Back to Spain & Portugal - Jan/Feb 2020 travel blog

Tree Lined Road Along Coast

Night Stop In El Rocio

El Rocio Down By The Lake

El Rocio Church

Dancing In The Church Doorway

Ornate Altar

Day 23 - Sun 2nd Feb

Another glorious sunny & hot day, clear blue skies & temperature up in the 70s. Headed North through the nearby town, stopping to empty the waste water & toilet cassette in the Aire there before crossing the smart road bridge over the river & into Spain.

After cutting South around Huelva we headed down the road through a National Park area all down the coast. Lots of trees & loads of storks up on their high nests above power poles. There was a trail of geocaches all alongside the road on a cycle track with a cache every 1/10th of a mile. We did a stop & start to log the first dozen before we gave up & drove on to El Rocio for our night stop.

El Rocio is a lovely little town out in the middle of nowhere. We came here before on our 2014 trip & wanted to have another look. Last time we stayed on a camp site on the North of the town but this time we joined quite a few other motorhomes on a car park area nearer the middle. The sign at the entrance said something about no motorhomes at certain times but obviously nobody was taking any notice. There was even a police station to one side by the road & they weren’t stopping motorhomes so we felt safe enough to join the others here.

The town itself is known as the Wild West Town because it is a real horse town with sand roads throughout & hitching rails at all the bars, restaurants & most houses. We saw lots of horses plus several horse & carriages with trippers aboard. They even had quite a few small ponies in front of the church selling rides for children. There was a real carnival feel around the church & there were hundreds of people milling around at the bars & restaurants & walking round the great lake. It was a really lovely afternoon. We found out the next day that it had been a special Holy festival.

It explains why we came across one crowd at the doors of the church with a guy playing a guitar while two women were doing a flamenco dance & the crowd were singing & clapping. It seemed a bit irreligious at the time especially as there was a national lottery guy there selling lottery tickets. Even inside the church it lacked the usual quiet reverence one expects, with noisy people taking photos & selfies at the altar while the general noise was a bit excessive despite the sins dotted around requesting “Silencio”.

We enjoyed a coffee at a nearby cafe while we did some people watching the crowds.

Despite the rather rowdy afternoon we had a quiet night back at the motorhome trying to adjust back to Spanish time again, which is an hour ahead of Portugueses & English time.

Mileage today - 83

Total Mileage - 2,545

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