Wild west town of El Rocio

 

We are at Camping La Aldea in Andalucia where we are booked in for 3 nights, so we thought we better check out the place whilst we we’re here… we took a walk on the Saturday mid morning to go sightsee in the town of El Rocio which is just minutes away from the campsite, and boy, were we in for a treat, what a town, it was like walking into the film set of a wild west movie, there were horses and carts everywhere you looked, it really was something else…

 

 

We must have timed this visit just right as while we were there the place was just getting busier and busier, and after a couple of hrs of wandering this town and its streets (where there are often horses tied up on hitching posts resting just like in the Western movies) it was soon time for us to leave, poor Toffi was afraid of being trampled and the place was just getting busier and busier with this air of excitement and wildness about it, the people and horse riders were amazing and all were very friendly and welcoming, I often asked those sat still on their horseback if I may take their picture of which they all agreed with a friendly smile and a pose, their horses are fantastic and clearly well loved and well cared for…  most definitely a place to add to the visit list at this time of year if you’re near the area, we had no idea the place even existed but we are so glad we found it!!

Apparently this is the weekend (27th Jan) of Gala Siente El Rocio, which is one of their traditional celebrations here, so looks like we just timed it all good to get to see it, tonight they will have traditional Spanish music with Flamenco dancing and the celebrations carry on until the early hours…

 

I think I could have taken photos of these people and their animals all day, it was a fabulous sight to see, many different types of horses, mules and even some donkeys all being displayed and shown off by their proud owners…

What a wonderful day we have had felt the need to share it with you all…

Until next time enjoy & take care

Donna x

La Aldea N37°8’29” W6°29’26” €19 pn