Arriate can be found in the depression of the Serrania de Ronda, surrounded to the north and west by the river Guadalcobacín, which in its passing creates places of great beauty. Besides these, there are fertile orchards that reach right to the outskirts of the village, adding to a landscape of olives, cereal, fruit and vegetables.
Legend traces the existence of the municipality back to the time of the Catholic Monarchs, the first written evidence dating back to 1570 in the Census of Philip II, although the origin of the name is Arabic, ´Arriadh` (Los Verjeles).
In 1630 the town was separated from the municipality of Ronda, although in 1635 it was rejoined to Ronda, after the Escritura of February 14, 1661, signed in Madrid before the clerk of King
Philip IV, Don Gabriel Rodriguez de las Cuevas, when Arriate got back its independence, paid for it the sum of three hundred and fifty-two thousand seven hundred and thirty-nine maravedies (farthings).
San Juan de Letrán Parish Church
Former Palace of Moctezuma / Seniors` Residence ´Glorieta de San José`
This recently remodelled building was the ancestral home of the Marquesses of Moctezuma. The building has a beautiful central patio, around which are various different rooms and a vegetable garden. It is currently home to the Glorieta de San José Residence for the Elderly, run by The Congregation of the Mothers of the Helpless and Saint José of the Mountain.
María Teresa de Moctezuma, third Marchioness of Moctezuma and Lady of Arriate (1824-1897), as the only heir of the family, left all the family´s assets in her will for the creation of the Moctezuma Foundation and Savings Bank, dedicated to good works in Ronda and Arriate. Among the possessions donated was this former palace which was handed over to Ana Josefa Pérez Florido, better known as Mother Petra de San José, founder of the Congregation.
House of the Brotherhood of Christ the Most Holy of the Blood and the Holy Burial of Christ
The Brotherhood was created in 1655, according to the founding document which has been kept. The interior is organised into various spaces, one of wich is used to keep the Brotherhook´s possessions, and another is used as a chapel, for the preparation and worship of the processional images. The façade has a ceramic mosaic in its lower part, which represents Christ of the Blood. It is finished off with decorative ceramic cornices.
This house is the centre of the Brotherhood´s social and religious activities throughout the year, being most active during Semana Santa (Holy Week). At this time, the images which are mornally kept in the Church of San Juan de Letrán, are moved here to be prepared for the procession on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Bouth the image of the Santísimo Cristo de la Sangre (1938) and of the Santísimo Cristo Yascente (1953) are works of the image carver Castillo Lastrucci.
Typical dishes of Arriate are cooked ´arriateño`, rabbit with garlic, pork, migas and local dishes such as boiled eggs, sweet lemons, bagels, gazpacho and Tortas de Semana Santa (cooked at Easter). Also ´perrunas` and wine donuts.
The town is situated just 8.5 km. from Ronda, access to it being virtually the same as to all the villages of the Serrania and also in its connections to the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Seville and Algeciras among others.
Distances from Arriate
Cadiz 153 km
Ronda 8.5 km
Seville 138 km
Malaga 123 km
Jerez de la Frontera 120 km