Lepe is a small municipality in the Spanish province of Huelva in Andalusia. It has 27,406 inhabitants ( 1 January 2013) and is located about six kilometers from the Atlantic coast, close to the Portuguese border. The city area covers 124.78 km ².


The town was founded in the 6th or the Phoenicians 5th century BC and later occupied only by the Romans, the Moors, as witnessed by numerous archaeological finds in Lepe and environment. After the Reconquista Lepe temporarily fell to the Knights Templar.

Economy and Transport

Lepe is known from time immemorial by the export of its agricultural products to other European countries. Today, especially strawberries are grown. Lepe, with a share of 92 % of the Spanish or about 80 % of the European market 's largest strawberry producer in Europe. A lower economic role of fisheries. In addition, tourism also plays a role, because Lepe is also a popular destination for those seeking relaxation and recreation on the 25 kilometers of sandy beaches looking behind which sand dunes and pine forests are located.

Culture and sights

Local attractions include the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán from the 16th century, the chapel of San Cristobal, which is now used as a space for exhibitions and cultural events, and the old Seeverteidigungsturm Torre del Catalán.

The people of Lepe are often the target of Spanish jokes.