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Doñana National Park

Depart the bustling streets of Seville and escape to Doñana National Park for a day trip. Let the natural landscapes blanketing the 543 km² area and wild animals envelop you. While you roam the expansive park, you will meander through forests, wetlands, sand dunes, and beaches.

Your day trip to Doñana National Park will introduce you to the vast landscapes tucked into the corners of Spain. What will you see? Let’s take a look.

What will you see during your Doñana National Park day trip?

Travel to the National Park, where nature and wildlife thrive! Amid the vast scenery — beaches, dunes (the largest in Spain), forest, and marshes — you can find a collection of wild boars, flamingos, birds, rabbits, and red deer. Fortunate visitors may spot these endangered species: Iberian lynx and the royal eagle.

You will also witness a collection of birds that migrate back and forth from Europe to Africa!

How much does a ticket to get into Doñana Natural Park cost?

If you want to enter the park for a 4-hour safari in an all-terrain vehicle, the ticket will cost you €30 (US$33) per person. You will have to pay €15 (US$17) for children between the ages 4 and 8, and children aged 3 and under can enter for free.

You cannot enter with your own private vehicle. The ticket includes a tour of the park. On this journey, your driver-guide will take you across all of the ecosystems spanning Doñana National Park.

How to get to Doñana National Park from Seville, and how long does it take?

It depends on which mode of transportation you decide to take! The journey usually takes around 1 hour by vehicle.

You can also take a bus to Doñana National Park from Seville, but if you plan on exploring the park throughout the morning and afternoon, you may have to stay overnight and take the bus back to Seville the following day.

Most tours include hotel pick-up (or will pick you up somewhere nearby), but be sure to double-check this information before booking your excursion.

What is the typical itinerary of a Doñana Natural Park tour from Seville?

  • Get picked up from your hotel (check to make sure your tour includes this)
  • Travel in the direction of Doñana National Park
  • Stop at Dehesa de Abajo, a protected area in which hundreds of species of birds live. Enjoy a walking tour in the area.
  • Travel in the direction of El Rocío, crossing the northern part of Doñana National Park
  • Depending on the kind of tour that you book, you can either visit the entire park or only the northern section. Some tours include the visit of the whole park by 4x4 vehicles, while others head just to the northern part of the park for a walking tour.
  • Explore Doñana National Park, either via 4x4 through all ecosystems or by walking tour — admire the scenery and wildlife.
  • Stop at El Rocío for a visit to the city and food
  • Head to the nearby beach — Playa de Matalascanas — for a refreshing dip. Some tours include horse riding or a 4x4 tour on the dunes.

Most day trips from Seville to Doñana National Park include a stop at El Rocío and Playa de Matalascanas. However, there are half-day trip options that only go to Doñana National Park. Some tours travel to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, for a visit to the historical center and a wine tasting.

What kinds of day trips from Seville are available to visit Doñana National Park?

There are different kinds of tours to Doñana National Park from Seville. The main difference is whether the tour includes the entrance to the park or if it will just go around the park, touching the Northern part of it. Make sure to check the exact description of the tour to understand it.

Tours including Dehesa de Abajo & Northern Doñana

Most tours follow the itinerary mentioned above. These day trips typically last for 10 hours, but you will only see a small part of the National Park. In fact, these tours do not include the entrance to the park and the visit to all its ecosystem, but travel around it and include a walking tour in a section of the park.

Different species of birds are the most common animals that you will see on this tour.

Some tours grant you the chance to horseback ride around the park, without entering it. Most of these excursions last for around 3 hours, making it a great option for tourists who want a quick escapade.

Tours including all ecosystems of Doñana National Park

Other tours from Seville include the entrance to the park and the visit to all its ecosystems via 4x4 vehicle. The guided visit of the park lasts about 4 hours.

This type of excursion is recommended to have a chance to see more animals and wildlife, such as the Iberian lynx, the Imperial Eagle and the Spur-thighed tortoise.

How much does a tour to Doñana National Park from Seville cost?

Tours including Northern Doñana

The price for a 10-hour day trip to the Northern part of Doñana National Park from Seville is around €80 (US$90) per person.

Tours including all ecosystems of Doñana

Tours including the entrance to the park and the visit to all its ecosystems by 4x4 are priced starting from €110 (US$121) per person for a group of 4 people. If you travel alone or in a couple, you will need to pay around €150 (US$165) per person.

Which other places can be visited together with a day trip to Doñana National Park?

Most day trips to Doñana National Park will take you to one of Spain’s most charming villages: El Rocío. The wild-west-looking town sits on the outskirts of Doñana National Park, making it an easy stop for visitors on tour.

After your trip, if the weather permits, some excursions will take you to Playa de Matalascanas for a swim in the sparkling Atlantic.

Some tours head to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a town located near the park and well-known for its wine.

What can you do in Doñana National Park?

Most tours will show the highlights of Doñana National Park by 4x4, but you can always spice it up and go via horse. Both the 4x4 and horse can carry you across the sprawling sand dunes and through low-level streams.

During your excursion, you will learn about the animals, their habitat, and more fun facts about Doñana National Park.

When is the best time to visit Doñana National Park?

If you want to see an array of bird species and more wildlife, it’s best to visit Doñana National Park from March to May and September to November.

Travel tips

  • Most tours include both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking guides, but some tours may include other languages—be sure to inquire about this beforehand
  • Students 25-years-old and under can receive a discount if they have a legitimate student ID
  • Most trips do not include food or drink, so be prepared to buy snacks or bring your own food and beverages along
  • You are not allowed to take your pets into Doñana National Park
  • During the winter (September 15th to April 30th), the park is open from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • During the summer (May 5th to September 14th), the park is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm