The Three Kings Are Coming: We Present 7 Original Ways To Welcome Them
The Reyes Magos or Three Wise Men are on their way and kids are starting to get nervous while waiting for their gifts. Their Majesties choose a number of different ways to visit every corner of our land to bring forth their magic. Motorcycles, skiing or riding are just some of the ways Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar reach our children and our homes. Do not miss out on the seven most original ways to welcome the arrival of the Three Wise Men to Andalucia.
1. Skiing in the Sierra Nevada
The white landscape of Sierra Nevada annually hosts one of the most distinctive and curious event of the year. The Reyes Magos come skiing down the hill to distribute toys to children from Granada. Accompanied by their entourage on sleds, this display is one of the most genuine of Andalucia. If you want your children to enjoy their Majesties in a truly original way, do not hesitate to bring the to this beautiful place Granada .
2. Into Malaga By Boat
The Mediterranean Sea welcome the Three Kings to its shores each year. The shores of Malaga just one example of this event, bringing together you and old for one of the most important days of the year. Their Majesties appear mounted on fishing boats, arriving on the shore to take on the enormous task of gift-giving.
3. Riding into Tharsis (Huelva)
Last year, statements by Pope Benedict XVI confirmed the Andalucian origin of the Reyes Magos has changed the way of understanding this celebration across the province. In his book, “Childhood of Jesus”, the Pope said that the Three Kings came from the ancient Tartessos, making specific reference to Tharsis (Huelva). Since then, the travels of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar have taken on a new importance, following the Biblical telling of the event.
4. By Train to Fuengirola
The Reyes Mago can also use public transportation. An example of this is their arrival on the Costa del Sol – Fuengirola specifically. Hundreds of children nervously await at the train station near Malaga for their Majesties to arrive and pass out sweets and treasures. It is tradition shout out last minute wishes that have been left out of letters and from those who have not reached out to them before.
5. Los Reyes Bikers in Sevilla
The Wise Men’s camels have been transformed into a Harley Davidson. At least they have for those who belong to the Sevilla Hog Chapter, who use their bikes, leather jackets and enthusiasm to deliver presents to children each year at the Virgen del Rocio Hospital in Sevilla. Their arrival always brings out smiles among the young people at the hospital, helping them forget about their pain and condition, if just for a little while.
6. Dromedary and Camels in the Doñana
It is well known from ancient texts that the Reyes Magos preferred form of transportation was the camel. In the Doñana National Park, these animals join the fun each January, helping the Wise Men distribute gifts to local children. “African Aires” is an initiative where young and old can learn first hand about typical African species, including taking a long ride on their backs to enjoy to the natural beauty of the area.
7. The Pinsapar with the Reyes Magos
Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar love nature and one of their favourite places is the Sierra de Grazalema. So, on the eve of the Reyes Magos, there is an organised tour of the Pinsapar. Parents and children alike can enjoy this event with their family, including a trail where a stunning species of spruce takes centre stage This is a feast for the eyes in a privileged environment .
Do not hesitate to come to see their Majesties on the evening of the 5th of January and don’t forget to ask your last wishes. On one of the most emotional days of the year, children take on the central role of the day. Candies, streamers and confetti are strewn across the Spanish streets, as floats make their way from house to house, with expectant little eyes waiting for them to pass.