El Rocio, Isla Canela

El Rocio, Isla Canela

The town of El Rocio, Isla Canela is worth a visit at any time of the year. Equestrians will find plenty of shops offering riding gear, from Western-style tack to all kinds of hats and boots, leather bags and woollen shawls, as well as flamenco dresses. The town looks like a film set from a spaghetti western. You can imagine Clint Eastwood  emerging from one of its tavernas and ride off down the town’s dusty streets.

The sandy roads of El Rocio, Isla Canela have few street signs, no road markings and no traffic lights. You’re as likely to come nose to nose with a horse-drawn carriage or a pony as another vehicle.

Horse drawn carriages are popular with the locals and you’ll see them trotting around the streets going about their business throughout the day. There are wooden hitching rails outside most buildings so people can tie up their horses. It’s easier than parking a car.

At the back-end of town you’ll discover large stables and equestrian training rings where you can watch horseman training their young horses.