Festivals and Celebrations


Kings Parade

On January 5th, the locals line the streets of Ronda to get a glimpse of the Three Kings Parade, a parade that takes places to mark the arrival of the three wise men in Bethlehem after Jesus' birth. The night of the Three Kings is also traditionally when children get their Christmas presents in Spain.


Carnival en Ronda

Carnival usually takes place in Spain in late February or early March, during the week leading up to lent. In Ronda the celebration involves a fun and colourful parade of floats and music that leads from Calle La Bola to the bullring.


Semana Santa

Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Ronda is celebrated in the same way as all other Andalusia Towns with a variety of processions that spend hours winding through the streets of the old town. Most of the processions cross the Puente Nuevo which makes this one of the busiest spots for people to gather. There are also a variety of other events that take place this week such as concerts, religious acts, and exhibitions.


Ronda Romántica

The May fair event is known as Ronda Romantica (Romantic Ronda) and it is a celebration of the romantic past of Ronda, in particular the 19th century May Fair that at the time was known as the greatest festival of Andalusia, with people coming from all over Europe to attend. Events such as concerts, markets, and craft fairs will take place with a lot of locals dressing up as some of these figures from the past such as the famous bandits that used to be in the region.


Corpus Christi Festival

Corpus Christi is a Christian feast that celebrates the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the actual body of Christ during Mass. It usually takes place in May or June, depending on when Easter occurs. The event in Ronda involves a magnificent procession through the streets.

Pilgrimage of the Virgen de la Cabeza

Considered to be the oldest pilgrimage in all of Spain, the pilgrimage involves a procession of the Virgen de la Cabeza figure through the town and towards the hermitage of the Virgen de la Cabeza church on the outskirts of Ronda.


Pedro Romero Fair

Probably the most famous event to take place each year in Ronda, the festival is dedicated to the famous bullfighter Pedro Romero. The events involve Goyesque bullfights, where the matadors dress in the clothing like those worn by 18th-century bullfighters in the paintings of Goya. Locals also dress up in traditional attire when attending the bullfights. A horse and carriage show also takes place in the bullring the day after the bullfight with Rodeños riding their carriages around the bullring for all to admire. Women also dress up in incredible flamenco dresses for the occasion and a variety of competitions take place during the event.


Feria en el Barrio de San Francisco

A Royal fair that takes place in honour of San Francisco, the involves a variety of leisure and sports activities, along with free paella and music.


Christmas in Ronda

Christmas in Ronda involves beautiful displays of festive lights in the main streets, along with some events that take place during the month of December.