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Huelva Province

Huelva province clockwise: Huelva, Cañaveral, Santa Olalla, Almonaster and Aracena © Michelle Chaplow
Huelva province clockwise: Huelva, Cañaveral, Santa Olalla, Almonaster and Aracena © Michelle Chaplow

Huelva Province

by Jo Williams

Huelva is one of the least-visited regions in Andalucía, but it has many unique places to discover and explore, from cork oak-covered hills, to deserted beaches. Indeed, this province's escape from mass tourism is one of its main attractions.

The province of Huelva lies at the western edge of Andalucía, bordered by Portugal to the west, Seville province to the east and the region of Extremadura to the north. We have divided the province into seven areas below that are similar to the 'Comarcas' created in 2003. 

Huelva is probably best known for the Parque Nacional de Doñana, one of Europe's most important wetland areas, and home to an incredible multitude of wildlife in its sand dunes, marshes, pine woods, salt flats and freshwater lagoons. Here is one of Europe's last remaining habitats for the endangered Iberian lynx and the rare Spanish Imperial Eagle. The best time to visit is in winter and spring, when the park is full of wildfowl. In winter thousands of geese and ducks arrive from the north, while in spring there are many flocks of breeding birds, including herons, spoonbills and storks.

The long Atlantic coastline with miles of unspoilt and often uncrowded beaches of golden sand is also a popular feature of this province. This forms part of the evocatively named Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) that continues into Cadiz province. This coastline is rich in maritime history; most famously, it is where Christopher Columbus found his crew and ships and set sail for the New World.

In the north of the province is the gently rolling Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche, a protected area with excellent walking opportunities and home to the famed cured ham from Jabugo.

Huelva city

Huelva may lack the region's star attractions of other provincial capitals, but once you get past the industrial sprawl on its outskirts, the centre is a pleasant place with many pretty plazas, absorbing historical monuments and, as you'd expect from a city with a bustling port, a wealth of seafood bars and restaurants.

Areas to Explore in Huelva Province

Huelva Province Map and its areas
Map of Huelva province and its areas

El Andévalo is the name of a 'comarca' (region or area) in the west of the province of Huelva. It is made up from 14 municipal districts and even more small villages.

El Condado or 'El Condado de Huelva' is the name of a 'comarca' (region or area) in the south east of the province of Huelva. It is made up from 16 municipal districts and even more smaller… More →

The Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche natural park encompasses 184,000 hectares, an impressive 90% of it covered by woodland of mainly Mediterranean oak. The landscape is full of contrasts,… More →

The Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) in Huelva Province runs from the Guadiana river, which forms the border between Portugal and Spain, to the Guadalquivir river in the east.

Huelva and its environs is a Mecca for those interested in Christopher Columbus, with a number of significant tourist attractions relating to the famous explorer. Cristóbal Colón (as he is known… More →

Huelva may lack the region's star attractions of other provincial capitals, but once you get past the industrial sprawl on its outskirts, the centre is a pleasant place with many pretty plazas,… More →

Huelva is one of the least-visited regions in Andalucía, but it has many unique places to discover and explore, from cork oak-covered hills, to deserted beaches. Indeed, this province's escape … More →

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