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Huelva RENFE Train Station Mini Guide
Why Would I go to Huelva?
Huelva is a very interesting city on the Costa de la Luz in Southern Spain. It was the centre of espionage on the Iberian Peninsula in World War II and the place where the body of a supposed British major was washed up to mislead the Germans over invasion plans. The grave of the ‘major’ can be visited today and there’s information on the ruse in the city’s museum. Huelva is also a great place to be based for exploring the Costa which has beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt beaches along the coast, even in peak season. The area is also renowned for its agriculture and in particular the production of early season strawberries for Northern Europe. From Huelva it’s also easy to visit the south of Portugal too.
How do I get to Huelva?
There’s a fast train from Madrid
and connections from all over Spain, including Seville
, so if you’re not flying in and out and are perhaps doing a rail tour of Iberia, then Huelva is a great stop. The station is right in the centre of the city and you can either choose to use public transport to see the sights or hire a car from the station. Pre-booking is a good idea as space for hire cars is limited there and at peak times you may be disappointed.
What’s the Station Like?
It’s quite impressive, designed in the Moorish style and looks a little like a Moorish palace. It was built in the 1930s and has been upgraded since. It’s light and airy inside and never overly crowded.
What Facilities Does it Have?
If you need directions when you arrive, there is a map of the vicinity on the station wall and a rail information desk which can also help you with local matters. There are a number of little shops in the station mostly selling things for rail travellers such as papers and magazines, confectionery and drinks. For a wider range of shopping you’ll need to leave the station and head for the nearby shopping streets. There is an ATM inside the station should you need euros and there are disabled facilities including ramps to get passengers onto the trains. It’s best if you let the station know in advance.
There are car hire companies represented at the airport and you’ll see their desks as you walk along the platform. Local buses stop outside the station too. Two small coffee shops are found inside the station selling accompanying biscuits, toasted sandwiches and cakes but if you want something more substantial, try one of the restaurants in the nearby streets. There’s Wi-Fi available in the station but it can be a little unreliable.
- With the final leg of the high speed train network now completed from Figueres to Barcelona, it's possible to take a train from the French border all the way to Huelva before hiring a car to enjoy the area. It's a great way to see Spain - albeit at speed!