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CULTURE AND CELEBRATIONS

The first people to populate this area established a settlement at the mouth of the Tinto and Odiel rivers, having been attracted by the zone's rich natural resources. In Roman times, diverse fishing and salting factories could be found here. Later, between the 8th and 13th centuries, Muslims established themselves on these coastlines, especially near Isla Saltés. Following this and up to the 17th century, Punta Umbría was the frequent victim of pirate attacks, which is why Almenara Tower was constructed with the aim of watching over the coast from an elevated position. This monument is an identity symbol of our town and the beginnings of today's town were built around it. At the end of the 19th century and up to the middle of the 20th, the mines in the Rio Tinto area were exploited by the English, which brought Punta Umbría certain economic prosperity and the development of infrastructure and transport links that give the town an almost colonial aspect. The town still preserves some of the buildings used by the English as a centre for relaxation and wellness, serving as a great representation of colonialism.
 
Theatre, diverse contests, music festivals, exhibitions and cultural gatherings grant Punta Umbría an intense cultural scene year round. In recent years, our town has been equipped with the infrastructure necessary to maintain this hive of cultural activity.
This infrastructure includes the Municipal School of Music, the Playa Libraries, the Teatro Auditorio, the English House Museum, and Almenara Tower Visitor Centre. In addition, Juan Ramón Jiménez House Museum is located nearby in the neighbourhing town of Moguer.

Other notable events include Carnival (in February), the Santa Cruz Pilgrimage (in May), and patron saint celebrations in honour of the Virgen del Carmen (in July and August), during which the fishing town takes its patron saint to the town's estuary.

The Prawn Fair in Punta Umbría is one of Spain's most intriguing. Around 80,000 people visited the last edition in April, with the event being deemed a huge success by both the local government and participating businesses.

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