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“Must-See”

La Rabida Monastery
Ranked #3 of 60 things to do in Huelva
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Huelva itself is dull but its proximity to Muelle de las Carabelas as well as La Rabida put it on my tourist map. Historically pivotal, the Monastery shows us how our world changed in 1492. There's an infra-red headset self-guide but we couldn't manage this as we'd only arrived 45 mins before closing time (1pm). The art work on show is wonderful.

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

This is well wrth a vist as the history of Christpher Columbus' journey is described in detail using a handset (in english)as you move through this lovely building.

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We arrived there around 12.30. We paid the entry fee and in the middle of the tour the stuff told us that we have to leave, as they are closing at 1pm. Well it will be nice of the lady at the ticket office to make us aware that we only have 30 minutes to see the monastery and advise us that we can come in the afternoon.

It was not the first encounter with unfriendly clerk at the ticket office. Many times they were simply not interested in the customer at all, they did not even look at you while selling you a ticket, rarely saying thank you and sometimes you will even have to wait until they will finish their private talk on the phone until they will finally assist you. Well, welcome to Spain...

In Spain it is very usual to have a siesta which is a break in the middle of the day. For few hours they are closing the shops and tourist attractions, this is a vestige from the pre-air-conditioning times, which is still very popular in Spain, especially in the south of Spain. In civilized parts of the world this tradition is long gone. The opening hours should be adjusted to the customers, not to the workers, especially in the summer when people have holidays and more time to travel.

1  Thank jupeIreland
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We had a great time here with our children. The free audio tour in English (and other languages) was excellent and brought the whole place alive. We learnt loads! This is a must visit if you're in the area. A bargain at €3pp!

2  Thank Jonny29
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Important historic site used by Phoenicians, Romans and Muslims before the monastery was founded over 500 years ago. We visited on a Saturday morning, arriving about noon, to be told that the monastery closed shortly but we did have time to do a quick tour though we could not hire the audio guides, which could have meant everything was more meaningful. We found everything very interesting and the cloisters were beautifully decorated with flowers. Upstairs we saw the chapterhouse where the final meeting took place regarding the feasability of Columbus's journey into the unknown. Also upstairs was the Flag Room with flags from all the American countries and the Philippines with casks of soil from each of the countries. In the Caravel Gallery there are beautiful replicas of the 3 ships. Also there is a series of paintings depicting the life of St Francis of Assisi.

2  Thank Ruth M
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