El Rocio Pilgrimage – weekend of 18th to 21st May 2018
For most of the year the small hamlet of El Rocío is just about as deserted a place as you could wish to find. Its wide, sandy streets are lined with impressively large houses complete with verandahs but they are usually uninhabited except at the time of the pilgrimage.
It’s the pilgrimage which brings El Rocío to life, the Romería Del Rocío, perhaps Spain’s biggest festival where everyone arrives on foot or by horse and cart or donkey. Processions and bands and live music fill the squares.