The Rompido Arrow
On the coast of Huelva, just 15 kilometres from Punta Umbria, tidal movements have built up sand over hundreds of years and, between Piedras estuary and the Atlantic Ocean, have created a paradise of a golden beach 12 kilometres long. Some call it the Rompido Arrow, others New Umbria and it is more similar to the Caribbean coast than Huelva.
Three Euros and four minutes get you there. Each day a boat crosses the few tourists who want to explore this virgin beach dotted with gorse. Here there are no bars, no showers, and no supermarkets. Only sand and sea. The surf is not very strong due to the river currents and many take advantage of the tranquillity of the area to do nudism. In the summer there may be a few more people around, but most of the tourists are concentrated in El Rompido and Punta Umbria, where there are resorts that offer all the amenities. People who come here look for nothingness, nature and silence.
The strip of land that makes the Arrow (Flecha) was formed more than 200 years ago and grows a dozen meters each year. Every time the tide comes in, it forms natural lakes in the marshes at the mouth of the river, a formation almost unique in the Iberian Peninsula. The natural area of the marshes of the Rio Piedras has an area of 3,000 hectares and is the lifeline for nearby populations. At low tide, the shellfish collectors, the men who have maintained the economy of coastal towns, catch the famous Rompido clams as they did ancestrally, while tourists admire their fishing.
Many of the visitors go in the morning to sunbathe and swim in the calm waters and, as sunset approaches, cross the river in search of a beer. On the other side, in El Rompido, are hotels of all standings, dozens of restaurants and bars by the beach. Some stay to camp for a night, the most time that is allowed, and even manage to do sports fishing. In the surroundings are the ruins of what was once the factory of la Almadraba, where they organized the blue fin tuna fishing along the coast and which is now just a haven for seagulls.
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