Area Guide - Nuevo Portil
Nuevo Portil is three minutes’ drive beyond El Rompido on the coastal road towards Punta Umbría. When approaching Nuevo Portil from El Portil or from El Rompido, the sparkling coastline is always visible between the umbrella pines, sometimes opening up to tantalise the eye with a glimpse of blue water and small white boats gleaming in the sun. There are no developments on the beach and new laws are firmly in place to ensure that there will never be buildings on this stretch of coastline.
Nuevo Portil is spread out low, on the edge of a protected pine forest, between the woods and the sea. The avenues are wide and handsome; the architecture is Andalucian. The developers had to take account of the new laws for low-density housing, restricted heights, transplanting and replacing trees, recycling waste water and making large lakes on the golf course for watering the greens. The homes of Nuevo Portil have become very popular with owners and their rental guests alike. Villas, townhouses and apartments are set around a beautiful golf course, which features groves of pine trees, and sea views. Most of the homes here are within easy walking or cycling distance of the sea and the beach. The beach is 12 kilometres long, the sand is soft and golden, and stretches from Nuevo Portil to Punta Umbría, facing the sunny south.
Nearby at El Portil there is a local primary school and crèche with the highest credentials, a medical clinic, dentist, small supermarkets, shops, bakeries, bars, restaurants, children’s playgrounds, mini golf, tennis courts and a sailing school. From the beach at Nuevo Portil a ferry crosses the estuary regularly, for swimming and picnics on La Flecha, the sand spit between the estuary and the sea. La Flecha is a nature reserve, having on its Atlantic coast yet another wide, golden beach, running along the coast in both directions, as far as the eye can see. Sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing and canoeing trips can be arranged from Nuevo Portil. There is a cycle track through the pine forest, circling the lake at El Portil and going all the way to Punta Umbría and Huelva. Near El Rompido there is a go-karting track, hugely popular with young people, and in summer there is a water park for a wild day out with the children. In addition to the rentals opportunities, there are two four-star hotels and people of many different nationalities visit regularly, mingling happily with the Spanish.
From Nuevo Portil trips can easily be made to the Convent of La Rabida, near Huelva, where Columbus lived before he set sail for America, and where you can see replicas of the three ships that crossed the Atlantic in 1492. Huelva is only 20 minutes’ drive away, with good places to eat, good shopping and friendly locals. The beautiful Aracena mountains are close by, also the Doñana National Park, one of the largest in Europe and a must for bird-watching. About half-an hour’s drive away is the marvellous medieval castle of Niebla, and an hour’s drive takes you to the Rio Tinto mines, where you can visit the amazing craters with red and orange rivers running through them. Don’t miss the fascinating museum at Rio Tinto, winner of an EU award for excellence. A day trip to Portugal can be fun, with beaches, mountains and the River Guadiana to explore.
Nuevo Portil is a dream destination for holidays or permanent living.
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