Situated in the province of Huelva in western side of Andalucia, El Rompido is one of the most uncrowded spots along Huelva’s Costa de la Luz.
Your El Rompido Holidays
El Rompido: your sun, sea and sand holidays in a unique environment
The destination of choice for many Spaniards and foreigners alike, seeking to spend their summer beach holiday in exclusive surroundings. Its geographical location at the mouth of the Piedras River gives this area of outstanding natural a temperate climate all year round.
What used to be a tiny fishing village has today become a major tourist centre on Huelva’s Costa de la Luz, where visitors can find a wide range of interesting things to see and do.
Swim from unspoilt beaches. Explore trails through pine groves and wetlands on foot or horseback. Observe a wealth of flora and fauna from numerous viewpoints. Play golf at one of Europe’s best courses. And tempt your taste buds by savouring the area’s renowned white shrimp and many other delicacies.
Enjoy the exclusive natural surroundings of El Rompido
One of the greatest attractions of El Rompido is its natural surroundings with unique characteristics. You can enjoy the whole area through activities such as swimming, hiking, horse riding and bird watching.
The key areas of these exclusive surroundings are:
- Flecha del Rompido. A magnificent 10-kilometre unspoilt beach, which can be accessed by boat from the town’s urban beach.
- Piedras River Wetlands and Flecha de El Rompido Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An area of great ecological and scenic value, which can be explored on several trails. In addition to different birds, this is a habitat of the chameleon.
- Pinares de Cartaya. Home to a wide variety of Mediterranean forest plant species, as well as species of birds and small vertebrates.
- An urban beach with fine sand, overlooking an estuary rather than the Atlantic Ocean. Here can be found an anchorage area for small boats, ideal for anybody who enjoys practising water sports.
- Visitors can also enjoy other beaches in the El Rompido area, such as the huge San Miguel beach and Nuevo Portil beach.
Hike trails through wetlands and pine groves
There is an extensive selection of marked trails in the El Rompido area. They all have information panels. Some also have recreation and picnic areas. . Among the best known are:
- Las Tuberas Path. With a length of 4.5 kilometres, this is a circular route.
- San Miguel Wetlands Path. With a length of just over 1 and a half kilometres, this route has a somewhat pentagonal shape.
- Piedras River Path. 4 kilometres long. The first part of the path is suitable for people with reduced mobility, and it has 4 rest areas.
- “La Culata” Gallery Path or Botanical Tour. Ideal for learning about the vegetation found in the Costa de la Luz’s coastal areas and forested zones, Huelva. It is 2 kilometres long.
Other sports and leisure activities
You can enjoy a round of golf at one of Europe’s best courses. At the so-called north course of El Rompido Golf.
Enjoy horse riding on beaches and through wetlands and pine groves.
Practice water sports from the El Rompido Marina and the El Rompido Fishing Port next to the fish market.
For speed lovers and adrenaline junkies, El Rompido has the Cartaya Beaches – Cartaya Karting Club. A track measuring over 1000 metres, with bar-restaurant, boxes, a shop, workshop, control tower, VIP areas and parking.
And if you’re here for a family holiday, there’s nothing better than a visit to Parque Aquopolis. This water park features attractions for all ages and tastes.
Savour the region’s delicious cuisine
Numerous bars and restaurants can be found in El Rompido and its surrounding areas. Its tapas and menus are created from highly sought-after products from Huelva’s coastline and fields.
You must try the famous white shrimps, Jabugo ham, as well as all kinds of shellfish and other seafood. Here can also be enjoyed dishes created based on game, strawberries, figs and nectarines.
All of these delicacies must be washed down with fine Huelva wines. Particularly worth sampling are those made by wineries using the traditional method, known as “Zampuzos”.
If you’re visiting El Rompido during Easter Week, make sure you try the traditional Easter Cake with cider or almonds.
Visit buildings of historical interest
Some buildings of historical interest that you can visit in El Rompido and the surrounding areas are:
- The El Rompido Lighthouses. The old lighthouse was built in 1861 and ceased operations in 1976 when the new one started to operate.
- San Miguel de Arca de Buey Castle. The ruins of this castle form part of Fuerte’s El Rompido Hotel Resort.
- Tavirona Bridge. An old iron bridge over the Piedras River, that used to carry the Huelva to Ayamonte railway line. Nowadays it can be crossed on foot, by bike or on horseback.
- Moorish Aqueducts. 15th and 16th century installations used to collect and distribute water. The Mogaya and Dehesa aqueducts can be visited.
Venture to lookout points for birdwatching
There are plenty of places all the way along Cartaya’s coastline to enjoy magnificent panoramas of the district’s extraordinary nature. The Nuevo Portil lookout points, right next to the road, are among the best.
Here is a list of the best places to watch birds:
- Borreras and Águila lagoons.
- El charco del Burro.
- Los Machos Reservoir.
- The Tariquejo, Menajo and Sorbijo streams,
- The Tendal and Carbón channels.
Excursions from El Rompido
El Rompido is located 99.6 kilometres from El Faro Airport (Portugal), along the A-22 road; and 130.2 kilometres from Seville airport, taking the A-49.
From among the nearby places of interest that can be visited from El Rompido, we recommend the city of Huelva, the Doñana National Park and the Hamlet of El Rocío.
The sand dunes, the pine groves and the long beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, without a doubt, one of the most delightful landscape on the Costa de la Luz. The Cartaya coastline offers untouched vegetation in an incomparable tranquil setting in contact with nature at its purest.
Distances calculated from Hotel Fuerte El Rompido
El Rompido Beach (3 min away on foot)
East of the marshland of the River Piedras and Flecha de El Rompido Natural Beauty Spot is El Rompido beach, next to the River Piedras estuary, flanked by a beautiful and characteristic fishing port.
La Flecha de El Rompido Beach (5 – 10 min by foot to the boat and 5 min on the boat)
The beach known as Flecha (Arrow) de El Rompido is a unique sandy formation which opens out into the Atlantic Ocean from a virgin beach which can be accessed thanks to the boat services which depart from the river bank.
Nueva Umbría Beach (5 – 15 min by foot to the boat and 5 min on the boat)
Nueva Umbría beach is bathed by Atlantic waters where La Flecha de El Rompido begins next to Terrón port. Its virgin, wild appearance evokes tranquillity in the heart of La Flecha natural beauty spot, a stretch of sand which extends between the ocean and the river Piedras. The vegetation, made up mainly of Stone Pines as well as toadflax and coastal junipers under special protection, shelter interesting animal species such as the chameleon. It is a nudist beach.
This beach, accessed by boat (15 min) or a walkway which crosses a beautiful dune ecosystem, has a sun lounger service in summer.
Caño de la Culata Beach (10 min by car and 50 min on foot)
Caño de la Culata beach forms an unrivalled, privileged landscape, with sand dunes and pine groves, among the typical riverside vegetation and sandy expanses. The caños (streams) were the old channels of streams, branches and tributaries of rivers which snake between the sand dunes to flow into the sea forming raised areas of sand.
San Miguel Beach (8 min by car and 40 min on foot)
This small paradise of crystal waters was deserted in the 16th century due to pirate and Berber raids. More than 500 years later the beach conserves this tranquillity as it is an uncrowded fine sandy beach with large sand dunes. Among pine trees and junipers there is a viewpoint to gaze out at the marvellous views and sunsets
Nuevo Portil Beach (5 min by car and 20 min on foot)
The sand dunes, the pine groves and the long beaches stretching as far as the eye can see form, without a doubt, one of the most charming landscapes on the Costa de la Luz. Proud of having one of the lowest urban population densities in Spain, the almost virgin areas of Nuevo Portil beach enable visitors to rediscover the pleasure of being in contact with nature at its purest.
The fishermen’s houses in El Rompido, (Cartaya), make up one of the most traditional urban landscapes in Andalucia. The simplicity of its perfect white facades crowned by reddish tiles contrasts with the elegance of the civic buildings.
You will have a wonderful time in this pretty village in Huelva, which is noted for its cuisine as well as its typical Andalucian architecture.
Distances calculated from Hotel Fuerte El Rompido
El Rompido Lighthouses (2 min on foot)
Two lighthouses watch over this unparalleled location although only one is still in use. Their lights have always guided fishermen on the Atlantic and are a notable symbol of this fishing village.
Nuestra Señora de Consolación Chapel (6 min on foot)
Located on the outskirts of the village, this chapel is an example of Andalucian baroque architecture with Mudejar contributions. The architectural simplicity acquires magical proportions from the interplay of straight lines and subtle curves. The chapel houses the Virgen de la Consolación (Our Lady of Consolation), an image to which the people of Cartaya are very devoted.
The freshness of the seafood and the intense flavour of the cold meats are the two stars par excellence of El Rompido cuisine.
Distances calculated from Hotel Fuerte El Rompido
Deepwater rose shrimp and Jabugo ham
Deepwater rose shrimps, king prawns, cuttlefish, shelled seafood, battered cod sticks, octopus and cod arrive at your table presented in a variety of ways capable of satisfying even the most demanding palates. We can’t forget Jabugo ham, an exquisite delicacy from Huelva.
You can’t leave without trying the fruity wines from this area as well as the famous brandies from La Palma and the aniseed-flavoured aguardientes.
Among the restaurants in the area we can highlight:
Restaurante Caribe II (5 min on foot) El Rompido
This restaurant is located next to the hotel Fuerte El Rompido and specialises in fried fish and fresh seafood.
Restaurante Doña Gamba (7 min on foot) El Rompido
The perfect restaurant for having some reasonably priced tapas and for trying the tasty local seafood from the shores of the river Piedras.
Restaurante La Parra (5 min on foot)
La Parra restaurant offers its patrons a tranquil seaside atmosphere. Its greatest specialty is fish, especially prawns and cuttlefish, as well as homemade desserts.
Restaurante El Rincón de Pescadores (5 min on foot)
This restaurant receives daily deliveries of fish from the fish market, among its most succulent dishes we can highlight grouper a la marinera, stuffed calamari and four-cheese cod au gratin.
Restaurante Paseo Marítimo (5 min on foot)
Located right on the Promenade in El Rompido, the views from this restaurant are unbeatable. Specialising in home cooked food, the highlights on its menu are the tuna belly and the scrambled egg with mushrooms.
Restaurante César (15 min on foot)
In the Bar Restaurante César you can try typical creative cooking dishes by a chef who also respects tradition, with fish therefore as the protagonist.
San Miguel, El Rompido-Cartaya road
Restaurante La Espuela Grill (5 min by car)
Restaurante La Espuela Grill has panoramic views over the river Piedras, where you can try the best Argentine grilled veal.
Restaurante Acanthum (30 min by car)
This renowned restaurant offers quality, traditional cuisine with a touch of creativity.
Distances calculated from the Hotel Fuerte El Rompido
El Rompido is a very functional place for shopping as you can find all kinds of items, from locally made products to souvenirs and clothing. A good place to go shopping is the El Faro Shopping Centre
Ham, from Jabugo
Jabugo ham is known around the world for its quality and taste. The pigs are fed on acorns and this produces high quality ham in the cured legs. If you want to take one home with you you can buy them in:
- Centro Comercial El Faro – Supermercado El Jamón (3 min by foot)
- La Serranía (15 min by car), Cartaya
For confectionery, the ‘Piñonate’ (pine nut pastries)
Tempting treats whose recipes have an unmistakable flavour which has been passed down from generation to generation await those with a sweet tooth: the Piñonate and the Torta Real (almond cake). For confectionery purchases you can go to:
- La Flor de la Canela, Cartaya (15 min by car or 15 min on foot)
- Panadería Consolación, Cartaya (15 min by car)
Gifts and souvenirs
In El Rompido you can find a great many establishments which sell gifts and souvenirs, with the best, most symbolic articles to remember this village by.
- Artesanía Ramáiz (15 min by car), Cartaya
- Acaparra (15 min by car), Cartaya
Ayamonte (30 min by car)
The town of Ayamonte is a place known for its shopping thanks to its location on the Spanish-Portuguese border, and therefore it is recommended for a shopping trip.
Villa Real (35 min by car) Portugal
Portugal is a good place to buy handicrafts, particularly known for the quality of their textiles, as well as their food products.
Huelva (35 min by car)
Huelva boasts a wide range of shops thanks to the Abierto Shopping Centre, where you can purchase all kinds of products, as well its markets and shopping centres, among which we can highlight the Aqualón Puerto Shopping Centre and the Costa Luz Shopping Centre.
The months with the highest rainfall are November and December, but rain rarely impedes enjoyment of outdoor activities, as El Rompido boasts approximately 300 days of sun per year.
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