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El Rocio, Donana Natural Park and Matalascanas Beach Day Trip from Seville

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Seville, Spain
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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Immerse yourself in Spain’s rich religious heritage and sublime natural splendor on a full-day trip from Seville. Cruise around the dazzling Doñana Natural Park in a powerful 4WD drive vehicle and discover abundant wildlife and fascinating flora. Journey through muggy marshland, dramatic sand dunes and lush forests before delving into the traditional culture of El Rocio, a quaint town home to a renowned pilgrimage site. Conclude your tour with a romantic stroll upon the silken sands of Matalascañas Beach then relax during the comfortable journey back to Seville.
  • 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
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
4WD tour through Doñana Natural Park
Local guide
Preventing service Covid-19: Social distancing in the walking tour and bus
Hand sanitizer
Single use headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please, call the local supplier 24 h before the tour to confirm the exact time and pick up.

Departure Time

6:30 AM
Emerge early and meet your driver at your Seville hotel; climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic 1-hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Doñana National Park. 

On arrival, clamber into an impressive 4WD jeep and set out to explore one of Europe’s largest wetland reserves. Listen as your knowledgeable guide explains a variety of complex eco-systems and scour the scenery for diverse birds, reptiles and amphibians. Keep your eyes open for sightings of the rare and endangered Egyptian mongoose during your remarkable ride. 

Next, venture to the provincial village of El Rocio to discover the captivating history of the world-renowned pilgrimage site. See the sacred statue of the Virgin of El Rocio and delve deeper into its 13th century origin.

Then, take a serene stroll upon the soft sands of Matalascañas Beach during some relaxed free time. Pleasure your palate with the traditional flavors of Spanish cuisine at a local restaurant (own expense) then sit back during the smooth journey back to Seville.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Andalsur Excursiones
Andalsur Excursiones
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parque Nacional de Donana
Doñana is a complex mosaic of landscapes forming a flat, clean horizon, a paradise for birds in the most important wetlands in Europe. HAlfway between the provinces of Huelva, Seville and Cádiz, Doñana is now a labyrinth of land and water that shapes the marshes, spectacular lakes and channels, reserves and pine forests, streams and banks, dunes, beaches and cliffs. Bonanza, Gallega, Ribetehilos and El Lucio del Cangrejo are clear examples of the lagoons that dominate this area, providing shelter for thousands of birds. Among the varied landscapes that also form part of Doñana are the moving dune systems that run between Matalascañas and the mouth of the Guadalquivir, over 25 kilometres of unspoilt beach and white sand; the fossil dunes of the Asperillo, over 30 metres tall; or on the beach, the cliffs with the same name, made of orange and ochre sandstone due to the rich iron oxide waters that flow through the chorritos.
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Matalascanas
Matalascañas is a popular, modern resort, located in a beautiful area of extensive coastal dunes and sandy beaches.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ermita de El Rocio
The hermitage is home to the Virgin of El Rocío much-venerated, and destination of an pilgrimage that bring together roughly a million pilgrims each year.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Occasionally the tour may be offered in two languages at the same time
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Tour Alhambra Viajes, S.L (GRANAVISION)

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during El Rocio, Donana Natural Park and Matalascanas Beach Day Trip from Seville?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during El Rocio, Donana Natural Park and Matalascanas Beach Day Trip from Seville?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during El Rocio, Donana Natural Park and Matalascanas Beach Day Trip from Seville?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during El Rocio, Donana Natural Park and Matalascanas Beach Day Trip from Seville?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during El Rocio, Donana Natural Park and Matalascanas Beach Day Trip from Seville?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers.

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Amazing Trip! It rained the day we...
Saima V
, Nov 2015
Amazing Trip! It rained the day we went so made the experience more exciting. You could smell Pine trees and Eucalyptus everywhere, it was so peaceful. The beach was really nice, shame we couldn't enjoy it because it rained. We didn't see the Iberia lynx due to the weather. I do the think price is quite heavy, but it's one of the few we found available so not much you can do with that. The tour guide was great too.
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Very much enjoyed the National Park...
Brooke N
, Oct 2014
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.
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This was an amazing small group...
lackley
, Jan 2013
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).
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