Discovering Doñana

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El Rocío

 

This picturesque small village is well know in Spain for its famous pilgrimage. Its normally relaxing atmosphere and beautiful sceneries make of it an ideal base to explore the National Park and surroundings.

Just next to the village you will find one of the best ornithological spots in the region: the "Mother of the Marshes", the end of the Guadalquivir River Marshes and the beginning of the National Park. You can easily walk all around it and enjoy its beautiful dusks and dawns.

Near the southern end of the walk you will find the Spanish Ornithological Society Centre in  Doñana. The centre, called Francisco Bernis after one of the most famous Spanish ornighologists, offers abbundant information about birds of Doñana and works as an excellent view point over the marshes.

The empty fields to the east and south are well worth a walk for its attractive sceneries and birds. Specially good at Larks and other Passerines.

There is someone normally charging for parking your car around the church but it is very easy to avoid it; just get into the village and park in any street.

Bars and restaurants spread all over the village, on the map we show some the location of some of them.

The tourist information centre is at present in the town hall building at Muñoz y Pavón street.

Besides the Sanctuary which is open every day to everyone for visits and mass services, you can visit the Religion and History Museum, next to the southern exit of the village.

Be aware of the sandy streets of the village and be specially careful at the street junctions where the sand accumulates in summer. In winter water holes and bumps may make the driving really difficult through the village.

 

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You can find us at Av. La Canaliega, the main road that goes through El Rocío
GPS coordinates: 37º07,969´ N 06º29,340´ W

How to get here from Seville: Take the motorway A-49 south to Huelva, get off at exit 48 and follow signs to Almonte-Doñana. Passed Almonte keep going along the A-483 for some 14 km to El Rocío. Follow signs to the "Ermita" and keep going straight after the petrol station on your right for some 500 meters until you see the Puente del Rey white building on your left hand side. We are just below it in a traditional thatched hut with a scene of the marshes painted on the front wall.

How to get here from Huelva: Option 1: From Huelva or Portugal take the motorway A-49 east to Seville, get off at exit 50 and follow signs to Almonte-Doñana and instructions given above. Option 2: From Huelva take the coastal road A-494 south to Matalascañas and then turn north to El Rocío along the A-483 for some 15 km more. Follow signs to the "Ermita" and keep going straight after the petrol station on your right for some 500 meters until you see the Puente del Rey white building on your left hand side. We are just below it in a traditional thatched hut with a scene of the marshes painted on the front wall.