The School is embedded in a beautiful environment.
La Rábida Monastery
A few steps from our venue you find La Rábida Monastery. It was declared National Monument in 1856. Cristobal Colón arrived to it in 1485 and found there help and support for his project. A visit to the monastery, with buildings from the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century, is worthwhile.
The following lines are extracted from the web page of the Patronato de Turismo de Huelva.
El Parador beach
Beach belonging to the municipality of Moguer at the foot of the cliffs and between pine forests facing the Parador Cristobal Colon de Mazagon. Visitors to these 2,000 m of remote beach will notice intense aromas, since the vital natural explosion which is Doñana is nearby. Easy access by car, and with a pleasant picnic area at the Parador (a classic Spanish state-owned hotel), from where it is recommended that you take the short walkway down to the coast, which winds among the pines and above the cliffs.
At the same shore from which the discovers of America cast off, and close to La Rabida, this beach lies between two lighthouses, on the dunes of El Picacho, to the south of El Espigon. Almost six kilometres of developed beach, calm waters and highly innovative installations for leisure activity and services, the marina at Mazagon has, in just a few years, become a privileged place for the elite to sail along the marina entrance which leads to the Mediterranean.
Doñana (National Park)
Considered one of the world's most important natural locations, the territory of Doñana encompasses over 100,000 hectares of protected land, almost all of which is located within the province of Huelva.
The specially protected National Park lies within this territory, occupying 50,720 hectares on the right-hand bank of the Guadalquivir River and its estuary on the Atlantic Ocean.
Doñana was declared World Heritage Site in 1994. The Visitor's Centres in El Acebrón, La Rocina or El Acebuche prepare the interested traveller to take a guided visit to the interior of the park.
The balance between the currents of the Atlantic Ocean and the streams from the Guadalquivir river form a strange but simple universe. Where the wind has more power the dunes become larger, where sweet water is abundant lakes are formed and where the sea enters salt marshes advance. The ecosystems: salt marshes, hills, forests and dunes add to an explosion of life that is hard to describe. These different wild spaces are home to an incredibly rich variety of fauna and serve as wintering sites of more than 300,000 waterfowl every year. Some of those bird species are seriously threatened, such as the white-headed duck, the marbled duck, the purple swamphen and the slender-billed gull. Doñana also harbours two of the European animal species currently facing the highest risk of extinction - the Spanish imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx, both endemic to the Iberian Peninsula.
Odiel Salt Marshes (Natural Park)
The Natural Site of the Odiel Salt Marshes, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is located on the banks of Huelva's tidal inlet, divided between the townships of Gibraleón, Aljaraque, Punta Umbría and Huelva. It is the second largest wetland in Huelva - second only in size, for its beauty and environmental value are incomparable. The protected area occupies 7,185 hectares of land and also includes the Natural Reserves of the El Burro Salt Marshes and En Medio Island. The Odiel Salt Marshes are the result of the interaction between the dynamics of the Odiel River current and the tides of the Atlantic Ocean, which has generated an intertidal ecosystem that attracts large numbers of broadbilled sandpipers and makes these marshes an important wintering site for various species of waterfowl. The fauna of the salt marshes includes the largest colony of spoonbill chicks on the continent, accounting for approximately one-third of the entire European population. They are also home to grey and purple herons, black storks, cranes and flamingos, as well as birds of prey often found in wetland environments such as the osprey and the marsh harrier.