Situated just 20 km from Matalascañas, the Rocío village is the gateway to the Doñana National Park.
Its heart is the Chapel of the Virgen del Rocío, a virgin known by the name of Blanca Paloma and which once a year, in the famous Romería del Rocío, devotees gather to pay homage to her; this pilgrimage is one of the most popular and attracts the most people in Spain. From the hermitage it is possible to contemplate the fabulous scenery of the marshland, known as 'La Madre', and enjoy the flora and fauna of the area such as flamingos and wild horses.
What to do in Rocio?
Points of Interest
El Rocio Chapel
Conceived in the style of an Andalusian farmhouse, its exterior surprises us with a beautiful belfry, topped by a cross of ironwork. Inside, an impressive Baroque-style altarpiece houses the most venerated image in Andalusia: Our Lady of El Rocío, who is also its patron saint.
Viewpoint of the marshes
From the main road to the end of the village, bordering the marshes, there is a walkway (first flagged and then made of wooden planks) overlooking this unique park in Europe. It is very easy to spot ducks or waders without the need for binoculars. Don't miss the sunset in this enclave.
La Rocina Visitor Centre
This centre shows the flora and fauna present in the Rocina, the main source of water for the marshes. During the visit it is also possible to see the traditional huts or dwellings in which the "rocieros" used to live, as well as the history of this world-famous pilgrimage.
The Acebron Palace is located in a valuable area of the Doñana National Park, the middle-lower section of the Rocina stream. From here, a path begins that runs along part of this watercourse and enters a spectacular, well-preserved gallery forest.
Riding on the back of a horse
To say Rocío is to say horses. Both the most experienced riders and those who have never ridden before have their choice with horses of different levels and the possibility of riding along these special paths surrounded by dunes, pines, wild olive trees, seagulls...