|Water-sports on the Costa de la Luz.|
The municipality of Lepe boasts over 20km of sandy beaches stretching from the newer resort of La Islantilla to La Antilla, Nueva Umbría and the marshes of Rio Piedras. The beaches get very busy during the summer season.
Playa La Islantilla
Playa La Islantilla is shared between the municipalities of Isla Cristina and Lepe and is a good balance between nature and tourism. The 1.5km sandy beach is fronted by the promenade of the newly built resort of Islantilla which boasts several 4* hotels and the Islantilla Golf Club. Popular with both locals and tourists, the tranquil beach has all the facilities and can be accessed by foot from the neighbouring beaches and promenade or there is plenty of parking for those who choose to drive there.
Playa La Antilla
Just west of Islantilla, La Antilla beach stretches for three-and-a-half kilometers alongside the La Antilla seaside resort and features the sand dunes that are characteristic of the Costa de la Luz. The beach can be accessed via the pleasant paseo maritimo (promenade) that runs alongside it. Popular with Spanish holiday-makers, the quiet, attractive beach is equipped with showers, toilets, lifeguards, beach cafes and parking.
Playa Nueva Umbría
Located on the sand spit ('La Flecha') in the Piedras river estuary, Nueva Umbria beach boasts sand dunes, marshlands and 18km of pristine sand, making it a haven for naturists.The official nudist section (Playa Nudista de Nueva Umbría) is situated just two kilometres from Playa La Antilla. To reach the beach, Leave the town of Lepe in the direction of Isla Cristina and when you get to the fishing village of Casas del Terrón follow the track though the Marísmas Del Río Piedras for two kilometres. Park behind the last car and walk 100 metres or so to the beach. Turn left and keep going until you reach the 'nudist beach' signs.
Just to the west of Playa Nueva Umbría is the less well-equipped but equally beautiful La Flecha, this is the section of beach on the spit of Río Piedras, the river that runs alongside the village of El Rompido. You can access the beach by catching a 'Flechamar Dos' boat from the marina in El Rompido accross to the sand spit and then walking across a 200m boardwalk over the dunes to the sea. These small ferries run from mid June to mid September with one leaving the marina every 30 minutes from 10:15 to 20:15 and returning every half an hour from 10:30 until 19:30. There is another boat ('Flechamar Uno') which drops visitors at another section of the spit with an 800m walk across the dunes (same timetable but last one returns from spit to marina at 20:30), so if you are travelling with young children or an elderly family member, we would recommend catching the 'Flechamar Dos' for a shorter walk. Remember to take a picnic and lots of water as facilities are limited on La Flecha beach. There is one small food outlet where you can buy crisps and drinks. If you hire a sunbed and a parasol for 10 euros you get two bottles of water free. For enquiries regarding the boats, please tel: 959 399 942. They also organise sunset tours along the Río Piedras.
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