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Trip Report Some cultural spectacles in western Andalucia

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As we own a place in south-western Andalucia, we have been lucky enough to witness some of the extraordinary cultural spectacles of this region. We have redesigned our website to include short reports on these events illustrated by plenty of our photos.

Every year during Semana Santa (Holy week), Easter processions take place in many of the towns and villages. We saw some of the largest processions in Sevilla, both during the night and in daylight. The penitents wear hooded robes, and especially during the night the atmosphere is somewhat spooky:

Right now, at Pentecost, the Romeria takes place, a large pilgrimage from all over southern Spain (and beyond) to the small town of El Rocio. People walk, ride on splendid horses or trusty old mules, come in horse-drawn carriages or mule trains or in trailers pulled by tractors. Some take more than a week to trek to El Rocio. All the time, people drink, sing and have a good time. In the night from Sunday to Monday up to one million people gather outside the hermitage and wait for the Virgin of Rocio to be carried outside. For plenty of photos of this colourful event go to:

Not long after Pentecost, the next big event takes place in El Rocio and neighbouring Almonte. Over 1,000 semi-wild horses that live in the marshes and forests around El Rocio are rounded up and on June, 26th they are driven past the hermitage and along forest tracks to the town of Almonte where they run through the streets in the early evening. It is a spectacular event and definitely highly recommended for all horse lovers:

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