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Huelva

Huelva is a province of Andalusia characterized by its nature and its mild climate that offers visitors a pleasant stay during their holiday either inland visiting some of its white villages or on the coast enjoying a nice swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

History

The province has been populated by Phoenicians and Tartesos who exploited the mineral wealth of the interior which they traded by sea with other Mediterranean cities.

The adjective `onubense´ (from Huelva) comes from the ancient Onuba found in Greek sources whose meaning is unknown, but the province of Huelva comes from Welba how it was known during the Muslim rule.

With over 5000 years of history, the city Huelva has seen different civilizations throughout its history, both Romans and Visigoths settled in the province although they haven´t left many archaeological remains.

During the Middle Ages and the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus who departed from the port of Palos de la Frontera in 1492, Huelva province underwent a deep transformation and economic growth.

Huelva today is rich in traditions and cultural heritage resulting of its important position in history since prehistory. It also has a large natural offer for those visiting the mountains, the ancient mines, large natural beaches and the National Park Doñana.

From more recent history remains the Rio Tinto mining which was sold to a British company in 1873, a relationship that provided a major industrial development that ended during the mid-twentieth century.

Tourism in Huelva

A walk through the centre of Huelva is possible without the car as there is a large pedestrian space having fairly restricted the passage of vehicles and where you can find the old town.

You can make beautiful walks along the quays of Tinto and Tharsis, built by the British long ago to transport the mined ore to Great Britain.

Among the options of Huelva are its beaches especially the beach Espigon belonging to the Natural Park of the Odiel Marshes; a highly recommended beach especially for those who practice nudism. There are organized tours that can be arranged to get to know well this Natural Park.

Gastronomy

In Huelva cuisine is mainly based on seafood, being the shrimp one of the best in the world. Prawns are one of the dishes that we recommend testing at one of the bars of the province.

The Atlantic offers a wide variety of fish and seafood of the highest quality, but not only that, Iberian ham from Huelva also has a well-deserved reputation; a Bellota ham of very high quality.

If you want to know more attractions in Huelva visit the link for more things to do and places to visit.

How to get to Huelva

Huelva is directly connected with Portugal and Seville by motorway A-49 which can be accessed by car or bus.

To get there by car from Malaga to Huelva, you have to take the direction towards Seville from where following the signs you should arrive without problems. The following map shows the road route from Malaga, if you don´t have a vehicle you can opt for a car hire in Malaga with us or a taxi from Malaga to Huelva at a good price.

There is a train connection between Huelva and Seville. If you want to visit this city from Malaga you have to take a train from the train station Maria Zambrano to Seville where you can connect with a train to Huelva.

Huelva information

Huelva Attractions, Huelva coast, Huelva coast villages, Marshlands of the Odiel, the Discovery of America, Sierra Morena, Ayamonte, La Rabida, Moguer, Palos de la Frontera, El Rocio information, Doñana information
Map of: Huelva street map, Huelva province, roads, rivers and towns maps, Costa de la Luz, Doñana map

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