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Virgin of El Rocio

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Virgin of El Rocio

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Donana National Park: 4x4 Guided Day Tour from Seville

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Experience the wilder side of Seville during this 10-hour 4x4 adventure to Donana National Park. Travel into the pine forests, marshes and pastures of this wilderness area, home to more than 300 species of birds, unique animals and the scenic village of El Rocío. Stop to take a walk on the numerous nature trails and then visit the chapel and bird observatory in El Rocío. Finish your day on the beach during a visit to one of Spain’s largest dune systems. Your adventure includes a driver-guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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LaJarrie wrote a review Jan 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom338 contributions85 helpful votes
Had heard so much about El Rocío over the years, and eventually managed to get here, despite it being a bit of a trek from wherever you are, but worth it to combine with the Parque National de Doñana. Unfortunately rather geared up for tourists , and coach loads come daily. Restaurants and hotels similarly so, and the prices reflect this. The location though is incomparable. The sandy streets, and the hitching posts outside the buildings, are set up for the horses and carriages that are an integral part of this town. The church is worth a visit, with its unbelievably ornate gilded reredos. Not sure where the famous statue of the Virgin Mary had gone, as you can see the space where she should be.....haven’t yet managed to find out where to get this information! But simply spectacular were the marismas overlooked by the town. Don’t miss taking the paths along the side of these... preferably not (like us) leaving your binoculars in the car! These were just teeming with wildlife, various species of ducks, wading birds, and two large flocks of flamingoes who weren’t at all put off by the proximity of humans.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Koek W wrote a review Oct 2019
Velez-Malaga, Spain1,341 contributions77 helpful votes
In rocio you will hardly find asphalting as most of the town is sand roads. Locals ride horses and get ready for the yearly road shows. Where all horses gather from around. The virgin is a pelgrimage place and not to miss when here. Rocio it self is worth the visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Chris K wrote a review Aug 2019
Deventer, The Netherlands22 contributions
El Rocío is a very special Place, no asphalt roads, all sand. More people travel by horse than by car. Wild West Style, you expect to meet Winnetou & Old Shatterhand any minute 🤗. Daytime lots of tourists (mostly spanish) nicer to visit in the evening. Don’t forget to light a candle for you loved ones.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Steve L wrote a review Jun 2019
Javea, Spain198 contributions143 helpful votes
El Rocio is almost in a different time zone, with its streets of sand and horses are ridden by most of the residents. We saw the local school children being given riding lessons by some very profound and serious looking instructors. The Saca de las Yegus is held on the 26th June every year, it is where the local 'cowboys' go out and round up the wild horses from the Donana National Park and bring them (200 +) into town where they are later examined, treated and possibly sold. We watched this event for three (3) hours on the morning of 26th and found it to be exhilarating, exciting, so so different and a wonderful photo opportunity. I would recommend to wear walking boots in order to try and keep the sand out of your shoes, not to sit at a front row table near a road (if a car goes pass you will eat its dust) and to change your viewing position during the morning so as to get different viewing points if taking photos. Thoroughly recommend this event. Please Note: It does not appear to harm the Horses, in fact the people of El Rocio appear to love the animals.
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Date of experience: June 2019
johnhouston2 wrote a review Jun 2019
Knaresborough, United Kingdom3,851 contributions1,540 helpful votes
As you arrive in the unique, dusty little town of El Rocio, the large white church in the main square is impossible to miss. It is the Ermita de Nuestra Senora del Rocio and is where you can see the rather small, but hugely important statue to the saint.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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