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Doñana National Park: Hiking part of Romería de El Rocío

donana park spain 3Spain wants to keep your eyes amazed. Doñana National Park is the largest nature reserve in Europe, covering more than 540 square kilometres. One million pilgrims each year adds this park to their route of Romería de El Rocío.

A park is located in Andalusia, southern Spain, in the provinces of Huelva and Seville. The park is a part of the Doñana nature reserve that both resemble one single natural landscape, because it is protected.

Fauna and Flora in Doñana National Park

donana park spain 2Doñana National Park is home and the meeting ground for thousands of European and Adrican migratory birds and animals. More than 360 different species of non-marine birds can be seen there annually. They visit, breed or permanently reside there. Doñana National Park also features a great variety of ecosystems and wildlife, including Egyptian mongooses, deers, wild boards, badgers, and endangered species such as Spanish Imperial Eagle and the Iberian Lynx. In total, there are 37 species of mammals (e.g., wildcats, rabbits, a marsh horse), 13 of reptiles (snakes, lizards, chameleons and frogs), and 10 of amphibians.

Also, the park is beautiful in terms of flora lying here. These include pines, flowers, such as roses, shrubs, sea wallflower, and other plants, like sweet saltwort and the prickly tumbleweed.

The ecosystem in the Doñana National Park features some mobile dunes, or transdunes, that are formed by the prevailing exotic south-west wind.

The park lies within the delta of the Guadalquivir River. The delta has only one river mouth, the rest having been blocked off by sand dunes

Pilgrims: The Romería de El Rocío

Bringing a million pilgrims each year, The Romería de El Rocío is a pilgrimage on the second day of the Pentecost to the Hermitage of El Rocío. The pilgrims are travelling in religious groups. Pilgrims travel from many directions: the Moguer Way; Camino de los Llanos; the Sanlúcar Way; and the Seville Way.

Activities

donana park spain thyThe only way to ensure your visit at the Doñana National Park is through an organized jeep tour. You can book them at the point called Matalascaqas.

Jeep tours should be booked in advance. They start twice daily from the park’s reception center. There are no tours in July or August.

If you love horses, you can also organize some fascinating riding trail, but check with the park authorities before counting on this. If you just want to enjoy some bird watch, and if you don’t care about touring the park, you can hang out with your binoculars on the bridge at El Rocis, or check locally for other independently accessible spots.

When to visit

The summer time is always recommended, although winter period (November, December and January), has its sightseeing benefits. These are the peak periods of waterfowl and Imperial Eagles breeding. Moreover, you could find July and August unpleasantly hot.

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