Eat, drink and dance to flamenco music in the Wild-West surroundings of El Rocío, Sevilla’s delightfully desert secret hamlet.
- When? TBC June 2018
- Where? El Rocío, Spain
- Price: Free
Each year, fifty days on from Easter, hordes of visitors make their way to the tiny town of El Rocío to enjoy a fiesta which is rooted in the 13th century. And take it from us, it’s still one hell of a party.
The El Rocío pilgrimage is the most famous of the Andalucian region attracting roughly half a million people from all corners of the world to its wide sandy streets. Up until the 1950s, there were but a few houses in the town so most of the revellers camped in their wagons. But today, El Rocío is more equipped for company with each of the almost 100 traditional hermandades (old brotherhoods) building their own guest houses and stables. Plenty of folk still camp though so don’t let us put you off!
Few people still make the pilgrimage but that won’t exclude you from the party. There are impromptu sessions, open-air masses, horse races and competitions between the hermandades. The town is alive with singing and dancing at all hours of the day and night with the guest houses playing a central role in the fiesta.
Adding to the authenticity, the charming locals dress in traditional flamenco costume and ornately decorated horse-drawn carriages lap the arid lanes. Even in the niche genre of pilgrimages, this one is off the beaten track – an experience you’ll never forget.
- Get there: The drive to El Rocío from Seville will take around 1 hour 15 minutes.
- Stay: Book accommodation in Seville and travel for the festival. Huelva is also nearby and just under an hour's drive away.
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