DOÑANA NATURAL PARK
One can join visits to the National Park organizad by the below mentiones Visitors’ centres, in 4x4 with a driver-guide or up the River Guadalquivir in the Real Fernando river boat.
- The Acebrón Palace was built in the 60's by Luis Espinosa Fondevilla as a place of residence and hunting lodge. Currently serves as the park´s visitor center
- Matalascañas dune park and Marine World Museum.
- El Acebuche visitor’s centre. Located in an old farmhouse, it is the departure point for visits to the park. It has trails and bird hides on the lake of the same name.
- Ice Factory Visitor´s Centre. Located in Sanlucar de Barrameda in a former early twentieth century Ice Factory in the fishing district of Bajo de Guía. It is designed for the reception of vistors to Doñana National Park.
- El Acebuche. Near the Ice Factory is the dock from which the Real Fernando ship sails taking visitors up the Guadalquivir River to the town of La Plancha where visitors can see marshland huts and access the Velázquez and La Plancha plains where there are bird hides from which it is possible to see Flamencos and other birds. The excursion lasts about 4 hours and can be joined in most times of the year both in the mornings and the afternoons.
- Bajo de Guía’s Visitantor center. This is an ideal starting point for the journey through this natural park. It has extensive promotional material that will facilitate the visit, in addition to personalized information on the best options to get to know Doñana.
- The Pinar de la Algaida-Marismas de Bonanza is an area located southeast of the National Park, on the left bank of the Guadalquivir River north of Sanlucar de Barrameda, which includes a large pine forest and a marsh area where there are sea salt works. These marshes are the only ones that continue to flood with the tides because the others depend exclusively on freshwater streams and rain and there are flamingos and avocets here. El Pinar de Algaida has a large colony of kites and El Tesorillo, a sanctuary of Roman origin has been found there.
Around the Park of note for tourists are the following important or interesting towns:
* El Rocío is a village near the town of Almonte, in the province of Huelva. The village was built in 1834 by a group of Almonte people, who fled Almonte because of an epidemic, and installed themselves around the shrine of the local patroness the Virgen del Rocio. The Almonte Pilgrimage to the village of El Rocio in honor of its patroness, the Virgen del Rocío is now one of the most important Marian devotions in the world .
* Matalascañas is a coastal village and beach belonging to the municipality of Almonte in the province of Huelva. It is completely surrounded by the Doñana National Park. The number of inhabitants varies a lot between winter and summer, being primarily used as a summer resort.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda is one of the main towns in the province of Cadiz. It is located on the left bank of the Guadalquivir River mouth opposite Doñana. Its environment surrounded by nature, river, parks, beaches, countryside ..., makes it highly valued from the environmental point of view. Its maritime district Bajo de Guia offers an ample selection of seafood restaurants serving a wide range of local seafood and fish.
Visits to Sanlúcar de Barrameda
* Historic Visit: Discover the origins of our city, strolling
through our most iconic places. Enjoy our over 600 year old monuments. Highlights:
- Orleans Palace, built between 1860 and 1870 by the Dukes of Montpensier for the summer season.
- Santiago Castle, built by the Duke of Medina Sidonia II, Don Henry the Magnificent, completing construction in the years 1477-78.
This building has a superb strategic position, dominating the entrance of the Guadalquivir River from above, giving the town good defenses, which were later completed with the Presidium of the Holy Spirit.
* Performance Visit: through a series of activities along the
route of the tour, actors and visitors inter act becoming
main characters in the history of Sanlucar.
* Theatrical Visit: the visitor will have fun being a spectator
of a great theatre play, the stage being the streets, churches and palaces of
Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Our actors will help them
explore history, participating as a spectator in one of the
events that would change the course of Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s history.
* Tour in a Tourist train: A trip through the most iconic streets of the town’s lower and upper districts.
* Winery Visits: There are many wineries that are typical of the town.
Learn the process of making Manzanilla, the typical wine of Sanlúcar, with its unmistakable aroma and taste, feeling the past in the age of the wineries and the fittings and machinery that survive as museum pieces in each winery. Visits are organized in several of them and in different languages.
In each of the wineries, you can finish your visit with a wine tasting.
OTHER VISITS AND EXCURSIONS:
- Jerez de la Frontera. We can highlight its churches, Renaissance Palaces, and of course its wineries.
- White Villages:
This is a very ancient Villa which dates back to Celtic times but the Arabs were the ones with the greatest impact on its environment, leaving a huge architectural heritage, a water driven handcraft industry, livestock and literature.
Arcos de la Frontera.
Arcos de la Frontera is one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia and Spain. Perched on a high cliff overlooking the river Guadalete, it is the capital and entrance to the “Pueblos Blancos” or White Towns Route. Declared a Historic-Artistic Monument, it offers traditional Andalucian architecture, of Arab origin and a maze of whitewashed streets to get lost in and discover unimaginable places.
- Puerto de Santa María also has high cultural interest; mansions, castles, monasteries and chapels make up the cultural legacy of the centuries of history of this beautiful Cadiz town.
- Chipiona. We may emphasize its waterside fish market and it also has the largest lighthouse in the country and one of the largest in the world.
- Cadiz: The "silver cup" is a beautiful city, capital of the province, 3,000 years old, located on a long, narrow peninsula. Its Old Town is worth a stroll around to admire its buildings and monuments.