Matalascañas

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Matalascañas
Top left:Gulf of Cadiz and Matalascañas Beach, view from Nutria area, Top right:Rock of Higuera (Torre de la Higuera), Bottom left:Matalascañas Lighthouse, Bottom right:View of Palmito area in Matalascañas Beach
Top left:Gulf of Cadiz and Matalascañas Beach, view from Nutria area, Top right:Rock of Higuera (Torre de la Higuera), Bottom left:Matalascañas Lighthouse, Bottom right:View of Palmito area in Matalascañas Beach
Location of Huelva
Location of Huelva
Matalascañas is located in Andalusia
Matalascañas
Matalascañas
Location in Andalusia
Coordinates: 36°59′36″N 06°32′36″W / 36.99333°N 6.54333°W / 36.99333; -6.54333Coordinates: 36°59′36″N 06°32′36″W / 36.99333°N 6.54333°W / 36.99333; -6.54333
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Andalusia
Province Huelva
Comarca Huelva
District Almonte
Elevation 20 m (70 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 785
Demonym(s) Matalascañense/Almonteno(a)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21760
Dialing code 959

Matalascañas is the name of a beach and resort within the Municipality of Almonte, Huelva Province, in southern Spain. It is known for having an ancient upside down tower on the sand called Torre la Higuera, one of the seven defense towers built by Phillip II in the 16th century to protect the coast from incursions by Turkish and North African corsairs. This locale was still called by the tower's name until the 1970s. The Matalascañas coast line is surrounded by Doñana National Park (also called the Coto de Doñana), and was segregated from it in 1961 to allow the development of a beach-side tourist village. The beach itself is 7 kilometres long with an average width of 80 metres. You can walk unimpeded for several kilometres and even continue into the pristine beaches of Doñana National Park along the Gulf of Cádiz. The mild Mediterranean climate, fine golden sand of the beachfront, mobile dunes, and clean water attract tourists throughout the year; the summer nightlife is attractive to young people.

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