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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

andalucian culture

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

magical Malaga

Magical Malaga

Do not make the mistake of overlooking magical Malaga. Get off the plane and stay a night or two. The ancient city of Malaga is underrated not just by travellers passing through but also by we residents for whom it … Read More

Cartajima street scene

Return to Andalucia but why Cartajima?

Why Cartajima? It was just after the terrible events of 9/11 that I was moved to make a change in my life. I swapped sexy, sophisticated San Francisco for a remote Andalucian hamlet. Rather than power walking around Stow Lake … Read More

birding with Peter Jones

The Joy of Serrania de Ronda

In this guest post by our local ornithologist, Peter Jones, he talks about the joy of the Serrania de Ronda, the mountainous area surrounding Cartajima where we are located. When referring to the glorious photograph above, he likes to call … Read More

olive oil tasting in Ronda

Olive oil tasting in Ronda

Contact details at the end of the blog. There are tours at 1100, 1300 and 1500 but obviously this varies so best to call Mara and ask. 20 € per person LA Organic Experience, olive oil tasting in Ronda, is by far … Read More

ronda city of dreams

Public Transportation from Ronda

Public transportation from Ronda is extremely good as it is in Spain in general . The trains and buses run on time, are meticulously clean, and the staff polite and helpful. Added bonus the prices are very reasonable. But if … Read More

Teba castle La Estrella

Lonely Lovely Teba Castle Ronda

After arriving at Malaga airport, you have a choice of two routes to the Alto Genal valley with its picturesque mountain villages  – and the jewel in its crown, the best boutique hotel in the Serrania. One route takes you … Read More