Famed for its centuries-old tower, Matalascañas is a popular resort town along Spain’s Atlantic coast. It’s fringed by golden beaches backed by undulating dunes and is surrounded by the migratory bird haven of Doñana National Park.
Things to do in Matalascanas
Spend a day relaxing on the sands of Playa de Matalascañas, which stretches for over six kilometres along the coastline. Beach umbrellas and chairs are available for rent from the chiringuitos (beach bars) and several restaurants back the waterfront promenade. A short stroll west will take you to the upside-down remains of the Torre de la Higuera, which was established in the 16th century to protect against Barbary pirate attacks.
A highlight of staying in Matalascañas is its proximity to Doñana National Park, which is a protected tract of marshes, pine forests and coastal dunes. It’s an important habitat for migratory bird species to rest and refuel, with greylag geese, purple gallinules and white-headed ducks all spotted here. If you’re visiting in the spring, you might be lucky enough to see spoonbills and greater flamingos feeding in the lagoons on their journey between Africa and Europe.
Keen golfers can enjoy a round at the Golf Dunas de Doñana, a modern golf course that’s suitable for players of all abilities. It features Bermuda fairways, spacious greens and several picturesque lakes, as well as practice facilities that include a driving range, a bunker and a putting green. Non-golfing family members can take advantage of the club’s tennis courts and bowling green.
Getting around Matalascanas
Seville Airport is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Matalascañas and has flights to destinations across Europe and Huelva railway station is 45 minutes away. Buses are the main means of getting to and from Matalascañas while having your own vehicle gives you greater freedom to explore the region.