Fauna and vegetation

The dehesa of San Miguel, where El Rompido is located, was declared a protected Natural Site in 1989 and a Special Protection Area for Birds.

Its characteristic marshes are home to species such as the osprey, the curlew and the stonechat. Numerous migratory birds also breed here, such as the marsh harrier, the red-billed tern and the common tern. Among the reptiles, the chameleon is the most emblematic species. At European level, it is only distributed along the Andalusian coast, the coast of Murcia and the Portuguese Algarve.

The characteristic vegetation of the dunes of El Rompido includes the presence of thyme and the pomaceous plant Gaudinia hispanica.


As for gastronomy, the route begins in the Sierra de Aracena itself. Among chestnut trees and holm oaks, the Iberian pig is reared, from which Jabugo ham, one of the most famous and highly valued delicacies both at home and abroad, is handcrafted.

But it is not only ham that is the star of the show. The area is also very rich in fish and seafood. Special mention should be made of the coquinas (clams), white prawns, clams and barriletes, characteristic crabs caught in the river Piedras, which are highly prized in Huelva. Other typical dishes are gazpacho, pescaíto frito (fried fish) and almadraba tuna.

This Huelva region also stands out for the quality of its wines, recognised with the Condado de Huelva Denomination of Origin, among which the young, fruity whites and the velvety, full-bodied fortified wines stand out.

History and culture

This coastal town is renowned for its important cultural and historical heritage and preserves rich traces of past civilisations: Phoenicians, Muslims and Romans left important archaeological remains in their wake.

The Castle of San Miguel was a fortress built in the 16th century that controlled the mouth of the River Piedras and served as a defence for the town.

Also of note are the tidal mills, 19th century industrial constructions located along the course of the River Piedras, and the old lighthouse of the town, which has recently been refurbished.

Leisure and free time

This marvellous enclave offers a multitude of sports and leisure activities to enjoy your free time.

Cross the most emblematic spots of the coastline by bicycle, segway or on foot along the designated trails, descend the waters of the Río Piedras by kayak or canoe, practice sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, wakeboarding and motor excursions in the waters of the Gulf of Cádiz or perfect your swing on the golf courses located next to the hotel. The area also boasts a sports centre, a water park and the Cartaya kart track.

Beaches and environment

In the municipality of Cartaya, next to the mouth of the River Piedras, lies the town of El Rompido. It is an old fishing port, with a marked seafaring tradition and a cradle of good sailors.

This small coastal town is home to more than 10 km of unspoilt beaches and calm crystalline waters. They are separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a unique sandy formation, the Flecha de El Rompido, which gives rise to the formation of the marshes of the river Piedras.

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