Huelva

Huelva is the Andalusian city with the greatest Latin America vocation, in the old part of the town you can see buildings that remind you of these links and at Sebo Point there is a statue that is a monument Christopher Comlumbus, the work of Whithney the sculptor.

El Conquero is one of the emblematic areas in Huelva, several mounds give it its peculiar physical shape and they form part of the green belt of the city of Huelva, also good places to take.

The Roman Onuba emerged from between the sand dunes and alluvium Where the rivers Tinto and Odiel flow into the Atlantic Ocean on the most south-westerlytip of Spain.The Romans looked for the metals they need for their war artefacts in these lands and this is how present-day Huelva lived through periods when its history was linked to metals and later to the sea, when the three caravels of Christopher Columbus sailed from the neighboring port of Palos to discover the new World in 1492.

Huelva centre, Avenida Pablo Rada

Huelva centre, Avenida Pablo Rada

Huelva was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake that hit Lisbon in 1755, almost all its historic buildings were ruined and the city had to be rebuilt. The Cathedral of the city of Huelva, dedicated to Nuestra Señora dela Merced, dates from 1783 and was designed by Pedro de Silva. The interior of the Cathedral is worth a visit with its outstanding altarpiece of our Lady of Pains and painting ofla Virgendela Cintaby Martínez Montañés.

Festivals and traditions

The celebration of the festival honour or San Sebastián on the 20th January, when it is traditional to eat popcorn, opens the festival calendar of Huelva. In February the Carnival follows on with the popular burial of the “Choco” or cuttlefish that attracts a los of “widows”. During Holy Week do not miss the baroque floats o “thrones” as they are called here, depicting the Passion of Christ. May is a colourful moth with the May Crosses and when the pilgrim way to Almonte to show their affection for the Our Lady of the Dew, Blanca Paloma. The festival in honour of Christopher Columbus, commemorating the historic voyage takes place in August. This marks the beginning of the celebration of the Colombine Football Trophy. In September the city celebrates its fair in honour of Our Lady of the Cinta, the patroness of the city. In November,The Latin American Film festival is one of the most important cultural events in city of Huelva.

Huelva port

Huelva port

Gastronomy

Huelva´s cuisine is from the sea and the mountains. The cuisine in coastal Huelva has its main ingredients in its fresh fish and selfish that are brought to the fish auction an popular Carmen Market. We have to add the “jamón de Jabugo” or ham from Jabugo in the mountains, it is the only ham of its kind in the world, delicious cooked pork product, fresh meat from Andévalo and the Sierra de Aracena and wine with appellation dórigene Condado de Huelva.

Nature

Today, the Sierra de Aracena, Picos de Aroche Natural Park and Picos de Aracena occupies the entire northern part of the province, while in the south, a chain of green areas along the coast leads to Doñana. Las marismas of Isla Cristina, Río Piedras and Flecha del Rompido, in the municipalities of lepe and Cartaya, together with the Nature Reserve ofLa Lagunade El Portil and Los Enebrales in Punta Umbría, announce the presence of las marismas del odiel, a biosphere reserve on the edge the capital. The Domingo Rubio estuary refreshesLa Rábidaand announces the wonders of Doñana, the Lakes of Palos and Las Madres, between Moguer and Palos dela Frontera. LaRábida is located amidst naturescapes of great ecological value, most of which have remained unaltered since Columbus and his seamen set sail from here in their New World venture.