Neanderthal art in Andalucia

Neanderthal art in Andalucia

The picture above of Neanderthal art in Andalucia may not look like much but it is something absolutely incredible. They are red ochre markings on a cave wall here in Andalucia (Ardales about an hour from Los Castaños) made by … Read MoreRead More

how to make perfect mince pie

How to Make Perfect Mince Pies

How to make perfect mince pies is a strange topic for me. I am not ashamed to admit that, experienced cook as I am, I avoid making pastry. Surely cooking is subjective so we cook what we like to eat … Read More

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Geocaching in the Serrania de Ronda

Geocaching in the Serrania de Ronda is something we learned about some ten years ago. A Belgian couple made a reservation to stay with us. It struck us as odd at the outset as it was for 16 days. Unusual. … Read More

Ronda parking map

Where to park in Ronda?

where to park in Ronda is a frequently asked question. It is a busy tourist town and it helps to have the info before you get there. … Read More

Art in Cartajima

Rural mural art in Cartajima

Rural Mural ART in cARTajima! Summer of 2020 will long be remembered as the time of plague that put an end to all all normal activities.  Nowhere was this more true than in the little picturesque Andalucian mountain village of … Read More

Happiness Holiday Retreat

Happiness Holiday Retreat Miriam was happy to answer some questions about her experience during her Happiness Holiday based at Los Castaños in Andalucia. She came from Germany to spend this time in Spain with the goal of rebuilding confidence and … Read More

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Necessity is the mother of soup

Necessity is the mother of soup Some years ago I was sailing on a boat with my family of one husband and two small girls. We set sail one day from Jaguanum Island to Rio de Janeiro. It was a … Read More

colouring for grownups at a hotel near Ronda

Colouring for Grown ups at a hotel near Ronda

Colouring for Grownupsat a hotel near Ronda On a recent trip to the UK several things surprised me: the efficiency and kindness of the NHS when my daughter broke her arm falling off a chair whilst setting up a show, … Read MoreRead More

horseback riding near Ronda Andalucia

Horse Riding near Ronda

Many guests ask where they can go horse riding near Ronda during their stay with us. (horseback riding in American parlance!) Finally I have the answer! When I was growing up, every little girl had the choice of horse riding … Read More

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Best Team Building Venue Andalucia

Best Team Building Venue Andalucia is in the Alto Genal valley just 15 minutes south-west of Ronda. A group of ardent young techies from a small company in the south of England came to stay at Los Castaños recently for … Read More