Would you like to go home from your Erasmus with a tan to envy your friends? If you are looking for a coastal city with a happy climate for going on Erasmus, then I recommend that you start to get interested in Huelva.

Huelva is a small city, but quite famous among Erasmus students. Do you want to know why?

The University of Huelva, full of advantages to learn a language.

The University of Huelva is quite new, since it was founded in 1993, so it is not a building full of history, but it has the advantages that only new universities can offer, such as having newer facilities and more Modern, so it is not a disadvantage if you come from Erasmus to this university.

In addition, in recent years there has been an increase in the number of Erasmus students, so do not worry because you will meet many people from different places. In addition, Erasmus students are offered many aids to help them they can more easily get used to their city life during their stay.

Another educational center is the León Ortega School of Art, which I recommend if you are doing a design degree, since they also have an Erasmus program.

City review

I would recommend you Madrid if…

🤸‍♂️You are an active person
💸You don’t mind spending more
👩‍👩‍👦‍👦Don’t get overwhelmed with people

I would not recommend you Madrid if…

🚶You like to move on foot (without taking public transport)
💸Looking for not spending much money
🧘🏽‍♀️️If you are looking for a quiet place, run away from the center

Prices

🛏Room → 427 €
🍺Beer 0,5L → 3.30 €
🍽Menu → 12.50 €

Weather

🌧 The winters are rainier
🔥 Hot summers
🌡️ Annual average is 13.7 ° C

The People

 🥰 Lovely and open

Gastronomy

Main courses
🍲Cocido madrileño
🥯Rosca madrileña
🍛Callos a la madrileña
🦑Bocadillo de calamares (100% recommended)

Dessert
🍩Rosquillas de San Isidro
🥯 Corona de Almudena

Tapas
🍟Patatas bravas y tortilla brava
🍳huevos estrellados

Top 5 most representative monuments 

🏛Palacio Real
🏛Templo de Debod
🏢Puerta del Sol
🚡Teleférico de Madrid
🏞 Parque del Retiro

1.  Cost of living is cheap in Huelva

You have the beach nearby and it is also a city where the rents to share are quite cheap, Don’t you feel like going to Erasmus in Huelva even more?

 If you go to the University of Huelva, I recommend that you stay here if you value the proximity:

  • Calle Antonio Machado
  • Calle Celtas
  • Avenida Andalucía

Instead, if you go to the Art School, I recommend these streets:

  • Avenida Escultora Miss Whitney
  • Avenida Guatemala
  • Calle Matarife

In case you want to book your accommodation before, or want to know the best ways to find accommodation in Spain, I leave you the post of How to find accommodation in Spain, where I explain the steps to follow and the best websites in Spain, with and without commissions management.

2. If you are one of those who enjoy the heat … The weather.

Are you coming from Erasmus to Huelva looking for the typical Spanish Mediterranean climate?

Congratulations, because in this city you will find it. If you are looking to get away from the cold north, here you will enjoy excellent weather all year round and all the sun you want to get a tan, and all this practically all year round.

Pleasant winters

 If you have a hard time during winter because you do not enjoy the low temperatures, coming from Erasmus to Huelva is a good option, since here you do not have to worry about snowstorms or torrential rains, or strong icy winds, because in Huelva believe me, there is nothing of that.

  • Minimum average temperature 5’9ºC
  • Average maximum temperature 16’2ºC

Very hot summers

Huelva is considered one of the warmest cities in all of Europe, in addition to being the sunniest city in all of Spain, so with that you can get an idea of ​​what summers are like out there.

Of course, it has both a beach and a river, so you can always take a dip when you can’t stand the high temperatures anymore!

  • Minimum average temperature 18’9º C
  • Average maximum temperature 32’7º C

3. A city surrounded by water

Huelva is a coastal city, so of course it has a beach so you can cool off in the summer, but not only are there salty waters where you can take a dip, there are also fresh waters.

If you come from Erasmus to Huelva, visit the Rio Tinto (Tinto river), since it is a very common hiking route, and has the peculiarity that it gives the feeling that its waters are red because of the type of terrain (that is why it receives the name of Tinto, for the wine, which is also reddish in color).

In addition, there are also the Odiel Marshes, a Natural Park located at the mouth of the Odiel River, which also passes through the city. If you wonder why you should visit it, I recommend it if you like birds, since, depending on the time of year, here you can see from flamingos to storks, herons and cranes of different types.

4. Gastronomy

Huelva has a great variety of typical local dishes, and they adapt to the tastes of the whole world. Although keep in mind that it is a coastal city, so it stands out for its fish and seafood mainly

Typical food

As I just told you, Huelva has the sea, and therefore a great variety of dishes where fish, shellfish and seafood are the protagonists. If you come from Erasmus to Huelva, try their prawns, as they are famous throughout the country, in addition to their coquinas.

Its tuna mojama is also well known, which if you wonder what it is, could be defined as tuna loins pressed with coarse salt and, after a few days, the salt is removed and wrapped to dry for several more days. The result is a compact and very salty strip of fish, and it is usually accompanied with olive oil.

On the other hand, if you always wanted to try the famous Spanish Iberian ham, the huelva ham is probably one of the best in the country.

 As for desserts, I highlight two of them, quite famous during Easter especially, although you can find them throughout the year.

The first is the gañote, which is made from egg, flour, cinnamon, sugar, sesame, lemon zest and olive oil. All these ingredients are rolled into a reed, and then fried. It takes on a rather curious spiral shape.

The second is the pestiños, made from dough made with flour that is usually given aroma with sesame. Subsequently, it is fried in olive oil, and goes through honey, although there are those who substitute honey for sugar.

 I leave you a list of bars / restaurants where you can enjoy the true gastronomy of the city and at an affordable price:

  • La Tabernita € – Paseo Independencia, 21002 HuelvaHere they serve the best prawns and cooked in the city.
  • Restaurante Macha €€ – Calle Vázquez López, 22, 21001 HuelvaThey serve traditional dishes from Huelva, and it is highly recommended to order their ham table.
  • Cervecería La Ría € – Calle de los Marismeños, 6, 21006 Huelva – If you are looking to try seafood from the area to accompany them with a beer and for a cheap price, stop here.

Tapas

Here I also leave you a small list of tapas places with good quality / price:

  • Bar Pappis € – Calle Conde López Muñoz, 4, 21006 Huelva -They have a huge variety of tapas, whether they are traditional from Huelva or the most typical in all of Spain. The portions are also a good size.
  • Portichuelo € – Calle Vázquez López, 15, 21001 Huelva – Another place to try Iberian ham, in addition to its tapas.
  • El Tapeíto € – Calle Pablo Rada, 2, 21004 Huelva – Their shrimp and coquina tapas are quite famous.

* Tapas: small portions of food, allows you to try many varied products at a very affordable price

5. Location (2 Erasmus in 1)

You are on the coast of Andalusia, in the southern part of Spain, so if you want to travel you are in a privileged place.

 

If you want to travel within Spain, I recommend that you take time out of your schedule and go to visit Granada. In case you do not know what you can do out there, I recommend you stop by the post of What to do in Granada, it will surely convince you.

 If, on the other hand, you want to leave the country for a weekend, you are next to Portugal, so you should not miss that opportunity. There are buses that, for 24 euros, can take you to Lisbon in three hours.

6. Christopher Columbus and Huelva

The Modern Age begins with the discovery of America after the voyage of Christopher Columbus, thinking that it was going to shorten his path to Asia.

If you are interested in history, then you should know that Huelva was a key point for this moment in history.

Why? Well, after the first refusal by King Fernando II of Aragon to finance his trip, Christopher Columbus went to the La Rábida monastery in Huelva. There, he met people who believed in his plan and opened the doors for him to be able to negotiate this time with Queen Elizabeth I of Castile, who would finally support his journey plans.

In addition, it was here in Huelva that Columbus got his three famous ships: La Niña, La Pinta and La Santa María, and from the port of Palos de la Frontera, began his journey to America.

In the port where it all began there are full-scale replicas of those three ships, in addition to a monument to Columbus on Avenida Francisco Montenegro, the so-called “Monumento a la fe descubridora.”

So yes, in Huelva the Modern Age practically began.

7. public transport

You should know that, if you come from Erasmus to León, you will have to go by bus to go to the university, since you will discover that it is the fastest and easiest way to avoid being late for class.

  • Emtusa Huelva. The name of the buses in Huelva:
    • 1’10€ → Ordinary ticket 
    • 22 € → Students bonus 30 days 
    • 30 € → 30 days bonus 
  • +Bici Huelva.  Bicycle loan service so you can go around the city in a much more ecological way.

It is a free service, but you must register by going to the Huelva Coast Metropolitan Transport Consortium offices at the Huelva Bus Station, and there ask for the information you must fill in to obtain permission to use it.

7+1. Party or…chill night

Huelva, despite being a small city, perhaps due to the good weather, is full of places to party, and on weekends the street is always lively.

So if you like nightlife, coming from Erasmus to Huelva will be a success

Party

Here is a list of the best places to party in Huelva:

  • Sala KarmaAv. Francisco Montenegro, 21001 Huelva –  One of the most famous clubs in the city.
  • Mykonos Beach ClubCalle Tres Marías, 44B, 21100 Punta Umbría, Huelva –  You can go at any time of the day. In the morning it is a terrace overlooking the beach and, at night, one of the most atmospheric nightclubs in the city.
  • MandalaAv. Manuel Siurot, 21002 Huelva – While it’s a fairly modern nightclub on a regular basis, occasionally there are also live monologues and group concerts.

Chill Night

Do not you feel like going out to dance or to a disco? If you like to sit down and enjoy your beer or glass quietly, there are also quite interesting places.

  • Bar Berdigón 14 Calle Berdigón, 14, 21003 Huelva -People usually come here with their group of friends to have a beer, but if you are looking for more tranquility there is a small room inside the premises called “The Library”, where you can be in a much quieter environment and surrounded by books (hence their Name).
  • Trastero BarCalle Almte. Garrocho, 13, 21004 Huelva – If you are more of music from the 80s or 90s, you will enjoy the atmosphere of this place much more
  • Monteluna Av. Martín Alonso Pinzón, 20, 21003 Huelva – In the morning it is a normal cafeteria, but it gives a radical change at night, turning into a pub whose cocktails are quite famous. It is also open every day until 2 AM.

And be careful, since you can not drink on the streets of the city or you will be fined, so either terrace or inside the premises.

Warning places

⚠️ Warnings

As in any city you go to, Huelva also has some neighborhoods that you may want to avoid, as there are much better areas when looking for accommodation or places to go out for a drink.

As a precaution, try to avoid these areas:

  • Hotel Suárez
  • Torrejón
  • El Carmen
  • Barriada de la Navidad

Time to close the post

I have already told you everything you need to know if you are going to come from Erasmus to Huelva. What did you think? Would you consider Huelva as a possible city to do your Erasmus?

If you still have any other questions, such as where you should make the purchase, I recommend that you take a look at the post Where to buy in Spain.

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If you have already been to Huelva, put your experience in the comments. You could help someone else decide and choose this city for their Erasmus adventure! 🙂

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