A day in Huelva Capital; monuments and emblematic areas
Beyond its coasts and its gastronomy, Huelva is a millenary city full of history. A place where different civilizations have left their own mark throughout the province, giving it a remarkable tourist interest. And when nature and the hand of man come together, history tells its own story.
Focusing on Huelva Capital, founded by the Phoenicians as Onuba, archaeological excavations have revealed prehistoric figures prior to the Tartessians. It was in 2007 with the discovery of the skeleton of a whale 3 million years old in the capital itself, which has helped historians to classify it as “the oldest city in Western Europe”.
Many historical monuments were destroyed either by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 or by the hand of man, who did not know how to preserve them properly. Columbus’ voyage to America whose trail we can see in this former post The trail of Columbus in Huelva, did not give it the prominence it deserved, despite the fact that the sailors from Huelva played a great role in the voyage, the port of Huelva was marginalized and stagnated in the face of the growth experienced by the ports of Cadiz and Seville. It was in the 19th century when the mining operations and the railroad turned it into a modern city, creating, in turn, the city we know today.
Once the history is settled, in a very summarized way, we summarize the places and monuments that you can not miss if you decide to spend a day in Huelva.