Somewhere southwest of Spain lies the province of Huelva in Andalucia. A popular tourist area, the region has been characterized by the wealth and diversity of its scenery and privileged climate, not forgetting the very warm people.
There are tons of things you can see here, like the Queen Victoria Workers’ Quarters. Built in 1917, the group of English-styled homes each has terraces detailed with unique construction designs. The La Merced Cathedral founded in 1605, then consecrated as a Cathedral in 1953, has the exquisite painting of the Christ of Jerusalem and a likeness of the Virgin of Cinta. The Mudéjar and Baroque-styled Church of La Concepcion dates back to the 16th century, known for the interior house paintings by the respected artist Francisco de Zubarán. There are also remains nearby, of the once beautiful San Marcos Castle that epitomizes magnificent Renaissance architecture.
The port of Huelva is a very important part of the Andalusian fishing routes. In the markets or ports you can find a daily catch of fresh prawns, shrimps and scampi and also some less-familiar marine species like sea bream, gilthead, snapper, white bream, skate and sole. It is given that on your vacation, you would want to be serviced. Here, you will be served with amazing and somewhat exotic culinary fares such as shark meat with tomato, snapper and stewed onions, cuttlefish with broad beans and skate in paprika.
If all that sounds good, this will sound even better. Isla Cristina beach Resort in Huelva is one of the most popular beach resorts in Andalucia Spain. It’s about 45 kilometers from Huelva City and is mostly patronized by Spanish visitors. Its fine, sandy beach line is about 8 kilometers long and its waters are just perfect for windsurfing aficionados.
WHEN to visit Isla Cristina depends on the environment you’re looking for. If you want the crowded yet lively scene – then July to August is the best time as it’s full of tourists. But be sure to make those room reservations as early as you can, expect rates to go up once party season draws closer. If you want a bit more peace, then just avoid these two most popular months.
For an interesting walk unlike anything in the city, you can walk around the Puerto Pesquero and see the fishermen unloading their fresh catches of the day. Or for a real romantic walk, the beach during sunset will take your breath away. A sunset is still the same sunset all over the world, but with the reflection on the sea and the sand on your back…whooo…priceless.
For your lunches, dinners and nights out, there are many choices along Costa de la Luz, and many of them exceptional fish restaurants like the Casa Rufino, on the Carretera de la Playa road, or go to the chiringuitos Summer beach bars along the beach. This is an adventure in itself for all gastronomes looking for their fix.