|Celebrate the pilgrimage with with song, dance and music.|
Virgen de la Cabeza Pilgrimage, Ronda
Sun 1 May 2022
(2023 to be confirmed by brotherhood)
One of Andalucia’s most picturesque “romerías” takes place first Sunday in May. It had traditionally taken place every year in Ronda on a Sunday late in May or early in June, however in 2016 it was decided to change the date. This is the Virgen de la Cabeza pilgrimage and it fills Ronda with bright colours and festive music with a procession that brings the “Virgin of the Head” icon from the la Merced Church, across the famous “Puente Nuevo” with its dizzying views and out of town to the 9th century cave shrine called Virgin de la Cabeza.
The enthusiastic participants in the Virgen de la Cabeza pilgrimage dress for the occasion with bright, fancy flamenco dresses and traditional country attire for men.
Before the procession there is a mass at the La Merced Church and then, once in motion, the entire affair makes an abrupt halt at 12:00 to say prayers and baptise new members of the Virgen de la Cabeza brotherhood. Then the Virgin is transported to the hermitage where the festival begins with song, dance and music mainly from flutes and tambourines.
The Virgin is carried to the hermitage.
This is a lovely day out for the entire family and an ideal opportunity to see the most traditional side of life in Andalucia. If you’d like to blend in, visit local shops in advance to ensure you get the latest fashions.
If you’re planning to stay in Ronda, book well in advance. Ronda has plenty of accommodation and a fabulous Parador Hotel. Also the town spends at least a week gearing up for the Virgin de la Cabeza Romería with special masses and events like the “Children’s Awards” which bring school children in to kiss the Virgin’s feet and receive a special medal for their participation.
Ronda’s Virgen de la Cabeza Romería is organised by the Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza (Our Lady of the Head) Catholic brotherhood. Visit the brotherhood's facebook page to check the news and date