In the southwest of Spain, Punta Umbría surprises us with its fabulous beaches and surroundings of spectacular ecological wealth. We tell you everything you can see and do in this beautiful town in the province of Huelva, in Andalusia. Can you come with us?
Its beaches are its great treasures, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sun and the sea. But Punta Umbría has many more attractions. These are the places you should not miss.
1. El Portil beach
It is shared between Punta Umbría and Cartaya due to its long extension. With fine sand, this beach is located at the mouth of the Piedras River and very close to a lagoon that has been declared a protected area. Most of El Portil is urbanized and has easy access.
A beach that contains some curiosities. For example, here you can find the remains of bunkers built during the Second World War by the government of Francisco Franco. Also in it, in 1943, the body of a commander of the British Operation Mincemeat was found.
2. Almenara Tower
Also known as Torre Umbría, it was raised to act as a watchdog, as happened in other towns on the Andalusian coast. In 1577 King Felipe III decided that it should be erected on the seashore to warn of possible pirate attacks, typical of the time. At that time it was surrounded by a fishing village and was guarded by a group of police.
Today it is the most important monument in Punta Umbría and houses the municipality’s coat of arms, made by the painter Pedro Gil Mazo.
3. House Museum of the English of Punta Umbría
It reproduces an old house on the beach inhabited by the English. Its objective is to show tourists the roots of the town since the arrival of the first visitors from that country. The set includes recreations of colonial buildings with their furniture and audiovisual material.
4. Marismas del Odiel
It is a space declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and a natural site located at the mouth of the Odiel river (or Huelva estuary). In addition to belonging to Punta Umbría, it includes other municipalities: Aljaraque, Gibraleón and Huelva capital.
The Odiel marshes are the second wetland in the province, after the natural area of Doñana. A space that was generated due to the sedimentary processes of nearby rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. In winter it is home to a large number of birds, including flamingos, herons, cranes, black storks and ospreys.
5. La Bota Beach
The locals know it as “El Cruce beach”, since it is located at the intersection of the Punta Umbría, Cartaya and Huelva roads. The environment is semi-virgin and one of the preferred by the inhabitants of the capital of the province. It has received the “Blue Flag” award for its conservation and cleanliness on several occasions.
La Bota beach has an area of 3800 meters and a width of 40 meters. In the surroundings there are the natural landscapes of El Portil and Enebrales de Punta Umbría lagoons.
6. Monument to the sailors
In Punta Umbría fishing has been and is very important. This sculpture by artist José Martín Lagares shows a fisherman holding an anchor as if they were the roots of the town. Another sailor collects some nets looking to the future. The third figure is a seated woman with an image of the Virgen del Carmen at her feet.
The monument has a base of 3 meters and the sculptures, made in bronze, exceed 2 meters each.
7. Meeting place with seafaring words
It is another sculpture, in this case by the artist Fernando Bono, that greets both the sea and the estuary that is located in the town of Plaza de la Canaleta. This monument is formed by a wall six meters in diameter where terms related to life in the sea are written (fishing gear, feelings, etc).
In the center you can see a red metallic structure with a diameter of 7 meters where different fish appear in relief.
Cover photo: María Victoria Fernández Arboleya