Virgin of El Rocio

Virgin of El Rocio, Almonte: Address, Virgin of El Rocio Reviews: 4.5/5

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LaJarrie
Southampton, UK379 contributions
Couples
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.

Written January 25, 2020
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Koek W
Velez-Malaga, Spain1,375 contributions
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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.
Written October 5, 2019
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Chris K
Deventer, The Netherlands22 contributions
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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.
Written August 1, 2019
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Steve L
Javea, Spain198 contributions
Couples
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.
Written June 29, 2019
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,491 contributions
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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.
Written June 5, 2019
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nomesssy93
Leeds, UK11 contributions
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I would 100% recommend a visit the the rocio. The whole town is an experience in itself with the sandy roads and people riding around on horseback. Every house and bar has a place to tie your horse up outside. It really is like going back in time. It's fun driving or walking around and seeing all of the brotherhood houses. Truely an experience and fascinating to learn about. The church and virgin are also pieces of art. As someone who is not religious I still found it all very intersting.
Written January 17, 2019
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190832Anne
Durham, UK171 contributions
Impressive large church in a unique location in a totally unpaved pueblo. Entrance to the church iis free.
Written November 30, 2018
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Gilles P
Paris, France45 contributions
Friends
When you arrive in El Rocio at late season, you could play Ennio Morricone music and imagine you are playing in a John Ford's movie. The visit of the park in 4X4 or horse riding give a huge view on deers ans plenty of birds.
Written October 7, 2018
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bunnySouthport
Southport, UK830 contributions
Couples
Absolutely stunning church. With an amazing altar adorned with gold.Great statues and paintings. You must payou a visit if in Ely rocio
Written September 19, 2018
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Wendy S
Christchurch, New Zealand42 contributions
Couples
Just loved this town ..So quiet ( obviously not during festive time !) and relaxed and friendly locals .

BUT the plastic rubbish and litter is sad to see . Why can't humans pick up their rubbish ? Or just not discard it on the ground !
Rubbish everywhere.
Ruins a truly beautiful town .
Written July 20, 2018
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