A small historic city in southwest Andalucía, Huelva is a stone’s throw away from both the coast and the border with Portugal and the Algarve. The city has thrived as a port for centuries, embracing its maritime past while looking to the future at the same time. Having been inhabited since 3000BC, there’s a lot to intrigue history buffs here.
Huelva is famous for having a handful of Roman remains, while it was one the home of the local Mint, where coins were produced for the entire Andalucía region. It also has several arts events throughout the year, while religion plays a big part in daily life throughout the city. Sport is also pretty popular here, particularly football.
Some of the roads in the centre of Huelva are a little narrow, so for that reason, you should drive a small city car or supermini if you want to get around without any problems.
Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva is the city’s film festival. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, it takes place in venues throughout Huelva. Awards are offered to films screened at the festival including best picture and best director.
There are several sites where Christopher Columbus left his mark. One of them is the La Rábida Friary, based in the nearby town of Palos de la Frontera. The monastery is well worth visiting for its Moorish and Gothic-influenced architecture.
Recreativo de Huelva is the city’s local football team. The oldest club in Spain, ‘Recre’ play in the second tier of Spanish Football at the 26,000-capacity Estadio Nuevo Colombino, which is just to the south of the city centre.
Huelva’s two ports are worth a look if you want to see how the city runs on a daily basis. Near them, you’re likely to find a handful of restaurants serving Andalucían tapas as well as cocktails such as sangria while you watch the boats passing by.
The ring road which runs around Huelva is the best route for getting into both the city centre and inner suburbs.
If driving to Seville or any other major cities in the region, you should try to take the A-49 motorway, as it connects most of them.
Traffic is sometimes heavy around the port area of Huelva. Be sure to avoid during early mornings once daylight approaches.
Huelva‚Äôs main train station is located on Avenida Italia, which is in the centre of the city. It is the terminal for a high-speed AVE route between the city and Madrid. It stops at Seville‚Äôs main station along the way.
Huelva is around 30 miles west of Seville Airport, which is the largest airport in the region of Andalucia. It can be reached via the E-1 European Route before meeting the A-4.