Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists choose Huelva As a holiday destination. They are looking for a quiet place and of course the crown jewel of Spanish tourism, the sun and the beach. It probably has the longest sandy beaches of the Iberian coast and many of them practically virgin, but Huelva is not only a beach, it is much more than that. That is why we encourage you to discover this province, even in a getaway from Weekend.
Rio Tinto Pier
The city of Huelva
It's not just beach, it's much more
During a weekend in June we visited part of the province of Huelva, based on our excursions, the city of Huelva. Staying in what is probably one of the best hotels in Huelva, theMonte Conquero Hotel, we design a planning to visit the most important points of the City as well as excursions less than an hour from the Hotel.
The first afternoon we spent we decided to visit the Tinto River Pier, on the banks of the river Odiel in Huelva. This pier, declared of cultural interest in 2003, was used for the embarkation and disembarkation of material from the Rio Tinto Mines.
Very close to there, just 5 minutes by car we drive to the town of La Rabida. There on the banks of the Rio Tinto, is the Dock of the Caravels, a splendid recreation of the 3 Caravels that sailed towards the Indies in the year 1492. Why is very simple, Martin Pinzón, co-discoverer of America with Christopher Columbus, was a natural Palos de la Frontera, a few kilometers from this place.
Caravels - La RábidaX
From there we can climb a hill to visit theMonastery of Santa María de la Rábida, founded on December 6, the year 1412. In the same Christopher Columbus was housed, a few years before the discovery.
After the visit, we return to the city of Huelva to taste some tapas very close to the Monte Montero Hotel, in Pablo Rada street, and two minutes away from there, in the Las Monjas or Las Palmeras square, in the historic center.
Monastery of Santa Maria de la Rabida
The next day we visited the Doñana national park, aboard one of the all-terrain vehicles that are allowed access. The tour lasts approximately 4 hours and leaves the visitor center of the Acebuche (it is advisable to book in advance). It is the best way to visit the park, since we will travel the entire beach (about 25km) and the great dunes, to finally finish in the marshes. We did not see a Lynx, but we did observe wild boars, deer and a multitude of birds, which made our visit a delight.
Doñana national park
After the visit, we pass through the famous Village of El Rocío, on the banks of one of the marshes of the National Park. This village has become one of the most important tourist centers of the province of Huelva by being placed in a strategic point such as Doñana, as well as the end point of the famous procession of the Virgin of the Dew.
Village of Rocio
We spent the last day visiting the walled town of Fog and its magnificent Roman Bridge, which crosses the Rio Tinto. Part of this bridge was flown during the Spanish Civil War and subsequently rebuilt.
Roman Bridge - Fog
And as icing on our trip, the incredible Rio Tinto Mines, closed in 2001. It was originally operated by the English company Rio Tinto Company Limited and finally transferred to a Spanish company. Today it is a large plot, with several trenches several hundred meters deep. A true Martian landscape, especially if you visit the area of Iron Rock, where the rivers are practically red and orange. This place will deserve a dedicated post in the future.
Mines of Rio Tinto
When to go?
Huelva It has a mild climate in winter and hot in summer, so any time of the year is good to visit.
Where to stay?
Our recommendation is to use the city of Huelva as the base of our excursions and fleeing the beach tourism that floods a large part of the province. As the best option theMonte Conquero Hotel, both for quality and price, with a frankly impressive breakfast and exquisite customer service.
Monte Conquero Hotel