Matacan, also known as the Airport Matacan-Salamanca, is a military base and airport located approximately fifteen kilometres outside the stunning city of Salamanca, Spain. Matacan boasts a long and storied history dating back to the Spanish Civil War when this now popular holidaymaker destination was once the demarcated site for Salamanca’s first, much-needed airfield. Now Matacan serves definitively as one of Salamanca’s most visited and important entry points, servicing many regional flights from nearby cities as well as international transit as well. Featuring a bevy of nearby native restaurants, as well as family-fun attractions and historical buildings sure to shock the anthropologist in everyone, Matacan serves as perhaps Salamanca’s number one starting point for extended exploration of the area.
- Explore the Casa de las Conchas just outside of Matacan to see a unique 15th century structure decorated with hundreds of scallop shells, one of the most interesting buildings in the Salamanca region.
- Discover the history of Salamanca and Matacan in the Museum of the History of the City, where visitors will find scores of interesting historical and cultural exhibits as well as artefacts.
- Marvel at amazing works of local art at the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum near Matacan, one of the area’s top art museums.
The Salamanca Airport, which is located on the Matacan military base, is the region’s main transportation gateway, situated only fifteen kilometres outside of Salamanca. Along with several other available ground transit options, several bus routes travel directly between Matacan and Salamanca. Holidaymakers travelling to other nearby cities in Spain can catch trains aboard the Renfe line from Salamanca. Locals and frequenting holidaymakers alike agree, however, the best way to travel the area is on foot, which is manageable and offers intimate first-hand views of Matacan’s beautiful sites.
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