The beach

Huelva has several beaches, so I don't know where to start.

The Punta del Sebo is a part of Huelva's capital and for many years it hasn't been considered a beach. This is because it only consists of the end of the Port where all the dirt and garbage from the sea is washed up, and pollution produced by the Chemical Pole of Huelva. However, in recent years it's been restored and a promenade has been erected next to it, making the city of Huelva more beautiful.

Despite of the fact that it is a small beach where people go sunbathing and so on, itś sill not recommended to bathe in the water here. Although there is no authoritative body that prevents people from going in the water, neither the water nor the sand seems very clean. In fact it looks more like mud than sand.

This beach is also well known for the famous monument of Columbus looking at America.

The closest real beaches to Huelva are Puntaumbria, Mazagón, Matalascañas and El Portil.

People from Huelva tend to spend the summer months in Puntaumbria, which is 20 km from Huelva. As such, even those who work over the summer period can travel there quickly by car.


Punta has kilometers of good, clean sand.

The beaches of Punta Umbría are the most urbanized in the area. It's also the beach which has the most services and infrastructures, and it's been awarded the blue flag for its facilities and cleanliness. The beach also has calm waters and moderate temperatures, which means you can enjoy a long dip in the sea.

The town itslef is also very nice. It's very lively and has many shops and bars, especially in the famous Calle Ancha.

After passing El Rompido and following the road towards Punta, we arrive at El Portil.

This area is divided in two. El Portil belongs to Punta whilst Nuevo Portil, the most modern area of ​​the town, belongs to Cartaya.

Nuevo Portil is a quieter place than Punta, since in winter hardly anyone lives there. In summer it's a very popular area amongst holidaysmakers, from both Huelva and Seville.

This beach belongs to the Costa de la Luz, just like Punta, and also has a fine golden sand. They are very similar beaches, but the fun thing about Portil is that at low tide, an island is formed in the middle of the sea that is easily reached and where you can catch incredible molluscs. Although, depending on the time, cooking is prohibited.

This beach has also been awarded the Blue Flag.

Another beach which is a little more different and situated towards the opposite lake is Mazagón. This is a beach loved by people from Huelva as well as those from Sevilla, as it's located by the side of Seville.

Mazagón belongs to Moguer and Palos de la Frontera. Its beaches are the most unspoilt in the region of Huelva. Here, we can also find the Doñana Park.

Although years ago it didn't have much of a nightlife, in recent years it's become one of the main summer scenes, almost matching that of Punta. What also attracts many people is its famously fun and lively summer fair.

Following along the side of Seville, we arrive at Matalascañas, this one is frequented almost solely by Sevillians. In fact I don't know a person from Huelva who spends the summer there, only people from Seville. There is even a bit of a joke between the people from Seville and Huelva, where the Sevillians say that Matalascañas already belongs to Seville.

This beach belongs to Almonte and is completely surrounded by the Doñana Park. Its beach is urban and measures 5, 5 km in distance.

Years ago, back in my parents' day, it was a much more acclimated place, but honestly, it's a little dead today.

If we travel along the sentigo Portugal road, before reaching the border we come across Isla Cristina. This is famous for its tasty mojama (salt-cured tuna). Shortly after, we'll arrive at Isla Canela, which belongs to Ayamonte and is a place for those belonging to a slightly higher class, since the prices are higher than those of the beaches I have mentioned so far.


Within Isla Canela we have the Isla Canela Beach and the Punta del Moral Beach.

They are not very big beaches, and this is a place with a lot of expensive apartments and hotels, rather than the typical beach chalets.

In this area we also find Islantilla and La Antilla along the border with Portugal. They are beautiful white sand beaches too, but the water is much colder as it's closer to the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal.

It's also a popular destination for people from Seville and those with a little more money than those who tend to go to the beaches closest to Huelva.

If you want to go camping over the holidays and get to know the beaches of Huelva, don't hesitate to visit this post about the best campsites in Huelva.

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