Costa de la Luz - Matalascañas

Surfing at sunset in Matalascañas

As well as being home to part of Doñana National Park, the municipality of Almonte is home to the village of El Rocio which sees an annual pilgrimage of over a million pilgrims at Pentecost. The beaches here are very popular with naturists.

Playa de la Castilla

This beach boasts 20km of practically untouched coastline backed by the impressive sandstone cliffs and sand dunes of Doñana Natural Park that can only be accessed at certain points. One of the best ways to get to the beach is down the Maneli hill (la Cuesta de Maneli) which connects the beach with the A-494 Mazagón - Matalascañas road (at km 39). A pleasant 1.5km boardwalk through pine woods and dunes takes you from the car park to the beach itself. The beach has no facilities and is usually very quiet, although busier at the weekend. It is a favourite with naturists and non-nudists alike. La Castilla beach is also excellent for birdwatching.

Playa de Matalascañas

This is the beach nearest the centre of Matalascañas which is very popular with locals and tourists so can get overcrowded in summer. It has a 4km-long promenade, the paseo marítimo, with good fish restaurants and bars overlooking the beach. There are excellent facilities including lifeguards, showers, hire of parasols and deckchairs.Chiringuitos (beach bars) open in summer. The high standards of facilities and cleanliness have earned the beach the Blue Flag awarded  by the European Union. The best beach nearest the centre of Matalascañas is at Torre de la Higuera, just west of the village, which offers the interesting remains of the Torre de la Higuera (Fig Tree Tower) which was previously part of an early warning network in the era of Barbary pirates' attacks. It also has good facilities, chiringuitos and kiosks.

There is also a nudist section on this beach.

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