Punta Umbría is a town and municipality with a long beach Located at 20 kilometres from the provincial capital, Huelva. Today Punta Umbria presents an appearance very different from that which saw the British, whose presence has been the unique architecture of the wooden houses in which they spent the summer and still are known as “houses of the British.” One of the tourist attractions of the city is a house museum which recreates the lifestyle of the British in this part of Andalusia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The ‘Punta’ in its name comes from the long point going out to the sea from the beach
Punta Umbría offers great opportunities for sports and nature lovers. The good weather and environment make the perfect setting for people who wish to take a walk, jog or cycle in one of the best cycle ways of Andalusia.
The Natural Reserve of the Enebrales can be visited on foot or on bicycle. Its more than 100 hectares can be easily covered with the cycle way, which start in the centre of town and end on the beach of La Bota. In addition, the cycle way connects the municipality with Huelva.
On the other hand, the Reserve has many different paths that go through the pine forests and dunes up to the beach, creating multiple routes that are a great experience for trekking lovers.
The Natural Reserve of Laguna de El Portil is next to the road that connects El Portil with Punta Umbría. There are three bird observation sites and an attractive path that goes around the reserve.
The Natural Reserve of the Marismas del Odiel can be reached from the A-497, on the Juan Carlos I terminal road, which goes through the islands of the Odiel river’s estuaries. Guided visits of the Reserve can be booked.
Points of interest
THE NATURAL RESERVE OF THE MARSHES OF ODIEL, declared by Unesco as the ‘Reserve of the Biosphere’, it is one of the most important wetlands in Spain. It has a total surface area of more than 7,000 hectares, 1,000 of which are part of the municipality of Punta Umbría. The reserve is composed of a complex estuary system created by the sedimentation processes of the mouth of the Tinto and Odiel rivers, and it counts with a Reception and Interpretation centre to offer information and routes by sea or land to its visitors. In addition, visitors can find a network of different routes where they will enjoy the rich fauna and flora. We can highlight the abundant bird population, with the largest population of spoonbills in Europe and large colonies of royal herons, imperial herons, lagoon eaglets, black storks, glossy ibises, cranes and flamingos. The fishing eagle is another species found in the reserve, which is attracted by the large numbers of soles, sea basses and sea breams found in these waters.
THE NATURAL RESERVE OF LOS ENEBRALES is a chain of dunes with a span of approximately three kilometres. It extends over a total of 162 hectares and a forest of pines trees and junipers can be found here.
There is a vast animal population and we can highlight the astounding chameleon populations living in the area. It is easy to see these specimens on the tree branches while walking through the reserve. Visitors will also see different species of birds, such as the whitethroat, nighthawk, cuckoo, hoopoe and stone curlew.
San Sebastian, January 19 to 20th. Festival in honour of Punta Umbria protector
Romería de la Santa Cruz, May
Fiestas de nuestra señora del Carmen, July
Fiestas de Agosto en honor a la Virgen del Carmen, August 14 to 17th