El Rompido is a small fishing village in the province of Huelva with a port that is in expansion. It has incredible beachfront restaurants with the best seafood in the entire province. You can see the old light which is still used today. In short, it's a town with special charm.
A natural balcony with a panoramic view of Flecha del Rompido, which is where you enter the mouth of the River Piedras, also known as the breakwater that separates the open sea from the Huelva estuary. The distinction is noted and it's clearly one of the most beautiful and famous landscapes of the Atlantic Ocean horizon. The tract of land is formed by large volumes of sand brought by currents and input from rivers and, as its name suggests, is introduced into the water like a long, sharp arrowhead. This arrow (flecha) is one of the most active of the mainland coast and of the lower vegetation. In the space between the arrow and the coast is El Rompido beach.
The mouth of the River Piedras is a natural harbor with moorings inside. The traditional Winter Regatta began here on October 16 called Regatta XIII of "Puerto Natural Piedras estuary" organized by the Yacht Club Rio Piedras and ended in June 2011. Usually this natural pier is full of small boats which are tied to the Playa El Rompido. (The data are from the City of Cartaya.)
Calle de la Plaza is named for linking Plaza Redonda with Plaza Chica. This street has a typical Andalusian urban landscape with white walls. It is the main street of Cartaya and contains the majority of shops, banks, bars and terraces. It is pedestrian with decorative planters arranged all along the avenue, in boulevard style.
The Río Piedras Yacht Club is on the outskirts of El Rompido, going towards El Portil. It's a center for water sports that recently opened a marina for pleasure boats, a sailing school and a restaurant overlooking the river. It organizes races, fishing competitions, sporting and cultural activities.
In Plaza Redonda, face to face with the City, is this multifunctional center. It's a 2 storey building with a white painted facade, which draws attention to the tower at the corner of Calle de la Plaza. It was the former house of culture (now at Calle Nueva, No. 16) and since 2003 houses a Senior Center and an auditorium.
The Parish Church of San Pedro is in Plaza Redonda and is considered to be one of the best examples of Renaissance churches in western Andalusia. It was built in the sixteenth century with typically Moorish materials, with three naves and flat head. It has suffered several later additions to give it the appearance we see today, such as three chapels (eighteenth century), the sacristy and current cover (eighteenth century), and the file room and rectory (nineteenth century). It is open only during services, which during summer are Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and the eves of public holidays. Mass is at 20:30 on Sundays, at 11:00 and 20:30 on Tuesday and closed on Wednesday.
On a really sunny day really with a translucent blue sky, very white buildings, green trees, hedges and flowerbeds with bright red and pink Chinese Hibiscus, we find City Hall where the Popular University is located in Plaza Redonda, which also has a Church with impressive storks nests and the House of Culture. This building is designated of Architectural Heritage interest of Andalusia and has the same position as the original building (erected in 1555). Its floor is a double height trapezoidal with a bandstand in the center of the facade. If you're interested this Popular University depends on City Hall and is a cultural development project based on the improvement of a new lifestyle to improve the quality and prioritizes being over having. The project is carried out in Madrid, Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Canary Islands, Castilla La Mancha, Extremadura, Galicia, Murcia, La Rioja and Valencia, covering the cities within them.
You could apply the saying "all roads lead to Rome" to this street, because it heads towards some buildings of high historical value. It is notable for the simplicity of it's pavement, its whiteness, the railings and balconies and at the same time, the richness of its environment such as the Castle of the fifteenth century Zuñiga and its Bell Tower. It was declared a national monument and now all kinds of cultural activities such as exhibitions and concerts are held there. Other things on this road are the La Iglesia Parroquial de San Pedro Apóstol and its four bells bell tower built in the sixteenth century, the Plaza Redonda with its typical streetlights, the multifunctional center or Antigua Casa de la Cultura, etc..
Walking through the old town of Cartaya and all the important places where this road takes you to, is a real pleasure. It lives up to its name, as it is after the bells of its historic buildings.
Tortuga Beach is a spectacular cocktail bar near the beach, with several bars, music and a sensational atmosphere. Personally, I am excited about the 8 tents that it has installed in its garden. They are spacious, bright and ideal for couples to enjoy a romantic evening, or to have fun with friends and have one of the best mojitos. And for 4 euros.