cocktail in hand. It doesn’t really get more convenient than the pretty resort of Matagorda, which is just a hop, skip and a jump from the island’s capital, Arrecife – perfect for anyone wanting a car-free holiday. Matagorda holidays combine the best of both worlds, with all the restaurants, bars and shopping of a city break, mixed with the chilled-out vibe of a relaxing beach resort.
For soaking up the reliable Lanzarote sun, holidays to Matagorda include a Blue Flag beach, with golden sand lapped by gentle azure waters. Watch the kids paddle, or just settle down to some seriously sandy R&R with a book. For lively evenings, the clubs and pubs of the bustling Puerto del Carmen are a short taxi ride away. Those wanting something more laid-back can head to the restaurants and bars around Matagorda’s picturesque town square and sample paella, fish or steak, washed down with good Canarian wine. Either way, visitors to Matagorda are in for an effortlessly enjoyable holiday.
See an artist’s home
The inspiring home of famous Lanzarote artist and architect, the Fundacion César Manrique is a retro house built into an old lava flow. It’s combined with a museum dedicated to Manrique’s life and work.
Shop till you drop
Matagorda’s proximity to the island’s capital Arrecife means you’re ideally placed to browse the city’s fashion boutiques and malls, as well as local produce and island crafts at the La Recova market.
Uncover the past
A short drive inland takes you to the Tanit Ethnographic Museum. Housed in an atmospheric 18th-century mansion, the museum is filled with exhibits about the history and traditions of Lanzarote.