Located a short drive east of Puerto del Carmen, the popular area of Matagorda is situated conveniently just five minutes from the airport. The resort boasts unique character and offers a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants with an exclusive sea front promenade that stretches the length of the beautiful golden sandy beach. The resort is ideal for families and those looking for a more relaxed holiday, however, those looking for the hustle and bustle, Puerto Del Carmen’s centre can be found within a ten minute drive where a large selection of bars, restaurants and shops can be found, along with the quaint Old Town.
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Like most of Spanish areas Tapas is a popular dish in Lanzarote and fresh sea food is always easy to come across. Some of the more specialised dishes for the Canaries are, Papas Crías (wild potatoes) which grow on the rocky hillsides, two kinds of sauces are always served with the papas arrugadas, the spicy red mojo which is based on chillies and peppers, and the green mojo which flavoured with parsley or coriander and which is served to complement fish dishes. Gofio is another vital staple of the island’s cuisine. Made from toasted corn and maize flour.
Located at the quieter (eastern) end of the Puerto del Carmen, Matagorda enjoys a slower pace of life and amenities from central Puerto Del Carmen. A good selection of amenities from a few livelier bars to good quality restaurants are sited along the beach front - something for everyone can be found here.
El Grifo is the oldest winery within the Canary Islands and among the ten oldest in Spain. This family run winery, since 1775, is well worth a visit and produces up to six hundred thousand bottles of wine per year. The museum is open all year round with guided tours available.
Rancho Texas is a spectacular animal park situated just outside of Puerto del Carmen, off the main road. The park is a great day out for families featuring a wide selection of animals such as mammals, birds and reptiles. There are also swimming pools with slides as well as canoeing and pony rides. Animal performances are also held throughout the year including birds of prey and the popular sea lions. After a busy day there are a couple of restaurants at the park including the Wildhorse Saloon and the fast food restaurant serving a wide range of food.
The Timanfaya National Park is a must see when holidaying on the island. Declared a national park back in 1968, this site was once host to more than 100 volcanoes. The restaurant in the park serves traditional Canarian food that’s cooked using a cast-iron grill placed over a large hole in the ground. There is also the option to take a camel ride across the volcanic landscape.
If in need of some retail therapy, the Biosfera Plaza shopping centre is located within the old town of Puerto del Carmen. The centre has many boutique shops on offer including clothes, perfume, shoes and stationary, as well as a number of cafes and restaurants. Parking is available below the centre and on the top floor is a children’s play area, mini golf and pool room.
The Go-Karting track located in San Bartolome is an amazing track for go-karting enthusiasts and offers a bar and spectating area. The track is built into the hillside and has great views, it’s also open all year round and transportation is available from most resorts.
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Three Kingsnational event
A religious Spanish holiday where towns arrange colorful parades and three kings on camels present gifts to children.
Carnival in the Canary Islands is a serious business. After Rio de Janeiro these seven specks of Spain host some of the biggest and most riotous celebrations in the world!
2017 Carnival dates are not yet confirmed.
Maundy Thursdaynational event
Good Fridaynational event
Easter Mondaynational event
Canarian Daynational event
A fiesta packed with Canarian tradition, this is your chance to party like a local. Events take place across all 7 of the Canary Islands, celebrating the anniversary of when they first gained autonomy from Spain in 1983. Dance to traditional music, try some of the local delicacies and enjoy some the incredible events – such as Canarian wrestling.
San Juan (Saint J...national event
A celebration that marks the start of summer. The 23rd and 24th of June see bonfires lit across the island, accompanied by traditional dancing and music from local performers. Why not live like a local and roast a corn cob over the open flame?
Assumption of Marynational event
A national holiday and day of feasting.
Fiesta de San Ginesnational event
This major fiesta is in honour of Arrecife's patron saint San Gines.
During the daytime much of the activity is concentrated around the El Charco area itself, where traditional island sports such as Canarian sailing and wrestling are celebrated and a new Miss Lanzarote is elected annually.
festivities include parades, processions and dancing in the streets of Arrecife. The whole event then culminates in an impressive and extremely well attended fireworks display on the main beach promenade next to the Arrecife Gran Hotel on the night of the 25th, usually starting at around 23.30 hrs.
Lanzarote Daynational event
A day of traditional fiesta and festivities held annually to celebrate the patron saint of Lanzarote.
Spanish National Daynational event
A Spanish national holiday.
All Saints Daynational event
An annual, catholic national holiday also known as All Hallows.
Atlantic Odysseynational event
November in Lanzarote sees the launch of the Atlantic Odyssey boat race. Adventurous sailors make their way to the Caribbean island of Martinique. Up to 60 boats will leave from these shores, making for an amazing spectacle.
Constitution Daynational event
An annual national Spanish holiday.
Immaculate Concep...national event
A patronal feast day that annually celebrates belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Christmas Daynational event
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