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Monastery in La Rábida

Monasterio de la Rábida

In the pretty, peaceful village of La Rábida, don’t miss this 14th- and 15th-century Franciscan monastery, visited several times by Columbus before his great voyage of discovery. Highlights include a chapel with a 1…
Historic Site in La Rábida

Muelle de las Carabelas

On the waterfront below the Monasterio de la Rábida is this pseudo 15th-century quayside, where you can board life-size replicas of the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa María – the three ships used by Columbus in his i…
Monastery in Moguer

Monasterio de Santa Clara

Columbus spent a night of vigil and prayer at this grand 14th-century monastery upon returning from his first voyage in March 1493. Highlights of the 45-minute guided visit include a lovely Mudéjar cloister, a 14th-…
Gardens in La Rábida

Parque Botánico José Celestino Mutis

The recently unveiled Parque Botánico José Celestino Mutis is a beautifully landscaped botanical garden on a hillside with plants and trees from both New World and Old. The large park makes for a delightful ramble, …
Andalucian in Moguer

Mesón El Lobito

About 300m southwest of the central Plaza del Cabildo, Mesón El Lobito dishes up huge, good-value clay platters of traditional country fare in a cavernous bodega; grilled meats and fish are cooked over an open log f…
Andalucian in Palos de la Frontera

El Bodegón

This atmospheric brick-floored grotto of a restaurant specialises in meat, fish and vegetables cooked to perfection over an oak-fired grill.
Historic Building in Moguer

Casa Museo Zenobia y Juan Ramón Jiménez

The lovingly maintained former home of renowned poet Juan Ramón Jiménez and his writer wife, Zenobia Camprubí Aymar, is open for both guided and independent visits, encompassing the poet's private library and severa…
Church in Palos de la Frontera

Iglesia de San Jorge

Towards the northern end of Calle Colón is this 15th-century Gothic-Mudéjar church, where Columbus and his sailors took Communion before embarking on their great expedition. Water for their ships came from La Fontan…
Museum in Palos de la Frontera

Casa Museo Martín Alonso Pinzón

The former home of the Pinzón brothers (captains of the Niña and the Pinta) now houses a permanent exhibition on Palos' crucial contribution to Columbus' famous first expedition.
Museum in Palos de la Frontera

Museo Naval

In an old sailors' hospital, Palos' naval museum hosts an impressive collection of ship models, from prehistoric canoes to Columbus' Niña.At the time of research, the museum was open only by pre-arrangement for grou…