El Portil

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El Portil and Nuevo Portil are two coastal areas separated by one street, Laguna Seca street, and managed by two municipalities, in the Province of Huelva, autonomous community of Andalusia, in southern Spain. People differentiates on which side of the street they are using El Portil or Nuevo Portil as if it were the name of districts of the same town. El Portil is managed by the municipality of Punta Umbría whereas Nuevo Portil is managed by the Cartaya municipality. The stable population, in winter, is about 2400 inhabitants<ref>Plantilla:Cite web</ref> about (1400 in Nuevo Portil (Cartaya) and 1000 in El Portil (Punta Umbria)), while in the Summer season, is around 28.000. Most of them, tourists from the provinces of Huelva, Seville, Badajoz, Madrid and even the Basque Country and Galicia.

Localisation and Tourism[editar | editar código]

Located parallel to the end zone of the Flecha de El Rompido, the economic activity is tourism. El Portil and Nuevo Portil has a beach of 4 km long and 40-60 meters wide as an average. Further inland is the lagoon of the same name of great environmental value.

El Portil and Nuevo Portil, since its inception as an Area of Touristic Interest, has always had a considerable number of tourists, mainly Spanish, but also many foreigners. Foreign tourists most seen by these streets come from United Kingdom and France and Italy.

History[editar | editar código]

It was declared Center of National Tourist Interest (CNTI) in 1963. Initially the core of El Portil was the newly created urban environment. Later, close to the 90's, the municipality of Cartaya decided to boost the tourism, and created the no "official" location of Nuevo Portil, wich is no rcognized as In the fifties, Punta Umbría was segregated from the municipality of Cartaya. As it was said, El Portil and Nuevo Portil is the same physical populated area with tho administrative municipalities, -or two districts-, because of the segregation.

Since then a golf course was created, and a couple of 4 star resorts that try to integrate in the idyllic surroundings of the pine forests of common field below and overlooking the sea, with a sustainable growth and enviromental respect.

Parties[editar | editar código]

The fair of El Portil and Nuevo Portil is scheduled for mid-August and is organized by the City of Punta Umbria and Cartaya. Although it has not always been very prominent, in recent years, it is gaining importance and is demonstrating every year that more people like these events. It is celebrated on the beach, the night of San Juan in the early hours from 23 to 24 June.

Beaches[editar | editar código]

Beach of Nuevo Portil

The beach of El Portil and Nuevo Portil is a golden sand beach located in the Costa de la Luz, shared by two municipalities, that of Cartaya and Punta Umbría. The beach of El Portil and Nuevo Portil extends over 4 kilometers of golden sand, variable width depending on the tides. It has been awarded the Blue Flag and the usual state of the sea is calm waters.

Fine golden sand coincides with the end point of the mouth of the Piedras River and part of it is situated opposite the Flecha de El Rompido, which grows around eighty meters annually. Near it is the lagoon of the same name is listed as protected space. Bordered on the east with the Playa de La Bota. Most of the beach is urbanized and with easy access, even for handicapped at certain places.

During World War II the government of Francisco Franco bunkers built in anticipation of a possible Allied invasion by the Huelva coast, close to the Guadalquivir river mouth, located 30 Kms away from el Portil and Nuevo Portil. You can still find traces of them at that place.

That was the reason why the body of a "fake" Major William Martin, central act of Operation Mincemeat was dropped out by the British Secret Service on April 30, 1943 on the El Portil beach. Even there is a grave on the Huelva cemetery where is buried the anonymous homeless used for the hoax.

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Fake Major William Martin grave

Nature[editar | editar código]

In El Portil we can find Los Enebrales and lagoons of El Portil.

  • The Lagoons Nature Reserve is formed from the wind and tides on the dunes. Cork oaks, junipers, pines, sedges, cattails and thickets are, among others, some of the species that we can find. These lakes also form an important part of the migratory routes of birds, because in them tend to pause in their long journeys. It is an area with varied flora and fauna where besides birds and flora must emphasize hedgehogs and chameleons.
  • We also found the area of Los Enebrales, which are 160 hectares declared as Natural Park. Enebrales are a dune ecosystem of continental marine transition where we find a dense, lush forest of junipers and pine, mastic, rosemary or black hawthorn. Its fauna include species like chameleons, chickadees, warblers, finches and buntings.

Urban, social and sport aspects[editar | editar código]

In the Punta Umbría district, there is a public sports center with numerous facilities: two football courts, a basketball court, tennis courts, paddle courts and a gym well equiped. In the Cartaya's district there are public tennis and soccer field from "albero", not grass, and several medium banks.

It can be said that all communities and condominiums have certain sport facilities, mainly swimming pool, more or less sophisticated. It is important to ask when looking for acommodation.

The population is spread trough communities/condominiums of different types and sizes. Among the largest communities are Entrepinos Urbanization located in Nuevo Portil , and Playas del Sur or Puntamar in El Portil. These names are useful to be oriented there. Also as differentiating aspects, accommodation is mainly in condominiums of flats and apartments in the El Portil district whereas is of cottages and villas in the Nuevo Portil district.

There is a healthy competition among the citizens of both districts because there are differences, but in fact is the same area with the same climate, sea, light, and even kind and welcoming citizens with very small details such as if the sand of the district beach is more fine grained sandy or more clayish, or if the district is more or less noisy or if the citizens have to walk less to reach the beach because they are closer, or even because they have the cheper restaurants and Bars. That is something that the visitor has to know to understand how El Portii and Nuevo Portil works socially and invites to investigate how the environment is using Google to choose the preferred acommodation.

Health[editar | editar código]

The area has a public health center (in the administrative area of Punta Umbría) and two pharmacies, one nearby health center and the other about 300 mts. away, in the administrative area of Cartaya. If the emergency is too severe, it would be advisable to go to Huelva and go to the Juan Ramón Jiménez Hospital, which is a large and much more enabled emergency room. Although this indication to go to Huelva always have to be given by the doctor first. It takes about 15-20 min. the trip to the central Hospital by car. Emergency phone is 112.

Transportation[editar | editar código]

Car: Easy shortcuts from the railcars from Huelva, Punta Umbría, El Rompido and Cartaya.

Bus: El Portil and Nuevo Portil has buses of Damas SA that can take you to El Rompido, Cartaya, Punta Umbría and Huelva, primarily, although there are also direct buses to Aljaraque, Islantilla and Lepe, and even more destinations. From the bus station of Huelva you can move to a multitude of destinations such as Seville, Palos de la Frontera, Faro (Portugal), Madrid, Málaga, and Romania.

Bus schedules vary greatly depending on the season (Summer or Winter), as for example, the line of Huelva to El Portil and Nuevo Portil may vary from 40 buses daily in Summer to 10 in Winter. There aren't the same destinations for traveling in Summer than in Winter. For more information, see the schedule on the official website of Damas.

Taxis: Depending on the area where the person is, you should call diferent taxi services:

- If you are in El Portil (Punta Umbría): 959 31 00 48 - If you are in Nuevo Portil (Cartaya): 959 10 54 00

Popular Restaurants[editar | editar código]

Italian food: 3 pizzerias are located in El Portil (Punta Umbría), one is Sicilia I and is located next to the Plaza de la Sal, another is Sicilia II and is located in front of the known bar As de Oro and beside the Casa Dino restaurant, and finally, La Trattoria, located at La Laguna Seca street.

Also there are 2 more pizzerias in Nuevo Portil (Cartaya), one is Cammilo e Peppone, located in the Marlin Blue Complex, and the another is the Pizzeria Génova, next to the ice cream parlor El Mirador.

The 5 pizzerias are opened every day of the week in Summer. However, in Winter, only open on weekends, although some like Cammilo e Peppone doesn't open in the whole Winter. There is also the option of ordering home to Telepizza, which is located in Punta Umbría, but also takes orders to El Portil and Nuevo Portil

Traditional Food: The most famous restaurant without a doubt is the Las Dunas Restaurant, which is located in Nuevo Portil (Cartaya) and has an acceptable value. There are other bars that are located along the streets of the center, such as X El Morro, Punto y Aparte, La Colita or Zampa Gamba, which has homemade food every day. Furthermore, they are opened 365 days a year.

Burgers, sandwiches, kebabs and Mexican food: There is a popular restaurant called Casa Dino, located in front of As de Oro bar and next to the pizzeria Sicilia II. It is a very acquisitive restaurant prices (located in El Portil (Punta Umbría)) and where you can dine well taking some sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs etc. It is also the only one which does home delivery throughout El Portil and Nuevo Portil (plus Telepizza coming from Punta Umbría).

We also find a kebab in El Portil (Punta Umbría) located next to the famous Plaza de la Sal where you can buy kebabs, dünos, rolls etc. for very cheap prices as well.

There is also next to the Marlin Blue Complex, with Surf Bar, serving a rather varied food, from burgers to Mexican food.

Breweries: Several are in the area. The best known are 2, The New Coffee, which is located in front of the Las Dunas Restaurant and next to the Kaló bar , and Cervecería Raúl, which is located in the Plaza de la Sal and is well known in El Portil and Nuevo Portil. The first located in Nuevo Portil and the second one in El Portil.

Cocktail bar and tea rooms: There are 3 cocktail bar known, which are the Marlin Blue Complex mentioned above, the Kaló bar, which is also a tearoom, and finally the Aqua bar. The first 2 located in Nuevo Portil and the latter in El Portil.

Many of these restaurants have a day of rest, on Mondays, so it will be closed this day many of them.

Leisure[editar | editar código]

Because it is a Summer area in which they live and come to visit a large number of people in Summer, it is important to know that the majority of these activities are only available in this season.

There are various activities that can be performed:

Kayaks, canoes and Paddel: They are located in the Nuevo Portil (Cartaya). Run by a local company called Flecha Extreme. They can be rented for a set on the way down to the nearby beach Las Dunas Restaurant, or in other ways time, where the Chiruinguito KM 6 is. For more information and contact visit the official website of Flecha Extreme.

Marlin Blue Complex: Very popular place in the area. It is situated in Nuevo Portil too. It consists of a cocktail bar, which is open the whole day, but when you really enjoy is at night. Also, there are 2 restaurants, one Italian (Cammilo e Peppone) and another staff varied food (Surf Bar).

Family bikes: Situated in Nuevo Portil and is a company that started in 2016. The company is from Seville and conducts this business called Cyclotour. It is a company which is housed in Summer on the beaches of Huelva. It is located on the main avenue of Nuevo Portil, right next to where the fair takes place. It consists of bicycles of considerable size (fits up to 5 people) which operate non-stop pedaling obviously. There are 2 types, bikes that fit 2 or 3 people and the second, which fit between 4 and 5. The shift can only be performed by El Portil and Nuevo Portil. Outside this zone it is prohibited. For more information visit the official website of Cyclotour.

The Other Band / The Arrow: This is the beach which is in front of the beach of El Portil and Nuevo Portil which is only accessible by boat. This may be one own membership, or if you have, you can take the popular boat The Papaprimero, which brings you from the shore of Nuevo Portil (Cartaya) to the sands of The Arrow for a small fee. Once there, you can enjoy seeing the real Atlantic Ocean with the sound of the surf. In addition, there is available a snack bar.

Fairs: As mentioned above, the fair of El Portil and Nuevo Portil is mid-August, however, there are other shows available very close, such as El Rompido (end of July), Punta Umbría (mid-August ) or even Huelva Capital, the famous Columbian, which last a week and are carried out in early August. El Portil (Punta Umbría), it also produces a kind of secondary show a much smaller size called Feria de la Gamba, which occurs in early August and is a pleasant evening accompanied by typical food of Huelva and live music.

Clubs: Previously, there was a popular nightclub thus which stood at the end of El Portil, next to La Laguna turned; however, this closed and El Portil and Nuevo Portil ran out of nightclub. In recent years it is having by the young industry, a popular demand for the opening of a new one. Right now, El Portil and Nuevo Portil can only conform to the exhibition of Royal Beach Club, which is not entirely a nightclub as that currently exist for young people, but is in the process supposed to be.

Karaoke: Located in the area of the mall. It is a kind of small square on the ground. In this one, there is a bar, which can be used if consumed something Karaoke asking the waiter.

Golf: There are ample golf courses throughout El Portil and Nuevo Portil, built in the last 12 years and also are very well maintained. It is a private golf club, but you can visit and play for not very high price. For more information, visit the office of Golf Complex.

Tourist Train: Train which takes next to the sports center. What brings the company Viztor Turística S.L. It is situated in the Nuevo Portil (Cartaya) and the trip costs 2 euros. It offers a journey through many streets of El Portil and Nuevo Portil and through a variety of restaurants in which both people train like they are eating saying "goodbye". For more information, visit the official website Viztor Trains.

Foam Party: Occurs at the end of August and is performed in the famous Plaza de la Sal, in the area of El Portil (Punta Umbría). It consists of guns of considerable size that spew foam through the holes in them. This event comes especially young people, although it is also easy to see older age people going to the party.

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