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Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019
Offering a quiet alternative to busier parts of Lanzarote, Matagorda and its access to the quieter part of the beach resort, Los Pocillos, is a great find for travellers seeking a more peaceful holiday. The town is a mere few minutes from the airport and close to busier Puerto del Carmen for a wider selection of eateries and any spur-of-the-moment nights out. Not too far away is also the pretty city of Arrecife, Lanzarote’s capital, for a change of scenery and glimpse into the island’s city life.
Hotels in Matagorda
Matagorda only came into being in the early 1990s, having previously been a suburb of Puerto del Carmen. With that, there is an assortment of modern and good quality hotels to choose from, including many with sea views, swimming pools and other amenities.
Things to Do in Matagorda
For beach lovers, Matagorda has its own beautiful 6km beach, as well as access to two further Blue Flag beaches towards Puerto del Carmen. The beaches are inevitably where visitors spend most of their time and, for those seeking some activity, the beach along Matagorda does offer great windsurfing.
With Matagorda as a base, there is a plethora of activities to enjoy outside of the town. This includes a trip to the popular Jameos del Agua, a 6km-long lava tube, formed after the eruption of Montaña La Corona almost 4,000 years ago. There is also Mirador del Rio, where views over the island of La Graciosa can be seen from a cliff-top observatory.
There are also various boat excursions and experiences that travellers can enjoy during a stay in Matagorda. Companies will either pick up individuals from their hotels or leave from the nearby port of Puerto del Carmen. Boat trips include deep-sea diving, submarine safaris, snorkelling and sailing around the island of Graciosa.
Things to Do near Matagorda
Lanzarote is very much a cycle-friendly island, with a marked-out lane for cyclists along the promenade that stretches from Puerto del Carmen through Matagorda to Arecife. What’s more, there are plenty of places where visitors can hire a bicycle and take themselves off to discover more of the island.
A popular spot for families, the fun-filled Aquapark (located a short car journey from Matagorda) features water slides, tubs and rapids, as well as a go-karting track and paintball centre. The park also has plenty of places to lounge by the pool and several restaurants and cafes to ensure any little ones don’t go hungry.
With its history of volcanic activity, Lanzarote’s Fire Mountain – Timanfaya - is well worth a visit to discover the ins and outs of what would have taken place over thousands of years ago and to see the peaks and craters that still remain. There are several dedicated tours that will take travellers from their hotel accommodation on an excursion through the volcanic site then on to lunch and wine tasting.
Food in Matagorda
Matagorda has a reasonable selection of restaurants based within its town square, where local delicacies such as ropa vieja, a rustic stew of chicken, beef and chickpeas, and papas arrugadas, Canarian-style boiled potatoes, are popular with locals and visitors alike. For those with a sweet tooth, the bienmesabe, an almond and syrup paste with a side of ice cream, is a hard one to resist.