Huelva Province - Mazagón

The untouched, clean beaches at Mazagón
The untouched, clean beaches at Mazagón

Mazagón

Mazagón is a low-level resort with a choice of excellent beaches,and is less developed than the next seaside town, Matalascañas. One of Mazagón's best beaches is situated 6km east of Matalascañas, by the Parador Cristóbal Colón. Unusually for this stretch of coast, where beaches are generally more open and exposed, this beach is backed by sandstone cliffs.

 

Hotels

There is no shortage of hotels in Mazagón, as well as in the nearby town of Matalascañas. More >

Beaches

This long beach spans 5.5 kilometres next to the town of Mazagon and borders Doñana natural park. More >

Southern Beaches

Playa del Parador, Playa de Rompeculos & Playa del Torre are all beaches south of Mazagon. More >

Coto Doñana National Park

The Parque Nacional de Doñana is one of Europe's most important wetland reserves. More >

 

HISTORY

First references of Mazagón date to the early fourteenth century when Alfonso XI, after its segregation from Niebla, gave the canyons of Mazagón to Alonso Jofre Tenorio, Lord of Moguer.

Fishing and the strategic location at the entrance of the port of Huelva, established Mazagón's first settlement constructing the Faro (lighthouse), Muelle del Vigía (pier) and Casa del Vigía, the first concrete buildings in the province of Huelva.

A few decades ago, a group of young working families decided to build homes in Mazagón, which at that time served only as a vacation place for wealthy families from Madrid and Seville who had built second homes here by sea front.

The richness of its forests and fauna, variety of fishing, incomparable infrastructure of its marina and the quality of its beaches have led to Mazagón becoming a thriving tourist destination.

THINGS TO SEE

Faro de Mazagón
The lighthouse known as Picacho, stands 52m above sea level and construction started on 13 May 1884, completed in 1902. In 1925, a lighting installation run on oil was put it, then later in 1931 changed to gas, and finally in 1949 electrified. It marks the entrance to the Port of Huelva and in summer, a small bar opens inside the lighthouse. Located on Calle Santa Clara.

Muelle y Casa del Vigía
Casa del Vigía was built in the early twentieth century as the port checkpoint equipped with its wooden muelle (dock), but is now empty. Located on Avenida del Vigía.

Ermita del Carmen
The chapel was restored in 2014. Located on Avenida Pintor Miguel Ballesta Maqueda.

Iglesia de los Sagrados Corazones
Modern church, located on Avenida de los Conquistadores.

THINGS TO SEE OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE

Torre del Loro
The remains of an old look-out tower built over three hundred years ago to protect the coast. During that time, the area was threatened by pirates, who plundered the villages and took inhabitants captive. Located in between Mazagón and Matalascañas, in front of Camping Doñana.

La Rabida
The area near Mazagon on the banks of the Rio Tinto is where Christopher Columbus set sail. There are a number of Tourist attractions to visit including the replicas of the ships. Hightly recommended. More>

BEACHES

Mazagón has a total of 12kms of sandy beaches and during the summer there are several 'chiringuito' beach bars lined along the sand to have a drink or even something to eat. At Km 38 on the A-494 towards Matalascañas, is a beautiful stretch of relatively quiet beach called Cuesta de Maneli. To reach it from the car park signposted on the main road, you have to take a 10-minute walk over the dunes through scrub and small pine trees. The beach at Torre del Loro does have a nudist section.  More>

GASTRONOMY

Mazagón, like any coastal town offers freshly caught fish including sardines, mackerel, dab, anchovies, gilthead bream, young hake, sea bass and shellfish. Here, you will also find the famous Huelva prawns which are exquisite. In the centre of Mazagón there is a wide variety of places to stay and eat. There are loads of reasonably priced restaurants serving a good selection of seafood dishes, particularly For something more special, try one of the restaurants opposite the town's main beach, or those that line the Carretera de la Playa road to the beach.

FESTIVALS

Romería de Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Celebrated the first weekend of May.

Festividad del Carmen
Celebrated on 16 July with a procession via boat.

Feria de Mazagón
Celebrated the first weekend of August (Thursday-Sunday).

LOCATION

Mazagón is located 21km from Huelva. To get there, take the H-30 south, leaving Huelva and onto the N-442 over the Río Tinto. Continue on the N-442 until you reach Mazagón.