Huelva City - Fascinating facts

The rich mineral wealth of Huelva.
The rich mineral wealth of Huelva.

Huelva has always been known more for the beaches in the surrounding area, than for the city itself. Known by the Phoenicians as Onuba, it has a long history, closely linked to the sea and nearby mineral riches, and apart from the less attractive industrial port area, has some interesting sights, although many monuments were destroyed in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The city is closely associated with Columbus, who sailed to the Americas from nearby, and you can visit his favourite virgin in her chapel. In the nineteenth century, British mining companies brought an era of great wealth to the city. Today Huelva's main industry is petrochemicals, with fishing its second source of income.

  • Fact 1 - Driving through Huelva, and suddenly find yourself transported back in time to suburban Victorian England? No, you're not imagining it, this is the probably most incongruous barrio in Andalucia - and therefore a must-see.
  • Fact 2 - No, he wasn't born here, but he set out on those history-making voyages from nearby. Christopher Columbus is Huelva's own local hero and you can follow in his footsteps
  • Fact 3 - Huelva´s football club, Recreativo, is the oldest in Spain. And you'll never guess who founded it - the Brits.
  • Fact 4 - See replicas of Columbus` faithful ships - every Spanish schoolchild can name them for you - and a gargantuan statue dedicated to the great man
  • Fact 5 - From erotic poetry to children's books, this Nobel Laureate was Onubense - in other words, he came from Huelva

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