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From Seville: Doñana National Park 4WD Tour

1. From Seville: Doñana National Park 4WD Tour

Depart Seville and travel through the nearby town of Coria del Rio on the banks of the River Guadalquivir. Go to the visitor center at Dehesa de Abajo, located in the northern area of the marshes of Doñana National Park. Admire the pine forests and pastures that provide home to approximately 200,000 different inhabitants, including 300 bird species such as flamingos and Spanish imperial eagles. Pass a rice field, known for Europe’s largest colony of storks. Then, continue through the vast natural space of the northern area of Doñana National Park and visit the village of El Rocío, famed for its chapel and observatory. Walk along the trails of Doñana National Park near the stream of La Rocina, and then explore Spain´s largest dune system after lunch. Return towards Seville and take advantage of the beautiful sunset through the pine forest in the Asperillo area. Spot some of the large mammals of the Doñana area, such as deer, wild boar, and lynx.

Doñana National Park Off-Road Tour from Seville

2. Doñana National Park Off-Road Tour from Seville

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Seville, and then journey to the pilgrimage town of El Rocío. Get a special permit to explore the protected reserve of Doñana National Park, known for its wetlands, migratory birds, pine forests and coastal dunes. Visit the 13th-century royal hunting grounds of Coto del Rey and enter the home of one of the densest populations of Iberian lynx (Lynx Pardinus) in the world. Return to El Rocío to get some free time to explore and find a nice spot to enjoy lunch at your own expense. Continue to one of the region's beautiful virgin beaches to look for seabirds and go for a relaxing walk near the shore. Return to Seville in the late afternoon and get dropped off at your hotel or other location on request.

From Seville: Doñana National Park Full-Day Private Tour

3. From Seville: Doñana National Park Full-Day Private Tour

Journey by 4WD vehicle to Doñana National Park and get back to nature amongst its lagoons, marshlands, dunes, Mediterranean forest and 30 kilometers of virgin beaches. Look for wildlife, such as the Iberian lynx, imperial eagle or endangered Egyptian mongoose. Then, follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who flock to the village of El Rocío every May to pay their respects to the Virgin Mary. Go for a stroll on Matalascañas Beach or relax with a meal. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own before the drive back to Seville. Get explanations about the different ecosystems and fauna and flora.

From Seville: Private Tour Doñana Park, el Rocio & Beach

4. From Seville: Private Tour Doñana Park, el Rocio & Beach

After less than an hour´s drive in a private transfer you are in the Doñana National Park, one of Europe’s largest and most important wetland reserves, declared a Biosphere Reserve and inscribed on the World Heritage List. Once there you will get into the 4X4 rangers to visit the Natural Park. Doñana offers a great variety of natural ecosystems such as lagoons, marshlands, fixed and mobile dunes, scrub woodland, Mediterranean forest and 30 km of virgin beaches. Doñana supports 37 species of mammals, including the Iberian lynx, 21 species of reptiles, 11 amphibians and 20 species of freshwater fish. Nor can you forget the thousands of invertebrates (insects, annelids, arachnids …). Catch a glimpse of the Lord of the Andalusian forest; the Iberian Lynx, The Spanish Imperial Eagle or even the Egyptian mongoose, an endangered species. After your adventure amongst the nature, you'll go on a journey to visit Rocio´s Village. The Rocio is known world-wide for its pilgrimage in May and by its hermitage which houses the famous Rocio´s Blessed Virgin. From the “magic” of this beautiful scenery you will go to “Matalascañas Beach” for a stroll or simply to relax and enjoy a well deserved meal. After some free time for yourself to explore, you'll conclude this unforgettable journey with a pleasant drive back to Seville.

Doñana National Park: 2-Day Tour from Seville

5. Doñana National Park: 2-Day Tour from Seville

Discover the natural beauty of Doñana National Park on a 2-day tour from Seville. Travel through the northern part of the park to the village of El Rocío. Explore the village and see its sanctuary. Enjoy a walk along the trails of Doñana National Park that follow La Rocina stream. After lunch on the first day you’ll take in the largest dune system in Spain and the fossil dune of Asperillo. At sunset, travel by jeep in a wooded area, where you’ll be on the lookout for storks. Arrive at your accommodation at the edge of the park at dusk. Head to El Acebuche and its visitor center on the second day and begin a tour of the park’s southern area. Travel for 4 hours in an off-road truck to the mouth of the Guadalquivir at Sanlúcar de Barrameda. See the marsh, mobile dunes, and local wildlife before enjoying a typical Marismeño lunch. Make a final stop at El Rocío before returning to Seville.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 201 reviews

First of all: it was a great experience in nature and perfectly organized! Also great that the national park is so well protected and human access is limited! I would still see three minimal deductions for the following points: 1. In the national park there was a reserve/museum by the lagoon with several great outdoor viewing platforms, which unfortunately could not be used by our group so as not to disturb the birds. We wondered why these outdoor platforms were set up so lovingly and laboriously and why another group occasionally got access. Presumably that the animals should be protected, but why was this outdoor path built so lovingly in the first place and then why is it not allowed to be used? 2. The acoustics in the off-road bus weren't optimal. 3. The description didn't mention that there was still a possibility to swim in Matalascanas. Otherwise we would have taken bathing suits to this dream beach.

Unfortunately, I was not picked up at the accommodation as originally booked, but the meeting point was okay. Our guide Luismi was very attentive. He was able to convey his love of nature, but also a lot of interesting facts about regional studies and history, in an interesting and entertaining way. A really recommendable tour for nature lovers.

Miguel was great ! He was able to quickly come up with a plan last minute to accommodate my friend who needed to meet us out by the Park. He also had a passion for nature and wanted us to have the best outdoor experience possible !

Amazing day, Luisimi was a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. The scenery was great and we loved the walk through the forest. It was good to get out the busy city into nature. Sadly didn't see a Lynx but thats nature!

We started earlier to avoid the heat. Luismi was a great guide.