Seven kilometres south of Huelva city where the Tinto and Odiel rivers meet is an area known as La Rabida in which is located the 15th-century Franciscan Monasterio de Santa María de la Rábida. If you're interested in Christopher Columbus, this is one of three places to visit around Huelva. The other two are the nearby town of Palos de la Frontera, where Columbus found his crew, and the Convento de Santa Clara in Moguer, which Columbus frequently visited.
Although a very small community with a population of of about about 80 inhabitants it is a particular iinteresting place for the tourist to visit, not just for the Columbus connection but also for a number of other monuments.
The initial origin of La Rábida is slightly hard to trace, however the word 'rábida' is the Arabic word for fortress. It is suggested that this was a location designed as a defence line from those coming into the Rio Tinto or even the Rio Odiel from the coast.
Built by José Álvarez Checa Curbelo and Tomás Curbelo, it has a capacity of 4000, accommodating large concerts and performances in the Auditorium outdoors. More >
The Universidad Iberoamericanas purpose is to create academic, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation between Huelva, Andalusia and Latin America. More >
Plus Ultra was a Spanish Aeronautics Military seaplane that conducted its first flight between Spain and America...More >
A monument in honour of the participants in the discovery of America. Located in the gardens of the Monasterio de La Rábida. More >
Monasterio de La Rábida has witnessed one of the most significant events in the history of humanity; the discovery of America. More >
Muelle de las Carabelas is a waterfront exhibition with life-size replicas of Columbus's three ships: the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa María... More >
Parque Botánico José Celestino mutis was opened in 1993 and boasts a growing collection of flora collected from five continents... More >
THINGS TO SEE
Nearby, on the Río Tinto estuary, the Muelle de las Carabelas More > (Harbour of the Caravels) is a waterfront exhibition with life-size replicas of Columbus's three ships: the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa María, built for the 500th anniversary celebrations in 1992. The museum next to the boats has details of Columbus's life, regular video screenings and a café.
Close to the Muelle is the Monument Plus Ultra More >, which commemorates the first transatlantic flight between Spain and America. Opposite the habour is the Foro Iberamericano, a modern outdoor venue for summer plays and concerts.
In the park near the monastery is the Monumento a los Descubridores More > (Monument for the Discoverers), which was built in 1892 to commemorate the fourth centenary of the discovery of America. Also near the monastery is the Iberamericano University More >.
Between Monasterio de La Rábida and Muelle de las Carabelas is the Foro Iberoamericano More >, it has a capacity of 4000, accommodating large concerts and performances in the Auditorium outdoors and is designed for holding conventions, congresses and public events in the indoor facilities.
The Parque Botánico José Celestino Mutis More > is the most visited attractions in the province of Huelva. A botanical garden with a growing collection of flora collected from five continents. It was opened in 1993 and the expedition was to result in an important herbarium of more than 20,000 species.