Scary Queen of Heart's Guards, Three King's Parade in Nerja, Andalucia, Spain

Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos – Three Kings parade in Nerja, Spain

After spending Christmas and the holidays in Spain we thought we’d stay on a little longer to catch the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos, the three Kings Parade. Last year we were living near Loja, in the hills above Granada and saw the three kings parade there, so knew what to expect. The parade marks the arrival of the three kings, who traditionally brought gifts to honour the birth of Jesus.

Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar arrive in towns throughout Spain on carnival floats. There are some magnificent processions throughout Spain, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators. The Magi are more popular than Father Christmas here in Spain and most receive their christmas presents from the three kings. In Spain and many Latin American countries children rush home after the cabalgata to leave out some food for the three kings and a drink for their camels. They also leave shoes outside their door so they can be filled with gifts which are opened on the Feast of the Epiphany, the 6 January.

Our boys were really keen to watch the parade because they also knew what the three kings bring…caramellos, boiled sweets and lots of them. The kings and their helpers throw the their sugary treats at the eagerly awaiting onlookers by the generous handful. Most children wait with plastic bags to stash their hoard; they really do get that many! Luckily our boys didn’t manage to bag as many as last year, but we may still have to hide a few and ration them for the sake of their teeth! The procession itself though was pretty great and despite way too much sugar being consumed, we all enjoyed welcoming the three kings in Nerja.

Balthazar, Three King's Parade in Nerja, Andalucia, Spain

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10 thoughts on “Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos – Three Kings parade in Nerja, Spain


    (January 7, 2018 - 1:16 am)

    I always love the noise, colour and general atmosphere of a parade. We always take the kids to London to see the Chinese New Year parade – this year we get to do it with my relatives in Malaysia. 🙂

    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    (January 7, 2018 - 1:20 am)

    What a fun and colourful parade. Definitely worth staying on to watch this one.
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    John Adams

    (January 7, 2018 - 7:48 am)

    I went to Nerja some years ago. Touristy, but not the package holiday scrum of nearby Marbs. Anyway, what a wonderful festival to be a part of. I have some French family and they always make a bigger thing of the Three Kings and galette Roi cake so I guessed this is a Roman Catholic tradition. How sensible to have shoes to fill with gifts, Keeps a sensible limit!


    (January 7, 2018 - 8:18 am)

    Hi Andrea, it looks like a parade worth staying on for. The 6th of January is a big holiday here too, but is ‘celebrated’ by a priest throwing a cross into the sea and ‘men’ jumping in to retrieve it, I say men as a few years ago there was a big hoohaa as a girl had jumped in and gotten to the cross first and the church refused to acknowledge it. I’d like to think that things have moved on since. A carnival seems a more sensible choice than a dip in the sea this time of year.

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    Darren Coleshil

    (January 7, 2018 - 9:50 am)

    Happy New Year

    It looks so full of life and colour. What a wonderful thing to see.

    Thank you for linking up
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    Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    (January 7, 2018 - 2:41 pm)

    You make me long to be back in Spain. I’ve often been there for Christmas but have always flown home before the Three Kings. I can imagine how magical it must be though #MySundayPhoto

    Emma Raphael

    (January 7, 2018 - 6:56 pm)

    That looks like great fun. When we lived in Bavaria, it was quite common to see the Three Kings wandering the streets at this time of year. They would bless the houses and leave their initials and the year chalked to the top of your door to protect it from bad luck throughout the year. Love how celebrations vary from country to country! 🙂 #sundayphoto
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    Emma T

    (January 7, 2018 - 7:26 pm)

    Those costumes are pretty cool, although I expect they’re quite uncomfy to wear. I love seeing the different festivals etc from other countries


    (January 7, 2018 - 8:39 pm)

    Great shots of costumes and parade, love the bright colors.

    Jane A Little Lyrical

    (January 7, 2018 - 10:14 pm)

    I have a friend who lives in Spain who also sent some photos of the three kings this year, this looks great!
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