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Top Choice Religious in El Rocío

Romería del Rocío

Spain’s largest religious pilgrimage draws hundreds of thousands of revelers to El Rocío annually on Pentecost (Whitsunday) weekend. The festivities culminate with a boisterous procession through the streets in the …
Top Choice Historic Building in Almonaster la Real

Mezquita

This historic little mezquita (mosque) stands above the town about five minutes’ walk from the main square. The almost perfectly preserved structure, a rare find in this region, is like a miniature version of Córdob…
Top Choice Cave in Aracena

Gruta de las Maravillas

Beneath the town's castle hill is a web of caves and tunnels carved from the karstic topography. An extraordinary 1.2km, 50-minute loop takes you through 12 chambers and past six underground lakes, all beautifully i…
Top Choice Andalucian in Alájar

Casa Padrino

With atmospheric dining by a brick-ring fireplace or on a sunny terrace, Casa Padrino serves scrumptious country fare loosely based on old village recipes. The pencas de acelgas (Swiss chard stuffed with Iberian por…
Top Choice Tapas in Aracena

Jesús Carrión

Devoted chef Jesús heads up the creative kitchen at this wonderful family-run restaurant, which is causing quite the stir with its lovingly prepared, contemporary twists on traditional Aracena dishes. Try the Iberia…
Top Choice Andalucian in Linares de la Sierra

Restaurante Arrieros

The art of slow food is taken to the extreme here with meals normally spinning out over several lazy hours. The innovative approach to local pork products and wild mushrooms, such as the mushroom-and-apple stuffed s…
Top Choice Andalucian in El Rocío

Restaurante Toruño

With its traditional Andalucian atmosphere, authentically good food and huge portions, this is El Rocío's one must-try restaurant. A highlight on the menu is the free-range mostrenca calf, unique to Doñana; for nonc…
Top Choice Tapas in Huelva

Azabache

After a taste of traditional Huelva? Squeeze into this narrow tiled tapas bar where busy, helpful waiters are quick to deliver cheese and jamón (ham) platters, scrambled gurumelos (local wild mushrooms), fried choco…
Top Choice Tapas in Aracena

Rincón de Juan

It’s standing room only at this wedge-shaped, stone-walled corner bar, indisputably the top tapas spot in town. Iberian ham is the star attraction and forms the basis for a variety of montaditos (small stuffed rolls…
Beach in Huelva's Costa de la Luz

Flecha del Rompido

Possibly the most spectacular beach on Huelva's Costa de la Luz, this 8km-long sand bar along the mouth of the Río Piedras can be reached only by ferry, which keeps the crowds away, even in midsummer. The waters on …