El Rompido, Huelva, Andalucía, Spain.
El Rompido is a typical fishing village and peaceful seaside resort on the Costa de la Luz in the south west of Spain. Administratively it belongs to the local town of Cartaya. It is unique in being situated on the eastern shore of the Río Piedras river and protected from the open sea by the Flecha sandbank. Until the 1960s it was a centre for the canning of tuna fish. Nowadays it is favoured by the Spanish as a small tourist centre with several pleasure boat marinas and a golf course. Yet there are no high rise buildings and the fine white sand beaches are backed by dunes, pinewoods and a unique juniper grove. Across the estuary is the Fleche with its open sea Atlantic coastline. In season there are regular ferry crossings to the Fleche; the area is clothing optional but there are no tourist facilities. The village features many excellent restaurants, two lighthouses and the parish church of 'Nuestra Señora del Carmen'. The whole area is a designated nature reserve, the 'Paraje Natural de Marismas del Río Piedras y Flecha del Rompido'. The climate is milder than in the interior of the region and the light has a luminescence that would delight any artist. Throughout the seasons the sunsets over the water are to be marvelled at.