The best of Huelva and environs in 4 days
If you are thinking about a trip to discover Huelva and the surounding area, here are our recommendations for the best of Huelva in 4 days. Enjoy a comprehensive and varied trip taking in the paradisiacal beaches of Costa de la Luz, fabulous nature reserves, the historic towns that Columbus frequented before his voyages, and the delicious local cuisine.
The province of Huelva has something for everyone, whether you are travelling as a family, with friends or with a partner. Discover fun activities to do with kids, or surprise your other half with a romantic getaway.
Itinerary day 1
Reina Victoria district
The Reina Victoria district of Huelva was named after Queen Victoria by the developer at the time. Its architecture, however, shows no British influence and is a mixture of Neo-Mudéjar, Andalusian and Colonial styles.
Monument to Our Lady of El Rocío
This fascinating monument represents 60 devotees lifting the Madonna onto their shoulders in the town’s famous procession. The artist himself and his father are just two of the figures that form part of the sculpture.
Plaza de las Monjas
Adjacent to the monument to Christopher Columbus, this square was originally part of the old stable yard of the palace of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, but was established as a public space in the 18th century when it became a venue for shows and celebrations.
Huelva Town Hall
It is well worth making the three-minute walk from Plaza de las Monjas to find take in this majestic building located in the spacious Plaza de la Constitución, right at the heart of the city.
Known as the restaurant with the best Spanish omlette in Spain, this small family-run establishment is one of the most popular eateries in the city. Relax on its terrace and try its signature dish of tortilla española.
Built on the site of an ancient hermitage, this fascinating cathedral has been used as a convent, a chapel and a war hospital. The adjacent building houses the Faculty of Business Science of the University of Huelva.
Museo de Huelva
In the different spaces of this museum, principally dedicated to the Fine Arts, Archaeology and Ethnography, you will find impressive permanent collections and temporary exhibitions that are free of charge for EU citizens.
Río Tinto Pier
This old pier belonged to the Río Tinto mining company. Today it has fallen into disuse, but the worn and weathered structure is one of the most romantic places in the city to go for a riverside stroll in the evening.
One of the most popular taverns and seafood restaurants in Huelva, Er Chiclanero is famous for its octopus salad. It also serves other delectable dishes such as stewed oxtail and pigs trotters if you are not a seafood fan.
Itinerary day 2
Monument to the Discovery Faith
Commonly known as the Monument to Columbus, this 37-metre-high sculpture is of a man gazing out to sea towards America. He is leaning on a cross, which represents the Catholic Monarchs.
Playa de Mazagón
This golden beach in Palos de la Frontera stretches as far as the eye can see, and is one of the places considered a must-visit on the Costa de la Luz.
Monasterio de la Rábida
This Gothic and Mudéjar-style Franciscan friary was erected between the 14th and 15th centuries. It played a key role in the Age of Discovery, providing accommodation for explorers such as Columbus, Hernán Cortés and Francisco Pizarro.
Restaurante Bar Pappis
It is a small place with 100% homemade food. They emphasize the montaditos and tapas varied, especially the daily ones. Although they also have an extensive menu to choose from.
Palos de la Frontera
This town, known as the birthplace of the ‘Discovery of America’, is part of the Ruta de los Lugares Colombinos, a trail of places related to the first voyages of discovery. It is the town where the Christopher Columbus prepared his first voyage to the New World.
This former fishing town in the province of Huelva has interesting links to Christopher Columbus. Almost a third of its inhabitants joined his crew for the first voyage, and it also provided the famous caravel ‘La Niña’ for the expedition.
Sabor Amor Gastrobar
This small and cosy restaurant is right next to the port of Huelva, and is the perfect place for a romantic date night. The tasty dishes are always beautifully presented.
Itinerary day 3
Nestled in the verdant hills of Sierra de Aracena, this town of typical whitewashed houses shares its location with imposing towers, battlements and a castle that dominates the surrounding area.
Grotto of Marvels
Right at the heart of Aracena you will find one of the prettiest caves in all of Spain. Explore the weird and wonderful underground landscape with incredible rock formations and crystal-clear lakes.
This restaurant, located in the historic old quarter of Aracena, specialises in Iberian pork – a very popular local product. You are guaranteed to leave here satisfied and with fabulous memories.
Minas de Riotinto
A visit to this old mining site can be likened to a journey to another planet. It boasts pathways 200 metres below ground and rivers that run a deep red. There is also a quaint steam train that transports visitors around the site.
Niebla is remarkable for its walled historic centre. Today, both the impressive castle and hidden corners of the town conserve a glorious air of the past.
This Michelin-star restaurant adds a modern and creative touch to dining in Huelva. Its tasting menu is based on local produce but breaks from traditional styles of preparation.
Itinerary day 4
Laguna del Portil
The El Portil Nature Reserve is home to many species of water fowl, and boasts lush vegetation, golden sand dunes and wildlife trails with lookout points for the best views of the lagoon ecosystem.
Playa El Portil
Relax on this beautiful urban beach of golden sands and tranquil aquamarine waters. We recommend you take a stroll along the shore to the bunkers built during the Second World War.
Playa de la Bota
This expanse of dazzling pale-gold sand is one of the best beaches in Huelva. It is also famous for the discovery of ‘the man who never was’.
At this restaurant, just stone’s throw from the beach, you can enjoy a delicious paella expertly crafted by renowned chefs Carlos Otaola and José Luis Chaparro.
This is the perfect place to relax by the sea. Let your cares fade away in this town of fishing boats, quaint holiday cottages, beach bars and endless sandy beaches.
Mosquito Club Huelva
You’ll find this famous beach bar on Playa de la Canaleta. As well as drinks and tapas, it offers yoga lessons and free concerts. The atmosphere in the evening is wonderful.
Marismas de Odiel
Located at the mouth of the Odiel River, the Marismas de Odiel, or Odiel Marshes, form a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that boasts an extraordinary wealth of fauna in its diverse landscape.
This establishment began as a small tapas bar, but is now one of the best restaurants in the city. It is a point of reference for traditional regional dishes using local produce and top-quality ingredients.