RONDA’S PEDRO ROMERO FAIR AND GOYESCA BULLFIGHT
The 2017 Ronda Fair (Pedro Romero Fair and Festival) is held between 29th August and 3rd September.
The Goyesca Bullfight is the most eagerly anticipated and attractive event for visitors and locals, as well as Ronda’s most interesting happening for Spanish and international tourists. It is when famous faces from the world of culture, politics and bullfighting get together. The Goyesca Bullfight poster always features the best master matadors of the moment.
This year, the 61st Goyesca Bullfight will be held on Saturday 2nd September at Ronda’s beautiful bullring. The poster features the mounted bullfighter Diego Ventura and the matadors Francisco Rivera Ordoñez, El Fandi, José María Manzanares and Miguel Ángel Perera y Cayetano.
Rivera Ordoñez has announced his retirement and that this will be his last bullfight.
Other events at the 2017 Ronda Fair
- Opening parade. Carriages for the Goyesca Ladies and procession of national and international folkloric groups in their unique regional dress. Tuesday 29th August from 8.00 p.m.
- Turning on the lights of the Real de la Feria and fireworks. 29th August, when the parade arrives at the Real de la Feria after passing through the streets of Ronda’s centre, at around 10.30 p.m.
- 10th Equestrian Apparel and Harness Contest, Thursday 31st August. It will be held at the Fairground Centre from 2.30 p.m.
- Night of Young Promises at the Municipal Booth of the Fairground Centre, Thursday 31st August.
- 5th Pregón Taurino de la Goyesca, Friday 1st September at 8.45 p.m. at the Convention Centre.
- Novice bullfights without picadors, Friday 1st September. The poster features El Primi, Juan Pedro Llaguno and Manuel Garrido (erales de Aguadulce y Hrdos. de José María Aristrain de la Cruz), at Ronda’s bullring.
- Rejones Bullfight, Sunday 3rd September. On this occasion, the figures participating are Rui Fernandes, Andy Cartagena and Diego Ventura (bulls from Canas Vigouroux), at Ronda’s bullring.
- 41st Carriage Exhibition Contest of Ronda on the morning of Sunday 3rd September. At Calle Virgen de la Paz from 9.45 p.m. At the bullring from 11:30 a.m.
History of the Pedro Romero Festival
The origin of this festival of the city of Ronda lies in the traditional livestock fairs of the era. And like other Andalusian fairs, the Ronda Fair has been held for over 100 years.
The Barrio de San Francisco, one of Ronda’s emblematic places, was the heart of this fair for many years. It would later be located in different parts of the city. It was from 1954 that it came to be called the Pedro Romero Fair. Before, it was known as the September Fair to differentiate it from the one held in May.
It was in 1954 that the first Goyesca Bullfight was held in Ronda. It was organised by the Town Hall through a commission in which El Niño de la Palma, father of Antonio Ordóñez, participated. The intention was to commemorate the bicentenary of Pedro Romero’s birth. The poster featured Cayetano Ordóñez (eldest son of El Niño de la Palma), along with other outstanding figures of the time.
The second Goyesca Bullfight of Ronda was organised by Antonio Ordóñez in 1957. As one of the most important matadors of the 20th century, he would be responsible for this bullfighting festival’s international fame. His presence on the poster of this and subsequent Goyesca Bullfights attracts illustrious fans to the national festival. Other important matadors of the time also accompanied him in the task.
It could be said that Antonio Ordóñez put Ronda and the Goyesca Bullfight on the map. He turned this bullfight into a social event of international significance. Personalities such as Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway were among the first famous people who Antonio Ordóñez attracted to Ronda and its Goyesca Bullfight.
The Goyesca Bullfight of Ronda has been held every September since 1957 to the present day. Only in 1963 was there no Goyesca Bullfight, since Ronda’s bullring was closed for construction.
Traditions of the Pedro Romero Fair and Festival
The Ronda September Fair has its own particular traditions, which make it stand out from other Andalusian fairs.
In addition to the Goyesca Bullfight, this Ronda fair has four singular events that are part of its tradition and eagerly anticipated each year by locals and visitors. Some form part of the prelude to the fair.
The election and presentation of the Goyesca Ladies. The Goyesca Ladies are another traditional element of the Pedro Romero Fair and Festival. Being one of the Ladies is a privilege for local women. It is like being the queen and maids of honour of any municipality festival. One of the main differences is the Goyesca dress that forms part of their outfit.
The Cante Grande Festival. This is the oldest flamenco festival in Málaga Province and one of the oldest in Andalusia. Great figures of flamenco have passed through this festival. Chano Lobato, José de la Mercé and Fosforito are just three of the prestigious artists who have taken part in Ronda’s Cante Grande Festival.
The International Folkloric Gala (GFIR). This is the oldest folk festival in Andalusia and the second oldest in Spain. It was first held in 1974. Each year, groups from numerous countries take part, as well as the Group of Choirs and Dance of Ronda.
El Concurso Exhibición de Enganches. Es otro de los actos con más solera de la Feria y Fiestas de Pedro Romero. Habitualmente se celebra el último día de la feria. Es una ocasión para conocer los diferentes tipos de carruajes. Un espectáculo donde se dan cita la elegancia, el colorido y la belleza de caballos, carruajes y cocheros engalanados para la ocasión.
Por lo demás, la feria de Ronda de septiembre se desarrolla como otras ferias de Andalucía.
La feria de día en las calles del centro de la ciudad.
La feria de noche en las casetas del Real de la Feria.
Las atracciones para pequeños y no tan pequeños en el Real de la Feria.
Y el chocolate con churros después de una divertida noche entre copas, bailes, risas.
WHERE TO STAY
If you want to experience Ronda Fair firsthand and also fill your lungs with pure air, the best place to stay, without a doubt, is Fuerte Grazalema hotel.
The hotel has 77 rooms equipped with private balcony, breathtaking views to the Guadalete Valley and the town of Grazalema, air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, free Wifi, bathroom with amenities and hairdryer.
It has an outdoor swimming-pool and a jacuzzi with views to the Sierra de Grazalema. Besides, this is one of the few hotels in the area with a game room. It also houses an animal farm and an organic garden, with visits every day organized by the hotel. Other activities in the program for guests to enjoy include courses of Andalusian cuisine, tasting of regional dishes, flamenco classes, and workshops on how to prepare sangria and gazpacho.