Huelva City - Fascinating Fact 1

The Barrio de Reina Victoria, otherwise known as the "Barrio Obrero" © Michelle Chaplow
The Barrio de Reina Victoria, otherwise known as the "Barrio Obrero" © Michelle Chaplow

Huelva city - Fascinating Fact 1 - THE BARRIO INGLES

The British engineers and miners who worked in the Rio Tinto copper mines in the 19th and 20th centuries wanted to make themselves a home-from-home. So they built English-style houses complete with front gardens, right in the middle of Huelva. The Victorian Barrio Obrero, also known as the Barrio Reina Victoria, which dates from 1916, is a microcosm of suburban England in Andalucia. Based on the concept of a garden city, it has avenues of mock-Tudor semis, with lawns, hedges and rose gardens.

The British also built Casa Colon (Huelva's first luxury hotel, now used for exhibitions), the Grand Theatre, and the railway station. But the most visually striking legacy sits on the river Odiel's estuary: the kilometre-long curved iron pier, Muelle de Rio Tinto, built in the 1870s to load the mines' wealth onto ships from all around the world.



  • Fact 1 - Driving through Huelva, and suddenly find yourself transported back to suburban Victorian England?
  • Fact 2 - 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.
  • Fact 4 - See replicas of Columbus` faithful ships - every schoolchild can name them for you.
  • Fact 5 - From erotic poetry to children's books, this Nobel Laureate was Onubense.
  • Fact 6 Within the  Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Cemetery in Huelva lies a grave with a curious history.
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