Huelva is a busy port in the extreme south-west corner of Spain, at the mouth of the River Odiel.
Ship berths at the new Levante Wharf, which is right in the city.
Be sure to visit some of Huelva’s historic sites like the Catedral de la Merced which dates back to 1605, the Iglesia de San Pedro, Casa Colon, and the Gran Teatro de Huelva, as well as Moret Park, which covers 70 hectares and is considered one of the best urban parks in Andalucía.
In 1943, Huelva was the location for ‘Operation Mincemeat’, when the corpse of Glyndwr Michael, who had died in a London hospital, was dressed as a major in the Royal Marines and dropped in the sea off-shore, carrying fake documents stating that the Allies were planning an imminent invasion of Greece, rather than Sicily, their actual target. The Spanish authorities passed the papers to the German High Command, who diverted many of their troops away from Sicily, facilitating the Allied invasion of the island. The fictitious ‘Major Martin’ was buried with full military honors in a Huelva cemetery: Glyndwr Michael’s name was added to the gravestone in 1998.
While this area may lack the architectural wonders you will find in most of Spain, this is a perfect place for a seasoned traveler person to get a feel for traditional Spain, where the Spanish themselves spend holidays.
Punta Umbria is the beach area and is a main draw in the area.
Of the many protected areas in the province of Huelva, Doñana National Park is by far the most interesting. Situated to the south-east of the city, it covers an area of over 180,000 acres between the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Guadaliquivir River.
No visit to Huelva would be complete without trying Jamon de Jabugo—one of the most famous types of ham in all of Spain—as well as other popular local products like olive oils, marzipan, goat cheese, wines and fruit liquors, especially cherry liquor.
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