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.