Thanks to the combination of history and geography, Coto Doñana is in pristine condition, making it one of Europe's finest nature reserves. Its extensive swamps are renowned for their rich birdlife; in winter hosting thousands of migrants from north and central Europe, and in summer welcoming visitors flying in from Africa.
Coto Donana’s heathlands are among the few places where the rare Spanish imperial eagle can be found and are also home to all kinds of other exciting animals such as wild boar, lynx and mongoose.
Explore this beautiful and atmospheric place with an expert guide. Binoculars are provided.
Your trip also includes a visit to El Rocio village - one of Andalucia’s most important pilgrimage places - and a stroll along the beach at Matalascañas.
10 hours approx.Start time
Pick-up from Seville hotels: between 0600h (06:00am) – 0630h (06:30am)
Pick-up from Andalsur Excursiones: at 0630h (06:30am).
Duration: 10 hours approx.
Your hotel in Seville.
(We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Alternative pick up point: Office of Andalsur Excursiones, Avenida de la Constitución, 5.
Your hotel in Seville
At the start of your Coto de Doñana Tour from Seville you will be picked up from your hotel in a minibus. Accompanied by a guide, you will be driven to Huelva, about an hour’s journey from Seville. If you wouldn't like to be picked up from your hotel, you can join the tour from Seville's city center at Andalsur Excursiones' terminal.
At Huelva you will board an off-road vehicle to visit the north of the Coto de Doñana National Park. A Park Ranger will escort you, along with your own tour guide.
Covering some 76,080 hectares (188,000 acres), the Park is Spain's largest wildlife reserve and one of the world's most important sites for migrating birds. In spring, hundreds of flocks of birds fly in to nest in the wetlands, closely followed by large numbers of keen bird-watchers! In autumn the Park is home to thousands of winter wildfowl such as greylag geese, teal, widgeon and many other species.
The Park boasts a number of rare birds, including the almost-extinct Spanish imperial eagle, plus interesting mammals such as the Spanish lynx, mongoose and wild boar.
You will see the different habitats of the Park such as the heathland (matorral) and the swamps (marismas) and learn about the different fauna and flora found in each.
On the way you will stop at El Rocio village, the focus of a pilgrimage that attracts nearly 1 million people from all over Andalucía and beyond. You will see the chapel built on the site where a 13th-century hunter is said to have discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary in a tree trunk.
Later, your 4WD vehicle will drop you at the beach at Matalascañas where you can enjoy a walk and a delicious lunch (payable direct). At the end of the excursion you will be dropped back at your hotel in Seville.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the exact pick-up time.
Please provide your phone number, hotel name and email address.
Spanish and English speaking guides available (French, German and Italian on request). Please state your language preference at time of booking.
This tour needs a minimum of 10 passengers to run. In case this requirement is not met, you will either be offered a refund or an option to choose an alternative excursion.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
This trip involved considerable coordination with local organizer(s), with the main component provided by Donana tours, operating in bus-like vehicles from the small town of El...MARTIN F HEYWORTH, United States, 20/Oct/2012