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  1. Trevor Huxham
    October 16, 2013

    I always love when “second tier” of Andalucían provinces get some blog love, provinces like Almería, Huelva, and Jaén that are rarely on people’s to-visit list (or dream job location list) for the region. I’ve never been to Huelva province, but now at least I can say I know *something* rather than nothing about it :) From jamón, to Columbian history, to religious pilgrimages…it seems like a unique corner of the comunidad. The rocío to the Virgin of the Swamps (what a name) sounds a lot like the Camino, especially if people walk from Belgium! :O

    Could you explain what you mean by the Valladolid “hard H”? I’m wondering if it’s anything like what I picked up in Jaén last year: pronouncing Huelva as “Güelva” 😛
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    • Kaley
      October 16, 2013

      Haha I was also curious about the “hard H” thing, because the H is silent … in all accents, I thought. That’s why Spaniards have such trouble with ortografía (a ver, haber, etc.). I think the jota is a bit more throaty farther north, though.

      Anyway, I do love some overlooked provinces as well, and the jamón would be enough to get me there!
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      • Sunshine and Siestas
        October 21, 2013

        When I studied in Valladolid, I was corrected to pronounce the h sound in front of words as if it were a J. No one understood me the first time I asked for a bus ticket to Huelva!

        In andalú, I say Huelva without the H, along with every other H word! And my Ls often become Rs, too!

    • Trevor Huxham
      October 19, 2013

      Psst…is Huelva a Free Tapas zone like Jaén, Granada, and Almería, or do you have to pay up for a bite to eat like in Sevilla, Córdoba, and Málaga?
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      • Sunshine and Siestas
        October 19, 2013

        Good question – I’ve been to a few places with free tapas, but I think you mostly have to pay to eat.

  2. Patti
    October 16, 2013

    Sounds lovely! Is that Nancy in the pic on the horse?!

  3. Kirstie
    October 16, 2013

    I was never very fond of Huelva capital in my few visits there, but working in Villarrasa, I grew to love the region, its adorable white towns, the fields of agriculture, and the people. Plus, the Romería de Montemayor near Moguer was one of my all-time favorite experiences in Spain! So, although I wouldn’t choose to live in the city of Huelva, the region certainly has my heart.
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  4. Christine
    October 16, 2013

    I must admit it wasn’t first on my list until I was lured by the love of jamon; when I knew I wanted to make my big jamon leg purchase, that’s where I headed. My friends thought I was crazy(yelling you can buy jamon here in Malaga) but my neighbor smiled and encouraged me..ahhh she knew! I visited Doñana, ate wonderful seafood and the fresas…yummm!
    These are the things I love and miss about Spain, there are sweet surprises and wonderment to be found in every province.

  5. Johanna Bradley
    October 16, 2013

    I got a little lost driving round there one time (but no worse than driving round Seville!) but quite liked what I found once I was “orientated”. :)
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  6. Pedro Meca
    October 16, 2013

    i am not surprised with the name of the Lady Of The Swamps, in Spain our Virgins may have curious names, such as Nuestra Señora De Los Dolores (Our Lady Of The Pain/Sorrow), Nuestra Señora De La Consolacion (Our Lady Of The Consolation), Nuestra Señora Del Buen Consejo (Our Lady Of The Good Counsel), Nuestra Señora Del Socorro (Our Lady Of The Help), etc

    Huelva is a nice province, but its problem is that it hasn’t got famous medieval castles/fortresses/mosques like the ones in Granada or Cordoba that are famous destinations. Huelva is recognised by most Spaniards as the worst and ugliest province of Andalucia, something i don’t agree with

    as for the jamon iberico of Huelva…well some people say it is the best, although i think that people from Salamanca in Castilla or people in Extremadura wouldn’t agree with it….

    nice and interesting blog Sunshine! i’ve just subscribed!

  7. Paddy Waller
    October 19, 2013

    Nice post Cat! I don’t know Huelva well but have been once a very very long time ago and with fond memories.I was hitching with a friend round Spain and we were 18 years old so loads of fun. Then I have been to the Sierra de Aracena with Julia for a long weekend and ate loads of jamon and good wine and loved it. Much prefer places like Huelva to mainstream cities/places
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 19, 2013

      It’s definitely a nice suspiro to all of touristy capitals in Andalucia. We’re headed to Aracena tomorrow for the ham fair!

  8. Yolanda Solo
    October 19, 2013

    It´s so nice to finally hear someone talk about Huelva! It is true that when you first arrive at the city it is underwhelming when compared to grand historical centres of other capitals, but there is so much going on that is not publicised. There are a lot of hidden gems in Huelva, you just have to make the effort to find them.

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 19, 2013

      Much agreed, Yolanda. For years, I’ve not said much about it, but it’s really got a lot to offer – outside the capital, of course! Thanks for your input.

  9. Dale
    October 21, 2013

    I’d not heard of Huelva before reading this post and I can’t see why as it looks and sounds like a great place to be, with a little something of everything and above all a localness that you can’t help falling in love with.

  10. wanderingeducators
    October 21, 2013

    I’d like to come there and eat, please.
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  11. Lillie – @WorldLillie
    October 22, 2013

    This looks so beautiful! And it’s even cooler because it sort of looks like “Helluva” as in “Helluva good place to visit.”
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  12. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    October 25, 2013

    Huelva looks like a gem with all of the culture and culinary delights of a city without the hassle. Thanks for sharing this special place. We’ll be sure to add it to places to see in Spain.
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  13. Wheres Sharon? (Sharon)
    October 25, 2013

    wow Huelva sounds (and looks) awesome! Looks like I have yet another place to add to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing :)
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 27, 2013

      It’s sadly not well-advertised. Most visitors skip right over it without knowing much about Huelva. Thanks for stopping by, Sharon!

  14. Micki at The Barefoot Nomad
    October 26, 2013

    Oh, interesting! We drove through Huelva on the way from Sagres to Nerja, and really didn’t think there was much to see, so we didn’t stop. Now, I wish we had :)
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 27, 2013

      Yeah, there’s not much to see along the A-49 highway – it’s deceiving!

  15. Eduardo@Andaremos
    October 26, 2013

    Sounds like you work for the Junta de Andalucía’s Oficina de Turismo. Good thing they are called Onubenses and not Huelvinos. I have my eye on Doñana next.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 27, 2013

      I only wish I could! In truth, I love Andalucía as if it were my home province. Seville hasn’t got much outside the capital, the mountains and a few nice cities, but Huelva and Cádiz have loads!

  16. Larissa
    October 26, 2013

    This sounds like my kind of place. . . a little off the beaten track, cheap. . . but with great food!!!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 27, 2013

      Most definitely! If you’ve ever got the time while in Andalucía, it’s an interesting place to spend a few days.

  17. Gabi (The Nomadic Family)
    October 26, 2013

    Huelva is an amazing place.Hope i can visit there as soon as i can.
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  18. Terry at Overnight New York
    October 28, 2013

    What a neat Christopher Columbus factoid. Huelva looks and sounds great, not to mention delicious.
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