In just over 3 hours’ drive from the Flamenco Campers base you can be in another world!
Mining has been practiced in the Rio Tinto area for some 3,000 years. First the Phoenicians, then the Romans, with modern mining continuing into the 20th century. The nearby river runs almost red due to the effects of the iron and copper from the ground. It is quite extraordinary to see the coloured water. NASA visited the Rio Tinto – the red river – to see how these waters sustain life, as they are considered to be conditions similar to Mars!
Now much the mining area has been transformed into a park attraction where visitors can ride a vintage mining train, see a mine, and even visit a restored English village that was built here in the 1950s when the mines were run by a British company. It is said that Spain’s first golf course and first football pitch were built here by the Brits in the last century.
Huelva is a fascinating region. Much of the coast is pine clad forests and wonderful sandy beaches that run into Portugal’s Algarve. I great place to explore in your campervan or motorhome, and it will give you a very different perspective of Andalusia.