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GASTRONOMY IN PUNTA UMBRÍA
Enjoy Andalusian cuisine and quality local seafood

GASTRONOMY
Punta Umbría's gastronomy is one of its most notable and renowned features. Our proximity to the sea provides us with quality ingredients that serve as the basis for our cuisine.


One of the stars of our gastronomy, however, comes from inland, more specifically, in the mountains: acorn-fed ham. This product is hand-made in the cold airs of the town of Jabugo and other places in our Province. Iberian ham products are particular highlights, in addition to our region's delicious fruit and vegetables, starring the strawberry, which is exported across Europe.

SEAFOOD AND WINE
Our area's wines are also a source of pride. Produced under the Condado de Huelva Denomination of Origin, some of the world's best brandies are also made here.

The majority of restaurants in Punta Umbría serve a wide variety of fish, including sole, sea bass and gilt-head bream, which can be eaten grilled, salted or baked. In terms of shellfish, the area's most notable products include the white prawn, baby clams and wedge clams.

Every year, Punta Umbría hosts two large gastronomy fairs: the National Baby Clam and Wedge Clam Fair and the National Prawn and Shellfish Fair in Huelva.
BEACHES
PUNTA UMBRÍA'S BEACHES
Punta Umbría's almost 14 kilometres of white-sanded beaches, bathed by the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean, are the main reason thousands of summer tourists choose Punta Umbría as their holiday destination.

The town has five areas on the same beach that form a part of a strip of sand, each with its own characteristics:
• La Ría
• La Playa Urbana
• Los Enebrales
• La Bota
• El Portil

Every year, these beaches are awarded between three and four Blue Flags from the European Foundation for Environmental Education. In the town itself there is La Ría Beach, which has a beach promenade named La Canaleta. This promenade flanks the English houses and it also provides access to Punta Umbría's Real Club Marítimo y de Tenis, which is an essential place for fans of water sports and tennis. After La Ría Beach there is the urban beach (Playa Urbana), which is open to the Atlantic Ocean and which has many beach bars and restaurants that afford visitors the opportunity to try the local gastronomy. These two beaches are suitable for use by all publics.

This beach is followed by Los Enebrales Beach, which is a beautiful stretch of golden sand flanked by chains of dunes that are crowned by pine trees and other leafy species. When combined, these elements create an area of great beauty. Following the coastline, you will then find the beautiful beaches of La Bota and El Portil, before finishing with the stunning Flecha de El Rompido opposite. Both beaches have a good collection of services all visitors can enjoy.

The travel magazine, El Viajero, of El País newspaper included Punta Umbría at number 5 in its "10 most astonishing beaches in Spain" in its last edition.
NATURE
UNSPOILED NATURE
Punta Umbría stands out due to its varied ecosystem, formed by the natural spaces of the Odiel Marshlands (one of the most important marshland areas in Spain), Los Enebrales (comprised of junipers, pines and rich, varied fauna), Laguna del Portil (formed by the enclosure of streams produced by the interjection of mobile dunes) and Dunar de la Canaleta. In fact, 70% of the Punta Umbría area is protected.

The Odiel Marshlands Natural Space is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is one of the most significant marshland regions in Spain, serving as a habitat for important colonies of birds, such as the spoonbill and the grey heron. You can visit this area through organised, guided tours that leave from the park's reception and visitor centre.

Los Enebrales is another great natural space, which includes a long row of dunes that run parallel to the beach. Here, you can find junipers, which are plants with narrow leaves and that are normally the preferred habitat of chameleons. This space can be visited using one of the best bike lanes in Andalusia or one of its numerous walking trails.

Last but not least, we have Laguna del Portil, which is located close to the neighbouring town of Cartaya. This space is home to a wonderful colony of aquatic birds and rich, abundant vegetation that consists of pine trees and broom trees. which also provide shelter to an important number of plant species.

In addition, Punta Umbría is incredibly close to Doñana National Park, which is one of the most important natural spaces in Europe. This park is only 45 minutes away from our town.
GOLF
GOLF COURSES
In the last two decades in the Province of Huelva and, more specifically, around Punta Umbría, golf has gained significant standing as a sport and attraction to our visitors.

The following golf courses are located near Punta Umbría:
• Bellavista Golf Course
• Nuevo Portil Golf Course
• El Rompido Golf Course
• Islantilla Golf Course
 
Some golf courses of renowned quality have been built for the practise of this sport. They combine quality infrastructure with special care for the natural setting in which they are located, in turn providing them with a unique character that sets them apart from courses in other areas. The Punta Umbría area has courses to suit all preferences, whether you are an amateur or a professional.
SPORT AND LEISURE
The good weather, extensive beaches and excellent sporting facilities enable you to enjoy a wide variety of sports both in Punta Umbría itself and in its natural spaces. Sports such as water activities, football, cycling, basketball, kayaking and athletics can be practised in Punta Umbría, which is the perfect venue for all kinds of sports.

The high quality of Punta Umbría's sports facilities has turned this town into a model destination for sports. This is demonstrated through the fact the town has hosted multiple sports championships in summer, including the Table Football World Cup, the International Kayaking Regatta, football and basketball summer leagues, and beach volleyball tournaments. Sports fishing contests and exciting sports like surfing, wind surfing and hiking are also possible in Punta Umbría.

In terms of water sports, this is the perfect place for you to enjoy them. Fans of sailing, wind surfing and sky surfing can enjoy the incredible conditions on our coastline almost year round. It is important to note the facilities available at Punta Umbría's marina or Real Club Marítimo y de Tenis Nautical School, which are located at La Ría Beach. This beach is also the perfect place to practise rowing and kayaking. There is a school for these two sports in Punta Umbría.

Regarding athletics, Antonio Hernández Sports Centre has a 400m track with 8 lanes that was used as the official venue for the Ibero-American Athletics Championships in 2004. It also has a football pitch, tennis courts and a multi-purpose court. This facility even has a covered municipal pavilion, municipal football pitch, indoor swimming pool and El Portil Sports Complex.
THE SEA
THE SEA AND ITS HISTORY
The age-old relation between Punta Umbría and the sea dates back to Roman times and it has shaped the nature of this town, meaning it is impossible to understand the town's idiosyncrasy without this relationship. This settlement's seafaring traditions, far from being forgotten, are particularly evident in daily life, with the sea being the source of sustenance and leisure for the locals.
 
The town's origins are undoubtedly owed to the fact its first inhabitants were sailors dedicated to fishing and shellfishing on its numerous estuaries, and they sought refuge by constructing their homes around Torre Umbría.

Today, fishing and tourism are the driving factors in the local economy. This can be discerned at the fishing docks and the fish market, both of which are places where the area's best restaurants look to buy top seafood they can serve.
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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