A large spacious beach
Holidays in Matagorda guarantee total beach satisfaction. This resort's beach is the first in a row of three European Blue Flag awarded beaches stretching to Puerto Del Carmen. Facing the south coast, Matagorda's beach has a long stretching reach with a promenade full of bars, restaurants and cafes which continue until the next town.
The lack of water sports and activities make this a much quieter beach than its neighbours in Playa De Los Pocillos and Puerto Del Carmen. Of course sunbeds and umbrellas are available to spend the day relaxing but there is also plenty of room to lay down a towel and carve out a body groove in the sand.
Excitement close by
With Matagorda being such a laidback town, you'll have to venture outside for daytime attractions and night time thrills. Fortunately the bustling Playa Del Carmen provides plenty of options for both requests.
A 10 minute drive will take you to where it's all happening at Playa Del Carmen. With such a large emphasis on tourism, this resort offers exciting group activities like go-karting, bowling and a casino. A great family day out is offered by the Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park: a zoo, water park and entertainment complex all rolled into one. Animal shows, water slides and pony rides are just some of the attractions available at this fun-filled day out.
Matagorda holds a unique niche in that it is very popular with plane spotters. Lanzarote's airport runway starts just a couple of kilometres away from this quiet resort and enthusiasts take advantage of the proximity by travelling to a good vantage point towards the east of the town. Don't be worried about this though, tourists have never reported to being rudely awoken during the night to the noise of a jumbo jet flying overhead.
Varied nights out
Playa Del Carmen is also the place to go for long, wild crazy nights. With its large visitor numbers, abundance of nightclubs and lively reputation, a night out here seems like a million miles away from the quiet accommodation of Matagorda.
People who choose to stay in the more docile resort do so for the calmer and more joyful atmosphere that is promised by a night spent in Matagorda but that doesn't mean that those nights out can't be lively. As well as the bars along the promenade, the town centre hosts a number of pubs and clubs where you can enjoy a quiet drink and a game of pool, enjoy an evening of jazz or even a lively salsa session at a Latino bar.
Great food selections
Shopping options in Matagorda are limited with the presence of larger nearby resorts being the saving grace. Souvenir shops and supermarkets are handy additions to this resort and Los Pocillos next door but the shopping savants will want to travel to Puerto Del Carmen to get their retail release.
As well as the bars and evening entertainment in the centre square, there are also plenty of international dining options from Irish pubs to Japanese restaurants. Restaurants are dotted around the entire town so there's no doubt that after some exploring you'll find the place for you. We also feel inclined to mention that Matagorda also holds the crown of being the home of the only McDonalds Drive-Thru in Lanzarote.
A resort with rave reviews
This solitude of serenity should probably be more frantic than it feels, but holidays to Matagorda are so laid back you won't realise you're anywhere near the most hectic resort in Lanzarote. Fortunately Puerto Del Carmen is a convenient 15 minute bus or taxi ride away from your accommodation should you choose to sample the lively resort. Those who wish to spend their time in Matagorda won't be disappointed though as you'll have the chance to discover what it is about the place brings visitors back year after year.
Best time of the year to visit
Matagorda enjoys a quiet atmosphere year round but neighbouring Puerto Del Carmen holds impressive annual celebrations. A massive carnival is held in late February and the Feast of St Carmen in July where tourists can join in the fun of folk singing, dancing and even fishing ceremonies.
The small resort town reaches an average temperature of 25C in August and September and drops to 17C in January. Rainfall is rarely a problem throughout the year but December may see an increase.
Location of Matagorda