Port of Huelva: Port of Christopher Columbus. Western gateway to Andalusia.

Huelva is a natural port on the Odiel River Estuary. Next to the Strait of Gibraltar, the Port of Huelva is located at the most important crossroads of the North-South and East-West maritime routes.

There are two berths available for cruise ships: Levante wharf located in the city centre and South wharf located very close to the port entrance.

Huelva is the most natural province in Spain. This is proven by the 122 km of fine, white sandy beaches that run between the estuaries of the rivers Guadalquivir and Guadiana and its boundless nature, with spaces of such ecological value that they have become its greatest asset, such as Doñana, the Odiel Marshes and the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Parks.

Huelva is light, with 3,120 hours of sunshine a year and an agreeable and temperate climate that means visitors can live life to the full outdoors. All these combined with a thousand-year history forged by the passing of civilizations such as the Tartesians, Phoenicians, Romans and Moors, and the legacy left by the British who ran the copper mines of the pyrite belt in the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. This is unquestionably a vast cultural inheritance that is reflected in an extensive artistic and and architectural heritage, and in deeply entrenched traditions known around the world, such as the Romería del Rocío (religious festival) and Easter Week.

The exceptional geographical and climatological conditions of Huelva also contribute to its production of high quality foods such as ham from Jabugo, meat and cold meat from the mountains, prawns and fish from the sea, magnificient strawberries and raspberries, the exquisite olive oil, brandy, wine and vinegars.

All these factors are excellent reasons to discover a province that in 1492 was the departure point for the ships that discovered the New World under the command of Christopher Columbus, and that, in the Middle Ages was the backdrop to fighting on the border with Portugal.

Huelva is not only there to be viewed, but for the experience of personally discovering in depth its uncountable attractions. In contrast to many other places, its varied attractions present visitors with a world of opportunities to enjoy active tourism while constantly being in first-hand contact with nature.

 

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