Cartaya, Tierra Llana
Cartaya is a village near the capital, in Tierra Llana, on the banks of the river Piedras. Architecture built around the square includes the Ayuntamiento, the Church of San Pedro and many old houses. It also has a century fifteenth century castle and Convento de las Mercedes, fifteenth century.
In this municipality is Laguna de Portil, declared a Nature Reserve for your interest as a viewpoint for numerous birds. There is also another area of interesting landscape of great beauty, the Natural Park of the Marshes of Rio Piedras and Flecha del Rompido, shared with the township close to Lepe.
The Phoenician origin of the name indicates the antiquity of its origin, like archaeological evidence found locally, guarantees that the site has been inhabited since ancient times. However, the insecurity of the area, constantly plagued by Barbary pirates and Normans did not maintain a stable population until the early fifteenth century, when the Marquis and Lord of Gibraleón established a safe passage by the river Piedras to the estate of Ayamonte.
In those times there was a Moorish church, which, a century later, became the present church of San Pedro.
The Convent of the Trinitarios de la Merced Descalza was established in Cartaya, the Baroque tower now stands out against the sky like tower of the Renaissance Moorish castle.
The commercial centre is situated in the calle de la Plaza, which connects the square and the area of the marketplace. In this area you will find many tourists and travellers, as here are many good tapas bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the excellent cuisine of Huelva.
Castillo de Zuñiga, fifteenth century.
Iglesia Parroquial de San Pedro, XV and XVI centuries, in Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque styles.
Ermita de la Consolación, XVI and XVII centuries. Moorish and Baroque styles.
Convento de la Merced, XV century.
Ermita de la Cruz de los Milagros.
Town Hall. XVIII century. Baroque.
Cartaya Archaeological sites
Sixteenth and eighteenth century manors.
Centro turístico.( Resort) In it we find a lighthouse built in 1861 industrial style.
The most typical dishes of Cartaya are prepared from products of the land and sea, and although very similar to others in the area, have completely different finishing touches.
Products from the coast
- Fish: many kinds of fish, from Bream to cuttlefish.
Clams, mussels, Berdigón (cockles), shrimps and prawns.
Strawberries, oranges, nectarines, grapes, almonds, figs.
Beans, popcorn, gazpacho, (soup) Easter cakes.
To arrive by car is recommended to use the Motorway (A-49), which connects Seville to Ayamonte and, also to Portugal, via the motorway in the Algarve. Journey times from Seville to the area should not exceed 60 minutes.
Distances from Cartaya
Lepe 7 km
Huelva 25 km
Seville 112 km
Rompido 9 km
Aljaraque 17 km
La Antilla 14 km
Isla Cristina 25 km