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SEVILLE, DOÑANA AND EL ROCIO (4 DAYS OR MORE)

DAY 1 MADRID – SEVILLE – MATALASCAÑAS

Meet at the agreed upon time in Madrid in the in the AVE station to leave at 8:00 A.M. for Seville by train in tourist class. Arrival in Seville. Pick up of the passengers and Panoramic tour, with a local guide, of this monumental and colorful city: The Cathedral, the Plaza de España, the park de Maria Luisa, the neighborhood of Santa Cruz. Lunch in restaurant. Free time and departure for Matalascañas, one of the tourist nuclei on the coast, very near the capital of Huelva. All kinds of aquatic and nautical sports can be played on its beaches. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 MATALASCAÑAS. EXCURSION TO DOÑANA ,EL ROCÍO AND ALMONTE

Breakfast. We begin our visit of the National Park of Doñana in the early hours of the morning in special all-terrain vehicles. We will take approximately 4 hrs. to get to know the National Park of Doñana, the largest in Spain and one of the most important in Europe.  Its principal value resides in the extraordinary richness of the fauna that it harbors, fundamental stop in the Eurasia-Africa migratory routes and breeding area for many species. This fabulous richness is due to is piveleged climatic conditions and to is exceptional geopgraphic location.  Another basic reason is the existence of three large environmental systems: Moving Beaches and Dunes (with a length of 20 km along the coast and up to 6 km wide), Boundary Area (covered with dense shrub and tree species, of both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic type), and the Marshes (the most important and extensive ecosytem with diverse diverse species of acuatic birds). Continuation to El Rocío and Almonte to visit the Virgin of El Rocío. Lunch. The village of El Rocío belongs to the municipality of Almonte, which is about 15 km away. White houses and dirt streets presided over by the Shrine of the Virgin of El Rocío make ups the scenery that at Pentecost overflows with people and bubbling of faith.  On the Costa de la Luz, the town of Almonte lives between the countryside of the Huelvan county and the Betic marshes, offering great tourist interest as much as for its infrastrucutres as for its natural value.  The town, where many examples of baroque constructions continue to exist, as well as a wide variety of buildings of interest, such as Town Hall, which was a Dominican convent, etc. Return to Matalascañas. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 MATALASCAÑAS – HUELVA AND PALOS

Breakfast and departure for Huelva. Panoramic tour, with a local guide, of the city, where the Church of Saint Peter, the Church of the Conception (from the 15th century) and the former Mercedarian Convent converted into Cathedral from the 15th century stand out. The intense mining activity at the beginning of the century characterized the urban architecture of some areas with an English seal, and bequeathed us the House of Columbus. The Neighborhood of Queen Victoria popularly known as the Workers Neighborhood and the Mineral Pier.   We should point out the commerce streets – Concepción and Avda. Martín Alonso Pinzón – the Columbus Monument and the Port. Lunch. Continuation to Palos de la Frontera, birthplace of the Discovery of America and the The Rábida Monastery, historical cultural heritage. Its building goes back to the transit from the 15th into the 16th centuries, although it was constructed over the ruins of a Almohade building: the small Rábita, whose name has survived. In the Monastery we can admire the Church, one of its oldest parts, from the end of the 13th century or the beginning of the 14th century and in Gothic Mudéjar style. The apse is decorated with Mudéjar frescoes that date from the 15th century and imitate wood, alabaster and geometric figures. We highlight also the Botanical garden and the Caravel Museum. Return to the hotel.  Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 MATALASCAÑAS – SIERRA DE HUELVA – JABUGO – SEVILLE – MADRID

Breakfast and departure with Luggage in order to take an an excursion to the Sierra de Huelva.  We will begin the visit in Valverde del Camino, famour for the workshops that make the traditional boto campero (camper boot). Valverde del Camino has traditionally been a crossroads and resting place for those crossing the province of Huelva, between its ports and the Mountains, from and to Extremadura. Tour of the Ethnographic Museum. Continuation to Jabugo. With a privileged geographic situation in the north of the provicne of Huelva, in the heart of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park, lies the town of Jabugo. The town is surrounded by a forest of oaks, cork and chestnuts. It is located 658 meters above sea level, and it has an average anual rainfall of 1,000 l/m2 and an average annual temperature of approximately 14 C, making its climate one of the influential factors in the elaboration of meat products, especially Jabugo ham. Continuation of the trip to Aracena, seated in the mountains of the same name, a wild and steep setting that encloses more than a few treasures. Tour of the Grotto of the Marvels, a beautiful cave with stalactytes and a subterranian lake located at the entrance to the town. Lunch. Continuation of the trip to Seville. Arrival in Seville and the AVE train station. Departure in train in tourist class at approximated 10:30 P.M. for Madrid.  Arrival and END OF SERVICES.