On Saturday evening (5th January) kids all over Spain will be lining the streets of all the main towns and cities to watch the traditional Three Kings Parades.
This is the highlight of the Christmas festivities and a must-watch for anyone visiting at this magical time of year. Many of our guests like to venture into town and watch the colourful parades so we’ve put together this blog post highlighting some of our favourite processions with timetables and exact locations of each. All you have to do is choose the one which most appeals to you!
The largest parade and perhaps the most spectacular is the one in Malaga. This year’s route is slightly different due to the works being carried out for the new underground (see map below). There won’t be a shortage of sweets as the Three Kings (and their helpers) will have a supply of more than 4 million sweet treats to throw out to spectators!
The Three Kings will arrive at the Alcazaba and walk down the hill towards the Town Hall at approximately 5:00 pm. Once there, they will be greeted by the Mayor and will wave to the crowds from the main balcony. At 6:00 pm, the main floats taking part in the parade will set off on their route around the city.
Fuengirola’s parade is also unique, mainly due to the method of transport chosen by the wise men… a helicopter! After greeting the town’s mayor and other authorities they will jump aboard their respective floats (There is a total of twenty-five sweet-laden vehicles) and make their way through Fuengirola and Los Boliches.
If you choose to see the three kings in Benalmádena, you can watch them arrive by boat to the Marina at 12:00 pm. The parade takes place a little later in Benalmadena Pueblo and Arroyo de la Miel (see below).
Timetable for the Three Kings Parades
Above is an interactive map with the official route of the Malaga Three Kings Procession.
The official parade will start at 6:00 pm and make its way through the city’s main streets and avenues. This is the route the parade will follow:
Avenida de Cervantes, Plaza del General Torrijos, Paseo del Parque, Plaza de la Marina, Marqués de Larios, Martínez, Atarazanas, Plaza de Arriola, Pasillo de Santa Isabel, Carretería, Álamos and ending in Plaza de la Merced. From there, their majesties will walk down to the main Cathedral where there will also be a live music concert.
The helicopter carrying the Three Kings is due to land at the ‘Elola’ football stadium at 4:00pm. The actual parade leaves at 5:30pm from Calle Mallorca on the following route:
Avenida de Mijas, Avenida Juan Gómez “Juanito”, Camino de Coín, Avenida Condes de San Isidro, Avenida Matías Sáenz de Tejada, Avenida Ramón y Cajal, y Avenida de Los Boliches (Finishing at the monument for victims of terrorism).
The Three Kings arrive at the Marina at 12:00pm (midday) aboard their luxury yacht (joking!) where they will be met by the mayor. There will be two parades, one in Benalmadena Pueblo and the other in Arroyo de la Miel.
Benalmadena Pueblo: The Parade starts at 4:30pm. The route takes it from the fairground, through the main streets of the town, to Avenida Juan Luis Peralta.
Arroyo de la Miel: The Parade leaves the Tivoli World car park at 7:00pm and will make its way through the centre of Arroyo finishing at the ‘Avenida de la Estación’.
If you’re staying at Sunset Beach Club and have any questions or queries about the Three Kings Parade, please don’t hesitate to ask Susanna and Annemie at our Leisure Desk.