Spain by car itinerary.
If you’re looking for Spain by car itinerary, then look no further, here at WildCampers we’ve hand picked several things to add to your itinerary. After experiencing all things in Huelva first hand we know exactly where to start in planning and making the most out of your road trip. Start your road trip adventure today.
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Today's best driving route to Spain we are taking you to Huelva. Don’t be alarmed Huelva may lack the region's star attractions such as other provincial capitals, such as Cordoba and Sevilla. But once you get past the industrial sprawl on its outskirts, the centre is a pleasant place with many pretty plazas, historical monuments and, as you'd expect from a city with a bustling port, a wealth of seafood bars and restaurants. Let's face it Huelva is one of Andalucía's least attractive provincial capitals. Surrounded by petrochemical industry and factories, it immediately doesn't look appealing. But there are a few places worth visiting in the city and around.• The Catedral de la Merced and the Iglesia de San Pedro are among the churches worth visiting. • In the centre, visit the Barrio Reina Victoria, with its quirky 19th-century British houses built by the Río Tinto mining company. • Seven kilometres south of the city, you can follow the story of Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the Americas at the La Rabida monastery. • Other things to see in the city include the provincial museum, the Museo de Huelva, which has an excellent archaeological section. • The British mining Río Tinto Company had a big impact on Huelva architecture, such as the Pier like - Muelle de Ríotinto, which stretches out into the Odiel estuary. Also houses of English style, perfectly preserved in their exterior appearance, Victorian Barrio Obrero.
Road trip through Spain
Continuing our road trip through Spain out of the city, stretching from the Guadiana river that divides Spain and Portugal in the east to the Guadalquivir river to the west is the Huelva part of the Costa de la Luz. West of Huelva is the busiest and most established resort of, Costa de la Luz, Punta Umbría. It has magnificent beaches, a lively nightlife in summer and a great choice of restaurants serving its renowned seafood, including jumbo prawns and shellfish. To top it off, this urban beach, which has been, awarded a Blue Flag for its high standards of cleanliness and excellent facilities.The town is surrounded by a total of three protected areas, and are famous for its distinctive wetland flora and fauna. There are some wonderful beaches running along the south side of Punta Umbría. The closest beach to the town is the Playa La Mata Negra, with windsurfing, sailing and boat trips among the activities offered to suit everyone's interests.
Coming away from the lively towns we welcome the natural beauty of Doñana on our Spain by car itinerary. Doñana National Park is a natural reserve in Andalusia, southern Spain, in the provinces of Huelva (most of its territory), Cádiz and Seville. The park is an area of marshes, shallow streams, and sand dunes in Las Marismas, the delta where the Guadalquivir River flows into the Atlantic Ocean or known locally as Coto Doñana. It’s the perfect place to park your WildCamper van for a few nights and experience the complete wilderness it has to offer. The coastline is generally one of the least spoilt in Andalucía and has seemingly endless expanses of sandy beaches, mounted by windswept sand dunes and pine trees. Despite the popularity of its resorts with mainly Spanish visitors in the summer months, it's possible to find a tranquil spot on a beach away from the crowds. Doñana's large expanse of salt marsh is a breeding ground as well as a transit point for thousands of European and African birds (aquatic and terrestrial), and hosts many species of migratory waterfowl during the winter.There are several campsites around Doñana, perfect for parking your campervan in Doñana. Our vans have everything you need to be self-sufficient or you have the option to hook up in Doñana’s many campervan spaces.
Back on the road we’re heading to the Rio Tinto in our WildCamper van. Rio Tinto has become a landscape within a landscape. Named for the reddish streaks that colour its water. Its unique colours begin to fade and change due to the changing chemistry of the rivers sediments. The unearthed minerals give the soil and water bizarre shades of blue, green, yellow, red and brown, so it is not unusual to see bright orange or green trickling past. There is a wonderful train ride that covers a restored 12km section of track. It is an excellent way to view the landscape or the mine working. Using the original train the workers would use themselves, the two-hour journey, including a 20-minute turn round stop to visit the actual river itself across the bridge. It's a real experience for younger train enthusiasts, and a fun for all ages. Rio Tinto is steeped in history; its growth has consumed not only mountains and valleys but even entire villages, whose populations had to be resettled in specially built towns nearby.
Lets hop back in our WildCampers van and head on the last leg of our road trip through Spain journey. To the Southwest is Cartaya, a small town located a few km inland from the coast. The centre of the old town has a beautiful historical and artistic heritage. Cartaya is set in a natural rural environment with beaches, pine forests and marshland. The municipality of Cartaya boasts sandy estuary beaches, protected from the winds by a sandy spit of land opposite, just across the Rio Piedras. This spit protects the pretty coastal village and local holiday resort El Rompido from the open sea. The beach at this small friendly fishing village boasts golden sand, with showers, toilets, lifeguards and parking available, with the leisure facilities and restaurants of the small village not too far away. To make the most of the beach, check the tide times and visit when the tide is in. There is plenty of space to park your WildCamper and stay for several nights and to really enjoy the village life.
If you want to get away from the crowds, you can hire a boat to take you across to the spit. Here you can walk along the long, sandy beach of Nueva Umbria or explore the sand dunes that run along the centre of the spit. If you do this, don't forget to take all of your own supplies, including fresh water.
You’ll be starting to get hungry soon and what better place, we can’t recommend enough the gastronomy available in El Rompido. Cartaya has a rich and diverse gastronomy and very much centred around the great fish and seafood found off the coast. Popular dishes that one must try are corvinata a la marinera (corvina), raya en pimento (stingray in paprika), almejas a la marinera (muscles), gambas (prawns), chocos (cuttlefish) and langostinos (langoustines).
Whatever activities you are looking to do in this area there is going to be something for everyone:- Playa de San Miguel perfect for water sports, Playa del Nuevo Portil ideal for those looking for nature swimming, El Rompido Golfcourse, Water Parks - Aquopolis fun for all the family and Karting -Kartodromo for those wanting something a bit faster.
Whatever it is you’re looking for to complete your Spain by car itinerary, here at WildCampers we can be sure to find something to suit you and help tailor your road trip through Spain. Get in touch today for more information.