Flora and fauna
The area known as the Dehesa de San Miguel, that surrounds El Rompido, was declared a Protected Natural Space in 1989 and is also a Special Protection Area for Birds.
The town of El Rompido stands halfway between the boroughs of Cartaya and Lepe, at the mouth of the River Piedras. Home to an ancient fishing harbour, it boasts a long-standing seafaring tradition and has bred many fine sailors.
Yet it has also been blessed with more than 10 km of peaceful, unspoilt beaches bathed by calm, crystal-clear waters, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a unique sandbank and dune system known as La Flecha de El Rompido, and which has led to the formation of the River Piedras marshlands.
Those that appreciate fine food and drink should head for the Aracena Mountain Range where, amidst the chestnut and holm oak trees, herds of Iberian pigs root happily. This region is home to the magnificent Jabugo cured ham, a gastronomic delight whose succulent flavour and irresistible aroma have rightly earned it a magnificent reputation both in Spain and abroad.