Huelva Craft Tour

Crafts in the province of Huelva maintain their own particular differences from the rest of Andalusian crafts, as for example their essentially utilitarian features dictated by an agrarian and rural economy.

Horse-Related Crafts

The characteristic is specially present in all trades related with horses. There are workshops dotted all around devoted to saddle making, shoes for the countryside and various types of bridles. All this is connected with the fresh popularity of pilgrimages - to which people go on horseback, and of riding. The centre for crafted shoes is in Valverde del Camino. The leather used is cowhide, the style is traditional and sturdy, normally used in the countryside, for riding or shooting. There are good saddlers at Almonte, Zalamea, Aroche and Huelva.

Workshops of Bollullos del Condado devote themselves to horse-drawn carriages, thus combining two trades: forging and cabinet-making.

Furniture Making

The craft of furniture making is predominantly concentrated in three locations: Valverde del Camino, Galaroza, and Zalamea la Real. The primary wood used in the creation of these pieces is beech, although chestnut and pine are also frequently employed. In recent years, rush-bottomed chairs have surged in popularity. These chairs, known as Sevillian chairs when decorated, are crafted in Galaroza using popular wood and wet rushes. They are typically painted in vibrant colours, often red or green, and adorned with floral patterns.

Wicker, a material known for its durability and flexibility, continues to be extensively used, particularly in Sanlúcar de Guadiana and Huelva. The enduring popularity of wicker furniture attests to the appreciation for traditional craftsmanship in these regions.


The art of pottery remains vibrant in traditional centres, where age-old Moorish techniques are innovatively combined with modern materials and designs. Workshops often have their own specialities. For instance, in Trigueros, craftsmen create "pulperas" - small ewers with a large mouth, traditionally used by the local fishermen of Isla Cristina and other coastal areas for catching squid, known as "pulpo".

In Beas and La Palma del Condado, artisans focus on architectural decorative motifs, often shaped like a pineapple or a simple ball, adding a unique aesthetic touch to their creations. Aracena is known for its naïf pottery, a style that embraces simplicity and innocence in its design.

La Palma is renowned for its flower pots and pitchers, practical items that also serve as beautiful decorative pieces. Meanwhile, the workshops in Moguer, Cortegana, and Nerva are recognized for their tile manufacturing, contributing to the rich architectural landscape of these areas.

Despite the evolving trends and techniques, the essence of traditional pottery is still preserved, making each piece a unique blend of the past and the present.

traditional pottery

Metalwork in Valverde del Camino

In the heart of Valverde del Camino, the art of metalworking thrives. The skilled metalworkers here are known for their craftsmanship in creating a variety of items. They excel in making traditional cowbells, a sound that resonates with the rural charm of the area.

But their expertise doesn't stop there. They also craft intricate grilles, showcasing the delicate balance between strength and beauty in their work. These grilles serve not only as functional pieces but also add an aesthetic touch to the local architecture.

Moreover, they produce essential metal parts related to horse riding, such as bits, stirrups, and spurs. These items, while practical, are also a testament to the metalworkers' attention to detail and their understanding of the equestrian culture in the region.

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