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Spring in Punta Umbría

Bars and restaurants on pedestrianised street Calle Ancha.
Bars and restaurants on pedestrianised street Calle Ancha. / J. A.
  • Punta Umbría is one of the most important summertime destinations in Andalucía

There is no doubt that Punta Umbría is one of the most important summertime destinations in Andalucía. However, this Huelva town is also a popular spot for tourists during the second half of spring.

In the lead-up to summer, the streets of the town are just as tranquil as the beach. In fact, apart from during the hottest days of May and June, the coast of Punta Umbría isn't even its tourist attraction. Bathing in the Atlantic waters can wait until summer; for now, Calle Ancha is the heart of the town.

Along this pedestrianised street are the best restaurant establishments of Punta Umbría. Fish and seafood are their main attraction. The white prawn, the small 'coquina' clam and the cuttlefish are among the culinary delights on offer at bars and restaurants in this area.

Los Caracoles is found at the halfway point of this street, one of the town's most characterful establishments. The reasonable prices, varied seafood menu and informal, relaxed atmosphere makes this restaurant a refuge for residents and a great discovery for those passing through. In addition to its special offer -one plate of white prawns with two beers - during the spring, visitors can try Los Caracoles' 'enzapatás' beans.

Away from the streets and the gastronomy, one can also enjoy the ecological enclaves of this coastal town. One such attraction is the Enebrales, a beautiful natural landscape that is best enjoyed walking or cycling along its pleasant pathways. Just minutes away from its urban centre are vast green landscapes made up of savin and coastal junipers.

Punta Umbría is also the ideal place to get to know the Odiel Marshes, from which the 'Canoa' (Canoe) departs every day. This historic vessel connects the town to Huelva Port through the estuary. This area's heritage and legacy are conserved through monuments in the urban centre, such as the Umbría Tower and the Casa de los Ingleses.