The canoes' docks


The canoes’ docks and Punta Umbría

The canoes’ docks is a seaport located at the Levante’s docks, by the Odiel River and at a short walk from the city centre. The canoes’ docks is named after the traditional barges (canoes) which sail the river between Huelva and Punta Umbría. They were the only means of transport between the city and the town for a long time before the building of a road in 1964.

Today, the canoes still work in the summertime. The river route between Huelva and Punta Umbría lasts approx. 40 minutes and offers stunning views of the Natural Site of the Marshes of the Odiel, declared as a Biosphere Reserve of the UNESCO.

A 16-metre-high, 26-tonne-heavy sculpture dominates the entrance of the harbour. The sculpture, which was designed by artist José Noja, is entitled El nudo del Puerto (‘The Knot of the Harbour’) and symbolizes the bound between the harbour and the society of Huelva.

You can find several green spaces like the Jardines del Muelle and the Parque de Zafra together with harbour facilities – such as the fish market and the shipyards – in the surroundings of the canoes’ docks.