Halloween in Malaga, terror takes over the city

halloween-2015On October 31 arrives the terrifying night of Halloween at our city. Do you have any plan? Malaga is ready and features events in which you can already register.

If you have not yet decided what to do, we offer interesting activities for both adults and children so prepare to survive the terror on Halloween in Malaga. Still without costume? Check the top costumes for Halloween and get ready!

The scariest night of the year approaches in Halloween, we hope you survive as we wouldn´t want to run out of readers.


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Halloween at the Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

If you want to visit the Botanical Garden, perhaps would be a good time the night of October 31; Full of frightening beings from the beyond waiting to give you a good scare among the darkest shadows of the garden.

If you go in disguise you can take part in a costume contest in three categories available: children, adults and groups.

Price for the guided visit is at 18 Euros for adults and 15 Euros for children under 16; There is also a family pack for 40 Euros that allows entry of 2 adults and two children.

Guided visits starts at 8pm and the duration is for 1 hour and a half.

For reservations or information you just have to call +34 951 92 61 80

Scary night at the English Cemetery

This mysterious place is open for anyone who wants to venture at night and discover some of the characters brought from the darkest corners of the ultra-world and spread throughout the English Cemetery in Malaga. Are you brave enough?

There is a confirmation that they will not organize this event.

halloween lanternHalloween with children

Kids love Halloween, dressing up is an activity with which they are comfortable all year round without the need for a special day.

When this day comes they are willing to go out disguised and enjoy activities or visit the houses in search of sweets with the typical trick or treating.

Recommendations for families

Theme Parks like Selwo Marina in Benalmadena and Selwo Adventure in Estepona told us in past events the habits of animals as terrifying as tarantulas, snakes, piranhas, poisonous frogs or bats among others. In addition decoration is be adapted to this event and children wearing costumes between 3 and 10 don’t have to pay entrance.

Benalmadena cablecar will have a special decoration in both stations of the trip.

Sea-Life offer free entry for those children under 10 years old wearing costumes, there will be handcrafts and workshops between 11am to 5:30pm.

cartel-halloween-tivoliTivoli World will also organize a special event for this night and there is free entry for children wearing costumes.

Rosaleda shopping centre will organize a workshop for creating tenebrous baskets between 6pm and 9pm the next friday and saturday, the entry is free.

The mall Malaga Plaza will also organize an event for any age the next Friday 28 from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm. Entry will be free and makeup artist will make-up the children for converting them into terrifying creatures, as memory you will will get a polaroid photo of the event. There will be a costume contest as well.

There will be a special event in Automobile Museum on Saturday 29 from 12:30 hours with chilling surprises, tickets cost € 7.5 per person.

Larios street in Malaga centre will be a meeting point for people with amazing costumes, a good place for walking with family.

Halloween at Pier 1 in the Port of Malaga

On October the dead, witches and ghosts will invade the Port of Malaga from 6 pm. Visitors can learn to make halloween baskets and use them later for picking up sweets.

There will be a costume contest with different category prizes and photos.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 8pm, free entry.

Halloween in Torremolinos, Marbella and other municipalities

cartel-festival-cine-fantastico-torremolinos-2015In addition to the clubs and discoteques with themed decorations and costume parties in Marbella or Torremolinos, in November ends the sixth edition of the Fantastic Film Festival in Torremolinos at the Congress Centre with a contest of short and feature films.

The duration of the festival is from 27 October to 1 November.

Terror in Torremolinos

First of all the Nogalera square area in Torremolinos will organize a terror attraction the next Monday 31st, do you dare?

Several events and a costume contest from 5pm in advance. Especially relevant a terrifying event called ‘Terror Mansion’ will await for those who dare. The minimum recommended age is 8 years old.

In addition terror will be present the next Saturday at Molino de Inca. This beautiful botanical garden will be one of the most terrifying places in Torremolinos with magic and face-paint workshops from 6pm to 8pm. There will be also an event called ‘searching for the mystery’ from 5pm to 6pm.

Scary night at Rincon de la Victoria

At Rincon de la Victoria they are getting ready for the Terror Tales the Friday 28th and Monday 31st at the Public Library. There will be also a scary street at ‘El Cantal de La Cala del Moral’ from 8pm to 2am.

Furthermore the main mall at this municipality will have a scary area for children at the second floor the next Friday, Saturday and Monday with free entry for groups of 6 people (you must inscribe in advance)

Finally a costume contest will take place the Monday from 5pm to 9pm with different prizes for participants.

Terror activities in other municipalities

Villa street in Estepona will be themed in a scary way.

In Maro they organize Maroween, a gastronomy event.

Pedrizas district  in Churriana  is decorated in a special way during this night, as a result it will be a scary place to stroll around.

Soho district will celebrate Halloween with workshops and activities for everyone. Come and join the face-painting workshop or any of the handcraft. If interested a free inscription is required at Tomas Heredia, 7 street.

Do you know more events I forgot? Feel free to comment if you want to recommend it.

Halloween ideas

If you want to invite your zombie friends to home, nothing better than a good brain cake…browsing Internet I have found a tasty recipe, wanna try?

It is just an idea, there are many more ideas you can use, feel free to suggest yours in our comments area.

Halloween in Andalusia and Spain

The growing interest in this celebration is unstoppable in Spain, especially in Andalusia and Malaga, both show the largest number of Internet searches looking for upcoming celebrations.


Halloween and ghost stories

Paranormal activity looks like to happen more usually by the end of October or beginning of November…coincidence? Did it happen to you or anyone you know?

Some people say during this night the living and dead world are closer…should we be afraid? Seems like not a bad idea to be, at least during the Halloween night.

Activities in Malaga in October and November

While this month temperatures are around 13ºC in cities like London or 9ºC in Munich, on the Costa del Sol you can enjoy a warm 20ºC today. A pleasant temperature that helps doing many activities in Malaga during the months of October and November.

According to statistics from the major airlines operating at Malaga airport there is expected significant growth in both domestic and international flights. I thought it would be a good idea to do a review of interesting activities you can do during these months.


The first rains of the autumn and the pleasant temperature invite us to meet with the natural and rural environment of the province, feel like trying?

Autumn activities in Malaga

While for an European going to the beach in October or November still a good choice, the Spanish might want to try the sunny days with some rural or monumental tourism.

My older blog post about some of the best places you can visit in Malaga during the year is a clear example of the wide variety of choices in the province, but there are many more.

Nature lovers can enjoy the magnificent Natural Parks of the province. The temperature is perfect for walking outdoors and the few raining during these months will help for vegetation to take a showy colour.

Sierra de las Cabras and Torcal de Antequera

In this environment you can appreciate the colourful landscape I wrote about in the paragraph above. The autumn raining paints the mountain with beautiful colours for the enjoyment of those who fancy walking on any of its paths.

Don’t know how to get there? https://goo.gl/maps/zv6s17MyMuP2

El Torcal is one of those places which will amaze you, but there are many other places to visit in Antequera.torcal-antequera


Ronda in my opinion is a must visit, the landscape view from there is simply amazing and you need to see it in person.

Recently I meet a French couple walking back to the airport for a departure check-in. It was their first visit to Malaga and they were lost so asked me for helping. We had a little conversation about their visit feelings while walking to the airport, they indeed loved Malaga and visited many places…but they missed Ronda!

Don’t make the same mistake as them and do not forget to visit the ‘Puente Nuevo’ for taking some of the representative images of this municipality, from there and from the viewpoint near the park you will enjoy amazing views.

Caminito del Rey (King’s Path)

I think the best season to enjoy visiting and walking Caminito del Rey is during the Autumn or Spring. You must book online and it’s worth your time, but take in consideration that those who fear the heights may have to think twice about visiting it.

Hiking and rural tourism

Autumn is without any doubt the perfect season to discover the interior of the province and enjoy all it has to offer. Unique places to visit and recommended also to the own locals who can do it on any weekend.

You can go to visit the ‘Cueva del Gato’, ‘Treasure Cave’, ‘Nerja Caves’…each of those caves have their own story and legends, including hidden treasures.

If what you like is walking and exercising, some paths like the one from Benaojan to Jimera de Libar will gift you a little of magic for your memories.

In Facebook some groups organize hiking routes from many of the white villages in Malaga, if you don’t have someone to go with it might be a good choice.

One active group I found is:


Sierra de las Nieves

What is better than a video to show you what Sierra de las Nieves has to offer during the year.

Autumn festivals and celebrations

There is a festival every month in Malaga at any of its villages, you want to know them?

Beginning of October is the Fuengirola Fair, a festivity week.

Middle of October is the San Pedro de Alcantara fair, next to Marbella.

First of November is the popular festivity ‘Dia del Toston’ in Marbella

Halloween is celebrated in Malaga province with many events, you can check further about this festivity in my other post.

Do you have any recommendation?

Hiking routes, strolling the city centre, visiting the white villages and enjoying the gastronomy…what is your favourite choice during autumn in Malaga?

Things you can do on a rainy day in Malaga

If you are visiting Malaga for a holiday with or without children and looking forward the sun and the beach or making some activities…but it rains, its cloudy or the temperature is too low, do not let the bad weather cloud your encouragement. I’m going to give some ideas and recommendations about the top things you can do on a rainy day in Malaga, very important recommendations I say.

Many of you are coming just for a few days and expect to enjoy our sunny weather…It could happen that on arrival after noticing the clouds your humour takes the same grey colour as the sky, do not let it happen, continue reading to avoid this situation.

weather forecast in Malaga

Some of my proposals may require a vehicle if your resort is in Marbella, Estepona or Puerto Banus among others. If you are in Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Fuengirola as example, your option to take the public transport is much higher with public buses or the subway train, options to consider by those who prefer not to hire a car in Malaga, which is a good and cheap choice in my opinion.

things to do a rainy day in MalagaGoing out for a drink on a rainy day in Malaga

This is one of my favourite choices when raining in Malaga, there are plenty of places in the city or your area where you can drink a warm tea, a coffee or an ice cream shake (I love vanilla flavour).  A rainy day in Malaga you can go with family, children or friends to have a tea at the old town of the city and stroll around, if too far you can do also from the closer mall to your place.

If you decide to have a drink, did you know how to order a coffee in Malaga? Find it out!

Going to the Mall

This hobby of going for a walk and eating at a mall is very widespread activity in other countries  because the cold or the hot weather outside. The mall is always at the right temperature so it is an ideal place to go with friends or family, an activity also suitable for children.

In the mall you can have a drink, eat, do some shopping or watch a film in the cinema, perfect for a rainy day in Malaga.

Ice skating in Malaga and Benalmadena

If you like ice skating and you are visiting the city during Christmas there is a skating rink at the city centre next to ‘Corte Ingles’ mall. Do not worry if coming outside the Christmas season , there is another ice rink in Benalmadena which is open 365 days a year.

Opening times for Benalmadena Ice Rink:

  • Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 11:00pm
  • Saturdays from 9am to 8pm
  • Sundays and festivities from 9am to 2pm

The Ice Rink is inside the ‘Club de Hielo de Benalmadena’ and there are other activities inside like a gym or an acclimatized pool where you can swim in winter or summer.

Address: C/ Ciudad de Melilla s/n
29631 Arroyo de la Miel

Strolling the city old town

If it’s not raining a lot (raining a lot in Malaga is not very common), you can take an umbrella and enjoy strolling the old town. There are many places to visit; From the Gibralfaro Castle to the Cathedral, museums, Malaga port…Make a round day eating something at any of the restaurants available in the city and ask for a typical dish.

Staying at home, hotel or apartment while raining?

Its fine, you can do this too, but its your choice! Don’t blame the bad weather and use this excuse to stay at home…

To say the truth it is also one of my favourite activities. Watching a film while it’s raining hard outside or watching the rain through the window…a perfect activity while it does not rain inside the walls…something the image below shows can happen.

raining inside home

Tell us about your choices a rainy day!

¿Do you have suggestions? Tell us what you do on a rainy day in Malaga or your city.

Activities in Malaga this weekend

The highly anticipated Friday is here and with it the weekend comes, while many of you will be happy just lying on sofa some other would like a good weekend plan in Malaga this month.

I bring you choices for activities with family, children or friends, continue reading to find a plan for this weekend.

Events available from Friday, September 30, 1 and 2 October.

Night of scientific research in Malaga

From this Friday afternoon in the Plaza de la Marina there will be many activities related to scientific research.

Torremolinos fair photoTorremolinos Fair San Miguel

Sunday is the last day you will be able to visit Torremolinos fair.

Getting to the fair is usually a good plan for the weekend, you can have fun at the mechanic attractions or just try any of the typical food usually offered in the fair stands.

Artisan Cheese Fair in Teba

If you are a cheese lover you can not miss this event in Teba this Saturday from 10 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday until 6:00pm.

Music and gastronomy in Coin

Food on wheels weekend with 8 chefs who cook from Friday to Sunday surrounded by a festive atmosphere with live music.

If you like to eat and have no plan this weekend do not forget this particular event in Coín.

feria-libro-malagaMalaga book fair

Do you like old books? Most of them will be in Spanish so if you enjoy old books and want to practice your Spanish this event might sound interesting to you.

It is available until October 16 and open Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 2:30 pm and 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

Velez-Malaga Fair

Fair in Velez-Malaga also known as Feria de San Miguel begins on September 27 and ends on October 2nd. It might be a good weekend plan in Malaga for those who live nearby this municipality.

Bella Jarifa Nights in Cártama

This municipal holiday based on medieval times features performances, activities and gastronomy tastings of Cartama.

sopa-perota-aloraPerot soups in Alora

Food lovers have an appointment this Saturday in Alora from 1:00pm.

You will be able to try some of the typical food from this municipality.

Luna Mora Festival in Guaro 2016

Map for getting to GuaroIn Guaro will take place on 9 and 10 in September the Luna Mora Festival in its 20th edition.

This event of 2 days is a free meeting place of Andalusian culture and music with streets decorated for the occasion; a mixture of cultures that have lived together and shaped this town over the centuries and during these days offer visitors a good excuse to come visit.

No to forget the typical candles lit along the streets of the town, creating a beautiful sight at night; some romantic shapes where many couples decide to take the photo to immortalize the moment.

During the night numerous stalls offer food at good prices.

Program of Luna Mora in Guaro

This event starts on Friday, September 9 at 5 pm with the opening of the Moorish craftsmen souk and has the same schedule for Saturday September 10.

5 pm Opening of the Moorish craftsmen souk
5:30 pm Workshops in the streets of downtown
6 pm Lightning of the candles
6:30 Workshop of craft games
7 pm Ambience in the streets and visit of the cultural patrimony of the village
8:30 pm Children´s tales at Plaza de los Cuentos
9 pm Parade
10 pm Oriental dance workshop
11 pm Flamenco show at the Auditorium
12 Midnight tales for adults at Plaza de los Cuentos
12:30 am Ambience in the streets
12:45 am Show at the Cultural centre Al-Andalus

When arriving there by car there is usually enabled an outdoor parking just before you get to Guaro from where you take a bus up to the village.

Do not hesitate, if you have no plans on Friday 9 or Saturday 10 September, come and visit the Luna Mora in Guaro, you won´t regret it.

Plans for this weekend in Malaga

weekend calendarWeekend is here and you still without plans? Want to know some of them and decide one which fits your perfect weekend? If so continue reading.

One of the most common plans especially if you are on holiday is just doing nothing. But believe me, there is life beyond and I will propose some plans for this weekend that might be of your interest.

There are many activities for this weekend: Concerts, exhibitions, cultural events and children activities.

August is usually a hot month, the only desirable thing to do while this hot is being on the beach and doing nothing, the heat does not invite to do anything else. The temperature by the end of August is much more mild and pleasant for other activities than beach. Why not taking advantage of this situation?

Still not decided when to visit Malaga?

Fairs, culture and children activities

Frigiliana Festival: The 3 Cultures

Annual event that features a film, ‘ruta de la tapa’ (small portion food route), free concerts, medieval market and theater performances.

In August from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 in Frigiliana.

Cultural activities in Alhaurin el Grande

If you visit Alhaurin el Grande the next Saturday you will find a lot of cultural activities like workshops and exhibitions, theater performances or poetry events, concerts, children’s activities and a craft market.

From Saturday 28 August at 21:30 pm

Open night at Velez-Malaga

La Axarquía region brings cultural activities for the Friday night like concerts, visits to monuments and other activities.

Friday 26 from 19:00.

Sailor market in Torre del Mar

If you enjoy the street markets you can’t miss a visit this sailor Market in Torre del Mar.

50 stalls with crafts and a maritime theme, an area where you will also find activities for children.

XXVIII Flamenco Festival in Torremolinos

If you like flamenco on Saturday August 27 at 22:00 you have an appointment at the Municipal Auditorium in Torremolinos.

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All you need to know about Feria de Malaga in 2016

cartel de la feria de Málaga 2016Málaga Fair is coming and we already know the artists and the concerts that will be present throughout the week. We bring you the programme of the Malaga Fair 2016, so you can start planning the week in detail.

First of all, if you never ever visited the fair before you might want to read about what is feria de Malaga. The guide has detailed information on where it takes place and the dates updated every year.

When is this “feria de Malaga” celebrated? This year the fair will start the 13th in August and finish the 20th.

Start planning the fair week with this Malaga fair programme!

Malaga fair program


All performances and concerts taking place in the Municipal Auditorium will start from 23:00 hours until dawn.

Friday 12th in August at 11:50pm

Just after the opening speech of Vanesa Martin and the opening of the fair.

Live concert of Bairei in the Malagueta beach.

Kiko & Shara en Málaga

Saturday 13th in August at 11:00pm

Typical dancing at the Municipal Auditorium


Jaleos & Lunares, Manolo Sarría, Kiko & Shara and Andy & Lucas.


Sunday 14th in August

Exhibition of typical dancing made by local groups.david-maria-malaga

Live concerts by Aurora Guirado and David de Maria.


Monday 15th in August

Exhibition of typical dancing made by local groups and concerts of varied musical bands.

Wednesday 17th in August

Rocio Alba and El Trebol performances at the Fairgrounds.


Thursday 18th in AugustActuación de grupo Maldita Nerea

Exhibition of typical local dancing and flamenco made by local groups and musical performance of Maldita Nerea.


Friday 19th in August

Exhibition of typical local dancing and flamenco.

Performance of El Huecco.


Saturday 20th in AugustMarta Sánchez en concierto

Exhibition of typical dancing made by local groups.

Last day of fair and musical performance of Marta Sánchez

Download official fair programme

You can download the official programme in PDF format from here

Fairground map

Do not get lost with our map of the fairground:

Fairground map 2016

Medieval Market in Fuengirola

In Fuengirola (Málaga) is held every year a Medieval Market in the Castle Sohail. It will be possible a time travel to the Middle Ages, thanks to the launch of the medieval market in Fuengirola castle.

Sohail castle event in Fuengirola

When is the Medieval Market in Fuengirola?

This event date in 2016 is between the 11th and the 14th in August.

The event is unique in Spain, as it takes place within an authentic Arab fortress of the time. The area will present a typical medieval aspect, with flags of the time, background music and many of the participants dressed in historical costumes.

Sohail Castle in Fuengirola, a restored Moorish fortress and converted into a auditorium which hosts a variety of musical events during the summer months, has been for some years the perfect setting for the celebration of the Medieval Market in Fuengirola.

What to do during the Medieval Market?

At this market you can find all kinds of products and appealing activities that make the visit a time travel and a tour of Spain to the time of the bards, the craft guilds, traditional gastronomy, etc.


Thus, workshops for clay, bread, leather, toys, jewelry and woodwork will allow visitors to see how in ancient times they made those products without industrial action.

Other attractions that have already enjoyed great success in previous editions are archery, donkey rides, witches and fortune-tellers, stilts, storytellers and children’s games, juggling, the costumes of the time and street theater.

This market in Fuengirola Sohail Castle, considered one of the best in Spain because of its location. The Castle open from seven o’clock in the afternoon until two o´clock in the morning.

How to get

In the surrounding area of the Sohail Castle you will find parking, you can also go walking from the Fuengirola train station.

Zombie infection detected in Frigiliana, Malaga

The infection known as ‘Survival Zombie’ is getting wild and there are fears that the outbreak will occur in Frigiliana soon before Halloween.

last survival zombie infestation
Last infestation in Spain, it was finally controlled and now they expect it is being propagated in Frigiliana

Only those who can pay a vaccine will have a chance of survival, they will have to accomplish a number of missions  before the end of the night, if they are not bitten in the process they might escape infection by a rescue means not yet specified…but let’s face it, nobody will survive.

To which group do you belong? If you do not understand a word of Spanish…you will be one of the first who get lost and cornered by a zombie horde, not being able to complete missions unless your friends do understand their requests. Do not worry if this is the case, being a zombie has its own good things, there are many brain recipes online!

On Saturday 22nd of October, from 11pm to 7am close the doors and windows if you are neither a survivor nor a zombie; although many choose to watch the event, foolish…

Everything about Survival Zombie

Survival Zombie event‘Survival Zombie’ is a known event in Spain because of its originality and active participation throughout the Spanish territory.

Those who choose being a survivor in Malaga will have to accomplish several missions provided by actors during the night while trying to survive…something that will not be easy. If a zombie touches you , you will become part of the horde.

The story presented to participants is original and there are actors, special effects, streets decorated as an apocalypse with hospital and military camps, you will feel your favourite series of living dead.

For each mission you accomplish you will receive a stamp on your ration card, in earlier events it is known there were up to 14 missions. You can choose to collaborate with other players or go solo. Perhaps you prefer to fool them when they are asking if an area is safe? The goal is to survive and that could give enough time for you to avoid a horde and continue your adventure.

Living dead can’t run, except the called Z, those are actors who other zombies follow…and those run fast, if you see one better you run or hide, he will go after you.

Past events and Survival Zombie

At the beginning of the night some military at a camp might provide instructions for survival, pay attention and listen carefully, danger lurks.

Some of the past missions included entering a dark building noiselessly to retrieve an amulet; causing noise would attract the attention of a creature inside.

Survivors must use a green scarf while the undead go with a red one.

If zombies caught you, then you can join the horde or pay 5€ for an emergency vaccine and continue doing missions.

Frigiliana sightseeing being a survivor or a zombie

Frigiliana is located in the Axarquia, very close to Nerja and about 60 kilometres from Malaga airport.

Roman origin and with a strong Muslim history that shaped its old town and streets structure. Frigiliana is a beautiful tourist destination during the whole year that has ended up being the source of undead infection in 2016.

Some of the most popular attractions in Frigiliana for living beings and dead people

  • Old town and Moorish district, probably both infested by zombies in some of its streets, be careful.
  • Lizar Castle
  • Counts of Frigiliana Castle
  • San Antonio Church built in 1676
  • Roman fortress

Visiting Frigiliana while infested by zombies? Definitely an original proposal that might appeal many of you.

Rules and information about Survival Zombie

The event will begin with an introduction to story made by actors.

Children from 10 years old in advance can take part always if accompanied by an adult.

Those who come infected and already did make up at home will pay only 10€ for being a zombie, those who let being infected at event and choose to make up by professionals will have to pay 20€.

Cost of vaccine for survivors is 30€, if bitten during the event and want to continue doing missions you will have to pay for an emergency vaccine of 5€.

Those who want to take part on this event from outside Malaga can book a bus from Madrid, Ciudad Real and Granada from the official website.

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hours: From 23pm to 7am

The event will end with the rescue of the few remaining survivors if any in an amazing and secret scene…including helicopter maybe?

If you remove the participant identification prematurely you will be disqualified so you can safely leave the event without zombies biting you.

The infestation will be in October, you still have time ahead to get ready, if you are someone who want a vaccine, you can reserve it at the official website… Good luck, you will need it.

Promotional Video of Survival Zombie

More information Survival Zombie

Official website in Spanish

Town hall in Spanish

Buying tickets at:

Romantic Ronda and Ronda Fair: Discover the famous bandits

The May event known as Romantic Ronda is an encounter with the romantic past of this town in Malaga, a sign of identity that takes shape during this recreation of the historic fair of Ronda on 19, 20 21 and May 22, 2016

Ronda Romántica 2016

Romantic Ronda is a tourism initiative that places visitors during three days in the historical context of the Ronda mountain ranges, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the bandits and smugglers, craftsmen and writers who came in search of adventures to relate them in their works.

Andalusia was back then a romantic destination, awaiting dangers and uncertainties along its paths to those who travel them, many adventurers came hoping to meet some of the famous bandits on their trips, they were even ready with a small amount of money or valuables, not meeting those famous bandits would become a disappointment.

If you want to know more about the vision that pretends to give the Romantic Ronda event you can read Washington Irving, one of those adventurer writers who visited Andalucia and wrote ‘Tales of the Alhambra‘ (free e-book), he managed to capture on paper the feelings that produced a trip of this kind on the paths of Andalusia during these years.

Bandits of the Serrania de Ronda

Very well-known in Andalucia and throughout the world were the bandits of Sierra Morena, Despeñaperros and of the Serrania de Ronda, who stumped in an aura of mystery hidden from the main path awaiting for some wealthy victim to assault or kidnap.

Bandits in Andalucia have managed to mark their stories and names with fire in our memories, building a legend that will still last over time.


Although there were many more than just 3 find below some of the most popular bandits in Andalucia, some of them have living descendants.

Why did they become so popular and usually loved by the people? Because they only assault wealthy people and used to give tips or help to the less advantaged.

el-tempranillo-1833El Tempranillo‘ (1805-1833) became a bandit since he was 15 years, he became popular because the good manners he showed to his victims and for his actions to help the most disadvantaged.

Stories tell that he was able to rob up to 110 travellers in a morning during his way to the fair in Ronda…although in these days it was common for bartenders to exaggerate the bandits stories.

This bandit, perhaps the most famous of the region ended up marrying and having a son (his wife died after giving birth and he had to carry her dead body and his son in tow as they were besieged by the Guardia Civil).

Near his last days he became Commander of Security and Protection Squadron in Andalusia after a royal pardon that was granted to those who swore loyalty to the king. He defended the paths against bandits for a year until another bandit known as ‘El Barberillo’ ended his life with a shot near the village of Alameda, he died with just 28 years.

pernales01El Pernales‘ (1879-1907): He was a cold, vindictive and bloodthirsty bandit who did not hesitate to perform despicable acts to his own family and murder anyone who opposed him.

He ended his days shot by the Guardia Civil on his way to take a boat in Valencia from where he intended getting to Mexico (America was the destination of many of the Spanish bandits).

He was shot dead before arriving to the port in Valencia where his last pregnant lover was waiting for him, she had to return to the town of  ‘El Rubio’ alone.

pasos-largos-rondaPasos Largos (1873-1934): One of the last known bandits, lover of the mountains and gambling, he used to visit Coffee Sibajas in Ronda where he lost large sums of money gambling.

Among the anecdotes surrounding this bandit we highlight the one related to a guard from a farm who denounced him to the Guardia Civil because of illegal hunting.Once caught he was beaten severely and took up to 6 months to recover…

Looks like this success marked him, not much later he had a casual encounter with the son of the guard and killed him without hesitation. Then headed to the guard and showed the blood of his dead son before killing him too. The mother managed to hide in a room and saved her life. This was a revenge he talked about in an interview shortly before his death.entrevista pasos largos

Usually devoted to the kidnapping of the wealthy, he enjoyed the sympathy of the common people, ended up in a prison of Ronda in 1916. Once out of prison, with more than 60 years, Pasos Largos refused to leave his habits so returned to the mountains and continued robberies. He ended up cornered in a cave and shot dead by the Guardia Civil after he rejected to surrender.

Pasos Largos en 1916, carcel de Ronda
Pasos Largos jailed in 1916

Romantic Ronda activities

During this festival of great cultural value you can taste typical dishes, admire horses and cattle exhibitions, parades with traditional costumes known as Goyescas or buy in the market among many other activities.

It is very common the streets and balconies of the city to be ornamented during those days.

The main festivity is celebrated around San Francisco district, there is parking on the entrance of Ronda so if you are visiting Romantic Ronda by car you will have no problems finding a place where leaving your car.

There is a recreation of the old cemetery and prison in Duquesa de Parcent Square.

Theatral and musical shows at Merced Square.

How to get to Ronda

From San Pedro de Alcantara (Marbella) take the A-397 road. During the following 48 km to Ronda you are rewarded by spectacular views of the coast and the mountain ranges.

Another option is from Malaga to Ronda through Cartama and other villages or booking an excursion to Ronda.