Nuevo Portil sits on the banks of the Río Odiel river estuary and is surrounded by extensive salt marshes which create the “El Paraje Natural Marismas del Odiel” which is the most important natural park in the area after the “Doñana National Park”. It has some of the best migration and general bird watching anywhere in Europe.
In the early 1900s, Spanish visitors started to take their holidays in Nuevo and El Portil when a ferry line from Huelva was established with steam boats crossing to carry tourists. During the summer, boats known as canoas still run today between Huelva and Punta Umbría at regular intervals.
Today, the whole area is still traditionally Spanish and full of local charm. The rest of Europe are now starting to visit and hearing an English voice is less rare than it used to be.
There are some superb beaches running along the south side of the punta (point). The closest beach to the town is the Playa La Mata Negra which has many restaurants, bars and summer “chiringuitos”.
The beach at Nuevo Portil, which is a 10 minute walk from Sunflowers and of fine white sand, stretches 14 km and protected by the Flecha de Rompido so therefore is safe and well sheltered. It has all the facilities you would expect, such as parasols, sun beds, showers, toilets and lifeguards operating in the summer months. Windsurfing, sailing, kite surfing, catamaran sailing and canoeing are readily available.