Days out and Exploring
Finca La Herreria nestles among extensive gardens, vineyards and orchards in the Huelva region of Andalucia – the mysterious and unspoiled corner of south-west Spain. Just minutes away from the pretty whitewashed town of Villablanca, you will be equal distance between Seville and Faro and so access is easy – either flying into one of these two airports or driving on the fast road which runs parallel to the coast between Seville and Portugal.
The Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) stretches from Tarifa to the mouth of the Guadiana River and the Portuguese border. Here you will find over 75 kms of almost empty, pristine, sandy beaches (where you can go horseback riding – more of that later!) which is great for the independent traveller looking for unspoilt gems. This pretty region is known for its local gastronomy (Jamon Iberico), exceptional seafood, small seaside resorts and fishing villages where life is easy, and time forgotten.
Within 20 minutes you can drive to Isla Canela where there are golden sands, an 18 hole golf club, a marina and plenty of shops and restaurants, or to Ayamonte – the delightful town on the River Guadiana from where you can catch the little ferry across to Vila Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal. For just a few Euros you can cross the river, enjoy the renowned pasteis de nata and practice your Portuguese – just remember that there is a one-hour time difference. A little further along the coast, Isla Christina is home to one of our favourite restaurants – Restaurante Taray – great for the freshest of fish.
Definitely worth a day out is a visit to El Rocio – you will think that you have stumbled into a wild western filmset! The wide streets are made of drifting sand and the main mode of transport is on horseback. Every house has a hitching post and there is an abundance of flamenco dresses on sale. Every year at Pentecost, over a million pilgrims converge in wagons and on horses to pay homage to the statue of Our Lady of El Rocio. Try to get a table at Restaurante Toruno http://www.toruno.es/ where in the shade of a 1000 year old olive tree, the waiters are serving drinks to well turned out riders on equally well turned out horses – there is usually some spontaneous flamenco dancing to tap your feet to!
The Donana National Park is an hour’s drive from our farmhouse – one of Europe’s most beautiful and important wetlands and a major site for migrating birds.
For those interested in the history and voyages of Christopher Columbus, who of course sailed from Palos de la Frontera, in Huelva in 1492, the “Trail of Christopher Columbus” https://www.andalucia.com/cities/huelva/columbus.htm gives lots of information on the explorer and his life.
EATING AND DRINKING
Although you will find your own "special" bar, restaurant or shop, these are a few of our favourites!
Our local town comes to life over the summer. Only 3 miles from the house, there are plenty of bars and a couple of good restaurants – we can particularly recommend Meson La Posada and Meson Las Chuletas
The indoor market in the town is currently being renovated and sells local produce.
Thhre is an excellent tapas bar “Merka Jamon” https://www.merkajamon.com/ which sells all the gastronomic foods of the Hueleva region – including wines, cheeses, hams and sausages.
“EL CHOCO” (also in Ayamonte) https://restaurantguru.com/Meson-El-Choco-Ayamonte-2 is a restaurant which sells locally caught fish and seafood.
There is a local indoor market which sells vegetables, meats, fish and local cheeses.
Our all time “favourite” restaurant is Restaurant Taray in Urbasure, Isla Cristina http://www.restaurantetaray.com/ - it is well worth the 15 minute drive to enjoy their fish and seafood.
Only 20 minutes drive from the finca is Huelva Town – the capital of the region. The regional market is Mercado del Carmen http://www.mercadodelcarmen.com/ the hustle and bustle and quality of the products on offer is an experience in itself.
The restaurant “Azabache” is well known to locals and specialises in tapas, traditional fried fish and home-made casseroles https://www.andalucia.org/en/huelva-where-to-eat-azabache
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