Huelva, Land of Mariners NEW
Easy short walks, nature and history: Huelva, western Andalusia - small international guided group
Life in the province of Huelva, at the west end of Andalusia, bathed by the Atlantic, has always been conditioned by the sea: from the arrival of the Phoenicians to trade for metals of the Sierra Morena... via Columbus and the discovery of the New World... to today's fishing industry...
ONE WEEK Activities: 4 days with easy walks of 1h30-2h30; 3 on flat terrain in the Parajes Naturales (reserves) of the coast, and one in the dunes of the Doñana National Park (denivellation +60m); historical visits; ride on the former Río Tinto miners' train; boat excursion at Isla Cristina. Entrances included to sites mentioned. Group 10 maximum.
FULL BOARD EXCEPT 4 MEALS in rooms for 2 in hotels (private bathrooms):
- 4 nights in a typical C19 house, converted into a hotel, in Moguer, famous for its tapas bars
- 3 nights in the Parador of Ayamonte: a contemporary building with large bedrooms, bar and terrace overlooking the Guadiana estuary and a swimming pool (open in May). Unforgettable sunsets over the estuary and the Algarve.
- Delicious Atlantic seafood and Iberian black pig meat from the dehesas.
2020 28 March-4 April, 2-9 May.
PRICE 975 euros per person; obligatorysingle room supplement 225 euros.
RENDEZVOUS & DISPERSAL Seville: airport, Santa Justa station or Hotel Goya. Choose a flight arriving before 15.00 (Mar)/17.00 (May) and one departing after 15.00.
Location of this programme:
SATURDAY: Transfer from Seville to Moguer where we spend the first 4 nights. Tapas evening.
SUNDAY: The 'Columbine sites' associated with the discovery of the Americas: the delightful monastery of La Rábida, the recreated port of Palos and the three caravelles, and Moguer which provided many of the mariners and is now famous as the town where the Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez, author of "Platero and I" was born and raised we visit the family house.
MONDAY: Mining activity from the Copper Age to the present: the surpising Pozuelo dolmens, associated with a copper mine, and the Río Tinto mines: museum, C19 residential estate of the British engineers, actual opencast workings of the Cerro Colorado and ride in the old miners' train along part of the railway line which brought the ores from the mines to Huelva port for shipment.
TUESDAY: The enormous Soto dolmen and walks in the Marismas del Odiel (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). Back at Moguer we visit the first bodega to produce the famous orange wine.
WEDNESDAY: We visit the Doñana National Park, with the El Acebrón palace and a walk in the sand dune barrier which protects the Park interior from the Atlantic. The very ancient town of Niebla, once capital of El Algarbe [the West]. To Ayamonte for three nights at the Parador.
THURSDAY: Walking in the Paraje Natural Marismas del río Piedras y Flecha del Rompido. Isla Cristina, the second most important fishing port in Spain: Boat excursion to find out about activities such as mussel farming, the salt-pans and their bird-life, and the auctions of fish and shellfish.
FRIDAY: Ayamonte tidal mill and port. Short ferry crossing to Vila Real de Santo Antonio, on the Portuguese side of the Guadiana. Walk in the Salinas del Duque.
SATURDAY: Transfer to Seville with a stop at the Ermita de Cuatrovitas (former minaret).
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