Los Reyes Magos in Andalucia

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The tradition of the Three Kings, Los Reyes Magos, is magical for everyone in Andalucia. It is a festivity that brings families and friends  of all age groups together. If you want to discover the true secrets of what the Spaniards do on January 5th, then keep reading!

In the heart of winter, when the chill is palpable, Spain comes alive with the enchanting celebration of the Reyes Magos. It is a tradition that blends together ancient tales with modern festivities. This magical event marks the culmination of the holiday season with vibrant parades, known as cabalgatas, and the delectable Rosco de Reyes.

The three presents

The Three Kings, Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthasar—are central figures in Spanish Christmas lore. It is said that Melchior was the King of Persia, Gaspar the King of India and Balthasar King of Arabia.

According to tradition and the ancient tales, these three wise men followed the brightest star in the night to Bethlehem. They crossed the desert day and night until they finally reached their destination. They came bearing gifts for the newborn Jesus. The three gifts, gold, incense and myrrh, have a more special meaning than you might think.



Gold is a precious metal that represents wealth and power, emphasizing the majesty and regal status. Therefore, the gift of gold symbolises royalty and purity and emphasises the majesty of the newborn child.


Incense is a resin with a fragrant aroma when burned, it is beautifully aromatic. In many religious traditions, incense is used in worship as a symbol of prayers ascending to the heavens, honouring the gods. The gift therefore, acknowledges the newborn as a spiritual leader.


Myrrh is a fragrant resin known for its use in perfumes and anointing oils. It was traditionally used in the preparation of bodies for burial. This gift serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges and sacrifice that would be part of Jesus’s earthly life.

Festivity in Andalucia

Today, the Andalusians celebrate the arrival of the Reyes Magos with great pomp and joy on the night of January 5th. For children in Andalucia, the anticipation builds as they eagerly await the arrival of the Kings. The highlight of the celebration is the Cabalgata. A grand parade that winds through the streets of cities and towns across the country. Elaborate floats, adorned with glittering lights and decorations, carry the Kings. The night revolves around this great spectacle that captivates both young and old.

As the Cabalgata progresses, the Kings shower the crowd with sweets and small gifts, creating an atmosphere of pure delight. Excitement fills the air as children stretch out their hands to catch these treasures, their faces lit with the joy of the season. The Cabalgatas are a cherished tradition, a moment when communities come together to share in the magic of the Three Kings’ journey.


Roscón de Reyes

Another delicious aspect of the celebration is the Rosco de Reyes, a sweet and circular pastry that holds a special place on Spanish tables during this festive time. This ring-shaped delicacy is often adorned with candied fruits, symbolising the jewels of the Kings’ robes. Families gather to enjoy this delectable treat on the morning of January 6th, sharing stories and laughter as they savour the flavours of tradition.

The Rosco de Reyes is more than just a pastry. Within the pastry a very small King is hidden as well as a Haba, a broad bean. It appears that if the King is cut into your piece of roscón, your year will be prosperous and joyful. Contrarily, if you find the haba in your piece of cake, then you shall pay for the Roscón de Reyes.


Living in Andalucia

In a world that moves at a rapid pace, the tradition of the Three Kings serves as a reminder to slow down. It reminds us tl embrace the magic of the holiday season. The Cabalgatas and Rosco de Reyes are not just events. They are threads that weave together the rich tapestry of Spanish culture. Many generations re-connect to spend quality time together. As the stars twinkle overhead, the Three Kings continue to shine their light, bringing warmth and wonder to hearts across Spain.

If you want to experience this festivity every year, then we recommend you start a brand new life here in Andalucia with us! Check our properties in our portfolio. Finally, you can also contact us directly by calling +34 952 89 51 39 or emailing info@villasfincas.com.


Danielle Ernstsen | 5th January 2024