Ronda decks itself for its festivity which assembles people from the town and visitors
The first week in September the town becomes a colourful place with music, dancing and wine in honour of the great bullfighter Pedro Romero.
Ronda dresses up and offers town folks and visitors a wide range of cultural and leisure options. During this big festive week, adults and children can enjoy the City Centre Fair and the different concerts at the Fairground Council House.
Declared of National Tourist Interest in Andalusia, these festivities in honour of Ronda’s great bullfighter Pedro Romero will be celebrated from 4 to 9 September. For more than a hundred years ago now these six days have been a time when people like to live intensely the Fair.
The city of the famous Tajo will offer on Saturday at 17:30, as main course, a new edition of the famous Corrida Goyesca (Goya’s style Bullfighting), where aficionados can live, feel and get excited with the echoes of the ‘Olés’ (bravo!) in a bullring full of history. Francisco Rivera ‘Paquirri’, Alejandro Talavante and David Fandila, ‘El Fandi’ will be the toreadors this year.
Parade, lighting and city centre fair
On Tuesday the festival will start with the traditional parade, departing at 19:00 hours from Paseo Blas Infante (next to the Bullring) to the ‘Angel Harillo’ Fairground, where the artistic lights will be switched on.
From Wednesday, the streets of the city centre will receive even more visitors than usual in rhythm to the music of this Andalusian land. During these days the “Mercadillo” quarter is filled with colourful lanterns and people are dressed in the traditional Andalusian costumes. The City Centre Fair will be open from 13:00 to 19:00 until Thursday. From Friday it will be extended one more hour until 8 pm.
Activities to get into the mood
At night the festival goes on at the Fairground, where gastronomy and rhythm melt and where music and dance performances take place.
On Wednesday the starring night performance will be dominated by the flamenco singer Marina Heredia who will offer a concert reviewing her songs at the Council Fairground House from 22:00 hours.
On Thursday and at the same place there will be a double concert by two artists acknowledged in the music world: Pepe ‘El Marismeño’ and ‘Falete’.
Two artists from the TV program ‘Se llama Copla”, Jonathan and Alvaro will delight everybody on Friday night. And to finish the performances, some local artists will have their opportunity on Saturday night.
Horse-drawn carriages exhibition and Bullfighting
During this festive week other events that you cannot miss are taking place such as the Horse-drawn Carriages Exhibition and Contest, which will be held at the Bullring of the Royal Cavalry Order of Ronda, with carriages coming from all Spain, and two bullfightings: Goyesque, and Ronda’s Horse Bullfighting (on Sunday).
The main actors at the weekend are undoubtedly the bulls. On Saturday, the festival’s big day, the Corrida Goyesca (Goyesque Bullfighting) will be celebrated, it is one of the most important attracting hundreds of onlookers not only by the own spectacle of the bullfighting, but for the period dresses that all the matadors and their teams wear, which inspired the paintings of Spanish painter Goya.
It is very difficult to find accommodation in the city if you have not booked well in advance, because these festivities attract thousands of tourists from all over Spain and even from abroad. Fuerte Hoteles has in Marbella and Estepona establishments where to stay comfortably located at less than an hour trip from Ronda. However, if you want to live the festival more closely, Fuerte Grazalema hotel is the most suitable because its proximity, only 25 minutes away.