Nestled along a tranquil beach just a few miles from Portugal’s Algarve region, the Spanish village of El Rompido is as close to the edge of the world without trying terribly hard. A serene white-stained Andalucian fishing village near both the Doñana and Marismas del Odiel National Parks, El Rompido offers the chance to enjoy old world Spain in peace and quiet, all within a short flight and shorter drive from just about any UK airport.
A gem of Spain’s rustically beautiful Costa del Luz, El Rompido is a coastal outpost just 90 minutes drive from airports in Sevilla and Faro, allowing for quick access for long weekends, extended summer holidays or romantic escapes.
Situated on a virgin white sand Atlantic coastline, El Rompido provides the kind of soothing colors, views and sunsets that travelers would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. From a beautiful room at the Fuerte El Rompido Hotel, visitors can find easy access to some of Spain’s most peaceful nature and culture.
Set within the protected natural site of Marismas de Odiel and just a short trip from the Doñana Natural Park, El Rompido is a particular treat for nature lovers. Home to a great variety of faunal species, El Rompido’s surroundings are set in the migratory path of thousands of migratory birds travelling between Europe and Africa. Those visitors intent on exploring this stunning natural landscape can easily find opportunities for trekking and Nordic walking groups and accessible trails allowing for a bit of independent exploration.
If a bit more organized walk on the links is more your speed, El Rompido hosts a series of golf courses located just a few minutes from the center of the old coastal village and your room at the Fuerte El Rompido Hotel.
Further afield, explorers can head west on a path through the South of Portugal, visiting Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Tavira, Faro, the Natural Park of Vía Formosa, or the Albufeira. Those wanting to stay in Spain can reach Almonte to the east, where they can visit the Virgin of Rocío village, home to a sacred Spanish religious icon that brings together the largest concentration of Catholic pilgrims in the country each year.
Other cultural highpoints in the area include the Terrón Bridge in the nearby harbor town of Lepe, offering a glimpse back to Spain’s past, including a fish auction, an old ice factory and 150 salting rooms and a harbor where boats practice traditional fishing methods.
The nearby province of Huelva is also the source of the flamenco melody of fandango, a famous and highly valued flamenco style in Spain, where each town has its own melody. After a day’s exploring is done, visitors can enjoy mouthwatering Andalusian cuisine in flamenco taverns or inns in any one of many local white villages including Alosno, Valverde, Gibraleón, Punta Umbría or Calaña, all set within a short jaunt from the Fuerte El Rompido Hotel. In addition to performing typical songs, these locales offer traditional dishes including both local seafood and succulent Jabugo ham, one of the most prestigious hams in Spain.
Fuerte Hoteles (fuertehoteles.com) is a hotel chain with seven locations and a vacation apartment establishment situated in the Spanish cities of Marbella, Estepona, Torrox, Conil, Grazalema and El Rompido. This hotel chain is mainly characterized by its concern for tourism excellence, environment preservation, continuous training for their employees and its commitment with social and cultural development.