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Punta Umbria 840 yd from city centre
The family-run Hostal Playa is 50 metres from Punta Umbria Beach and 20 minutesâ€™ drive from Huelva. It offers simple...
Punta Umbria 980 yd from city centre
Set 100 metres from the Punta Umbría River Estuary, 18 km from Huelva, Hotel Emilio is located in Punta Umbría. This hotel...
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Punta Umbria sits on the Costa de la Luz in Huelva province in Andalusia, southwestern Spain. The pretty fishing town sits on the estuary of the River Odiel and is the closest beach resort to the city of Huelva.
The town has an interesting history that began with the Romans, went through the Moors, and the arrival of the huge Rio Tinto mining company. Its most noticeable event is probably when it was used as the site for Operation Mincemeat in WWII, a major misinformation exercise (as told in the movie, The Man Who Never Was).
The resort is popular with Spanish holidaymakers from Huelva and Seville but there’s plenty of cheap and affordable hotel accommodation in Punta Umbria to entice foreign visitors.
Neighbourhoods of Punta Umbria
Visitors to Punta Umbria can enjoy varied landscapes and environments:
- Natural Areas: Punta Umbria enjoys a beautiful location surrounded by three protected natural areas. They are El Paraje Natural Marismas del Odiel is a UNESCO biosphere reserve important for its birdlife (particularly spoonbills), El Paraje Natural los Enebrales, a 2 kms stretch of sand dunes, and the Paraje Natural La Laguna de El Portil, a small freshwater lagoon.
- The Beaches: Three of the town’s beaches have blue flag status. Playa de Punta Umbria is a 3.8 km stretch of sand popular with wind and kite surfers. Playa El Portil is small with golden sand and tranquil waters. Playa de La Bota has excellent facilities but is prone to strong currents. Other beaches are Playa de la Mata Negra which is directly connected to Los Enebrales and Playa de la Ria.
- Puerto de Punta Umbría : The port is a busy fishing harbour as well as a great place for strolling to see the sunset. The waterfront has many bars and restaurants and the town’s main shopping street Calle Ancha runs parallel to the Paseo de la Ría which runs along the waterfront.
What to see and do in Punta Umbria
Punta Umbria has plenty of attractions to enjoy when not spending time on the beach.
The architectural attractions that make great photos are the Torre Umbria a defensive fort that protected the coast from Barbary Pirates, Casa de los Ingleses, and the churches Iglesia de Lourdes and Iglesia del Carmen. A fun trip is the Canoa de Punta Umbría, a boat that runs between the port of Huelva and Muelle de Pasajeros de Punta Umbría. The natural areas around the town are great for walking and outdoor activities as well as bird watching and there are plenty of water sports to be had on the beaches.
What to eat in Punta Umbria
With an endless supply of fresh quality fish and seafood, the local cuisine has a heavy marine bias. Popular dishes include chocos fritos (fried cuttlefish), fideos con caballa (mackerel with noodles), guisos marineros de rape (monkfish stew), adobos de pescado (marinated fish), and raya en pimentón (skate in paprika). Clams are the most popular shellfish. There is a thriving artisan ice cream industry in Punta Umbria.
Typical events and festivals in Punta Umbria
Two of the main festivals in Punta Umbria celebrate the town’s gastronomic connection with the sea. Both held in April, the Festival de la Chirla y la Coquina celebrates the clam while the Feria Nacional de la Gamba y el Boqueron sees a million prawns distributed to the public and boats hired for tuna fishing trips. Other events are Romería de la Santa Cruz on May 1at, and Fiestas del Carmen on August 15th.
How to move around in Punta Umbria
Public transport is the local bus service which also connects the town to Huelva and Seville, from where connections can be made to various places all over Spain. You can go as a passenger on the Canoa de Punta Umbria and taxis are available.
The climate in Punta Umbria
At just 2 m above sea level, Punta Umbria has a warm and temperate climate. Rainfall is the highest in November and lowest in July. August has the highest daily average temperature and January the lowest.