The historic town Palos de la Frontera hosts an annual festival – Medieval Discovery Fair – commemorating its link to the “so-called” discovery of America.
The festival takes you back to the time of Christopher Columbus and his preparation for the voyage to the new world.
His first voyage set sail in 1492 from the dock of Palos de la Frontera, and replicas of Christopher Columbus’s fleet – the Pinta, the Nina and the Santa Maria – are exhibited in the museum Wharf of the Caravels (Muelle de las Carabelas).
The town has a rich maritime history, located on the thriving trading route with cities in the eastern Mediterranean.
Locals and visitors dress in period costumes, lending a feeling of authenticity to this historic and noble event.
Visit the Medieval Discovery Fair and step right back into the sights and the atmosphere of 15th Century Spain.
Palos de la Frontera is a port town in the southwest of Spain located close to the Portuguese border.
It’s close to Andalusia’s provincial capital, Huelva, and around 100 kilometres from Seville. It’s around one hour and 20 minutes to drive from Seville.
If you’re coming from Madrid, take the A5 and the A66 highways, and the trip will take around six hours.
Lisbon, Portugal, is closer, taking around four hours on the A2.
Look for flights to Seville, Lisbon or Madrid.
More about Andalusia
Andalusia is a beautiful part of Spain situated in the southwest, bordered by Portugal and the Atlantic ocean.
White-washed villages, fascinating architecture, mountain, and beaches are just some of the attractions you’ll find in this hidden corner of Spain.
There’s always something special taking place in Andalusia.
Celebrate Carnival in Cadiz from February to March, Jerez de la Frontera, famous for sherry and horses, is the location for the Feria del Caballo in May, and Marbella hosts the Starlite Festival in July and August.
While you are in Andalusia, Alhambra in Granada is a great excursion to do.