Algarve, Portugal: 45 minutes
From El Rompido you are perfectly situated to explore other regions – and even other countries – which is a real benefit of Huelva holidays! You can reach the southern coast of Portugal in about 45 minutes by car, which will allow you to take advantage of the many superb beaches along this vast stretch of coastline.
Some of the towns in this region that are well worth a visit:
Festival Fiesa, Pera, Portugal: 1 hour
The town of Pera is a must-visit in the summer due to its long festival Fiesa, where you can admire fascinating exhibitions of sand sculptures unlike anything you have ever seen.
El Rocío, Almonte
The village of Rocío in Almonte, Huelva is where the El Rocío Pilgrimage is celebrated, one of the most famous religious events in Spain which brings together thousands of people each May. About an hour away by car, El Rocío is a small and pretty village with a spectacular church. A well-timed visit during May can offer a fascinating glimpse into Spain’s strong religious ties.
As Andalucía’s capital and biggest city, Seville is most definitely worth a visit. With plenty of narrow, winding, medieval streets to wander down, beautiful plazas, brilliant tapas bars and fantastic nightlife, you certainly won’t get bored here. As the birthplace of flamenco dancing and bullfighting which are so central to Andalucian tradition, Seville is the place where the spirit of Andalucía is best captured.
Doñana Natural Park
The Doñana National Park is also nearby, and with its diverse landscape of salt marshes, pine woods, sand dunes and tidal creeks, it has become a very significant breeding ground for thousands of European and African birds. You can explore the park on foot, horseback, camel, 4×4 or Segway – keep an eye out for the unique species that live in the park, many of which are in serious danger of extinction, such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle and the Iberian Lynx.
Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera is famous for both its flamenco and horses, and if you are visiting Jerez there are many fascinating horse shows at the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art that are worth a watch. Jerez also holds worldwide acclaim for its sherry and brandy production, and the city’s famous wine and brandy cellars are just waiting to be explored; there are daily tours which are always popular with tourists.