COSTA DEL LA LUZ/HUELVA

COSTA DEL LA LUZ/HUELVA

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A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY!

The northern reaches of the Costa Del La Luz lie in the province of Huelva. 75 miles of endless pristine beaches and salt marshes that stretch from the border with Portugal down to the estuary of the River Guadalquivir to the south. Almost the forgotten Costa, perhaps because it does not have its own international airport, indeed the easiest access to the area since the spectacular suspension bridge that spans the River Guadiana opened in 1991 is across the border in Portugal, with Faro airport being a mere 30 minutes via the motorway. 

Sometimes referred to as the “Spanish Algarve”, don’t let this misguide you, as Huelva is an area with its own beguiling charm and character, steeped in maritime history. It was from the village of Palos, just to the south of Huelva city, that Christopher Columbus set sail on his voyage of discovery in search of the New World.

The rich fertile plains of the province and the temperate climate combine to make Huelva the Strawberry capital of Spain. Spain is the second largest producer of strawberries in the world and 95% of the production eminates from Huelva. The locals refer to strawberries as “Red Gold” and a trip into Huelva’s hinterlands will soon have you humming the tune “Strawberry Fields Forever”!

Huelva can also boast its own niche in Spanish golf history, for it was here that the first golf course in Spain was built by the British ex patriots wishing to sate their golfing fix whilst working the Rio Tinto mines. The nine hole course still exists today and is well worth the pilgrimage to sample golf as it was over a century ago.

They may have been slow in coming, but there are now a total of nine courses, eight of which are located between the Portuguese border and the city of Huelva. The ninth course, Dunas de Donana, is adjacent to the Donana National Park, one of Europe’s largest and most important areas of wetlands, which is habitat to numerous species of migratory birds, deer, wild boar and the endangered Iberian Lynx.

Huelva is authentic Spain, still relatively unspoilt. Spectacular courses, hospitable hotels, quaint fishing villages, brilliant beaches and still fantastic value! Follow in the footsteps of Columbus and set sail for….

A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY!