Our apartment in Matagorda, was situated just 500 yards from the airport's perimeter fence. Ordinarily, this would seem like a disadvantage, but it all added to the 'excitement' of the holiday. We spent quite a time standing, watching planes land a take off, both from the raised ground close to the end of the runway and from the footpath which runs the whole length of the airport, between the sea and the runway. Standing on the path at the end of the runway was particularly exciting as planes roared in over head to land just the other side of the fence. Particularly when the plane happened to belong to Ryanair, who always seem to come in at high speed and higher volume. Standing here when the planes took off was dramatic too and on one occasion, the 'whoosh' of air from the jets almost knocked us off our feet. All rather thrilling.