Arriving in hot, sandy El Rocío in the early afternoon one could think this is a deserted Mexican village with no life apart from stray dogs and neighing behind stable doors. Towards 6pm grown-ups and children ride through town on their horses and families stroll the riverfront promenade. The enchanting cathedral, the town’s nature visitors’ centre and nearby walks in the Coto Doñana all are a must – watch storks and other birds.
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Historical Cádiz, with its narrow alleyways and charming plazas sits on a peninsula sticking out in the breezy Atlantic Ocean. Spaniards of all ages are out and about until after midnight. The liberal atmosphere survived Franco. Sample the town beach of Playa de la Victoria or the larger ones across the bay. We – a family of five - stayed in Hotel Las Cortes de Cádiz in one room for E 240/night.
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