Located along the Gulf of Cadiz coast in southwestern Spain, Huelva dates back to 3,000 BC. Since that time, everyone from the Phoenicians and the Greeks to the Romans and the Moors has inhabited it—and you can see the influence of these different civilizations in Huelva’s many churches, mosques, castles, forts and pretty white-walled villages. In the 15th century, the city grew in importance with the discovery of America, since Christopher Columbus set sail from Huelva in the Puerto de Palos de la Fronter on his epic voyage to the new continent. Be sure to visit some of Huelva’s historic sites like the Catedral de la Merced which dates back to 1605, the Iglesia de San Pedro, Casa Colon, and the Gran Teatro de Huelva, as well as Moret Park, which covers 70 hectares and is considered one of the best urban parks in Andalucía. And no visit to Huelva would be complete without trying Jamon de Jabugo—one of the most famous types of ham in all of Spain—as well as other popular local products like olive oils, marzipan, goat cheese, wines and fruit liquors, especially cherry liquor.
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