Once again, Ronda becomes a land of bandits and adventure for romantic travelers
The first weekend of June will witness a Southern Spanish treasure when “Romantic Ronda” returns life to the 18th century.
On May 31 and June 1st and 2nd, Ronda will once again become a land of bandits, with the recreation of “Romantic Ronda”, offering an ideal destination for romantic travellers in search of the spirit of the 18th and 19th centuries.
This event honours a brief period in the Malaga town’s deep history when smugglers, herdsmen, bandits and writers all found their way south in search of the adventure of the Highlands.
“Romantic Ronda” comes on the heels of the Royal Feria of May, the second oldest in Andalucía, drawing travellers from around the world thanks a deep reputation that has been passed down through generations.
This celebration of the region’s legendary Romantic era make this a one of a kind venue to glimpse into the past, complete with origin tales and the most distinctive hallmarks.
This annual experience begins with visitors’ arrival to the entrance to the city, where a romantic train brings them to the San Francisco neighborhood. From there, they stroll down the slope of Santo Domingo to the Merced Church, where streets are filled with chariots, horsemen and riders on routes through the most stunning views of Romantic Ronda.
Ronda is filled with parades, street vendors and artisans during these days that evoke the city’s romantic past, complete with recreations of the guilds, taverns and historic parts of the town. Ancient salesmen selling coal, ice and water can be found guiding their donkeys and carts through traditional markets.
The region’s traditional period dress will also be on display as residents wear costumes from ages long since passed, recreating the roles of their ancestors.
Further, the neighborhoods will take a special effort to decorate each corner of the town behind campaigns like “No Balcony Without a Shawl”, in which every balcony in Ronda will become an exhibition of embroidered silk shawls and damask fabrics.
The town’s re-enactments should not to be missed, providing a chance for visitors to watch a historically accurate performance of ‘The Battle of the Bridge’, ‘The French invasion, 1810’, ‘Moors and Christians’,’ Ronda Contribution to Parliament of 1812 ‘Bandoleros de Grazalema ‘and a song and dance to “Dancing Round The Mountain”.
But that’s not all, because “Romantic Ronda” offers many more activities, including the First Congress of Travelers and Banditry in the Serrania de Ronda, ‘Expobandolero’ and the film exhibition, ‘Cinebandolero‘. In addition, the streets will host horse shows, horse riding, burro rides, fixed and street theater performances, street music and endless romantic activities that take us in the Serrania de Ronda.
For that one weekend only, Ronda offers a unique opportunity to travel to another time, as well as providing easy access to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park nearby. For those in need of a place to lay their heads, the Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, one of the flagship hotels in the area, comes complete with magnificent rooms, views over the Guadalete Valley, swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a farm and wonderful food for a truly perfect weekend!