Huelva, Spain

Introduction to Huelva

Once past the industrial sprawl on Huelva’s outskirts, its centre offers many pleasant and pretty plaza’s, absorbing historic monuments along the way. Shore excursions include a panoramic tour of the city as well as the chance to follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus as he sets sail in his discovery of the new world.

Formerly occupied by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Visigoths, Arabs and Romans who came to exploit the extensive mineral resources, the ancient mining city of Huelva has a deep history that dates back over 2500 years and was the starting point of Christopher Columbus’s famous voyage of discovery in 1492.

Huelva’s pretty centre is bursting with diverse architecture inspired by the various colonies that occupied the city and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing stroll. Once you’re past the bustling industrial zone on the outskirts of the city you will discover pleasant plazas and narrow streets that are home to stunning buildings, monuments that symbolise Huelva’s historic importance and beautiful places of worship including the 18th century Cathedral of La Merced and the 16th century Gothic church of San Pedro.

Located just a short distance from the city lies the Donana National Park in the Huelva province. The perfect place to relax and watch wonderful wildlife, this UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site is spread over 1300 square kilometres and is one of Europe's most important wetland reserves. Keep an eye out for a number of fantastic bird species from across Europe and Africa, including flamingos and eagles.

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Huelva, Spain

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS – ROUTE TO DISCOVERY (TOUR D)

  • Discover more about the journey that marked the world’s fate
  • Bear witness to how Columbus’s men lived during their journey to the unknown continent of America
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

In 1492, Christopher Colombus changed the course of the world’s history when he set sail on a voyage of discovery, intending to find a way to reach the Orient by sailing westwards, and instead happening upon the New World. On this tour you can gain a glimpse into the past as you learn more about this fateful voyage. Envisage how the seafarers who set sail alongside Columbus to the Indies were feeling as they left on a journey that would mark the world’s fate.

Your tour begins from the very spot where that journey began – listen to your guide as they recount the tales of old. In 1492, the sailors left behind the monumental complex of La Rábida, which still hosts the Franciscan Monastery, whose monks sheltered the admiral before the journey. Enjoy an inside visit to the Monastery, where time at leisure will allow you to explore and imagine how the admiral was feeling.

Next, take a step back in time and board some of the vessels of discovery, which lie in situ on the wharf of Muelle de las Carabelas. These replica ships will allow you to bear witness to how the sailors lived onboard.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Inside the vessels there are approximately 15 very deep steps (similar to negotiating a ladder) to reach the bottom of the ship. The amount of walking undertaken during the period of free time is at the guests’ discretion. Please kindly note that, depending upon the ship’s berth, there may be a long walk to the tour buses.  


El Rocio and Donana National Park, Huelva, Spain

EL ROCIO & DOÑANA NATIONAL PARK (TOUR C)

  • Discover the National Park of Doñana – which has been declared a World Heritage Site of UNESCO
  • Explore the village of El Rocio
  • Enjoy a mid-morning snack in the at a keeper’s house
Activity Tour
Price£75.00 - £85.00
DurationApproximately 7 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Uncover the beauty of Doñana National Park - an environmental jewel and one of the most important protected natural areas in Europe. Enjoy a visit to the north of the park, where you can discover two of the most important ecosystems existing in Doñana: the forests and marshes.

An approximate 70 minute journey will take you this beautiful National Park, where upon arrival you will transfer to 4x4 vehicles for your discovery of the area. Throughout your tour, several stops will be made in the park and you will visit to the former private royal hunting area of Cotodel Rey, known for being the territory for lynx and eagles. Your jeep driver/guide, will explain everything about the fauna and flora that surrounds you, and throughout your journey several photo stops will be made, allowing you the chance to savour unforgettable vistas.

Continuing, you will be invited to enjoy mid-morning snack inside the park, at an ancient and restored keeper’s house, a very rare opportunity!

Finally you will head to El Rocio Village, which is renowned for its unique pilgrimage, the most famous in the region. Enjoy time at leisure to visit the Holy Sanctuary, where Andalusian beliefs, devotion and traditions await you.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIRES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately two kilometres (one mile) of walking, over varying terrain, it is therefore not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that when arriving at the park you will transfer to 4x4 jeeps to continue your journey - be prepared to be bumped around. There will be a large step up into the 4x4 jeep and many steps to negotiate throughout. Please kindly note that, depending upon the ship’s berth, there may be a long walk to the tour buses.  


Nieblas Medieval Castle, Huelva, Spain

NIEBLA’S MEDIEVAL CASTLE & CHEESE TASTING (TOUR B)

  • Discover the Medieval Castle of Niebla which is surrounded by pre-Roman walls
  • Enjoy a visit to the local cheese factory – the proud winner of several awards
  • Savor a delightful tasting paired with different wines 
Activity Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

The village of Niebla, which means “fog” in Spanish, is situated on the shores of the River Tinto. Surrounded by pre-Roman walls it has been declared a historic and artistic monument, and is just waiting to be explored.

Your tour begins with a leisurely drive to the medieval castle in Niebla. Enjoy a guided visit around the castle and learn more about the techniques used by the Spanish Inquisition as you venture into the torture chambers. Reaching the top of the castle, you will be rewarded with some wonderful views of the famous Rio Tinto, a red-tinted river.

Leaving the castle, you travel to a cheese factory, whose fares have been recognised and awarded worldwide. Upon arrival here, you can enjoy a guided visit around the factory, before concluding with a delightful tasting of various types of cheese paired with different wines.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests need to be in good physical condition as the sites visited include steps, some steep inclines. The castle has two floors only accessible by foot.Please kindly note that, depending upon the ships berth there may be a long walk to the tour buses. 


Panoramic Huelva, Spain

PANORAMIC HUELVA & WILLIAM MARTIN’S TOMB (TOUR A)

  • Marvel at some of the most beautiful views over Huelva and the River Odiel
  • Enjoy time at leisure in the city centre, to browse the many pretty plazas and shops
  • Discover the historical monuments on show or relax in one of the many bars and restaurants
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Admire the highlights of Huelva on this panoramic tour, enjoy a visit to the tomb of William Martin – the man who never was.

Leaving the quayside, you begin with a visit to the Virgen de la Cinta Sanctuary, a holy place from where you can admire beautiful views over the city and the River Odiel. Enjoy a guided visit of the Sanctuary as well as some time at leisure to explore further.

Continuing, you will transfer to the tomb of William Martin, also known as “the man who never was.” During World War II the body of Glyndwr Michael – renamed William Martin - was used by MI5 and British Naval Intelligence to dupe the Nazis into believing that Allied forces would attack Greece rather than the intended target of Sicily. Next, enjoy a panoramic drive of the city centre, passing by the Cathedral, San Pedro’s Church, Casa Colon and Reina Victoria Quarter.

Enjoy time at leisure in the city centre, which boasts a pleasant pedestrian area with many pretty plazas and many shops just waiting to be explored. During your time here, you may wish to go in search of the historical monuments or simply relax in one of the many seafood bars and restaurants here.

Finally, you visit the Christopher Columbus monument, located at the confluence of the Tinto and Odiel Rivers and a great site to take photographs of the surrounding area. Re-boarding your tour coach, you will travel back to the quayside and your awaiting ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking of approximately one kilometer (half a mile), with some steps, cobbled and gravelled terrain to negotiate,  therefore it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. Please kindly note that, depending upon the ship’s berth, there may be a long walk to the tour buses. 


Mining Park Huelva, Spain

THE BRITISH HERITAGE OF HUELVA (TOUR F)

  • Visit Riotinto Mine; a fascinating example of mining
  • Join the touristic train for a journey through this fascinating site
  • Venture into the Mining Museum, housed in the former British hospital
Activity Tour
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproixmately 6 ¾ Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Ever since the Ages when metals were first used, mining has been one of the drivers of Huelva's economy and culture.

At Riotinto Mining Park you will be invited to discover a bit more about this fascinating place and its influence on the whole province, with particular attention to the British heritage in which the area's past is steeped. Upon arrival at Riotinto Mining Park, you will visit the Mining Museum. Housed in the former British hospital which was built for workers of the Rio Tinto Company Limited, the museum takes you on a tour through the entire region's environment, geology and history. It has a number of exhibits on display which are related to mining and metallurgy from all periods of time, in addition to other pieces of industrial archaeology as emblematic as the Wagon of the Maharaja - the most luxurious narrow-gauge railway carriage in the world, built for Queen Victoria of England and brought to Riotinto for the use of King Alfonso XIII when he paid a visit here.

After a lunch break in a restaurant, you will invited to join a train ride to discover more about the history of a region which was completely transformed by mining activity. The 300 kilometre track of the mine railway built by the Riotinto Company Limited began to be laid in 1873, and the trains continued running up until 1984. For the people of the region the railway was the symbol that stood for the Industrial Revolution and economic progress. The Río Tinto Trust has brought 12 kilometres of track back into use, and two restored locomotives plus carriages, which now run along it through impressive scenery such as the former industrial nerve-centre of the region and the natural landscapes, following the course of the River Tinto throughout. Your fascinating tour will conclude with a coach journey back to your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that the order of sights visited may be different to that described above. There will be a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour, over varying terrains and guests will need to negotiate approximately four steps to embark/disembark the train. Unfortunately, this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or passengers with limited mobility. Lunch will consist of three courses. It will be possible to purchase refreshments at the restaurant. Please kindly note that, depending upon the ship’s berth there may be a long walk to the tour buses. 


Wines of Huelva, Spain

WINES OF HUELVA (TOUR E)

  • Discover the award-winning wines of the region
  • Enjoy a tasting of the wines paired with typical delicacies local
  • Take a journey through vineyards onboard a local touristic train
Wine Tour
Price£65.00-£75.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

On this tour, learn more about the production of regional wines as you visit vineyards and enjoy a tasting of local varieties.

The first documented reference to grape growing in the region is from the 14th century but there are even legends of a barter between the Tartessos and the Ancient Greeks. There is also evidence that shipments of wine were sent from what is now the province of Huelva to ancient Rome. Following the Christian re-conquest in the 13th century and the repopulation of El Condado de Niebla, the cultivation of vineyards resumed.

Your journey begins with a transfer to the first winery, where you join a touristic train for a guided visit of the area. Your first stop will be at a local vineyard situated in the middle of a Mediterranean Forest. As you relax in these unique surroundings, you will be invited to taste some award-winning wines paired with some typical local products.

Refreshed, you re-join the touristic train for a journey through the olive yards, where a second stop will again allow you to discover the beautiful wines produced in this region.

Your tour will conclude at an ancestral winery where you will be invited to learn more about the wine elaboration process and hear some curious anecdotes.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour will involve walking over uneven terrain and there will be steps to negotiate to board the train and enter the wineries. Unfortunately, it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.  Your concluding visit will include time at leisure, where the amount of walking undertaken is at the guests’ discretion. Should you wish, you may be able to purchase wine at this stop. Please kindly note that, depending upon the ship’s berth, there may be a long walk to the tour buses.  


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