Message to the people of Huelva: please don’t be offended if we say that Huelva is not the most beautiful city in Andalucia.
However, the province is incredible, as we told you here. But that doesn’t mean you should forget to visit a lovely city with a pleasant climate.
It has a long history (Tartessians, Phoenicians, Romans, and Arabs passed through here), and there is no lack of places to see in Huelva Capital… So here we are going to recommend you the best 10 places to visit in Huelva Capital:
What to see in Huelva Capital? 10 Best Places To Visit In Huelva Capital
1. Plaza de las Monjas
In the heart of the historic center of Huelva, we find the Plaza de las Monjas, an excellent place to start a visit to the city.
Here you can see the building of the Bank of Spain, have a drink on some of its terraces, or contemplate the statue of Christopher Columbus. This statue is deeply linked to this city.
2. Monument to the Discovering Faith
The striking Monument to the Discovering Faith, where the Odiel and Tinto rivers meet, was a gift from the U.S.
The statue was erected to thank those who made Columbus’ voyage to the Americas possible through their faith (and money, of course).
Beyond ethical and historical debates, there is no doubt that the huge monument is a real eye-catcher.
To explore the history of Columbus and visit the many places connected to his journey, there is a Columbus route you can take.
3. La Merced Cathedral
Another place to visit in Huelva is the beautiful Cathedral of La Merced. Originally a hermitage, it was built over a pink exterior and pristine white interior in the early 1600s.
On summer days, the Plaza de la Merced is an excellent place to relax under the shade of the shade trees.
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4. Barrio de Reina Victoria
Get to know the Barrio de Reina Victoria, also known as Barrio Obrero or Barrio Inglés.
Many English people were living in Huelva during this time who worked in the northern mining areas.
So as you can imagine, the architecture of the houses is much more “British” than you can imagine in an Andalusian city.
And what do the English have to do with the mines? Ah, this is another story, precisely that of the Rio Tinto Company.
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5. Dock of the Caravels
About 10 km from the center of Huelva, we will reach one of the city’s most famous attractions: the Muelle de las Carabelas, where the replica of the 3 caravels took Columbus and his men to sail the Atlantic waters to the Indies float…
No one suspected that this voyage, which began here in Palos de la Frontera on August 3, 1492, would have little to do with the Indies but would be the first step towards the “New” World.
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6. Monastery of Santa María La Rábida
Not far from there, we find the Monastery of Santa María La Rábida, another must-see place in Huelva.
Columbus stayed in one of its rooms after receiving a resounding NO from John II of Portugal when he asked for funding for the ambitious expedition.
Months later, the YES came from Isabella and Ferdinand, the Catholic Monarchs… the rest is history.
Beyond the curious guest it housed, the monastery is an architectural jewel. Of Gothic-Mudejar style, it preserves frescoes by Daniel Vázques Díaz and the image of the Virgin of Miracles.
For us, undoubtedly one of the most amazing places to see in Huelva.
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7. Monument to the Virgen del Rocio
To talk about Huelva without mentioning the devotion that the people of Huelva feel for the Virgen del Rocio would be almost sacrilege.
You can feel a tiny part of that feeling in front of the Monument to the Virgen del Rocío, in the Plaza del Punto.
By the way, right in front of it is the Casa Colón, a congress and exhibition center that was one of the first hotels in the city.
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8. Gastronomy of Huelva
You will get hungry after so much walking around, but no need to worry, in these parts you will be able to eat well.
It is impossible to leave Huelva without trying Jabugo ham, its famous white shrimp, strawberries, or other traditional dishes like coquinas al ajillo or choco con patatas. The truth is that you will probably gain a few pounds, but it’s worth it.
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9. Muelle del Tinto
When the sunset arrives, there is no better plan than watching the sunset at the curious Muelle del Tinto.
It was built in the late 1870s to allow the loading of minerals extracted from the Riotinto mines. It is more than 1 km long, and the first time you see it, it is pretty impressive.
10. Boat ride on the Huelva estuary
An alternative for another memorable sunset is to take a boat ride on the Huelva estuary. Or, another more special boat ride through the Odiel Marshes, with transportation, a glass of wine, and prawns included!