Discover the wonderful environment that surrounds us and its many possibilities. Here we show you some of the most emblematic places that you certainly cannot miss.
The village of El Rocío belongs to the municipality of Almonte, whose population is around 15 kilometers away. White houses and dirt streets presided over by the Virgen del Rocío Sanctuary make up this wonderful setting.
La Marisma and the airs of Doñana embroider and merge in this magical space, intersection of roads, in which all expressions refer to the White Dove.
Outstanding places in the Almonte village are the Paseo Marismeño, in front of the hermitage, or the Plaza del Acebuchal, which is named after wild olive trees.
Just before entering the village is the Puente del Ajolí or Puente del Rey, which gives its name to our building and is a must for Brotherhoods, in whose surroundings it is traditional for a large number of rocieros to sing in the passage of the Simpecados. in the traditional pilgrimage of El Rocío.
The Doñana National Park is the most important biological reserve in Spain, as well as one of the richest enclaves in Europe.
It stands out for its Marsh area, a key point for the migrations of birds from Europe and Africa, such as Herons, Anatidae, Raptors and Waders; In the forest area we can find Rabbits, Partridges, Lynxes, Deer, etc.
Towards the south, through an unparalleled landscape of marsh, scrub, pine and mobile dunes, you reach a vast 30 km long beach, in a totally wild state between Matalascañas and the mouth of the Guadalquivir.
Doñana National Park Visitor Centers:
La Rocina Information Center: Located 1 km from the village, it has audiovisuals, exhibitions and a pedestrian path, where you can see its stream, its fauna and vegetation.
Acebrón Palace: Located 7 km from the center of La Rocina, it is a unique construction where an ethnographic exhibition on Doñana is located. In it you can see the riverside forest, vegetation and the Acebrón puddle through the pedestrian paths it has.
Acebuche Reception Center: El Acebuche is the main visitor center of the Park. It is a scrubland and pine forest area where a lagoon complex is located which, after its restoration, has considerably increased its ecological status within Doñana, is equipped with an audiovisual room, a model of the Doñana National Park, pedestrian paths, bird observatories aquatic, shop and bar.
With fine golden sand, the Matalascañas beach stretches for 7 km along the Huelva coastline. It has an urbanized part that consists of very good facilities. As we move away from Matalascañas, the beach becomes more and more virgin, entering the Doñana National Park. It is undoubtedly an excellent place to enjoy the magnificent Andalusian sun and one of its best beaches.
Services: Boardwalk, aid stations, showers along the beach, litter bins, disabled access, telephone booths, drinking water; rental of hammocks, umbrellas and boats, parking lots and restaurants.
Monastery of La Rábida.The most famous of all the monasteries in the province of Huelva is that of Santa María de La Rábida, of exceptional importance and importance in the origins and preparations for the discovery of America. On a prominent mound on the left bank of the Rio Tinto, stands this simple yet impressive historic building.
It belongs to the Franciscan order. It is assumed that in 1412 (XV century), the year in which Pope Benedict XIII promulgated the founding bull, the building, including the church, was already built.
Before the middle of the s. XV other important works had been completed, and by the end of this the rest of the lesser-known dependencies. Hence the Gothic and Mudejar styles predominate in the whole complex.
The monastery was declared a National Monument in 1856 (19th century), and after the events of the IV Centennial of Discovery it was integrated in 1967 (20th century) with all its surroundings, in the historical-artistic complex known as "Colombian Places".
In 1994, El Muelle de Las Carabelas was built in the area of La Rábida, creating and claiming the place of departure and gestation of that first trip that led to the discovery of America. It is located in the town of Palos de la Frontera, between the marshes and sandbanks at the mouth of the Ríos Tinto - Odiel.
With the Caravels Dock in La Rábida the vision of a momentous event is combined with the visit to the interior of the ships, the gestation of the project is mixed with the possibility of a great trip.
If the Monastery represents the place where the theses and strategies were elaborated, the place that served as a shelter for a disillusioned Admiral while the trip was forged, the Pier leads us to action, to the days of hardship and salvation, to those experiences that they had this same scenario and which lasted from August 3 to October 12.
Therefore, in a semicircular dock, on the banks of the Rio Tinto and just a few kilometers from the "Real" port that saw its predecessors leave back in 1492, this building has been located. The enclave, his original, has a complementary space where an Exhibition Hall dedicated to the 15th century and an Audiovisual Room are located, but also, it has a large outdoor area where the ships are located (La Niña, la Pinta and the Santa María) that will lead us to the action of all that is related.
In the Exhibition Hall, we will find correspondence from Columbus to the Kings, navigation charts with traced routes, delimitation treaties that confronted us with the Neighboring Country and countless documents, maps and portulans that served as first aid in that first crossing, where guided by instruments, sometimes by the stars, and sometimes by esteem, they were finally able to achieve the challenge set. We will also be able, through sequences and reality, to become a wonderful carpenter on the riverbank, with his tools being able to repair the ship.
Lodgings Rocío Doñana offers the possibility of managing visits to the Doñana National Park, horseback riding, horse-drawn carriages, the possibility of dirt roads for groups ... All this with prior reservation.
In addition you can visit the following places of interest in our environment:
El Rocío is a unique place that year after year attracts more than a million pilgrims during the internationally known pilgrimage. The Romería del Rocío pilgrimage is the most important in Andalusia. It has brotherhoods throughout Spain.
The first brotherhood was created in 1580 (Matriz Brotherhood of Almonte), since then the different filial brotherhoods have arisen that make a pilgrimage year after year along paths that go from the mouth of the Guadalquivir to the Hermitage in order to make their presentation before the white dove.
The Pilgrimage begins on Saturday the eve of Pentecost, with the presentation of its filial brotherhoods in rigorous order of antiquity before the doors of the Hermitage.
The procession of the Virgen del Rocío through the village is during the early morning, dawn and morning of Pentecost Monday.
The aim of this excursion is to publicize the routes that the brotherhoods follow to access the village of Rocío during the internationally known pilgrimage. An attempt is made to reflect what a rociero path is, integrating the group into nature and tradition with the air of festivity and joy that characterizes it.
The visit to the Doñana National Park in an all-terrain vehicle lasts approximately four hours. It introduces us to two of the three ecosystems of this unique site (Cotos and Marisma), seeing the flora, fauna and a great variety of birds and mammals.
For further observation, the vehicles are equipped with a wide range of optical materials, as well as we will be accompanied by a specialized guide or biologist.
The horseback ride or horse carriage is an activity focused on maintaining direct contact with nature in a place with unmatched characteristics. Excursions can be scheduled from one hour to 4 hours or even half days or full days. For this activity it is not necessary to have experience since it will always adapt to the possibilities and wishes of the client. Also at all times we will be accompanied by a guide.
However, in the equestrian center you can receive theoretical and practical classes on everything related to the world of the horse.
In case all this knows little, you can also enjoy magnificent equestrian shows, full of fantasy covering all styles: a la garrocha, dressage cowgirl, high school, horse-drawn carriages, long-drawn wagon pulled by mules and pulls of the mares.
It is in the International Horse Village, where the streets are sandy and everything is thought and designed to offer unmatched conditions for horse riding.