Lepe - The Antilles
Lepe is located 6.4 km from Islantilla and is the most populous municipality in the province after the capital.
Founded by the Phoenicians in a small valley next to the Río Piedras , Lepe has been populated by Romans and Arabs, preserving the historical heritage of these times. Lepero sailors linked to the town of Lepe take part in the discovery and conquest of America, among which stands out Rodrigo Perez de Acevedo . Other renowned leperos are Alvaro Alonso Beard , Christopher Mendez , Manuel Vela and Fray José Oria Castañeda.
Its smaller nuclei are the boat , Pine forests of Lepe , the lump , The Antilles and the part of Islantilla of the municipal term of Lepe, these last two increasing the population in summer considerably due to tourism. The Natural Area Marismas del Río Piedras and Flecha de Nueva Umbría It is the main exponent of the natural heritage of the municipality, within which the Nueva Umbria beach .
Of its municipal area it is worth mentioning its 24 km beach ( La Antilla , New Umbria and the eastern part of Islantilla ), as well as the fishing port of The Lump , the Hermitage of Our Lady of Beauty Hello Catalan Tower . Among its festivities, the Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Beauty and the Patron Saint Festivities San Roque and the Beautiful .
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Isla Cristina is located 9.3 km from Islantilla.
Its origins go back to the foundation of a fishing colony by Catalans and Valencians after the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, which grew until obtaining its own town hall in 1833 and later absorbing the old municipality of La Redondela on June 30, 1887.
The main activity is fishing, favored by its important port. Its fish market is the first for fresh fish auctions in Andalusia and the second for tonnage. It also stands out for holding international events, such as "The Cluster of Mixed Fishing Companies", and for having the third oldest newspaper in Andalusia, La Higuerita, centenary since February 13, 2015. Other signs of identity are the recent tourist activity as well as its carnival, one of the oldest and most important in Spain.
In the municipal area are the Isla Cristina Marshes, protected as a Natural Park, and also several areas of pine and scrub of the coastal dune belt. Due to its east-west orientation, the sunsets that end between the sea and the land have inspired several poets, even creating the route of the sunsets, with famous quotes from great poets such as Rafael Alberti, Gerardo Diego, Juan Ramon Jimenez or Louis Cernuda.
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