HUELVA: THE BRITISH INFLUENCE
Itinerary: - Seville - Monasterio La Cartuja - Sierra de Aracena - Rio Tinto - Punta Umbria - Huelva - (2 days)
In Seville, go to the Isla Cartuja and see the Monasterio de Santa Maria de las Cuevas, with its old ceramics factory built by Charles Pickford. The factory is long out of use, but the tall brick chimneys are one of Seville's most famous landmarks, and the gardens and courtyards are shady and peaceful after the bustle of the city.Leave Seville on the main road heading north, signposted Merida (A66). You will climb into the Sierra Norte, before turning off left towards Aracena (N433). Then turn off on the A476 to Las Minas de Rio Tinto. The extraordinary scenery - bare scorched red-coloured earth - gives you a clue; this is mining country. The town has a fascinating "mining park", including a museum, train ride, mine itself and Victorian barrio you can visit. The British ran the mines until the 1950s. Look out for the first golf course ever built in Spain, Corta Atalaya. Stay in Rio Tinto.
The next day, head west until you meet the A435 and turn left, heading south. When you meet the A49, follow the road into Huelva, and take the A497. This will take you to Punta Umbria a pleasant seaside town, which still has a few houses remaining from the British mining days, including a museum.
Finally, head into Huelva on the H30 to see the English neighbourhood, Barrio de Reina Victoria. Also look out for the Casa Colon and Muelle de Rio Tinto, a 1000-metre 19th-century iron pier, both dating from the British era. Then take the A49 back to Seville.
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