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Best places to visit in Huelva, Spain: Best beaches + Map

If you are looking for the best places to visit in Huelva, Spain, you have come to the right place! Recently, I had the pleasure of spending several days in this province of Andalusia and loved it. Before going, I didn't know that it had so many beautiful places to visit, I was a bit surprised. Keep reading to discover the best places to visit in Huelva, Spain such as, charming towns lost in the mountains, where the best beaches are and places as unique as the Gruta de las Maravillas or the Tinto River.

Do you want to know which places to visit in Huelva? Do not miss the following compilation of the most beautiful places that you should visit in the province of Huelva.

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Places to visit in Huelva, Spain

1. Huelva (city), starting point of your trip through Huelva

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Center of Huelva

You may have heard that the city of Huelva does not stand out for its beauty, the people of Huelva themselves say so. I’m not going to lie to you either, it’s not one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited in Spain. However, it has a lot to offer. Huelva is the ideal starting point to start your trip through the province for different reasons. One of them is the welcoming and pleasant atmosphere that the city has, which you can experience on a first walk through its streets.

Below, I’ll recommend where to sleep and eat in Huelva, Spain.


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Rio Tinto Dock

– Watch the sunset at the Tinto Pier. Probably one of the most beautiful sceneries in Huelva.
– Visit and have a drink in Monjas Square.
– Book a free tour of Huelva (free guided tour).
– Book a private tour of Huelva.
– Go shopping in Berdigon street and Concepción street.
– Visit Punto Square to see the Monument to the Virgen del Rocio and Casa Colon.
– Take a day trip to the Muelle Carabelas and the La Rabida Monastery. If you have a car, you can visit both places for free. If you don’t have a vehicle or want to book a guided tour, you can book this this day trip, Cristopher Columbus Route, where you visit the dock and the monastery.


– Gran VIa Uno.
– Espacio Rubens.
– Azabache.
– Heladería Pura Vida. Los helados están de vicio.


Below, I’ll recommend several options to sleep in Huelva, Spain for different budgets:

– Low Budget: Hostal Huelva Art.
– Average Budget: Senator Huelva.
– High Budget: Exe Tartessos.

2. The Gruta de las Maravillas, a must-see place in Huelva

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Aracena was one of the great discoveries during my trip. This town in the Huelva mountain range is located a little over 100 km from the city of Huelva and has a population of 8,000 inhabitants.

Aracena is surrounded by the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park. The abundance of white houses presided over by the Aracena Castle together with the magnificent natural environment, makes Aracena one of the most beautiful towns in Huelva. I also consider Aracena as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain.

However, if I have to highlight something about this town, it has to be Gruta de las Maravillas, a huge cave discovered at the end of the 19th century that has a series of rooms where you can appreciate a wide variety of formations and lakes of different sizes and colors. The visit consists of a 45-minute circular circuit where you visit the place.

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Gruta de las Maravillas, Huelva, Spain

I am totally sincere when I say that it is one of the most incredible natural wonders in Spain. When you think you’re not going to be surprised anymore, you enter the next room and it manages to leave you even more speechless. It is a must-visit place in the province of Huelva, Spain. Seriously, don’t miss this place!

Hours of operation for Gruta de las Maravillas is from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is closed on December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1 and 6. Admission costs €10. You can purchase the “Aracena tourist” card, which costs €12 which allows you to visit the Castle of Aracena and the ham museum, in addition to the Gruta de las Maravillas.


– Restaurant Experiencie By Fuster.
– Restaurant Essentia.


Below, you’ll find several options of places to stay in Aracena for different budgets:

– Average Budget: Hotel Galería Essentia.
– High Budget: Hotel Convento Aracena & SPA.

3. El Rocio, one of the best places to visit in Huelva

El Rocio

A trip to Huelva, Spain would not be complete without visiting the famous village of El Rocio, located in the Almonte region. As a Spanish resident, I had heard many things about this place, but I never imagined that I would visit it. If you are in Huelva, I consider it a must-visit place since El Rocio hosts one of the most important religious celebrations as well as being one of the most popular places in Huelva.

The pilgrimage of El Rocio is celebrated on the weekend of Pentecost. However, visiting El Rocio is worth visiting at any time of the year.

If you are going to visit El Rocío during lunchtime, I advise you to go to the Aires de Doñana restaurant. If you are going to spend the night in El Rocío, I recommend you take a look at the Palacio Doñana hotel. I also recommend you visit the town of Almonte and the Palacio del Acebron. If you understand a bit of Spanish, I recommend this free tour in El Rocio or this private tour of El Rocio.

4. Linares de la Sierra

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Linares de la Sierra

On my trip to Huelva, I didn’t have time to visit Linares de la Sierra but I was told that it is a small town with a special charm thanks to its cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses. It has around 300 inhabitants and has a total area of ​​29 km². Do not forget to visit Saint John the Baptist Church, Plaza de la Fuente, Plaza Juan Ramon Jimenez, wash houses, and the old fountain.

From Linares de la Sierra, you can access several hiking trails: Camino de las Rutas del Agua, Camino Ribera de la Molinilla, Camino de las Umbrias, Camino de las Minas de Fatima, etc. If you are going to eat in Linares, I recommend Arrieros Restaurant or Balcon de Linares bar.

5. Visit Minas de Riotinto and Tinto River

Tinto River, Huelva

If you want to visit a piece of Mars on Earth, you must visit Rio Tinto Mining Park during your visit to Huelva. I recommend going to the viewpoint near the mines and visiting the Tinto River. The landscape is unique, it really seems that you are on another planet. You can also visit a mining museum, travel part of the section by train or even go to a mine.

6. Doñana National Park

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Doñana National Park

The Doñana National Park is one of the most emblematic places to visit in Huelva. In it you can enjoy a wide variety of natural landscapes (marshes, pine forests, dunes, beaches, etc.) and fauna, waterfowl and the Iberian lynx be some of them.

You can visit on your own or book an organized visit. If you go on your own, you will not be able to access all sections inside the park. My recommendation is to do a mixture of both. Visit as much as possible on your own and book a guided tour to get to know the other areas.

7. Punta Umbría, if you want to visit beaches in Huelva

Punta Umbría

The coastal region of Punta Umbria is one of the most popular beach destinations in Huelva. What better way to end your trip than with a couple of relaxing days on the beach? If you prefer, you can also escape the city because it is located about 20 minutes by car from Huelva. I recommend visiting Playa de los Enebrales and booking a boat ride at sunset along the Punta Umbría estuary.

Whoever comes to Punta Umbría does so for its beaches and its nature, however, it is also advisable to take a walk in town. Do not forget to visit Umbria Tower. If you get hungry, I recommend Casa Diego Restaurant. If you are looking for a hotel, I recommend Barceló Punta Umbría Beach Resort. Take a look at all the hotels in Punta Umbria available.

8. Cristina Island, a place for relaxation near Huelva

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Isla Cristina

Another place that I recommend visiting in Huelva is Cristina Island, a small fishing village with charming beaches. This town near Huelva, Spain is located just over 40 minutes by car from the city of Huelva and only 7 kilometers from Portugal.

Somethings a bit different that I really enjoyed in Cristina Island was visiting the Biomaris Salt Flats. If you book a guided tour, you will be able to learn about the curious history of the salt flats, learn about the salt process and even take a dip in a pool rich in magnesium. Another place that you cannot miss in Cristina Island is Punta del Caiman beach.

Visiting the fish market in Cristina Island is something very typical. If you prefer, you can book a guided tour (not available in English). I also recommend taking a boat trip (not available in English) through the port and the marshes of Cristina Island. This trip lasts one hour, costs €10 and includes a Huelva prawn and wine tasting. If you are going to stay here, do check out the hotels in Cristina Island that are still available.

9. Moguer, Huelva

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Moguer, Huelva, Spain

The town of Moguer is another places that is worth visiting during your visit in Huelva. This town in Huelva is the birthplace of of Juan Ramon Jimenez, author of the famous work Platero and I, something that you can see present in many of the corners of the town. On the other hand, Moguer has historical importance in the Discovery of America since the caravel La Niña was built in its port.

Do not miss the following must-see places in Moguer: Zenobia and Juan Ramon Jimenez House Museum, Felipe Godinez Municipal Theater, the birthplace of Juan Ramon Jimenez, the Monastery of Santa Clara, the Monjas Square and the Open-air Museum and Moguer EScultura. Check the available hotels in Moguer.

10. Niebla and its astonishing Castle

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The town of Niebla, located next to the Tinto River, is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Huelva. Its incredible castle and walled enclosure stand out. Other places that you cannot miss during your visit to Niebla are the Church of Santa Maria de la Granada, the Roman bridge and the Church of San Martin.

I recommend you do a free tour of Niebla (only in Spanish) (guided tour where you only pay a donation) to learn about the history of the town. If you want to stay in this beautiful town, don’t miss out on the hotels in Niebla that are still available.

11. San Bartolome de la Torre, a beautiful town in Huelva, Spain

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San Bartolome de la Torre

This small town in Huelva is considered the happiest town in Spain. To do this, San Bartalome de la Torre is implementing a series of measures to improve the quality of life of all residents, in addition to decorating the streets with handicrafts made by locals. If you pass near the town, do not hesitate to visit it and have a drink on a terrace. I’m sure it’ll make you happy!

12. Alajar and Peña de Arias Montano

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Although I didn’t get to visit Alajar, a small town of white houses located in Sierra de Huelva, I did visit a viewpoint where it looked very good. Therefore, I had to include Alajar in this list of places to visit in Huelva, Spain. Take a walk through its streets and do not forget to visit the Church of Saint Marcos. Although the the best place to visit is where the photo above was taken, Peña de Arias Montano. Here you will also find the Hermitage of Our Lady of the Angels.

13. Wharf of the Caravels, a trip to the past

Wharf of the Caravels

In Palos de la Frontera, just 15 km from Huelva, Spain, you can find one of the most popular tourist attractions in Huelva. Every day, the Wharf of the Caravels receives hundreds of visitors who want to see the replicas of the 3 ships that left for America in 1492.

If you are in the area, I also recommend visiting the Monastery of Santa Maria de la Rabida, where Columbus prepared his trip. If you want to get to know this emblematic place in a different way, I recommend this boat trip in Wharf of the Caravels.

14. Marismas del Odiel, nature in Huelva

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Marismas del Odiel

If you like nature, you cannot miss Marismas del Odiel. It is located at the mouth of the Odiel River and was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1983. If you visit it, you will be in front of the most important tidal marshes in the Iberian Peninsula. Every year, thousands of birds pass through here during their migration from different parts of Europe to Africa. You can take several trails or, if you prefer, book a boat trip through the Marismas del Odiel.

15. Cortegana, a charming town in Huelva, Spain

Cortegana Castle

This town had to be included in this list because it’s one of the most beautiful towns to visit in Huelva, also located in Sierra de Huelva. The main tourist attraction in Cortegana is the Castle, whose origin is not exactly known. Its surrounding nature populated by chestnut and holm oak forests end up creating one of the most beautiful landscapes you will see in Huelva.

16. Take a day trip to Algarve, Portugal

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Day trip to Algarve from Huelva

Due to how close Huelva is to Portugal, a good idea during your trip to Huelva is going on a day trip to Algarve. Some of my favorite places in Algarve that I recommend visiting are Praia da Marinha, Benagil cave, Ponta da Piedade and watching the sunset from Cabo de Sao Vicente. If you don’t want to stray too far from the Spanish/Portuguese border but you don’t want to visit great places in Algarve, I recommend going to Faro or Tavira.

Do you want to spend the night in Algarve? If so, I recommend staying in Faro or Lagos.

You can go on a day trip on your own perfectly if you have a car. If you don’t have your own vehicle or you prefer to have everything organized, you can book a day trip to Algarve.

Best beaches in Huelva, Spain

If you are going to visit Huelva in the hottest months of the year, you will surely be interested in knowing which are the best beaches in Huelva, Spain. Apart from Punta Umbría Beach, some of the beaches that you cannot miss during your visit to Huelva are the following:

  • El Rompido Beach. The beaches in El Rompido are some of the wildest in Costa de la Luz. You will love them!
  • Cuesta Maneli beach. Located next to Doñana, it is one of the best beaches in Huelva. It has miles of fine golden sand and can be accessed through a wooden walkway.
  • Rompeculos beach. Extensive virgin beach located next to Cuesta Maneli Beach.
  • De la Bota Beach. It is located in Punta Umbria. It is 3,800 meters long and sometimes up to 300 meters wide.

Other places of interest in Huelva

Do you have the time to visit more places? Do not miss these other essential places in Huelva.

Ayamonte, junto a la frontera con Portugal

Ayamonte is another town in Huelva that has to be included in this article. This town is located next to the Guadiana River mouth and the border with Portugal. It is a quiet fishing village full of white houses. One of the central paces in Ayamonte is Laguna Square, which is also a popular meeting point for locals.

If you are going to visit Ayamonte, do not forget to visit the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, the Church of El Salvador and the Paseo de la Ribera. A little further south, just 6 km away, is Canela Island, where you can enjoy several beaches.

Almonaster la Real, a charming town in Huelva, Spain

Between Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche, there is a small town with few inhabitants called Almonaster la Real, considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. In 1982 it was cataloged as a Historic-Artistic Site. Its whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and attractive architecture will make you understand why.

If you decide to visit this village in Huelva, Spain, don’t forget to visit Almonaster La Real Mosque, the Almonaster la Real Castle, the Concejo Fountain and Camino Llano Viewpoint.

El Dolmen de Soto, a unique place to visit in Huelva

If you want to travel to the past, a place that will allow you to do it is Dolmen del Soto, located in the Trigueros, just 23 kilometers from the city of Huelva. Its origin dates back to 3000 and 2500 BC. It was discovered in the 1923. During the excavation, eight bodies were found in a squatting position. The corridor is 21 meters long and its chamber is 3.10 meters wide.

The Dolmen de Soto is one of the greatest artistic representations of the Neolithic culture in southern Spain. You can visit for free. Admission costs €2. Guided tours are also possible.

Sanlucar de Guadiana, another beautiful town in Huelva

Sanlúcar de Guadiana is another of Huelva’s most attractive towns. This small town with white houses is located next to the Guadiana River. In the 19th century, its port became quite important, since products such as sugar, rice, soap, lead and liquor were exported from here.

Where to stay in Huelva

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Where to stay in Huelva

Search for hotels in Huelva.

Below, you’ll find a list of the hotels I stayed in during my visit in Huelva, Spain. I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of the hotels on the list.

– If you want to stay in Huelva city: Senator Huelva (located in Huelva capital).
– Charming hotel in Huelva: Hotel Convento Aracena & Spa (located in Aracena).
– A hotel near the beach in Huelva: Barceló Punta Umbría Beach Resort (located in Punta Umbría).

Map of Huelva

Below you’ll fins a map of Huelva and all the places we have discussed in this article:

I hope that this post about places to visit in Huelva, Spain has been very useful to you when planning your visit to this province of Andalusia (Spain). If you have any doubts or questions, I encourage you to leave a comment or email me.

Linares de la Sierra: Luis Rogelio HM, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Marismas del Odiel: Felipe Moreno Baquero, CC BY-SA 3.0 ES, via Wikimedia Commons
Cortegana: Basotxerri, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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