If you are staying in Ronda for a few days and have a car then you will want to get out and about to explore more villages in the area. The “Pueblos Blancos” or white villages encompass the north east of Cádiz and north west of Málaga provinces and this area is saturated in history with palaeolithic cave paintings, neolithic dolmens, bronze and copper age remains, Roman roads, Visigoth fountains and Moorish towers. For the most part, these tours take us through towns created during almost 800 years of Muslim settlement. Berber tribes arrived here in around 714, coming from similar mountainous terrain in Morocco. They chose easily defended sites and built watch towers as an early warning system against attack. All of which was needed as this area was a lasting frontier between the Muslim and Christian kingdoms. You can read more and print off the 3 driving white village routes at the Grazalema Tourist Information website.
If you don’t have a car then our very good friends over at Wildside Holidays can arrange a guided tour of some of the famous white villages of the area and can pick you up and drop you back to your hotel at the end of the day. Wildside Holidays also arrange nature orientated walking tours in the nearby Sierra de Grazalema.
Sometimes you just want to go to the beach, but staying near Ronda means a one and a half hour drive to the coast for the closest beach, however, not too far away at Zahara de la Sierra is La Playita at Arroymolinos, a fresh water pool made into a man-made beach.
From June until mid September the little beach is open, and is only a 25 minute drive from Ronda, or 10 minutes from Zahara de la Sierra or Montecorto. Located under Monte Prieto, the views of surrounding mountains make La Playita a truly isolated place, yet just a few minutes from civilization.
The day that officially marks the start of Christmas time festivities here in Ronda (and Spain in general) is December 22, when the Christmas Lottery raffle takes place… “El Gordo” is a dream of many people in Spain but there is more to come including “Noche Buena” on the 24th and a traditional day when families get together and eat, eat, eat… December 25 is more of a relaxing day and not a day for exchanging presents…. New Year’s Eve is the day when Spanish and Andalusian traditions are felt the most. Among the ones that undoubtedly stand out, the “Good-Luck- Grapes” that consist of eating twelve grapes one by one, as the clock strikes the year’s last twelve seconds. As soon as you finish (if you finish, as it is harder than it sounds!) The party really starts…
So date wise you need to arrive around the 22nd for a Christmas week and around the 31st for news years celebrations…. Use the booking box on the right to get the latest hotel deals in Ronda…The Weather is normally cold and sunny but sometimes we even get a sprinkling of snow!
The day that pretty much ends the celebrations here in Ronda is, at the same time, the most awaited by children and adults alike since it is on January 6 that we give and receive presents brought by the Magi or the Three Kings. The spectacular “Cabalgata de Los Reyes Magos” (the Procession of the Magi) takes place on the evening of January 5, when the colourful and magical procession passes through the streets of Ronda with the three Kings and their helpers throw tens of thousands of sweets and caramels at (to) the people lining the streets.
Famous parades are also held in nearby Huelva and Seville with Huelva’s Cabalgata de la Higuera de la Sierra being the 2nd oldest procession in Spain, and it has been given The parade of Seville has been celebrated every year since 191
If you have already visited the Ronda and Grazalema areas you will surely want to come back again and Christmas is the perfect time…