Nuevo Portil Blue Flag Beach

Nuevo Portil & El Portil

are two adjacent small low rise towns developed since about 1980 for mainly Spanish holiday makers. Built on gently undulating terrain adjacent to the beach line, it’s ideal for walking and leisurely bike ridding. The area has been carefully developed between El Rompido and Punto Umbria to ensure harmony with the 15 kilometre beach which is surrounded by pines and junipers where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore, there are regular small ferry boats taking passengers to the beautiful and virtually untouched Natural Park of "Flecha de El Rompido", a land spit which extends for 12 km.

 

El Rompido

 

El Rompido

Only 3kms away El Rompido is a traditional harbour-side village with excellent seafood restaurants beside the river and beach. By the lighthouse (el faro) is a small collection of bars and designer shops. It is popular place for the locals to eat outside whilst watching the famous Coast of Light sunset.

 

 


Cartaya Town Square

 

Cartaya

This is a pretty white washed traditional Spanish town. The central square has a few tapas bars and coffee shops from where you can enjoy the rustic scenery and watch the storks building their nest on the nearby church spire. Carrefour is on the outskirts of town for all your essentials.



One of Ayamonte's Town Squares

 

Ayamonte

Here you will find both traditional whitewashed and colourful Andalucían houses, winding streets, large Spanish squares (plazas), tapas bars and a working bull ring. The town square is a delight of coloured mosaic tiles. Ayamonte has lots of small gift shops and is on the edge of the Guardiana River overlooking the border to Portugal with lots of small gift shops. If everything here is closed for the siesta, take the ferry across the river to Villa Real in Portugal (see below).

 

Huelva


Pinta, Nina, and the Santa Maria

Just 18 kms from the property, Huelva is the main city in this region. It has a wide variety of shops including a branch of the famous Spanish department store “El Corte Ingles”. The city still retains a certain maritime air and has a large working port.

On the outskirts, at La Rabida, is the monument to Columbus donated by the USA. The monastery of La Rabida is where Columbus's ideas were talked through, voyages decided upon and final details worked out. The building is open all year round to visitors.

The most visited attraction in Huelva is Muelle de las Carabelas, a wharf where you can see replicas of the Pinta, Nina and the Santa Maria, in which Columbus sailed when discovering America.

One of Huelva's more bizarre features is a whole quarter designed by English architects, called the Barrio Reina Victoria. The Rio Tinto Mining Company constructed it in the early 20th century to house British workers. A truly strange experience, more akin to Acacia Avenue, England than an Andalucian town.

Punta Umbria

About 10km eastwards along the coast is this small fishing town. There are some great seafood restaurants, some smaller shops and a fish market.


Seville

 

 

Seville

The beautiful and elegant city of Seville is less than an hour away. It is famous for its cathedral, amazing architecture, elegant shops and of course – being Andalucía – its bull ring. We enjoyed the horse drawn carriage ride to take in the scale of the old town, parks and palaces. A great day out.

 


Street Market in Villa Real

 

Villa Real de Santo Antonio (Portugal)

Take the small car ferry from Ayamonte or drive the 8 kms from the Spanish border and you will find this little gem of a town. Wander along the winding streets, lunch in the main square or buy some gifts of linen, towels or tableware from the many small speciality shops in the area. This is a great place to visit during the middle of the day when Spanish towns are closed for siesta time. Free wi-fi is available in the town square.

 

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