Punta Umbría

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Punta Umbría
Municipality
Town Hall (Photo: Abraham Del Pozo)
Town Hall (Photo: Abraham Del Pozo)
Flag of Punta Umbría
Flag
Official seal of Punta Umbría
Seal
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
Country Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
Province Huelva
Comarca Huelva
Government
 • Mayor Gonzalo Rodriguez Nevado
Area
 • Total 38 km2 (15 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 14,708
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website

Punta Umbría is a town and municipality in the province of Huelva, part of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia.

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.[1]

Punta Umbria 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 Odiel river meets the Atlantic Ocean at the 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.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gladwell, Malcolm, Pandora's Briefcase, The New Yorker, May 10, 2010, reprised 2015.07.26 by Henry Finder in a New Yorker newsletter
  2. ^ "Andalucia.com". Retrieved 10 Jan 2015.