Discovering Doñana is the result of Claudio Manetti and his wife Marina´s life adventure, a couple of Italians who, after visiting Doñana in the 80’s, left their country and their occupation there to pursue a dream. Through their experience with us, they came to the conclusion that the fledgling tourist infrastructure was not prepared to meet the needs of nature lovers and bird watchers who came to Doñana from far and wide attracted by its exuberant nature. They soon became well known, in their old white Land Rover they opened the eyes of all those willing to discover the secrets of Doñana until then kept hidden to most.
From 2000 José A. Sánchez, with the help of some of the best and most experienced local guides, continued the work begun by Claudio and Marina, offering our customers a unique and thrilling experience of Doñana´s nature, one of Europe’s last natural paradises.
You may come with your family and need a relaxing tour to enjoy Doñana’s nature, o you may require the very specialized attention or an ornithological guide in English. In all cases we have what you need in Discovering Doñana.
Discovering Doñana has been guiding independent naturalists and ornithologists for the last 25 years, furthermore a good number of international companies specialized in nature and bird tours have put their trust in us when it comes to offer their clients a quality professional service.
Doñana is a specially sensitive natural area so we have to minimize the impact of our activities on species and ecosystems. Discovering Doñana is authorized by the administration of the Doñana Natural Site to carry out our activities and our guides have been trained to comply at all times with the standards set by the Park.
Everyone who enjoys nature must always respect wildlife, its environment, and the rights of others.
Discovering Doñana subscribes and respects the recommendations put together in the ABA principles of birding ethics and the SEO manual of good environmental practices.
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 –
José A. Sánchez
Press and awards
Frequently asked questions
Our tours include areas of forests and marshes in the north of the Doñana National Park and a coffee break in José Antonio Valverde Visitor Centre. Beaches and dunes in the south of the Park are not included but can be visited through the concessionary company of that route.
Half day tours last for about 5 hours and full day tours for about 10 hours. Although private tours duration can be adapted to your needs.
Sure you can, you will find in El Rocío a good selection of hotels and bed & breakfasts, and a good variety of restaurants of differentes prices and qualities. You will find some information on accommodation in our website.
All our tours start from El Rocío. If you take a private tour and you stay in El Rocío, our guides will pick you up from your hotel. Otherwise we will wait for you in our offices located off the main asphalt road that goes through the village.
Tour bookings will be made, whenever possible, by email firstname.lastname@example.org. That way we ensure that both sides have confirmation of the reservation and all the details. Although you can also try via Whatsapp.
Visitor centres are only closed on December 24th – 25th and 31st and January 1st in Christmas, although we still organize tours, and for several days during the Annual Festival just before Pentecost day when we don’t organize any tours.