Matagorda started out as a suburb of Puerto del Carmen but over the years has developed into a resort in its own right that, although a lot smaller and quieter than its neighbour, has its own unique character. The waterfront area has a long promenade and plenty of bars and restaurants, but Matagorda is really all about the beaches; the resort has three sandy beaches that are busy throughout the summer.
One of Lanzarote’s most well-known attractions is Rancho Texas, a Wild West-themed animal park near Matagorda housing tigers, pumas, buffalo and crocodiles. Visitors can try their hand at gold panning, and there are exhibitions featuring birds of prey and sea lions. Submarine trips are available from nearby Puerto Calero, and if you hire a bike there’s a lovely cycle route along the coast where you can take in the views and the fresh air.
Matagorda’s main attraction is its beautiful sandy beaches; the main beach has the Blue Flag seal of approval and is equipped with sunbeds for hire, lifeguards and a choice of watersports. Nearby Los Pocillos is popular with windsurfers due to the breezy conditions, and Playa Grande at Puerto del Carmen is a third option if you want a change of scene. All three beaches are within 30 minutes’ walk of Matagorda.
Matagorda has a very international dining scene, the Spanish and Mediterranean restaurants accompanied by French, Italian and Chinese to name but a few. The town square and waterfront are some of the best places to find bars and eateries, and the resort has a laidback feel that makes for a pleasant evening drinking atmosphere. Many of Matagorda’s bars offer evening entertainment, but the real nightlife is down the road in Puerto del Carmen.