Date: 7th March 2020
Trip: Cordoba – El Rocío
Spot: Cordoba, Sevilla, El Rocío
Conditions: Amazingly sunny
Distance travelled: 226 km
Time travelled: 3 hrs
Campsite: Camping la Aldea Ctra del Rocio Km. 25 , 21750 Almonte . Phone: +34 959 442 677
Comments campsite: Campsite just outside El Rocío with nice places
Rating campsite: 4 out 5 stars
A great start of the day with fresh made banana pancakes with fresh fruit. We had until midday to stay at the campsite and decided to walk in to the Córdoba city center to visit the mesmerising Mosque-Cathedral Mezquita, for me one of the most beautiful buildings in Spain with amazing photo opportunities.
We started our journey when back at the campsite towards El Rocío with a stop in Sevilla. We parked the camper van at the special camper parking Area Autocaravanas Sevilla, a safe place to park, but not easy to reach the city center. We could have parked closer and cheaper elsewhere with the VW California. We visited Parque de Maria Luisa with the beautiful Plaza de España. It was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Baroque Revival, Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival (Neo-Mudéjar) styles of Spanish architecture.
After an amazing tapas lunch at the small restaurant in the park we went back to continue our journey.
On our way we had another small attempt to spot the lynx driving via Villamanrique, but no luck again. We arrived just before sunset in El Rocío. This place is nestled on the edge of the wild lagoons and marshes of Doñana National Park, the town looks like a film set from a spaghetti western.
Unfortunately it was very busy due to the weekend. We had a short stroll through the village and watched a breath taking sunset over part of Doñana. We stayed at the campsite just outside the village.
Costs day activities: € 22,00 (2 tickets Mezquita, Cordoba)
Costs campsite: € 19,50