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El Rompido

El Rompido Holidays

Quiet and laid-back in nature, El Rompido is a haven for relaxing Costa de la Luz holidays along the coast. Unlike most destinations, this small fishing village actually comes with multiple unique shores – one along the Atlantic Ocean and the others bordering the river that has naturally cut through the land. Here, you can have your pick of suntan spots.

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Watersports galore

So much water leaves a lot of room for exploration, and El Rompido's locals have met the challenge head on with kayak tours, windsurfing adventures and even off-roading adventures. There are also some more laid-back activities for the less adrenaline-heavy holidaygoers, like relaxing boat trips and rounds of golf at one of the town's two golf courses.

When it comes to dining, you'll be taken care of, both in cuisine and in scenery. El Rompido offers an impressive number of restaurants considering its size, whose menus often specialise in tapas-style seafood dishes. There are also a number of beachside bars where visitors gather with a cool cocktail and admire the surrounding lush, green landscape.

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Lazy days on the river

A naturally formed river known locally as the 'Arrow' cuts along El Rompido's coast, providing a range of unique spots to relax along the sand. Along the river's edge, visitors find tranquil spots to lounge beside the lightly-lapping waves, and livelier patches with watersports, waterfront bars and restaurants nearby.

For the ultimate getaway, you can take a short boat ride across the river to the Nuevo Portil peninsula and sunbathe between dips in the Atlantic Ocean. Though El Rompido is technically just one small village, a brief walk down the coast will take you to other beaches in surrounding towns, should you want a change of scenery.

Getting active

Not all of El Rompido is just rest and relaxation on the beach – the town is also packed with activities that'll get you out and about and exploring the area even if you've gone for All Inclusive Costa de la Luz holidays that yearn to keep you by the pool. On the coast, you can try your hand at paddle boarding and windsurfing. You can also rent a kayak and navigate down the Arrow, floating through the reeds and catching glimpses of local birds and fish.

Instead of the traditional walking tour of this town you can opt to explore its tree-lined avenues by Segway or along the coast on a group boating trip. You can even rent a four-wheeler and go off the beaten path, roaring along dirt roads and discovering the lesser seen – but equally beautiful – parts of El Rompido.

El Rompido is home to two golf courses, best enjoyed in the town's gorgeously warm climate. Nuevo Portil's course offers the traditional 18 holes, while the golf course in town has an impressive 36 to keep things interesting.

Food and drink

While El Rompido is undoubtedly a tourist destination, it still retains its local charm and, as a result, provides authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine to visitors on holidays to Costa de la Luz. And lucky for you, a lot of it can be enjoyed along the waterfront, with some eateries even located on the sandy shores themselves.

With the town's waterfront location, restaurants understandably have a lot of meals with fresh seafood to compliment the beach views. Once the evening rolls around, start your night at Dona Gamba, where you'll be stuffed to the gills with heaped dishes of seafood. You can close the evening out on the beach at places like the Horizontal Beach Club, where you can sip cocktails along the water and socialise with like-minded holidaymakers.

Shopping

The Centro Commercial El Faro is a small, local shopping centre whose handful of shops and restaurants are located within thatched-roof cottages. Here you can find gifts and souvenirs for yourself or loved ones that have a distinct local flavour. At nightfall, the restaurants at this outdoor centre are great places to cosy up and grab a drink or a coffee as you watch the sunset.

Accommodation

El Rompido is home to a selection of four- and five-star hotels. And because El Rompido is on the smaller side, all of its Costa de la Luz All Inclusive accommodation is within walking distance to the beach and town centre.

Each resort hotel comes at the ready with large pools and rows of sun loungers, and unlike other holiday destinations, where winter comes with a chill, here, you can enjoy the pool all year round. Most places also provide spa facilities and wellness treatments for your sun-kissed skin, so you can ensure you're aptly pampered and rejuvenated for your return home.