Travel Agent's ViewMatagorda Bay has a wide sandy beach with a pleasant promenade...
Matagorda is a quiet and relaxing beach resort, ideally suited to families and couples and, conveniently located just 10 minutes south of the airport.
Matagorda Bay has a wide sandy beach with a pleasant promenade, known as the Avenida de las Playas, which runs for over 3 miles into the busy resort of Puerto del Carmen.
You can walk along the promenade into the neighbouring beach resort of Playa de Los Pocillos within 20 minutes or, continue walking along the beach into Puerto del Carmen and onwards to the harbour area.
There is a main commercial area in the centre of Matagorda, with supermarkets, bars and restaurants. For a more vibrant nightlife and extensive shopping facilities, Puerto del Carmen or Arrecife are both only a 10 minute taxi ride away.
Matagorda is approx. 6 miles/10km to Lanzarote Airport
Insider's Viewby Julie Cliffe-Jones
...if you like au natural the section along the length of the runway is a naturist beach.
...small and self contained, you need go no further as it has everything for your holiday right there...
Matagorda is the closest holiday resort to Lanzarote's airport making it a fantastic location for any plane spotters!
The approach to the runway at Arrecife airport is spectacular with planes passing over the landing strip and turning out at sea to land virtually on the beach. The more daring the pilot the closer the turn, the Spanish ones have it down to a fine art and most days a crowd of spectators can be found standing on the promenade with the planes passing over their heads.
Don't let the closeness of the airport put you off staying here, Matagorda is a very popular area and once found holidaymakers keep coming back to the same spot. Matagorda is small and self contained, you need go no further as it has everything for your holiday right there, the beaches are lovely and there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to chose from.
Matagorda is also a magnet for the Irish! You'll find your fill of Irish bars offering a pint of the black stuff or ceveza negra as the Spanish call it. There is one central commercial centre with two floors of restaurants, Sapporo the Japanese has an island wide reputation for fabulous food. Expect to find Irish, Chinese, Spanish, German and British menus here. If you really can't live without it there's even a drive thru MacDonalds complete with children's play area just along the road.
There is a lovely wide promenade along the beachfront and options to hire bicycles for all the family if you don't want to walk. The Spanish area of Playa Honda is well worth a walk along the front; here you can really get into the tapas and local nightlife. In the other direction the promenade fondly known as "The Strip" stretches the length of Puerto del Carmen all 6km of it.
My favourite beach in Matagorda is the narrow strip situated between the Biatriz hotel and the shopping centre, there's some good snorkelling in this area although not much sand to sit on when the tide is in. Just around the corner is a huge beach with sun beds and umbrellas and if you like au natural the section along the length of the runway is a naturist beach.
Matagorda has all the benefits of Puerto del Carmen without the noise and bustle of the resort down town.
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