From Ronda we leave direction Campillos, from the central roundabout at the Ronda Ring Road, and after a mile we go left, following Arriate. The origin of Arriate comes from the Arabic “Arriadh”, which means “orchard”. It became a village in 1661 and today its population is some 4,000 inhabitants. The people are popular and respected in the era because of their reputation of hard working people. They elaborate excellent sausages, they produce Olive Oil (Aceite de oliva) and there is local furniture industry.
The people from Arriate are also very happy people and they like to party; that’s why it is really worth taking part of one of their local Fairs or festivities. The most interesting are definitely the Festival of the Bell Founders (Campanilleros), where the village gathers on early Sunday morning to sing to the Virgin Maria, the Arriate Easter Week of Holy Week (Semana Santa) or the local San Pedro Fair on the 29th of June. Another feast is the famous “Partir la Vieja”, on the first day of Lent (Cuaresma).