The so-called “Rocío chico” is a commemorative feast and a purely religious celebration, whose acts can be summarized as a preparatory TRIDUO, a ROSARY in the vicinity of the Wayside Shrine on the night of August 18th and a solemn MISA on the morning of August 19th, followed by a Eucharistic procession around the Shrine.
This celebration is held in commemoration of the French invasion that took place between 1808-1814. In May 1808 Seville rose up against the French invader on 27 May and Almonte signed a document of accession with the capital. Given this situation, the Virgen del Rocío was brought to Almonte on January 11 of the following year to protect the town from invaders. So when the French arrived in Almonte the Virgin had already arrived. In the middle of 1810 he recruited men from Almonte to organize a civic militia. This and other outrages enraged the people of Almonte, which led to 39 people storming the headquarters of French captain Pierre D’Ossaux at house number 7 on Rue du Cerro, killing him and five other soldiers. Curiously enough, the French captain was shot dead by one of these people from Almonte, leaving the sign of the bullet that led to the death of the general at the door of this house. This news reaches Marshal Soult, head of the troops of Andalusia and who was in La Palma del Condado. The next day (August 18), he ordered a reprisal against the Almonte people; a party of 800 children was sent to loot, slaughter and burn the people of Almonte. The Almonteños, instead of fleeing or hiding, chose to entrust themselves to their patron saint in the face of the imminent massacre. They spent the night of August 18-19 with the Virgin asking for her protection. Surprisingly, the 800 infants never arrived at Villa de Almonte and were ordered to return. The only reprisal suffered by the town of Almonte was a monetary tax.
We offer you to live this experience in a typical rociera house, the Brotherhood of Rociana, located next to the Hermitage.


The voices of Autumn

The arrival of wintering birds in Doñana


Hello World!
From Doñana awaiting the much-desired rains that will flood the marsh, greening the forest and quenching the thirst of life.
And between looks towards a cloudless sky, comes the sound of autumn to Doñana, which is broadcast by hundreds of geese that will turn into thousands, filling the air with their voices and painting the blue sky with their silhouettes in formation. The geese that like every year have been announcing, always, the arrival of autumn rains.
For those who have lived the passage of time in Doñana and have learned to love their landscapes, these birds, which like many others come from the far north, initiate one of the most vibrant seasons of the marsh and fill the heart with a special emotion, that in passion becomes to observe, learn and learn from the rich and diverse winter fauna of Doñana.
But this year the squawking of the geese and the parpar of the anatidae that always accompany them, have not been accompanied by the rains, not even the cold, rather it seemed an arrival of birds in spring but with the characters changed.
These situations of lack of rain and high temperatures in the autumnal months are not new and are even repeated cyclically in the south, although perhaps they are increasingly frequent and intense in terms of dryness and heat.
Even so, the marshes of Doñana are the most important wintering place for geese in Europe, each year hosting more than one hundred thousand specimens. They come mainly from the south of Scandinavia and the Baltic countries, accustomed to wet and flooded areas where they feed on tubers and rhizomes, hence they find in the marshes of Doñana an ideal place to spend the winter that has frozen their northern lands.
It is at dawn, when the screaming of the geese is heard among the mists of the marsh in search of their first meal, the rhizome of the castanet, perennial grass, endowed with a deep system of roots, rhizomes and underground tubers. But in order to better digest these foods the geese begin their morning walk in the dunes of Doñana where they swallow sand and pebbles that in their gizzards will serve to crush better the castanet.
This peculiar custom gives its name, between the complex of mobile dunes, to one of the most emblematic places in Doñana: Cerro de los Ánsares, the ideal place to tell you about the next world!



Presentation Blog Doñanatour about the Doñana Natural Area

Presentation Blog Doñanatour


 HELLO!! We would like to translate this welcoming or greetings to all the existed languages from our Planet. This is our MOTHER EARTH ,  common home for mankind and all human beings living here.

This presentation try to be a declaration of intentions. We are encouraged by the desire of sharing and involving  others who  wants to express sensations, emotions, feelings, ideas or thoughts. Every reflections about the relation between human beings and their global environment and particularly DOÑANA.

Because this page, and embryo of Forum, is born in the heart of the Natural Space of Doñana, unique, diverse, special and privileged place, from which we want to share experiences that have helped us to feel, know, understand and protect this natural place and also to protect  Nature in general in all its diverse manifestations.

We invite you, therefore, that from the divulgation of news of interest, we are able to establish and link, from tolerance and respect, experiences and opinions that help us grow and mature as sensitive and intelligent beings. People capable of making Our Common Home, The Earth, a place of coexistence, peace, freedom and well-being, sustainable in the present and in a future time.