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El Rocío

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El Rocío: Doñana National Park 4x4 Jeep Tour

1. El Rocío: Doñana National Park 4x4 Jeep Tour

We'll convene at a time of your choosing on Moguer Street, right in front of the El Rocío hermitage. From there, we'll embark on an adventure in a 4x4 vehicle, venturing into the restricted access areas of the northern region of the Doñana National Park. Along this odyssey, we'll traverse diverse Doñana ecosystems, including the regal pine forests of Coto del Rey, the enchanting cork oak groves of Matasgordas, and the expansive marshlands of Hinojos. Our quest will also take us to the Jose Antonio Valverde Visitors' Center, where we'll delve deeper into the local natural wonders. The Doñana expedition offers us a rare opportunity to spot native bird species such as herons, cormorants, seagulls, and avocets. As we shall observe, the marshes along the Guadalquivir River are a thriving ecosystem that nurtures the development of these avian specimens and dozens of other species. Furthermore, we shall have the privilege of observing Doñana's elusive mammals from a distance, including deer, fallow deer, wild boars, foxes, and, of course, the Iberian lynx. Were you aware that this feline is on the brink of extinction? We'll acquaint ourselves with various initiatives dedicated to the preservation of this extraordinary species. Ultimately, after a four-hour expedition, our 4x4 tour of Doñana will conclude as we return to our starting point.

From Seville: Doñana National Park Tour

2. From Seville: Doñana National Park Tour

Depart Seville and travel through the nearby town of Coria del Rio on the banks of the River Guadalquivir. Go to the visitor center at Dehesa de Abajo, located in the northern area of the marshes of Doñana National Park. Admire the pine forests and pastures that provide home to approximately 200,000 different inhabitants, including 300 bird species such as flamingos and Spanish imperial eagles. Pass a rice field, known for Europe’s largest colony of storks. Then, continue through the vast natural space of the northern area of Doñana National Park and visit the village of El Rocío, famed for its chapel and observatory. Walk along the trails of Doñana National Park near the stream of La Rocina, and then explore Spain´s largest dune system after lunch. Return towards Seville and take advantage of the beautiful sunset through the pine forest in the Asperillo area. Spot some of the large mammals of the Doñana area, such as deer, wild boar, and lynx.

From Seville: Doñana Natural Park, El Rocio and Matalascañas

3. From Seville: Doñana Natural Park, El Rocio and Matalascañas

After less than an hour drive from Seville you will reach Doñana National Park, one of Europe’s largest and most important wetland reserves. This park has been declared a Biosphere Reserve and inscribed on the World Heritage List. Once there you will get into your 4WD vehicle to tour the National Park. Doñana offers a great variety of natural ecosystems such as lagoons, marshlands, fixed and mobile dunes, scrub woodland, Mediterranean forest and 30 km of virgin beaches. Doñana is also known for its great wildlife: birds, reptiles, amphibian and mammals. Catch a glimpse of the lords of the Andalusian forest; the Iberian Lynx, The Spanish Imperial Eagle or even the Egyptian mongoose, an endangered species. After your adventure in the nature, you will go on a journey to visit Rocio's Village. The Rocio is known world-wide for its pilgrimage in May and for its hermitage which houses the famous Rocio´s Blessed Virgin. From the magic of this beautiful scenery the tour will go to Matalascañas Beach for a stroll or simply to relax. After some free time for yourself to explore, you will conclude this unforgettable journey with a pleasant drive back to Seville.

From Seville: Doñana, El Rocio, and Matalascañas Beach Tour

4. From Seville: Doñana, El Rocio, and Matalascañas Beach Tour

Depart Seville and travel to Doñana National Park, less than an hour from the city center, to explore one of the most important wetland reserves in Europe. Marvel at the biodiversity of the ecosystems, including lagoons, marshland, dunes and Mediterranean forest on a 4-hour tour by 4WD vehicle. Home to 37 different species of mammals, the park also supports 21 species of reptiles, 11 species of amphibians, 20 species of freshwater fish, and thousands of species of invertebrates. Look for Iberian lynx, imperial eagle and endangered Egyptian mongoose in their natural habitat. Visit the village of El Rocio, famous worldwide as a pilgrimage site in May and for the hermitage home of the Blessed Virgin. Get some time to relax on Matalascañas Beach or enjoy a well-deserved meal before the drive back to Seville, where you will get dropped off at your hotel at the end of an amazing day. 

Horse-Drawn Carriage Route Through Doñana Park and The Villa

5. Horse-Drawn Carriage Route Through Doñana Park and The Villa

Horse car walks through the village of Rocio and Park of Doñana

Doñana National Park: 2-Day Tour from Seville

6. Doñana National Park: 2-Day Tour from Seville

Discover the natural beauty of Doñana National Park on a 2-day tour from Seville. Travel through the northern part of the park to the village of El Rocío. Explore the village and see its sanctuary. Enjoy a walk along the trails of Doñana National Park that follow La Rocina stream. After lunch on the first day you’ll take in the largest dune system in Spain and the fossil dune of Asperillo. At sunset, travel by jeep in a wooded area, where you’ll be on the lookout for storks. Arrive at your accommodation at the edge of the park at dusk. Head to El Acebuche and its visitor center on the second day and begin a tour of the park’s southern area. Travel for 4 hours in an off-road truck to the mouth of the Guadalquivir at Sanlúcar de Barrameda. See the marsh, mobile dunes, and local wildlife before enjoying a typical Marismeño lunch. Make a final stop at El Rocío before returning to Seville.

From Seville: Private Tour Doñana Park, el Rocio & Beach

7. From Seville: Private Tour Doñana Park, el Rocio & Beach

After less than an hour´s drive in a private transfer you are in the Doñana National Park, one of Europe’s largest and most important wetland reserves, declared a Biosphere Reserve and inscribed on the World Heritage List. Once there you will get into the 4X4 rangers to visit the Natural Park. Doñana offers a great variety of natural ecosystems such as lagoons, marshlands, fixed and mobile dunes, scrub woodland, Mediterranean forest and 30 km of virgin beaches. Doñana supports 37 species of mammals, including the Iberian lynx, 21 species of reptiles, 11 amphibians and 20 species of freshwater fish. Nor can you forget the thousands of invertebrates (insects, annelids, arachnids …). Catch a glimpse of the Lord of the Andalusian forest; the Iberian Lynx, The Spanish Imperial Eagle or even the Egyptian mongoose, an endangered species. After your adventure amongst the nature, you'll go on a journey to visit Rocio´s Village. The Rocio is known world-wide for its pilgrimage in May and by its hermitage which houses the famous Rocio´s Blessed Virgin. From the “magic” of this beautiful scenery you will go to “Matalascañas Beach” for a stroll or simply to relax and enjoy a well deserved meal. After some free time for yourself to explore, you'll conclude this unforgettable journey with a pleasant drive back to Seville.

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What people are saying about El Rocío

Overall rating

4.3
(210 reviews)

We really liked the varied park and the beautiful beach. Highly Recommended! Thanks to our professional guide Ramon, who really impressed us with his knowledge of birds.

Very good, lots of animals, we even saw a lynx, Many deer and does, greylag geese, rabbits, flamingos, quails, horses roaming free, herons, etc...

It's been great. A very nice experience apart from a lot of species seen and very good explanations

The guide Jose Manuel is a crack, very good communication and explanations.

Highly recommended. Very enjoyable visit and Ana did great