The Fiestas Columbinas is the largest celebration in Huelva and it has been declared a Festival of Tourist Interest in Andalusia
On the 3rd August 1492, Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera at the mouth of the Rio Tinto, a few kilometres southeast of Huelva city, with just three small caravels, the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Niña. As we all know, he bumped into America on his way to India, China, Japan and the Spice Islands.
Every year, Huelva celebrates the historical event with the Fiesta Columbinas, a week of events and exhibitions, all with an Americanist spirit in an Andalucian style.
A series of cultural and sporting events takes place during the week, including, ‘Music by the River’, the Columbus Nautical Week and the Columbus Soccer and Tennis Trophy. The Muelle del Tinto is the venue for a fireworks display every night.