Also an important consideration for families with small children, is that these taxis do not as a rule carry child
seats, therefore children may have to sit on their parent's knee for the journey.
If this is a cause for concern,
we strongly recommend that you make arrangements for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you, and clearly
specify at the time of booking that a child seat is needed for the journey. Pre-booked taxis are often a little more
expensive, although as with all things in life, you only get what you pay for.
For those visitors who have pre-arranged for the collection of a hire car from one of the numerous agencies
based at the airport, driving over to the resort is very straightforward.
The shortest and most direct route would
be, as you leave the airport grounds to join the main LZ2 heading south, before then quickly joining the LZ-40 and
LZ-504, which then takes you into the centre of the resort before continuing south through the district of
Playa de los Pocillos,
and finally onto Puerto del Carmen.
If needed, a more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the
link on the left hand frame of this page
Although the close proximity of Matagorda to the airport does have the benefit of a very short transfer time, it does
however also mean that many visitors are likely to experience some degree of aircraft noise during their holiday
At its nearest point the resort is only a matter of a few hundred metres from the perimeter of the airport grounds,
and it will certainly be worthwhile checking the comments of previous visitors to the resort before making your final
choice of accommodation.
In all fairness to the authorities who run the airport, in order to minimise the disturbance, aircraft do tend to approach
from over the sea, and as a consequence landings are somewhat quieter than takeoffs.
Despite the fact that Matagorda is very popular with British visitors, and the high numbers of both
private holiday villas' and self catering apartments in the area, the resort does however, only has
one commercial centre, this being the Commercial Centre Matagorda.
In all fairness there is a better selection of shops and SPAR type supermarkets that are built around 3 commercial centres
in nearby Playa de los Pocillos, and these should cater for the everyday holiday essentials as most stock a wide selection
of UK recognised branded goods, albeit at slightly higher prices than you would expect to pay back at home in the UK.
The underlying principle of consumer choice was once explained to me by a local shopkeeper as "if you don't like the price,
you don't have to buy". However, the reality is that unless you have access to your own transport, and are prepared to travel
out of the resort, "you do have to buy", which of course the shopkeepers are only too fully aware of.
Matagorda is one of Lanzarote's newest and most modern tourist resorts, with most of the area only being developed in the
early 1990's to accommodate the increasing demand for holiday accommodation on the island.
Building work is still going in
some parts on the outskirts of the town, although clearly the close proximity of the airport does effective restrict any further
development northward. Visitors here will however, almost certainly witness some degree of construction works going on at
some point during their stay, although much of this is now low key and should not spoil a holiday.
In recent years development funds from the European Union have been used to create a wide traffic
free promenade connecting Matagorda to Playa de los Pocillos and Puerto del Carmen some 3km
to the south.
During the day, or early evening after dinner, it is a very pleasant stroll into Puerto del Carmen, although for those with
mobility problems, or simply wishing a night out, a taxi ride is obviously much quicker and costs around 3 - 4€ each way.
Puerto del Carmen is widely recognised as being the most lively resort on the island, with numerous bars,
clubs and restaurants centred around the Centro Atlantico area of the sea front "strip" Avenida de las Playas,
and this is certainly the place to make for if you wish to dance 'til dawn.
Although only a couple of miles away from the action, Matagorda is however far quieter and more relaxed than its neighbour,
which in turn is then reflected in its popularity with families with young children who prefer to sleep before dawn.