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Donana & El Rocío village

Being located at the Guadalquivir River mouth, between the provinces of Seville, Cadiz and Huelva, Donana National Park is undoubtedly the most important natural area in Europe.

A natural paradise of over 100,000 hectares modeled by the action of air and water, it is an amazing place where you can find various and very different kinds of ecosystems, but at the time keeping a balance and so connected to each other that we hardly would understand one without the other.

Donana is internationally known as a breeding wintering passage for over 300 different species of birds, among which the beautiful Imperial Eagle stands out, since it is one of the most endangered species in the world. In winter, it is also easy to see large flocks of Geese, Cranes and Ducks of various species, while in summer, some raptors like the Booted Eagle, the Black Kite, Glossy Ibis and Storks fill the skies of the Park.

This variety and richness of avifauna is due to the proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar and the marshes, which not only are the most important migration route between Europe and Africa, but also the most important ecosystem in Doñana. These unspoilt 35,000 acres of marsh, and many others transformed by man since last century, are mainly characterized by rice growing.

Other impressive and special ecosystems of the park are the dunes and beach, which consist of over 50 kilometers of unspoilt coastline bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Coastal dunes are part of the most complex dune system in Europe, some of them forming chains up to six dunes, and eight to ten meters height. They are also full of pines and a place where some mammals such as deer, fallow deer, boars and foxes walk.

The spectacular fossil dunes hold a particular place in the southwest area of the park, staying on the coast and forming beautiful cliffs into the ocean.

Donana National Park has very strong traditions which have become themselves in real attractions. The pilgrimage in honor of the Virgen del Rocío attracts thousands of people who walk a long distance either on foot or horseback each year to reach the village, where they jump “the fence” and take the virgin on their shoulders on the Pentecost Sunday. The popularity of this celebration has crossed our borders so that the Aldea del Rocio has become a reference point for visitors who arrive at the Park. Besides, walking through its streets is an unforgettable experience, since it can be considered one of the most peculiar and picturesque villages of Europe, as its unpaved streets seem to move to the far west.

The Iberian lynx is definitely the star of this Paradise. The world’s most endangered feline has here one of its largest populations, with about 90 individuals. In fact, being lucky enough to see it waiting for some prey to hunt or just walking across the sands of the park is a privilege that few people in the world have had and that makes Donana even more a unique place in the world.


VISIT INFORMATION:72 euros

Daily departures (on reservation) from Seville.

Pick-up point: your hotel / guest house / apartment.

Estimated time of departure: 9:00 a.m..

Approximate length of visit: 10 hours.

* Special rates for children under 12 years old.

 

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Other optional activities:

4×4 Tour in the southern part of the Nacional Park: 25 €

Horseback riding through the dunes and the beach (duration 1 to 2 hours): 25 €

Where is it?

Almonte (Huelva)

Area: 108.086 Ha

Kilometers from Seville: 43,6 Km

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