The Playa La Bota campsite is located within a privileged natural environment, 200 metres from La Bota beach and 5 kilometres from the tourist area of Punta Umbría in Huelva, Costa de la Luz, Andalusia.
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LA BOTA BEACH
Popularly known as “El Cruce,” this beach is located between Los Enebrales and El Portil. Though it is not a built-up beach, it has several bars and a lifeguard post and can be accessed via a coastal road, crossing dunes and pine forests.
La Bota beach is 3.8 kilometres long and extends 40 metres from the sea shore, with fine, golden sand and moderate waves. La Bota beach has showers, bins and a large parking area.
ENEBRALES DE PUNTA UMBRÍA NATURE RESERVE
Enebrales de Punta Umbría Nature Reserve stretches along three kilometres of coastline. It consists of 162 hectares of juniper forest, situated between dunes which provide a habitat for many important plant and animal species.
In terms of the flora, this area is dominated by coastal juniper trees (a plant endemic to the Atlantic coast of Andalucía) plus pine trees, rockroses, mastic trees, rosemary, buckthorn and thyme (endemic to the sandy coastal areas of which Huelva is the sole example in Spain).
In terms of the fauna, there are – among many other species – long-tailed warblers, blackcaps, blue tits, greenfinches, goldfinches, long-tailed lizards, ash-coloured lizards, red-tailed lizards, ocellated lizards and chameleons. Although the latter are in danger of extinction, they have habitats here (next to the pine forests of La Redondela and Isla Cristina and around Isla Canela).
The nature reserve is criss-crossed by five wooden platforms which lead to Enebrales beach (also known as La Mata Negra). These make for some wonderful walks, though it is important that visitors stick to the paths in order to preserve the fragile balance of this ecosystem.
MARISMAS DEL ODIEL NATURE RESERVE
Marismas del Odiel Nature Reserve is located in the estuary formed by the mouth of the Tinto and Odiel rivers. It is an obligatory transit area for thousands of migratory birds en route from Europe to Africa.
Within the 7,185 hectares of this park, which is traversed by estuaries and flecked with salt pans, you can find the largest breeding colony of spoonbills in Europe. 30% of the species’ population on the entire continent comes to reproduce here – and since 2008 the nature reserve has also provided a home for the only breeding colony of pink flamingos in Spain, with a population of around 800 individuals.
Marismas del Odiel Nature Reserve has also been chosen as a nesting side by a pair of ospreys, with this representing the reintroduction of the species to Andalucía. This means that it will be possible to establish a stable population of ospreys in mainland Spain, an area in which they have not reproduced since the 1980s. On top of this, there is a breeding colony of little terns which has over two thousand pairs.
As well as the previously mentioned fauna, one can find grey herons, purple herons, egrets, Kentish plovers, mallard ducks, stilts, black cap warblers, marsh harriers, black storks, glossy ibis, cranes and chameleons.
The Isla de Enmedio Reserve and Marismas del Burro Reserve are also located within the limits of Marismas del Odiel Nature Reserve. On top of their immense ecological importance, the seafood, fishing and archaeological treasures of the area are notable, especially those of Isla Saltés, which contains the Salthish archaeological site: the remains of an urban precinct from the 9th century.
This coastal location, which is only 15 minutes away from Huelva, started its tourist trajectory as a collection of wooden houses which British miners used as a place for spending summers and spa holidays. Nowadays it is one of the most popular holiday spots in Huelva among locals and foreigners alike.
Although Punta Umbría as we know it now is a relatively recent creation, the enclave has previously been inhabited by Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Excavations at the El Eucapital archaeological site have uncovered Roman remains from between the 2nd and 5th centuries AD, including houses and the remains of fish-treating industries, such as salting units.
Between the 8th and 13th century, Muslims occupied this territory. The remains at Isla Saltés date back to this period.
However, the birth of the current locality took place in the 19th century when British workers from the Rio Tinto mines chose Punta Umbría as their place for spending holidays, summers and spa holidays. The locality did not begin to grow until the middle of the 20th century, when maritime links were created, as was a motorway link to the capital. In 1963, Punta Umbría gained independence from Cartaya and created its own City Hall.
Punta Umbría is an isthmus with over 13 kilometres of different types of beaches and levels of waves, and hence it is another excellent location for practising water sports. Windsurfing is popular here, and surfing, kite surfing and water skiing are among other sports which have gained popularity in recent years.
The city of Huelva is located in the peninsula formed by the Tinto and Odiel rivers which pass by on their journey out to the sea. This strategic trading location, as well as its natural resources, have meant that many different civilisations have chosen to settle in Huelva.
Huelva is one of the oldest settlements in the Western world, with over 5,000 years of history, something which was made clear during archaeological excavations carried out in the Seminario area of the capital. Excavations in that area showed that that it had continuously hosted a settled population of different cultures since the end of the fourth millennium BC. Tartessians, Phoenicians and Greeks made use of this trading enclave between the 8th and 9th centuries BC.
As is true of any provincial capital, Huelva is the focal point for a large part of the cultural life of the area, and it is not uncommon for a visitor’s stay to coincide with a fair, festival or other event of interest, whether this is cultural (Ibero-American Festival), culinary (prawn fair) or sports-related (the Copa del Rey tennis tournament is held here every year). It’s merely a question of gathering information and making the most of the opportunity.
Of the monuments that can be visited here, it is worth highlighting the Sanctuary of La Cinta (15th century), the cathedral of La Merced (17th century), the Provincial Museum and the church of San Pedro (14th century), among others. More recent, though by no means less interesting, sights include the Tharsis and Tinto docks: these examples of 19th century British engineering were constructed to load boats with minerals extracted from the mines and destined for England. Also worth visiting is the Barrio Obrero (also known as Barrio Reina Victoria) which was constructed by the Rio Tinto Company at the beginning of the 20th century and is based on the design of British villages of that era. Finally, it is important to highlight the Parque Moret which reopened in 2007 and is currently the biggest city park in Andalucía.
COSTA DE LA LUZ
The Huelva coast stretches from Doñana and the mouth of the Guadalquivir river, which borders with Cadiz, right to the mouth of the Guadiana river where Isla Canela and Ayamonte mark the border with Portugal. This 122-kilometre-long coastline is among the least built-up in Spain, although urbanisation is growing. All of the above means that Huelva is an ideal summer destination: it has beaches to suit everyone, from urban beaches which include all conveniences, such as the Islantilla beach, up to and including deserted beaches such as Nueva Umbría.
Particular worth mentioning is the fact that Christopher Columbus’ ships sailed from Palos port. The majority of the sailors that accompanied Columbus came from Moguer, Palos and San Juan de Puerto.
Huelva’s coastline, as with Cadiz’, was the location in which the semi-mythical kingdom of Tartessos was constructed. Many academics also believe that Atlantis could have existed around this latitude.
Among recent historical events it is worth mentioning the story of “The Man Who Never Existed”, a British secret service operation carried out during the Second World War and one which, as well as being crucial to the course of the conflict, took place mainly on the beaches of Punta Umbría.
Huelva’s beaches also provide a wide range of activities, on land as well as in the water. Both relaxing and action-packed activities are available and there are activities suitable for all budgets.
The province of Huelva, situated on the south-west of the Iberian Peninsula, is fortunate to enjoy around 3,000 hours of sun per year and has an average temperature of 18 degrees.
Huelva has a Mediterranean climate which is also influenced by the Atlantic. In coastal areas, temperatures are mild: winters are not especially cold and although summers can be very hot, the proximity to the sea stops the mercury from rising too high. In the interior of the province and in the mountains, we see more of a continental Mediterranean climate, with greater contrasts in temperature. Temperatures are at their highest in summer and at their lowest in winter, although ice is rare.
Given the geographical diversity and the climate, Huelva provides a vast array of landscapes and leisure opportunities. The beaches can be highlighted above all as they are long and expansive and have extremely fine sand. With a total of 122 kilometres of coastline available, it would be almost impossible not to find the beach of your dreams.
The natural areas are also something to keep in mind. It is no coincidence that one third of the province’s territory is protected land. Huelva has one National Park, two Nature Parks, eight Nature Spots, one Protected Landscape, four Nature Reserves, five Natural Monuments and two City Parks.
Not to forget the area of Cuenca Minera, with its unique landscape and heritage, or the mountains, with their natural treasures and landscape value.