Huelva, Spain

Huelva is a city in southwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Huelva in the region of Andalusia. It is located along the Gulf of Cadiz coast, at the confluence of the Odiel and Rio Tinto rivers. Huelva and its environs is a Mecca for those interested in Christopher Columbus, with a number of significant tourist attractions relating to the famous explorer. La Rábida, Palos de la Frontera and Moguer are three of the key sites in the Columbus story.

The city centre of Huelva is a pleasant place with many pretty plazas, absorbing historical monuments and, as you'd expect from a city with a bustling port, a wealth of seafood bars and restaurants. The hub of the city centre is the palm-lined square, the Plaza de las Monjas, close to the pedestrianized shopping district, along the streets of Concepción to Berdigón.

Things to See & Do

* Sanctuario de la Cinta
*Museo de Huelva - museum
* Columbus sights
* Punta Umbria - beach
* Plaza de las Monjas

General information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – Spanish and Catalan
Land Area – 88 km²
Population – 150,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 34

Port Location –The port of Huelva is located approximately 1km from the city centre.

Travel Links – Huelva's bus station is at Calle Doctor Rubio, with regular buses to Seville and resorts along the coast. There is a twice-daily service to Portugal and the Sierra de Aracena north of Huelva and one bus a day to Cádiz, Granada and Malaga.
A ferry service runs during the summer months to the nearest beach resort to Huelva, Punta Umbría. It leaves from the Muelle de las Canaos.
The Estación de Sevilla is on Avenida Italia, from where there are four trains daily to Seville one train a day to Madrid via Córdoba at and two a day to the Sierra de Aracena, which continue up to Extremadura.

The centre is relatively compact so you can see the sights without having to hop on a bus, although you may want to for the Sanctuario de la Cinta, located 3km out of town.

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