The park of Doñana, thanks to its privileged location, is a unique place with its flora, fauna and unique geological characteristics.
It has been National Park since 1969, Biosphere Reserve since 1981, wetland of the Ramsar agreement since 1982, a Special Protection Area (SPA) since 1988, Natural Park of Andalucía since 1989 and it has 4 European diplomas for the conservation and management of natural spaces.
The cherry on top was that it was named World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1994.
It is a unique ecosystem within Europe, because of the marshlands created by the Guadiamar River and the mouth of Guadalquivir River, which is the last stop for many migratory birds before crossing to Africa, and because of its mild temperature many birds stay throughout the year.
Depending on the month, you can see up to 50 different bird species, like the duck, flamingo, heron, stork, gull, tern, cormorant, eagle, partridge, etc.
The mammals are represented by the lynx, fox, rabbits, deer, fallow deer, wild boar, hares and horses, which have owners but are allowed to run free on the marshlands.
The flora is quite diverse and it is associated with the different ecosystems that are present, such as the dune ecosystem and the banks. Each ecosystem has a different fauna.
There are more than 20 species of fish that have been classified, 21 reptiles, 11 amphibians, 37 non marine mammals and 360 birds; almost half of them reproduce in the park.
It is half an hour from Huelva and one hour away from Seville. Doñana has always been a popular place, which is found close to emblematic places such as the Colombina route (La Rábida, Palos de la Frontera, Moguer and Lucena) and Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
The park has 5 visitor centers, but only the one in El Acebuche offers guided tours; it is found in km 12 of the El Rocío to Matalascañas road.
It has a very interesting interpretation center, exhibit hall, shop and various paths that take you to the viewpoints where you can observe the birds and read about the flora and fauna you see. These services are free of charge.
What is not free but I really recommend it is to make a guided tour around the park: along the river from Sanlúcar or, what I did, a four hour ride in all terrain Mercedes’ that take you around the park and the different ecosystems.
They leave from El Acebuche and it goes through the Matalascañas Park.
From there you go along the beach for several kilometers, it is full of loud seagulls, and then you cross the reserve, where you see many deer and fallow deer.
You also visit the marshes and banks, an area of transition between the marshes and the reserve. My favorite part in the park is the system of mobile dunes, that depending on the winds, it moves forward taking in the vegetation.
The visit, quite interesting per se, was even better thanks to the comments of our driver, who had a very good sense of humor. He told us that the lynx’s main problem was that people drove too fast in the roads, running over the poor animals.
I was born in Almonte and spent some memorable years there. I return there often, because the happiness of walking through these streets fills my soul. I will always remember my first visit to this palace. There was no road so I had to walk along a dirt path, how times have changed! I am proud to share it with friends and stroll through the wonderful gallery.
One of Spain's most important natural parks is Doñana, which is located in Andalusia between Huelva and Sevilla. It is a stunning area that differs from other parks because it is formed of extensive marshes which create a unique and spectacular landscape. To access the park you have to apply for permits and you can go on your own, but there are areas next to and within the park that you can visit freely. One such area is adjacent to the village of El Rocío. There are beautiful marshes that are very long and are filled with all kinds of animals. In this place you can closely observe bird species that live in other parts such as herons or cranes. There are hundreds of birds and the view is really amazing. Also, the tranquility of the place makes you forget everything and you find true peace. Apart from birds, in these marshes there are also many horses that walk through the water and live in this area. It is a beautiful area which attracts many tourists, especially bird enthusiasts who come armed with giant binoculars and massive cameras in order to capture this idyllic place.
August 20th 2012 is approaching. On that morning, with the first rays of sun on her face, the Virgen del Rocio, dressed as a sheperdess, will be carried through the streets of Almonte from Chaparral to the shoulders of the Church in Almonte. Days of hard work and effort to make the streets look so beautifully decorated.
The coast of the Doñana Natural Park consists of many beaches that are linked together, forming a long stretch of sand with very nice places like this in the Playa del Loro. This beach, almost virgin, is 3 km, and is named after the old watchtower from which the remains are preserved in the seashore, the Torre del Loro. To access the beach, you have to leave the car in the car park and follow signs for the N-494. After nwalking a few hundred meters down a dirt road to reach the beach, the quietest on the coast. A few meters away is the Campsite, where there is a coffee shop and accommodation. A very nice beach in a spectacular setting.
The Acebuche is the main visitor center of Doñana, being only 3kilometers away from Matalascañas. Situated next to a pond, it is easy to see some of the birds in the park relatively closely. Here you can find the following services and activities, namely Reception, Information with park brochures, an Exhibition in several different room with audio-visual presentations about the park and a Rest room with images of the Iberian lynx in Acebuche breeding center. It has several bird observatories. - Hike "Gaps in the Garden and Straws" (3.5 km) Walk the preserves and pine areas and the lagoon. Also several bird observatories. It is very easy to navigate and is perfectly suited. - Cafeteria and Gift Shop - Picnic, features rustic tables and benches where picnicking. It is not allowed to fire. Hours: October to March 8 h - 19 h. April to September: 8 h - 21 h has big parking, free admission.
After making Maneli Cuesta Road, which connects the A442 road to the coast Doñana Natural Park, we arrived at the beach of El Asperillo, where you can enjoy these beautiful cliffs, which are considered one of the most unique coastal formations and geomorphological features on the Peninsula. The cliff rises over 100 meters above the pristine beach, and it is estimated that the oldest parts are between fourteen and fifteen thousand years old. Due to the harsh conditions in the rock there is no vegetation, but on top there is pine forest typical of Doñana.
The Rocina is the nearest Doñana Visitor Centre to the village of El Rocio. Apart from the tourist office, we have several places to visit: The Hut-exhibition "Pilgrimage of the Dew", one of the last "rociera" huts that remain, and with an interior that explains how to live the pilgrimage in this environment . This I found the most interesting visitor center. The hike "Charco de la Boca". At 3.5 kilometres, this path allows us to birdwatch from four bird observatories, which even feature a panel to identify birds. Although observatories are good, the thick vegetation makes birdwatching difficult. I recommend going to Acebuche visitor center. The opening times are 9 h - 15 h and 16 h - 19 h. Free admission.
When we arrived in Almonte, whose name comes from the Arabic, I was surprised to see a village preserved as if we were in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century, with handsome, dirt roads, old street lamps, carts, horses, runaway which hold the horses, enameled markings and pure white painted ceramics. On this street the beautiful building of the Brotherhood of Jerez de la Frontera stands out, with its tile of the Virgen del Rocio Ruiz painted by Antonio Muñoz in the 1950s. Also there's a Souvenir Shop, the home of Flamenco Fashion Charro Qubero at No. 19, which has a variety of prom dresses in different colors and multiple ruffles, jodhpurs, all kinds of saddlery and harnesses which highlight the art of working the various leather articles and horse fittings such as saddles, gear, leather boots, belts, hats and everything necessary for not only festivities but in the field where the working man is devoted to livestock, agriculture, etc. Of particular note are the numerous flamenco dresses of "Micaela Villa", the wide range of prices, poles for children and men's shirts.
Matalascañas Dune Park is located in the west end of the town, has dozens of roads, wood or soil, which leads through the pine forests and fossil dunes that characterize this part of the coast of Huelva. Do not miss one of the higher vantage points from which to enjoy incredible views of the sea to one side and a vast expanse of pine forest to the other.A fabulous park with wonderful sights to see.
This trail begins at the parking lot next to the A-494, which leads to Matalascañas Mazagon, and 1.5 km further is Doñana. From here you can enjoy the pine forest and miles of unspoiled beach. Continuing along the wooden path that goes over dunes and through a pine forest, you'll find different panels that explain features of the park, such as why there are twisted trees, which animal species live here and which flowers are the most characteristic. The trail ends at the cliffs of El Asperillo, quite an impressive formation, and of a peculiar white. There is also the great sands of the Doñana coast, about 60 miles of sand with little civilization, beyond Matalascañas.
Almonte is a municipality in the province of Huelva famous for its religious festivals at Easter, popularly called the Pilgrimage of the Dew. The pilgrimage weekend of Pentecost Sunday is celebrated every year and if you plan to visit the city on those dates, it's one of the main things to do in Almonte. Among the major things to see in Almonte are the Church of the Assumption, the Sanctuary and Village of the Dew, and Hermitage Castle. Another of the many places to visit in Almonte without fail is the Wine Museum. There are many other attractions in Almonte such as Doñana National Park, which is a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site as well as the last redoubt for endangered species such as the lynx, the imperial eagle, and others. It's a perfect place to enjoy nature with the whole family. Dune Park Matalascañas, in the Doñana National Park is great for lovers of religious holidays and nature. There's probably not a town in Spain with as many things to do, making this location a unique Andalusian villa. There's lots of stuff to do in Almonte today and it's best to plan your route through the different Almonte activities, so that there's no missing all the Almonte attractions. For more information on what to do in Almonte and to start planning your route, check out the town on Minube today.