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The customs and traditions are deeply rooted in Huelva! People from Huelva are humble and full of personality.... calm, cheerful and most importantly of all...welcoming! We also value our time with friends and family.

If we talk about the customs and traditions of Huelva, you must speak of its people. Children of fishermen, miners, ice factory workers, those who made flour or chopped wood and rural farmers. These professions were not sufficient to support all the families in Huelva, and many parents had to migrate to other countries to get a job and be able to return with greater wealth in the following years.Thanks to the establishment of the 'Polo Químico', most young people who travelled to countries like France or Switzerland returned to form the workforces of these factories.

Because of this our affection towards countries abroad is emotional, warm and friendly. We are more open than most to international relations although you will find that are language skills left a little to be desired!

As for our clothing, our simplicity shines through. Most follow modern trends that typically arise in Italy, arriving a few months late to Huelva, but more and more locals are beginning to care less abouyt the clothes they are wearning, opting more for 'dress as you like each day'!

Christianised by custom and tradition, it is increasingly difficult to find practicing Catholics among the local population. In terms of infrastructure, Huelva has a Catholic church in every neighborhood, even two in some cases due to the arrangement of those who ruled this city at its inception.

Surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, we have swapped the smell of candles and prayer for the smell of pine trees and warm summer evenings with family and friends!

Among the customs and traditions us 'Onubenses' can highlight the pilgrimages of religious origin, of all the villages across the province such as those practiced in 'Montemayor de Moguer', the procession of 'Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Alájar' whcih has been delcared of national touristic interest, 'La Peña de La Puebla de Guzmán'. All similar in nature but very different to the famous pilgrimage of El Rocío.

Another of the most deeply rooted traditions of the province is that of the slaughter. This takes place in the Sierra and in Andévalo during the months of January and February and is a tradition that has passed from generation to generation. In some towns such as Campofrío, those who attend to enjoy the ritual of the slaughter, can also enjoy free samples of pork, grilled meat and local liquor!

And of course we cannot forget the culture of flamenco, although born between Seville and Cadiz, flamenco is very much rooted into the culture of Huelva, specifically in Alosno which has developed its own original branch of flamenco, 'Fandangos' of which records date back from 1492, which would make it the oldest form of flamenco. You could do the fandango route from the capital, passing through Alosno (birthplace of fandango), El Cerro del Andevalo, Santa Barbara de Casas, Cabezas Rubias, Valverde del Camino, Calañas and up to the Sierra, Almonaster la Real and Encinasola.

Gastronomy also takes significant importance at every festival in the province, where you can be sure to try out many of the local delicacies!

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