Matalascañas, Doñana’s Beach
Matalascañas is a tourist urbanization belonging to the municipality of Almonte, in the province of Huelva. Nestled in the middle of Doñana beach and with its unmistakable Tower La Higuera as an emblem and vestige of old watchtowers, it is in this incomparable environment where the wild nature merges with civilization in perfect balance, which transcends into a unique and beautiful landscape. It is furthermore one of the main centres of sun and beach tourism with the largest hotel capacity on the Huelva Coast. Its numerous awards reflect this eco-beach, with a Blue Flag since 1993, as a destination accessible to all visitors, with quality, cleanliness and adequate facilities that allow visitors to enjoy its white sands and long coastline.
Matalascañas has the unique privilege of having the only possible access on foot to the beaches of the Doñana National Park. It is also gateway to the very heart of Doñana, from the Acebuche Visitor Center.
Innumerable gastronomic prospects, leisure, outdoor activities, nightlife, and water sports, as well as rides on camels and horses through the dunes and shore make the beaches of Matalascañas an incomparable setting and a must-see for all visitors. A privileged setting where light, nature and climate merge to offer the most beautiful sunsets and the most unique views of the Tower La Higuera.
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Matalascañas offers the visitor the widest variety of tourist accommodation found on the Huelva coast. Tourist apartments, hostels and hotels of up to four stars offer tourists the opportunity to live exclusive experiences, both inland and on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the ideal destination for singles, couples and families for its many services and options for relaxation, sports and entertainment as well as for personal and business events.
Undoubtedly, in this extraordinary environment, excellent facilities and quality service are made available to the visitor that guarantee the success of the stay in Playa de Matalascañas.
Labyrinths of trails and paths are laid out on a surface of dunes and pine trees from where the visitor can contemplate the infinite Atlantic Ocean on one side, and a vast sea of green pine forests on the other. It is the Dune Park, a true place of delight, where strolling on the back of a dromedary through the dune surface, or horseback riding on the shore becomes an unforgettable experience for nature lovers. With the aim of revitalizing and recovering the area, the Dunar Park Association organizes hiking and environmental education activities, so that ecotourism, sports and leisure go hand in hand in this splendid Doñana Park.
Kilometers of bike lanes run through the Matalascañas urbanization, passing through pine trees and scrub along the Doñana trail, parallel to the National Park and connecting Matalascañas with Mazagón. Likewise, walking along the Dune Path, the visitor will get to know the most important mobile dune system of all those that remain in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the most spectacular landscapes in Doñana.
In Matalascañas and throughout the year, popular races and sporting events are organized for lovers of healthy living and outdoor activities. Likewise, and in summer, one of the most attractive and refreshing experiences that visitors can have is to contemplate the coast of Doñana from the ocean itself and feel it fully. That is why there are active tourism clubs and companies that offer a wide variety of courses, and leisure-sports and water activities for all audiences such as Jet skis, sport fishing, maritime routes, surfing, banana boats, sailing, pedal boats and an endless number of possibilities so that the summer, as well as being healthy, is fun and fascinating; all this in the exceptional setting of the beaches of Matalascañas.
Matalascañas can be enjoyed not only in the summer season. The year begins with its Cavalcade of the Three Wise Men and its popular Carnivals, to open the summer with the impressive festivities of Saint John. Numerous night bars and pubs, leisure centers, craft fairs and street theaters enliven the days and nights in this tourist destination, which also knows how to consider children in its recreational options. Thus, recreational and educational workshops on the beach itself, dromedary rides, street music, cruises, starry nights and jumps on trampolines with slides and jumping castles, are part of this offer, which makes Matalascañas Beach an attractive vacation spot.
The existence of optimal equipment, the accessibility conditions or the set of services provided to users means that it is now recognised as an Inclusive Beach, with the EcoBeach Flag and the SICTED and Q for Quality tourist quality distinctions. It is equipped with 7 Lifeguard and Surveillance posts along its entire beach. Likewise, 9 modules of self-cleaning toilets are distributed along the promenade and in the urbanization itself, which can be travelled to by bus and enjoyed on the tourist train. In the same way, there is a taxi and intercity bus service that allows visitors to travel even at night.
Matalascañas has a diverse gastronomy; healthy and tasty dishes, in which the meat, fish and seafood from the coast of Huelva are well accompanied by the excellent vegetables from the local gardens and washed down by the best wines of the region. The fried fish, clams from Matalascañas, the cuttlefish and white prawns from Huelva, as well as the Iberian meats from its mountains, are undoubtedly an attraction for the most exquisite palates.
High-quality local products such as organic honey, oil and berries undoubtedly complement this great gastronomic offer, distributed by the numerous inland restaurants and its 23 beach bars along 4 kilometers of splendid sand.