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About El Rocio

About El Rocio | Info on El Rocio

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Population: 750 - Altitude: 10 Mt

El Rocío is a small and sleepy village, part of the Almonte municipality, located in the southern province of Huelva, right on the northern tip of the Doñana National Park. It's a small place with unique characteristics, known all over Spain for its famous pilgrimage.

The village dusty roads are not paved; few buildings, a church and a couple of bars constitute the town, and if you’re visiting El Rocio during summertime you will have the feeling of being transported to a Far West village somewhere in New Mexico.

But the town comes alive at Pentecost, 50 days after Easter Sunday, when the famous "Pilgrimage" is held, the Romeria de Rocio, the procession in honor of the Virgin of Rocio; also known as the Paloma Blanca or the white dove.
The Virgin appeared here in the thirteenth century and became a symbol of devotion throughout the whole Andalusia.

Is a parade of wagons, carriages, horses and hundreds of thousands of faithful walking and horseback riding within traditional clothes, crossing rivers and dirt roads along the Doñana National Park routes for days to reach El Rocio; men, women, families, elderly and kids are involved in this spectacular tradition.

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