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Almonte

Almonte is a municipality located in the county of Huelva, 55 kilometres from the capital.
Main productive activity: Cereals, vineyards and olive groves
Almonte, best known as well for holding “El Rocío”, is situated in a unique environment, the edge of Coto Donana.
Almonte now lives quietly throughout the year devoted to agriculture, vineyards and tourism Matalascañas, until it reaches the pilgrimage del Rocío by Pentecost.

The first settlements date from the Bronze Age. It is probable that the current village is situated on top of another of Roman origin.

Tartessians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans populated these lands.

The Christian conquest was carried out in the XIII century by Ruiz Gonzalez.
In the XV century, the Duke of Medina Sidonia and Count of Niebla bought it. It belonged to the county of Niebla until the Parliament (Cortes de Cádiz) ended this situation by abolishing the landed estates.

Village in the region of Condado on lands of extraordinary agricultural wealth and to which the majority of the Doñana National Park and the Entorno de Doñana Natural Park belongs.

    Places of interest

  • – Church de la Asunción, XVIII century.
  • – Santo Domingo’s Convent.
  • – Convent San Francisco de Paula.
  • – Town Hall, XVI century. Baroque style.
  • – Chapel (Ermita del Cristo), XVII century.
  • – St Bartholomew’s Chapel, XV century.

    Festivities

  • – Fiesta de la Luz, first weekend of February
  • – La Candelaria, will be held at the Rocío Shrine. Vigil on Saturday and Rosario of Aurora on Sunday, A presentation to the Virgen del Rocío of children under 3 years old.
  • – Romeria del Rocio, Whit Saturday, Sunday and Monday Lunes de Pentecontes. On Saturday begins with the parade of the Brotherhoods. It is considered the greatest pilgrimage in Spain. It is done in honour of the Virgen del Rocio, Queen of the Marshes.
  • – Saca de las Yeguas, June 26, has been celebrating for centuries, reflecting the mares and foals that are wild in the marshes and then re-marked and drop.
  • – Feria de San Pedro, Last weekend of June-Fair livestock, also known as the ‘Fair of the Burros’
  • – Rocio Chico, August 18 and 19, is celebrated in thanksgiving to the Virgen del Rocio.

For further information: www.almonte.es

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