Lesson 2-El Rocio Festival and the Canaries
El Rocio Festival

This festival is little known outside Spain yet it is the country's
biggest pilgrimage (romeria) in which over a million people
make their way on foot and on horseback to the shrine of 'La
Virgen del Rocio' which lies on the edge of the Doñana
National Park in the province of Huelva. The festival usually
takes place at the end of May and lasts for three days though
it's on 13th June this year. In one of our local bars there's a sign
on the wall showing how many days it is until the beginning of
El Rocio which is counted down every day of the year. It's sad
the day the pilgrimage ends and the counter goes back to 364
days to go!


Hot in the Canaries

The Canary Islands lie just 95km off the coast of West Africa.
Tenerife and Gran Canaria are the best known tourist
destinations with Lanzarote and Fuerteventura also attracting
significant numbers of annual visitors. There are some other
lesser known islands which haven't experienced the tourist
development of their better known neighbours such as La
Palma and La Gomera. The main attraction of the islands is
their year round climate as temperatures rarely fall into single
figures in the winter whilst the summer figures don't often
exceed 28º centigrade.