Arriate is a small municipality not far from Ronda, of which it was part until 1630 when it bought its independence, and borders the Rio Guadalcobacín, a tributary of the Rio Guadiaro.

The town is, naturally, very Moorish in style with the whitewashed houses and steep, narrow streets.

The countryside is olive groves, grain, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens and the whole area is very good for those who enjoy walking with many interesting natural routes to choose from.


Area: 8.3 square kilometres
Altitude: 600 mtrs above sea level
Population: +/- 4,100
Distance from Nerja: 152 km
Driving Time: +/- 2 hour 20 mins

Average temperature: 15.5 degrees
Average rainfall: 700 litres per square metre

Natives: Arriateños


Places of Interest

Iglesia de San Juan de Letrán

The church is the main architectural highlight of this small, Moorish town. The belltower is a fairly modern addition from 1960, but the rest dates back to the XVII Century. The church, and various ancient statues and images, suffered severe damage during the Spanish Civil War.

Local Festivals

Carnaval (end of February)

Dia de la Vieja (End of March)

Semana Santa

Romeria Cruz de Mayo (May 2nd)

Feria de San Pedro (End of June)

Corpus Cristi (June 29th and has been celebrated every year since 1769)

Virgen del Rosario (October)

Los Tostones (November 2nd)

Local Cuisine

Local specialities include: Arriateño (A special meat and vegetable stew), Conejo al ajillo (Rabbit with garlic) and Migas (made from fried breadcrumbs with local fruits and vegetables).

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