Mazagon, Isla Canela

Mazagon, Isla Canela

Today we are travelling from Mazagon Isla Canela to Huelva where the landscape becomes more industrial and ends at La Rabida Isla Canela which is the birthplace of the discovery of the New World. Here you can visit the Jose Celestino Mutis botanical garden free of charge with species from all five continents. The Muelle de las Carabelas dock with the reproduction of three ships that took Columbus to America and the monastery of Santa María de La Rabida. Opposite the monastery on the other side of the Huelva estuary you can see the mouth of the Odiel and its marshes also a protected Natural Landscape. Next the route takes you to the capital. At the entrance you cross the bridge over the river Tinto to join a road that leads along the Juan Carlos I dam to the lighthouse which is opposite the refinery. Punta Umbría is one of Huelva’s official summer destinations and the next stop on the route is a stone’s throw from the city. Wooden walkways lead to the famous dune beaches of Enebrales and Mata Negra. After a relaxing swim in the cool water continue to El Portil at the edge of another of the protected natural spaces on the Costa de la Luz the mouth of the river Piedras and La Flecha del Rompido a 10 km sandbar that extends towards El Terro, home to one of the most important colonies of waterfowl such as the pintail, cormorant or the little egret. From here head towards La Antilla Isla Canela a long family beach with a great promenade, palm trees and terraces that almost touch the sand.