Plenty of beaches to land your lounger. Restaurants and bars to dip into. Holidays to Matagorda offer the ideal beach destination.
While this fun resort began life as a suburb of nearby Puerto del Carmen, Matagorda is now a holiday hotspot in its own right. A quiet antidote to the hustle and bustle of its neighbour, you’ll still find plenty to keep you occupied – whether you’re topping up your tan on the beach or making the most of its chilled-out cocktail bars.
Down the road, you’ll find a great many attractions and activities too. As well as two more beaches to discover, Puerto del Carmen and Arrecife are just a short trip away and boast more in the way of shopping, restaurants and bars. Head out in the evening and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy Puerto del Carmen’s excellent nightlife too.
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen and Matagorda used to be as one, so you’re in walking distance of this lively resort. The waterside promenade is the centre of the action, jam-packed with shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. Despite attracting a younger crowd, there’s still a glimpse of its old-world charm to be seen – whether you’re exploring its cobbled streets or visiting one of the authentic eating areas in the town.
A vibrant and cosmopolitan city, there’s a great many shops and restaurants to enjoy in Lanzarote’s capital. Keen shoppers should head for the great designer stores or, for something more traditional, Arrecife market. Meanwhile, the sandy shores of Playa del Reducto are ideal for beach-lovers.
With its volcanic landscapes and beautiful beaches, nearby Playa Blanca is ideal for a day trip. Take a wander down to the marina or try a shot at snorkelling nearby Playa Dorada beach. There’s a wealth of water sports to enjoy here – from diving to jet skiing.
Enjoy some water sports
Head to the town square and you’ll find most of Matagorda’s great water sports centres. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a keen beginner, you’ll definitely find something to try out. Banana-boat rides will appeal to youngsters, while jet-skiing is a must for thrill-seekers. There’s also a scuba-diving school to help you catch a glimpse of Matagorda’s marine life. The favored water sport is definitely windsurfing, where you can join in as a team or go solo. For those not willing to get their feet wet, head to one of the beachside bars to watch instead.
Explore volcanic landscapes
Lanzarote's famed for volcanic landscapes. And a visit to Matagorda will bring you face-to-face with these unique settings. Delve into the island’s past with a visit to Timanfaya National Park, a 30-minute drive away. Climb aboard a bus tour and you’ll be taken around the sihts, including the craters.
Embrace the nightlife
There’s some great nightlife to be found here. Laid-back pubs and bars offer an excellent setting for a drink or two. If you’re keen on donning your dancing shoes, head to nearby Puerto del Carmen. There, you’ll find everything from karaoke bars and live music nights to super clubs and discos.
Beaches in Matagorda
While Matagorda beach is the main stretch of sand that exists in the resort, there are three beaches within close distance. Matagorda beach is long and sandy, with sun loungers dotted around and parasols to shelter from the sunshine. Take a stroll along the promenade behind the beach and you’ll find to another one – Los Pocillos beach. As well as many bars and restaurants, it’s also a great spot for water sports, particularly windsurfing.
Additionally, Playa Grande is just a short drive away in Puerto del Carmen. Often busy, you’ll find many sun-seekers spending their time here when they’re not dipping into nearby bars.
Cuisine in Matagorda
You won’t go hungry in Matagorda, whether you’re seeking authentic Canarian cuisine or something simpler. There are many traditional restaurants and charming tapas bars in this part of Lanzarote. And you’ll find an equal number of eateries serving international dishes, as well as a few fast food places.
Ropa vieja is a must try. A traditional stew incorporating chicken, beef and chickpeas. As a side dish, try the island’s favourite Canarian-style boiled potatoes, papas arrugadas, served with a mojo sauce dip.
Restaurants in Las Palmas
With many place to eat and drink in Matagorda, you’ll stumble upon everything from stylish fine dining to laid-back cafes.
Most of the restaurants are in the main town square, where you can take you pick from a variety of menus. If you’d rather more choice, head to nearby Puerto del Carmen for a wider variety. From local to global cuisine, it's all there.
Glorious surroundings, great water sports and volcanic landscapes to discover. Holidays to Matagorda make for an excellent beach getaway. With its year-round sunshine and sand-swept beaches; you’ll want to make this part of Lanzarote next on your to-travel list.
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