Punta Umbría

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Punta Umbría
Town Hall (Photo: Abraham Del Pozo)
Town Hall (Photo: Abraham Del Pozo)
Flag of Punta Umbría
Official seal of Punta Umbría
Punta Umbría is located in Spain
Punta Umbría
Punta Umbría
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 37°10′N 6°57′W / 37.167°N 6.950°W / 37.167; -6.950
Autonomous communityAndalusia
 • MayorGonzalo Rodriguez Nevado
 • Total38 km2 (15 sq mi)
 • Total15,134
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
WebsiteOfficial website

Punta Umbría is a town and municipality in the province of Huelva, part of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia. It is a fishing village located on the banks of the Rio Odiel river and across the water from the capital, Huelva. It is surrounded by extensive salt marshes and faces Isla Saltes.

The Punta in its name comes from the long point going out to the sea from the beach. During World War II, it was the location where the body of a supposed British Major carrying false top secret documents was washed up. This was part of a disinformation exercise by the British secret service known as Operation Mincemeat.[2]

The Odiel river meets the Atlantic Ocean at Punta Umbria Beach, a 3.8 km urban beach which has been awarded a Blue Flag for its high standards of cleanliness and excellent facilities.[3]


  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ Gladwell, Malcolm, Pandora's Briefcase, The New Yorker, May 10, 2010, reprised 2015.07.26 by Henry Finder in a New Yorker newsletter
  3. ^ "Andalucia.com". Retrieved 10 Jan 2015.