Huelva is the closest city East to Nuevo Portil and is approx 18kms away from Sunflowers. The city centre has excellent shopping facilities, including two large hypermarkets and the famous El Corte Inglais department store.
Huelva claims to be the “Flamenco Capital” and many of the buildings and monuments date back to the 15th century.
Among the attractions to visit in this province are the Columbus sites. These sites include the city of Huelva itself, Moguer, Palos de la Frontera, and the Rábida Monastery. La Rábida is where Columbus sought the aid of the Franciscan brothers in advancing his project of discovery. They introduced him to local rich sailors (the Pinzón brothers) and eventually arranged a meeting in Seville with Ferdinand and Isabella.
Just south of Huelva is the local town of Matalascañas which is packed with local restaurants and a beautiful long sandy beach. El Rocio is 15kms away and where you can enter the Donana National Park.
Closer to home and across the Odiel estuary from Huelva you can reach the Marismas del Odiel, a wetland reserve which stretches 72 sq km. The marshes are unspoilt and have an abundant variety of birdlife. In the winter months there are up to 1000 Greater Flamingos and 400 pairs of Spoonbill which are said to be around one third of the entire European population. Heron, Grey Heron and Osprey can also be observed here. Throughout the year the area is also an ideal breeding ground for Waders and Terns.
Along the northern border of Huelva province are the Sierra de Aracena which boasts pine-covered mountains and low populated valley where Deer, Wild Boar and Eagles can be spotted.
A city not to be missed is the beautiful and vibrant Seville which is approx a 40 minute drive from Huelva. It lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe. Included in the impressive historic treasures of Seville are the Minaret of La Giralda, the Cathedral and the Alcazar Palace.
In the old city you will find the Casa de Pilatos where you can see Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles blending harmoniously amidst magnificent gardens. Try not to miss the Santa Cruz quarter with its cramped streets, flowered balconies and richly decorated facades.
If you cross the Triana Bridge over the Guadalquivar River you will come to the lively and popular quarter of Triana which houses traditional ceramic factories amongst its narrow streets around the church of Santa Ana.
To the west of Nuevo Portil and only 3kms away is the pretty fishing village of El Rompido which is one of the most tranquil and uncrowded spots on Huelva’s Costa de la Luz.
El Rompido sits on the Río Piedras river estuary, a stretch of water sheltered from the open sea by a spit, known as the Flecha del Rompido. You can visit the spit by hiring a fishing boat for the short trip across the estuary from the village.
In El Rompido you will find excellent restaurants serving local and international cuisine. Sit on the terrace outside and watch the fishermen come and go. This is a particularly lovely setting to spend a long lazy lunch-time or to watch the Coast of Light sunset in the evening.
A definite must is a visit to the border town of Ayamonte as it typifies the ambience and architecture of this region of Spain. It is full of classic whitewashed Andalucían houses and picturesque streets we associate with the “real Spain”. With its winding narrow streets and large impressive squares, Ayamonte has an excellent array of shops and restaurants.
An impressive bridge across the Guardiana River links the two countries or you can take a short ferry ride into Portugal. Once there you can visit the Portuguese Algarve, the lovely town of Tavira being a short trip away.