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- Day trip to El Rocio and Doñana National Park from Seville with an expert guide
- Hop in a 4WD vehicle and explore UNESCO World Heritage-listed Doñana National Park, one of Europe’s largest natural reserves
- Watch for abundant wildlife as you travel through lush marshlands and forests
- Learn about Spain's religious heritage at the village of El Rocio, a world-renowned 13th-century pilgrimage site
- Enjoy a relaxing stroll along scenic Matalascañas Beach
What You Can Expect
When you arrive, hop in a 4WD vehicle for an exciting tour of the park with your guide. Witness a variety of ecosystems as you travel along lagoons, dunes and beaches and through marshlands and forests. Spot abundant wildlife such as birds, reptiles, amphibian and mammals, as well as endangered species such as the Egyptian mongoose.
After your adventure, head to the village of El Rocio, a world-renowned pilgrimage site. Learn how this site dates back to the 13th century and see the Virgin of El Rocío, a small, much-venerated carved wood religious statue.
Next, soak in the beautiful scenery of Matalascañas Beach. Enjoy free time to take a leisurely stroll on the sand and enjoy an authentic Spanish meal (own expense) nearby. Then, relax on the journey back to Seville.
Very much enjoyed the National Park part of the tour. We drove in the large 4-wheel drive vehicle along the beach first. There were wild pigs and lots of interesting birds. We than visited some fishermen's houses and went into the woods. We saw some deer and wild pigs again. Then we drove through some interesting large sand dunes surrounding and covering up pine trees, while the guide explained how the dunes move across the landscape. I thought the park was fascinating for the flora and the fauna.
We then had lunch on our own at Matalascanas Beach which provided an opportunity to shop. Lunch was reasonable priced and good.
I was less interested iin El Rocio's church. The church is noted for a new large copy of a much smaller statue of the Virgin Mary found in a nearby field decades ago. The church is pretty, but not really remarkable.
This was an amazing small group trip, enjoyed by all, particularly my adult children. The national park tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and anxious to share his knowledge. We traveled through the mist and partial sun via a Jurassic Park-like four-wheel-drive vehicle, through the sand dunes to see ocean/river and forest, local color with the mussel fishermen and history. We saw lots of different birds and an amazing spider. Definitely off-the-beaten track and a break from city life. If you like the outdoors and are looking for something different, you will enjoy this tour. Our local tour guide was extremely helpful and attentive as well. I would have appreciated a little more background about El Rocio (although most likely, we could have specifically asked for this, but did not).