You might have heard people talk about the ‘real Spain’, it’s often shorthand for anywhere not overrun by skyscrapers and coach loads of package holiday makers. But ask a Spaniard and chances are they will point you in the direction of Huelva province, a western region largely untouched by mass tourism or urban sprawl. Huelva offers sleepy cobblestone villages, miles of golden coast and some of Spain’s most beloved National Parks filled with unique flora and fauna.
It used to be a different story. For thousands of years the area known as Costa de la Luz was a key location for seafarers and merchants; in 1492 Christopher Columbus began his voyage to the new world from this coast. Today you’ll find the beaches and towns, including the province’s capital Huelva city remarkably untouched by the modern tourist trade. This all combines to create the perfect location for anyone looking to start a life surrounded by miles of beach, or for quiet walks through mountains, forests and dunes.
As well as its natural beauty, architectural and historical heritage, Huelva province offers several practical benefits for people looking to settle permanently. Not least is the range of property which includes village houses, luxury villas or fincas (farmhouses) at far more reasonable prices than you might find on the Costa del Sol. The coastal city of Huelva is around a 90 minute drive to either Faro or Seville airports and a fast road connects you with Seville and the Portuguese border. Gastronauts will enjoy delicacies not produced in the rest of Spain, like white prawns, ‘pata negra’ ham and wines from the Condado region.