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El Rocío, Spain: a craddle of Andalusian folklore

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El Rocío or the place where people dance all day long, where horses are the first means of transportation and fervid Andalusian rhythms sound at each corner!

El Rocio village is not only one of the legendary Andalusian white villages (most famous ones are Mijas, Arcos or Vejer), but also has a high importance for the Andalusian culture and tradition.

It’s also a perfect destination for backpackers in Spain since costs are relatively low and the natural surroundings are stunning.

At first sight, this place seems to be the incarnation of the Andalusian cliché: religious fervor, shops with flamenca dresses and haughty Caballeros on their Andalusian horses. And I couldn’t loose the impression until the end that this actually IS a place which shaped the Andalusian identity.

The hermitage and the venerated statue of Our Lady of El Rocío attract each year on Pentecost one million pilgrims from all over Spain. The festival and the pilgrimage last for several days. The atmosphere is absolutely unique: fierce and festive at the same time. 

Many do the cumbersome way on their horses, by carriage or by foot. During the night they sing and dance at the campfire the traditionally cheerful Sevillanas Rocieras, songs about the pilgrimage and the Virgin.

On Saturdays and Sundays people come to El Rocío to celebrate life. They bring the traditional Rociero instruments: the drum, a flute and guitars.

Together they sing and dance in the streets while the horse carriages pass along and the next mass is being celebrated inside the hermitage. Streets in El Rocío are not paved: you better bring your country boots unless you come by horse to visit this magical place.

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View on the surrounding marshland – Vista a la marisma

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El Rocío, o el lugar donde la gente baila y canta, donde los caballos son el primer medio de transporte y ritmos aflamencados suenan en cada rincón!

A la primera vista este sitio parece ser la encarnación del tópico andaluz: fervor religioso, tiendas con vestido de flamenca, caballeros orgullosos en sus caballos de Pura Raza Andaluza.  

Y hasta el final no me podía deshacer de la impresión que El Rocío ES un lugar que modeló y sigue modelando la identidad andaluza.

La ermita y la virgen de Rocío atraen cada año un millión de peregrinos de toda España. Muchos hacen el duro camino en caballo, en carruaje o a pie. Durante la noche cantan y bailan sevillanas rocieras cerca de la hoguera.

Los sábados y los domingos la gente acude al Rocío para celebrar la vida. Traen a los instrumentos rocieros tradicionales: el tambor, la flauta y guitarras. Juntos bailan en las calles arenosas mientras que los carruajes pasan y la siguiente misa está celebrada en la ermita.

Las calles del Rocío no están asfaltadas: traed vuestras botas camperas a menos que venís a caballo a este lugar mágico.

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The sanctuary of El Rocío – El santuario de El Rocío
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Group of pilgrims singing canciones rocieras – Grupo de peregrinos cantantando canciones rocieras
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The barrel is a typical instrument of Rocio pilgrimage – El tambor es un instrumento tradicional de las canciones rocieras
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Take your morning cereals with Rocio! – ¡Tus cereales con el Rocio!
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Some parts of El Rocio remind you the Wild West! – Algunas partes del Rocío me recordaban el Lejano Oeste…
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Welcome to the Saloon – ¡Bienvenidos al Wild West!
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A lunch under a hundered year old olive tree – Un almuerzo debajo de 100 años de historia
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Horses are the protagonists of the pilgrimage and El Rocio – El caballo es uno de los protagonistas del camino rociero
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Views on the surrounding marshland – Vistas a la marisma rociera
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My favourite of El Rocío! – Mi favorito de El Rocío!

Excursions starting from Rocío – Excursiones desde El Rocío:

Palos de la Frontera
Carmona
Sevilla
Huelva

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For more information on tourism in El Rocío, I recommend the following webpage: Tourism in El Rocío

Para más información sobre turismo en El Rocío, os recomiendo la siguiente página: Turismo en El Rocío

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Hola! I am Paulina, a fervent travelette who crossed the Atlantic Ocean by Boat HitchHiking. Bloggin' in English & Español since 2015. I want to share with you my passion for sustainable travel like hiking, cycling or sailing. Let's hit the road together!

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