Walking tour in Doñana
to discover its scents and textures
For those of you who feel like putting their foot down and feeling the Doñana sand under the sole of their shoes, catching the smell of rock roses and the scent of thyme, lavender and rosemary, capturing the delicate song of warblers and serins perched on our pine and mastic trees, tracing badger and fox prints in our juniper and cork oak forests or relaxing listening to the murmur of the Atlantic Ocean while you cool down your feet in its waters, you will find here what you need, because we have prepared the best walking tours in Doñana.
Doñana Natural Site offers several options to visit it on foot, in many cases along self-guided trails next to the different visitor centers. Umbrella pine and cork oak forests, beaches of fine sand, mobile dunes, streams with intricate riparian forests, lagoons, marshes, a complex set of different habitats that you will be able to know better on foot with our help.
It is an ideal activity to do with your family. Do you want to learn with your children how to identify animal tracks on the sand, to distinguish birds by their song and to know the traditional uses of our plants, to name our insects or to find out how our dunes move?
They are self-guided low difficulty walking trails that, in most cases, you will be able to do them by yourselves without much trouble, but often lack sufficient interpretation. We will simply offer the services of one of our guides-interpreter to, with your help, take full advantage of the resources that these trails offer.
We can arrange a visit to one or more of these paths, starting from our offices in El Rocio using, in most cases, your own mean of transport to get to the starting point. You will only need to come with appropriate footwear and some extra clothing in case the weather turns indifferent.
The following describes our recommended excursions:
In the National Park
Charco de la Boca
This trail is about 3.5 km long and is located next to La Rocina Visitor Center, near El Rocío. The whole route is on wooden boards, accessible to everyone, and allow you to move easily through pine forests, riparian forests, dense reed beds and a thick scrubland. It also offers several bird watching hides along La Rocina Stream. It can easily be combined with a 2km walk around the marshes in El Rocio and make it an eminently ornithological tour, . or just consider it a nice walk enjoying nature and the variety of landscapes and plant communities.
Charco del Acebrón
About 1.5 km long, this beautiful trail begins near the parking area at Acebrón Visitor Center. It is completely flat, of a very low difficulty and its sandy soils are usually quite compacted, normally allowing access to all. It will take you into into a stunning mosaic of umbrella pine and cork oak forests, reed beds and the thickest riparian forest you can imagine, this is the jungle of Doñana. In summer it is the coolest place in the Park, not to be missed during your visit to Doñana. It is particularly suitable for the observation of plants, forest birds, reptiles and insects.
This trail runs along the most famous traditional pilgrim’s road to El Rocío, the locally called “Raya Real”, which brings every year many thousands pilgrims from Seville and the whole Andalusia. There are about 15 km of sandy road connecting Puente del Ajolí, east of El Rocío, with the local road to Villamanrique de la Condesa, via Palacio del Rey. About 6 km of it are within the boundaries of the National Park and the other 9 in the Natural Park. This walking trail stands out specially for the beautiful forest landscapes of umbrella pine and cork oak and the options to observe small forest birds and raptors, mammals such as reed deer and wild boar and for being one of the best areas to try one of Doñana’s jewels, our iberian lynx.
Camino de Moguer
This trail runs along the traditional pilgrim’s path locally called “Camino de Moguer”, connecting this town to El Rocío. It is 12 km along a sandy track which will take you to the old and abandoned forest village of Cabezudos passing through places of great beauty and natural values. For several sections it runs parallel and next to La Rocina Stream and with its dense riverbank forest which goes through beautiful umbrella pine forests. The highlights here are the presence of a large number of small forest bird, raptors and mammals such as mongoose, wild boar and red deer.
In the Natural Park
Laguna del Jaral
It is a round walking trail of about 5.5km length and medium difficulty. The sandy track will take you first around the seasonal El Jaral Lagoon and then to a pass over the Asperillo dune range, offering spectacular views of both the Atlantic Ocean and a green sea of umbrella pine at the Abalario Forest. Next the path will lead you down to a small and beautiful mobile dune by some attractive sandstone cliffs along Castilla Beach. This trail is specially interesting for the flora adapted to this harsh habitat, with some local endemisms, the good opportunities to watch finches and warblers and for being a very good place to observe reptiles and mammal tracks.
This is a low difficulty 1.2 km long board walk , accessible to all, which will take you from the road A-494, linking the coastal urbanizations of Matalascañas and Mazagon, to the beach. It offers spectacular views of the fossil dune complex of El Asperillo, one of the largest dune systems in Andalusia. This is the the highest natural viewpoint in the region with its 112m above sea level. A good choice would to combine the hiking activity with some leisure time on the sandy beaches where the trail ends (where you will find in summer with a typical beach bar and the usual amenities) and a visit to the Natural Monument of Asperillo Sandstone Cliffs.
Lagunas de Ribetehilo
This is also an easy boardwalk 1.3 km long, accessible to all, around Ribetehilo Lagoons with the typical peatland vegetation . The access road may not be in very good condition, so it is possible that access to the area in normal cars may prove very difficult. This mode of transport is not recommended. It is especially recommended during the rainy season when lagoons are flooded. Here you will find some of our most representative amphibians such as the sharp-ribbed salamander or the iberian newt, a good and varied community of small forest birds and some local endemic plants.
Doñana changes through the seasons
he gave us a very informative dissertation
on folk customs, botany, zoology,
environmental sustainability ... well, even
children talked later about how many
things they learned and how easy
was to understand him.”
– Fátima García –
Antonio in Doñana. It is appreciated when
people love their work, enjoy teaching
others all they know and do not have any
hurry to finish. And furthermore the
equipment was just perfect, telescope, binos
and field guides were of a great help to us.”
– Pedro Dámaso –
was the highlight of our visit to
Andalusia. Not only for the 100 species
of birds we saw, but also because of the
interesting information from the guide
on Doñana’s ecology and history. It was
an unforgettable experience for us.”
– Andrea Owen & Martin Holmes –
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