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The province of Huelva, Andalucia, Spain

In the far west of Andalucia, with its western border sharing that with Portugal, Huelva’s economy revolves around agriculture and mining. The famous Rio Tinto mines have been worked since 1000 BC and at Rio Tinto you can see a replica British village, built by the British when they owned the mines. The capital, Huelva, is an Atlantic port on the Rio Odel and it is from a wharf at Palos de la Frontera just outside Huelva, that Columbus set out on his first voyage. You can tread the decks of replicas of the Santa Maria, Pinta and Nina there.

Between the Rio Odel and the Rio Guadalquivir to the south east lies the Donana National Park, a huge expanse of wetlands and marismas that has a biodiversity unique in Europe. Here you may see through the year over 300 species of migratory or resident bird, nearly 900 species of flora indigenous to the park, 20 species of freshwater fish, 10 amphibians and 37 mammals including the Iberian Lynx.

West of the Rio Odel is a stretch of wide sandy Atlantic beaches that take you to the Rio Guadiana, the border with Portugal. Although not as developed as the Costa del Sol, this stretch of the Costa de la Luz has a number of resorts, El Rompido, El Catalan and Isla Cristina.

Although perhaps the most industrialised province in Andalucia, Huelva still has enormous tracts of unspoiled and largely untouched land on the coast and in the foothills of the Sierra Aracena and Sierra Morena. On the history front too Huelva is not lacking. The Tartessians and Phoenicians exploited the inland mines, transformed the coastal towns into prosperous trading centres, and created a maritime trade route to transport the minerals from Tharsis and Rio Tinto to the cities of the eastern Mediterranean. The Romans, Moors and later Christians all left their mark.

 

Málaga - Capital of the Province

The Greek geographer, Strabo, makes the first mention of a Greek settlement called Mainake and positioned it in southeast Spain somewhere around 800 BC. During the period 900 to 500 BC the Greeks and Phoenicians were expanding their trading networks. Both seafaring powers first established trade contacts. The Greeks then integrated with the local populace and Emporia, or trading stations, were built. It was possible for Emporia to grow into fully fledged Greek city states. It is unlikely that Mainake ever achieved full city status but it does have the distinction, according to Strabo, of being the furthest Emporia west from the Greek homelands. There must have been an amount of cooperation between the Greeks and Phoenicians since the latter had many more colonies and both traded with the Tartessians. The history of Mainake is a little blurred, nobody knows exactly where it was, how close to present day Málaga it was, when it was founded or how long it lasted. More....


Towns and villages in Málaga province

Places to go, things to do and days out in Málaga Province

Museums and Galleries in Málaga Province

National Parks in Málaga Province

Cycling in Málaga Province

Walking in Málaga Province

Birdwatching and twitching in Málaga Province