Huelva is where it all started. It was from the port of Palos on the Huelva coast that Christopher Columbus sailed on his historical voyage in 1492, changing the course of Spanish - and world - history. But the story of this province stretches much further back in time. Before the Romans arrived, the mineral wealth of the Huelva sierras permitted the rise of the fabulous civilization of Tartessos, whose capital, some believe, was on an island at the mouth of the Guadalquivir river.
Over the centuries the delta silted up, to give rise to a large extension of marshlands which became vital for hundreds of species of nesting and migrating birds. In the middle ages this area was a hunting reserve. Today it is protected as the Doņana National Park.
The northern sierras of Huelva constitute a natural environment of a different sort, and are also home to the prized Iberian pig, which are the source of the best cured hams in the world. This landscape of chestnut and oak trees provides a sharp contrast to the long stretches of wide, sandy beaches along the Atlantic coast of Huelva, where modern resorts and golf courses tempt the traveler.
The Doņana National Park
The Columbus Sites, from where the explorer launched his voyage of discovery
Aracena and its surrounding sierras
The Mining Park of Riotinto
The wide, sandy beaches of the Huelva coast
Ham from the free-ranging Iberico pig
Travel in Huelva
The Road to El Rocio
A tour in horse-drawn wagons allows visitors to recapture the spirit of Andalusias most famous pilgrimage.
Valverde del Camino is the place to go for your Spanish boots of Spanish leather
Into the Heart of Doņana
A tour through one of Europes most precious natural wonders.
Discovering marvels above and below ground in Huelvas Sierra de Aracena.
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