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Isla Cristina

Coordinates: 37°11′57″N 7°19′17″W / 37.19917°N 7.32139°W / 37.19917; -7.32139
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Isla Cristina (2008).
Isla Cristina, Spain
Flag of Isla Cristina, Spain
Official seal of Isla Cristina, Spain
Location of Isla Cristina
Location of Isla Cristina
 • MayorMaría Luisa Faneca
 • Total50 km2 (20 sq mi)
 • Land50 km2 (20 sq mi)
 • Water0.00 km2 (0.00 sq mi)
 • Total21,077
 • Density420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Isla Cristina is a city and municipality located in the province of Huelva, Spain, close to the Portuguese border. According to the 2009 census, the city has a population of 21,324 inhabitants.

Isla Cristina remains one of the most important fishing ports in Andalusia, its catch being highly prized throughout Spain.

It is a popular summer holiday resort, particularly with the Spaniards themselves. Sevillanos flock to the area in July and August, much of the attraction being the kilometers of 'Blue Flag' standard beaches.



Isla Cristina was given its current name on April 12, 1834 in honor of Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies and her service to the regions of Andalusia and Extremadura during the cholera epidemic of 1833–34. The city was originally called La Higuerita (English: The Little Fig Tree), also La Figarilla or La Figuerta (depending on the language) when it was founded in 1755. The name was christened as Real Isla de La Higuerita (English: Royal Island of the Little Fig Tree) in 1802.



The city's main symbols are the water well, the fig tree and the sea, which reflect the culture and history of the city.



The marismas de Isla Cristina, next to the towns of Ayamonte and Isla Cristina, are a protected nature reserve.

See also



  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
Wooden bridge to the beach (Puente de la Gola).

37°11′57″N 7°19′17″W / 37.19917°N 7.32139°W / 37.19917; -7.32139