Huelva, Land of Mariners
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 8 maximum.

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. Unforgettable sunsets over the estuary and the Algarve.
- Delicious Atlantic seafood and Iberian black pig meat from the dehesas.

DATES (Saturday-Saturday)
2022 26 March-2 April. FULLY BOOKED.

PRICE 975 euros per person; obligatory single room supplement 225 euros.

RENDEZVOUS and DISPERSAL Faro airport. Please ask us for details. If you prefer to arrive by car, rendezvous at Moguer in the evening. Contact us if you wish to arrive and depart by bus or train (at Huelva or San Juan del Puerto).

Location of this programme:

SATURDAY: Transfer from Faro airport to Moguer where we spend the first 4 nights. Tapas evening.

SUNDAY: The enormous Soto dolmen; walks in the Marismas del Odiel (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). The very ancient town of Niebla, once capital of El Algarbe [the West].

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 '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, the Santa Clara convent and 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. To Ayamonte for three nights at the Parador.

THURSDAY: Walk in the Salinas del Duque. 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. Visit to salt-pans still in activity.

FRIDAY: Ayamonte tidal mill and port. Short ferry crossing to Vila Real de Santo Antonio, on the Portuguese side of the Guadiana. Back in Spain, walking in the Paraje Natural Marismas del río Piedras y Flecha del Rompido.

SATURDAY: Transfer to Faro airport.

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