Located only five minutes away from Lanzarote's well-known resort in Puerto del Carmen is Matagorda. Back in the 1990's, Matagorda was developed to accommodate the rapid swell in tourism. Although fairly small, this seaside town makes up for what it lacks in size with character. Booking a holiday to Matagorda will give you a true sense of what life is like in the Canary Islands.
Laid-back days catching some rays beside the hotel swimming pool and moonlit seafront strolls entice travellers to this Spanish gem. There is more than meets the eye in this east coast resort, however. A place with Blue Flag beaches and easy access to busier resorts, Matagorda offers the perfect setting for a break from the everyday routine. What's more, with temperatures creeping up to the 30s in peak season (July and August), you are sure to leave this dreamy destination with sun-kissed skin.
Keep on reading if you are a couple seeking out a romantic getaway or a family in search of a place to make memories, because a holiday in Matagorda will appeal to all.
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Aside from the picturesque surroundings, Matagorda impresses visitors with its nearby attractions. Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park is a theme park and zoo that sits within close proximity. The Old Town Harbour in Puerto del Carmen is a pretty spot to watch the sunset, or even to catch a glimpse of it rising if you're awake in time. Ever been to an outdoor movie theatre? This is your chance because when you are on holiday in Matagorda, an outdoor movie theatre will be based 5-10 minutes away.
Volcanic eruptions that occurred back in the 1730's saw the majority of Lanzarote coated in a thick sheet of black gravel. Although this proved disastrous for many of the farmers who depended on the land to earn a living and feed their families, a discovery catapulted the country's wine production soon after. The 'picon' that coated the affected sections of land was the perfect ingredient for vine growing, not to mention growing other plant types. By absorbing moisture, the picon helped vines to grow at a rapid rate.
With such a rich "viniculture" to learn about, it would be a shame not to sip on wine at one of Matagorda's many restaurants. The Waterfront Restaurant, Poco Playa Restaurant, and Lighthouse BBQ are three recommended establishments for wining and dining. Red, white, and rose wine is served by the glass or bottle at most bars. You can also organise a tour around a winery when on holiday in Matagorda.
Fishing charters and tours are a big hit with families with older children, whereas the self-guided tour options are preferred by families with small children. Cycle in a four-person buggy along the seafront or spend a day making a splash at a nearby water park, such as Aqualava Water Park.
Should you be travelling with relatives who are interested in watersports, why not attend a surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, or stand-up paddleboarding lesson?
Matagorda's rich biodiversity attracts nature lovers throughout the year, many of whom will set aside some time to visit Timanfaya National Park. Located in the southwestern section of Lanzarote, the protected volcanic landscape is home to a geothermal restaurant. Enjoy a camel ride around the park, take a coach tour, or go for a hike at Timanfaya.
Coach services to Cueva de los Verdes run on a daily basis. The ride is approximately 145 minutes from Matagorda, but it will be worth it when you're exploring lava-formed tunnels. Another popular action-packed excursion is the 3-Volcanoes Guided Walking Tour. Let's not forget about shark diving in Puerto del Carmen, either!
With scuba diving, snorkelling, and heaps of watersports on offer, it is safe to say that life really is a beach in Matagorda. The local beach is ideal for families with children, with its clear, shallow waters. Experience a thrill on the banana boats here, before stopping off at a beachfront eatery for food and drinks.
Puerto del Carmen's golden sands are just a four-kilometre drive away. Accessible on foot via a scenic promenade walk, Puerto del Carmen's best beaches include Playa de los Pocillos and Playa Grande. If you are a real beach bum, why not check out the beaches at Playa Blanca? In this nearby resort, you can rent a kayak and paddle in the direction of hidden caves.
Although a few pubs and taverns will open their doors until midnight (or later, depending on where you go), a holiday in Matagorda is more about relaxing than partying. However, if you get the urge to knock back some beverages in a nightclub, you can rely on the nightlife scene in Puerto del Carmen to satisfy.
The Scotch Corner is a busy cocktail club positioned on the seafront, much like Spenders Bar and The Dubliner Live Music Lounge. For live music, stroll to The Island Bar, ahead of watching in amazement as bartenders whip up an extraordinary selection of drinks at La Delicatezza Cocktail Bar.
Swap a sunset stroll along the beach with your partner for a walk to Puerto Calero from Puerto del Carmen. Put a smile on your partner's face by surprising them with a gift purchased from Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre. This shopping mall is also the perfect spot for picking up souvenirs at the end of your holiday in Matagorda.
An intimate spa day will be hard to resist, as will the speed boat tours, which welcome couples young and old. At the end of a busy day in the sun-soaked region, sit down for a romantic meal overlooking the ocean - perfect.
The more you know about the culture of Lanzarote before booking your holiday to Matagorda, the better prepared you will be for the getaway. Despite a boom in tourism over the last 20 years, the culture has not changed too much. Simply show respect and you will get it back.
Islanders are very proud of their produce therefore by showing gratitude at the end of a meal, you can get on the good side of the local chefs, farmers, and fishermen. Good manners go a long way in the land of volcanic terrain, so practice how to say please (por favor) and thank you (gracias) before you get on the plane.