The Huelva Rundown
Huelva in Andalucía, Spain, is a pleasant vacation destination boasting an array of pretty plazas, interesting historical monuments and a bustling port area featuring many bars and restaurants. At the Museo de Huelva, you can witness the artefacts left by settlers many centuries ago. Huelva is also home to several notable churches, including the city’s oldest, Iglesia de San Pedro. The central palm-lined Plaza de las Monjas is the hub of the city and features a pedestrian-only shopping district where you can blow your holiday budget. Huelva is relatively compact, meaning you can easily see the main sights by foot, such as Parque Moret, the city’s largest park with stunning views over the Odiel estuary.
In the evening, you can enjoy plays, concerts, operas and films at the Gran Teatro. For a night out on the town, head to Calle Pablo Rada and Calle for your choice of bars. If you are interested in listening to live music, Sala de la Nave on Calle Fuenteheridos in the Molino de la Vega district features jazz concerts, flamenco dancing and live hip hop and rock music.
When To Go
Huelva benefits from hot summers and mild winters. Sunbathing is possible almost every day in Huelva from June through September. During the summer months, there is virtually no rain, making for a highly pleasant holiday. Summer temperatures reach daily highs around 35°C (95°F) and fall to 15°C (59°F) at night. The region experiences some rain from late September through early October, but it is rarely heavy. Winter temperatures range from daily highs around 20°C (68°F) and 10°C (50°F) at night.
- Spring (mid-March to mid-June): 9-28°C (48-82°F)
- Summer (mid-June to mid-September): 17-32°C (63-90°F)
- Fall (mid-September to mid-December): 8-29°C (46-84°F)
- Winter (mid-December through mid-March): 7-20°C (45-68°F)
By air, visitors can fly into Malaga Airport or Seville Airport. Malaga is about a four-hour drive, and rental cars are available for hire. You can also get from Malaga to Huelva by bus and train. The Seville airport is about 1.5-hour drive, or you can travel from the airport to Huelva via rail using one of the RENFE services. You can also hire a taxi, minibus or car rental from the airports to Huelva.
- By air: Malaga Airport or Seville Airport
- By rail: RENFE
- Taxi, minibus or car rental available
The small province of Huelva in southwest Spain, with a capital of the same name, is most famous as the former abode of Christopher Columbus. Several landmarks in the province, from the Rábida Monastery to the Palos de la Frontera, relate in some way to the explorer's epic journey to the New World in 1492.
With almost 150,000 people, Huelva is relatively small and quite easy to navigate on foot. As a maritime port that sits between two rivers, the city was a vital base of operations as far back as 500 B.C. with the Phoenicians. Huelva has bred many artists, poets and writers over the years of international renown and prominence. These include Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez, painter Daniel Vázquez Díaz and sculptor Antonio León Ortega. Several points of interest in the city and province pay homage to these and other native sons of artistic distinction. The city of Huelva is also home to Recreativo de Huelva, the first formal football squad to operate in Spain.
Attractions & Activities
- La Rábida Monastery
- Town of Moguer
- Palos de la Frontera
- Doñana National Park
- Town of Lepe
- Real Club Recreativo de Huelva
- Semana Santa
- Fiestas Colombinas
- Festival de Cine
Restaurants & Nightlife
- Taberna El Condado
- Bar Agmanir
- Bar Paco Moreno
- El Rinconcito
- El Ocho
- Box Huelva
- Bar 1900
With over 300 days of sun per year, Huelva has a lovely Mediterranean climate.
- Winter (December to February) 4-14°C
- Spring (March to May) 7-20°C
- Summer (June to September) 16-28°C
- Fall (October to November) 8-21°C
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