El Rocio- The strange outpost of the wild west
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We camped over 4 days in El Rocio.This village is very different to the other villages I have been to in Spain so far. With white sandy streets lined with houses complete with broad verandahs and wooden rails.These rails use for tying up horses.
This town is famous for its annual El Rocio pilgrimage.In 15th centuray when a hunter from the village has discovered a statue of the Vergin Mother Mary in a tree trunk near to the park of Donana.In the begining the pilgrimage was more localised but over the centuries it has wide spread across the Spain to atract millions of pilgrims to celibrate this event each year with horses and decorated carts.
Its really worth visiting this village to experience the uniqueness of this beautiful place.The huge church the Ermita you wont miss if you in the town.Around the church are lots of souvenirs shops that sell pilgrim related items.
El Rocio is a good place to explore the park of Donana which is nearest entry point to the park only 10Km away at Acebuche.Because of this village it self located on the marismas del Rocio its has got a rich bird life.Near the church runing along side the wetlands is an excellent viewing point for birds specially in spring time.