Lepe,Tierra Llana Region
Lepe is a village belonging to the region of the Tierra Llana, which is located near the coast. Lepe limits with San Silvestre de Guzmán, Ayamonte, Sanlúcar de Guadiana, Cartaya, Villablanca, Isla Cristina y Punta Umbría.
In parts it borders the Natural Park of the Marismas del Río Piedras and Flecha del Rompido. It also has a border with the splendid beach of la Antilla, one of the most beautiful in the province.
It is known “worldwide” for the character and idiosyncrasies of its people, who have made this humour into a trademark of their identity. It has also, however, built a parallel reputation (and a buoyant economic situation) due to something altogether more tangible – the cultivation of strawberries, as they are the largest producer and exporter of these exquisite fruit in the country. You can also see here monuments such as the Parish Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman and the Chapel of S. Cristobal. A few kilometres away is the Port of Terron, one of the most important fishing centers in the province.
Although there exists isolated archaeological evidence from pre-Roman times, it was not until this period that the settlement model became fixed. Lepe saw great development during Arab rule, and became the main coastal centre, depending administratively on the Taifa of Niebla.
When the Arabs were expelled this territory passed into the hands of the “Order of the Temple”, an event which coincided with the occupation of the area by Castilian settlers. When the order was dissolved between 1307 and 1312, Lepe was purchased, along with Ayamonte, by Doña Maria Coronel, thus swelling the domains of the House of Guzman, later to be Lords of Niebla, under whose jurisdiction it remained until the mid-fifteenth century. After a long period of family quarrels Lepe was transferred, along with Ayamonte and la Redondela, by Juan Alonso de Guzman, Duke of Medina Sidonia, as a dowry for the marriage of his daughter Doña Teresa de Guzman to Don Pedro de Zuñiga who became in this way the Marquis of Ayamonte, whose career is linked historically to Lepe during the first third of the nineteenth century when he abolished jurisdictional domains.
The sailors of Lepe played a great role in the voyages of discovery that their Portuguese neighbors made to the African coast, as well as on the Columbus voyages and other such expeditions, as was the case with Juan Díaz de Solís – discoverer of the Rio de la Plata – who chartered his vessels in the Lepero port of Terron.
Parish of Santo Domingo de Guzman, fifteenth century. Mudejar style, which features a tower-facade
topped with a belfry with three bodies.
Chapel de San Cristobal, thirteenth century. Built by the Knights Templar. Of interest is the Moorish dome.
Hermitage del Terrón. The image of the Virgen de la Bella is kept here. It was used as a sanctuary.
Lepe Archeological Sites
Beacon tower located on the beach.
Monument to sailors.
The port of Terron.
Lepe has a rich gastronomy that is based on locally grown produce and the delicious fish and seafood of their coast. Following the Mediterranean tradition, Lepe is characterized by its elaborate cuisine, varied and rich in both flavors and shapes. As a coastal town there are a wide variety of fish, molluscs and shellfish (shrimp, mussels, clams, …) which come directly from the fishing port of Terrón to your plate.
Very typical are the sweets made from a base of flour, eggs and almonds, among other ingredients. These include “la coca”, tarts, a sweet with cider and almonds, a sweet made from pumpkin and “las perrunillas.
For wine lovers, Lepe offers a number of “zampuzos”, small bars that still keep the traditional style, but that bear the character of each of the owners. In September the zampuzos tread their own grapes and make their own wine in barrels. Strawberries, oranges and lately, novel tropical fruits complete the innovative gastronomic range of this region.
The city is connected by air to the airports of Seville and Faro, by road it can be accessed by the Quinto Centenario Highway which links Seville with Huelva, and will soon connect to the Algarve motorway, passing Lepe.
There are several fast and comfortable trains linking Huelva and Madrid, and the AVE high speed line between Madrid and Seville.
Bus services for Seville and Huelva are regular, as are services for other cities in Andalusia and Madrid.
Distances from Lepe
Huelva 31 km
Cartaya 7 km
Almonte 74 km
Gibraleón 28 km
Isla Cristina 15 km
El Rompido 16 km