Section 29 - Andalusia

San Juan del Puerto - Gibraleón - 44Km

The Columbus Monument will be the protagonist of this stage. It takes us to where the first “Colombinas” expeditions left in search of the West Indies; a section in which EuroVelo 1 gets a maritime air, bordering the estuaries of the Tinto and Odiel, almost touching the Atlantic Ocean.

The first section takes us once again across the Tinto River , about two kilometres from San Juan del Puerto, changing sides we ,first of all, find Moguer, a town known for its Condado de Huelva wines, its sweets and above all for being the birthplace of the poet Juan Ramón Jiménez whose life is presented in the Zenobia and Juan Ramón Jiménez House Museum which we recommend you to visit.

After Moguer, EuroVelo 1 continues for another seven kilometres alongside the Marismas del Río Tinto Natural Site, until you find Palos de la Frontera. This town is not to be missed as in its surroundings you can find some of the “colombinos” places, such as the Monastery of La Rábida and the Muelle de las Carabelas.

We pedal a little further to cross the river Tinto and bid it farewell as we enter Huelva along the Punta del Sebo cycle path, next to the Marismas del Odiel Natural Site. This is home to a population of pink flamingos that reaches six thousand individuals, the second largest in Europe.

In Huelva, also on the banks of the Odiel River, EuroVelo 1 takes us to the so–called Muelle del Tinto, another of the jewels of the province’s mining industrial heritage.

There are many visits that we can make in the provincial capital, such as the Cathedral of La Merced, the Museum of Huelva or the Palacio Mora Claros. We can also choose to take a detour of about twenty kilometres through the bike path that crosses the Odiel river and leads us to the natural areas of Los Enebrales de Punta Umbría and the Laguna del Portil Natural Site. This puts us in contact with the beaches in this province; some of the largest in the country.

We continue pedalling and leaving behind Huelva via the promenade, bordering the Marisma del Burro Natural Site. After about fourteen kilometres we will reach Gibraleón, a town located on the banks of the Odiel River, with an agricultural tradition located in the so–called Tierra Llana de Huelva. We are now at the end point of this stage.

Points of Interest

Heritage: 7
  • The building dates from the eighteenth century, having been restored by the Jiménez family in 1885.
    The House Museum was created in the same year the Nobel Prize was awarded to this local poet. This was carried out with the consent of Jiménez family, who donated their entire library as well as many household and personal items. The Museum opened its doors to the public only a few days after the death of the poet.

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  • This is the most prominent "colombino" monument in Moguer.
    The Santa Clara Monastery is of Gothic–Mudejar and Renaissance architecture (14th–16th century).The church contains the marble and alabaster tombs of its founders; the one carved by Gian Gacome della Porta, a pupil of Michelangelo’s, is particularly worth noting.
    Las Madres Cloister and its choir stalls are in the Nasrid–style.

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  • Christopher Columbus stayed here before departing for the New World, while still preparing his project, and here is buried Martín Alonso Pinzón, who died just a few days after returning from Columbus' first trip. Likewise, Hernán Cortés, Gonzalo de Sandoval and Francisco Pizarro arrived here on returning from some of their expeditions of conquest.

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  • As we pass by this dock, we find the reproductions of La Niña, La Pinta and La Santa María, the caravels (sail ships) that were built in 1992 to celebrate the 5th Centenary of the Discovery of America and replicate the originals used by Christopher Columbus to make that legendary voyage.

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  • At the entrance to Huelva, EuroVelo 1 leads us under the Columbus Monument, 37 meters high and one of the most remarkable landmarks of the city of Huelva.
    Built in 1929, it is located in Punta del Sebo, four kilometres from the urban centre, where the rivers Tinto and Odiel join. It is the work of the American sculptor Miss Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

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  • Cycling along Huelva's seafront, we find the mineral Wharf belonging to the Riotinto company. This is a commercial dock and harbour used for landing material from the mines of the “Río Tinto Company Limited”. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century on the Odiel river.

    It was declared of Cultural Interest in 2003.

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  • In the upper part of Gibraleón, we find appreciable remains of an ancient castle, which corresponds to a fortress from the lower medieval age. It was built between the 13th and 14th centuries, to control the passage of the river Odiel. It was built on the foundations of a previous construction from the Islamic period.

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Nature: 3
  • With a detour of about fifteen kilometres, we will be able to see this specimen of pine tree of great dimensions and exceptional beauty, a unique survivor of the replantations carried out in all the Doñana area from 1730.
    This zone offers an invitation to take a pleasant walk along the virgin beaches of the coast of Huelva, such as Mazagón, or to enter the untamed beauty of Doñana.

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  • The Marismas del Odiel Natural Site, was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and is a Special Protection Area for Birds. Located at the mouth of the Odiel River, it is integrated into the complex estuary that links the Odiel River with the Tinto River, giving rise to a wide variety of landscapes.
    These are considered the most important tidal marshes in the Iberian Peninsula.

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  • Taking the bike path that leaves Huelva we can pedal for about twenty kilometres to Punta Umbria, a fishing village located next to one of the best beaches in Huelva.
    This Natural Site extends along the coastal strip to the beach of La Bota, constituting one of the few mixed forests of junipers that are preserved along the entire Andalusian coast.

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Gastronomy and wine: 1
  • The strawberry from Huelva is a unique product that is cultivated along the entire coast of Huelva thanks to its 248 hours of light per month in spring, as well as an ideal soil for the growth of these tasty red fruits.
    Huelva is the best and largest European producer of strawberries, covering 95% of the production of this fruit in Spain.

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Shops and cycling services: 4

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