We have been to Huelva and visited Coto Doñana there. This National Heritage is fantastic! Near the park the little spooky village El Rocío lies on a vast plain of sand. The village is filled with people only once a year when thousands of people arrive to worship the Madonna of El Rocío, and to bring their own to meet her. See tghis video from 2014 about it in La
Romeria de el Rocío! For the rest of the year you will find only a churchwarden, the man in the little kiosk for beverages and souvenirs, and the very zealous parking guard on duty. Two or three tourists, and some cows on a grassy spot make it a peaceful place!
We have been sitting under a Cork Oak sniffing flowers and we have met the wild pals of Ferdinand. On a safe distance! They are big, black and sometimes very angry! The farmers keep them far away from people and the villages, and the tourists who are on a hiking tour in the woods of Andalucía, are recommended NOT to climb over the fence! The bulls will not tolerate figures with rucksacks in their territory!
"Follow the signs of warning!" they told us, and we believe it, the animals are huge when they are ready for the arena. A friend of the Huelva family breeds such bulls and he took us to his farm miles from the village. Silence! Only twittering swallows.
The big bull - in one of the thumbnails below to enlarge with a click - was in this yard to get used, just a bit, to voices and people before entering the arena coming Sunday!