Wine and Food Festivals Andalucia

The Alto Genal Valley near Ronda is home to 7 small pueblos blancos, four of which celebrate a local food or wine in November. … Read More

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Chasing the Black Bulls of Spain

When I say “Chasing the black bulls of Spain” you must understand this is not an actual recommendation. Particularly after a recent guest of Los Castaños fell literally foul of a bull at Pamplona, I certainly would not recommend getting too … Read More

hammam in Ronda

Hammam in Ronda

Hammam in Ronda … Our suggestions for a rich and fascinating half day visit in Ronda: we propose a viewing of the ancient Arab baths followed by the modern hammam in Ronda which is just next door. Live like an … Read More

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Romantic Cities of Andalucia

From your base in Cartajima you can visit most of the romantic cities of Andalucia on a day trip, either by train (Granada and Cordoba) or by road (Cadiz, Jerez, Malaga, Sevilla). We have guides and information so when you are here, just … Read More

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Retreat in Spain

Retreat in Spain – the seed and the fruit!  Los Castaños is the perfect venue for a group. A family group celebrating a big birthday or a wedding or a retreat to practise mindfulness, yoga, painting. With six luxurious ensuite … Read More

Hotel Los Castaños - Boutique Hotel In Ronda

Swimming near Ronda

Swimming near Ronda  The Pools of the Alto Genal Valley When all the pools of the Alto Genal opened on the first of July for the summer season, John and I decided we would visit them one by one to … Read More

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Hero or victim?

Hero or Victim? When a young Australian couple arrived at the hotel the other day, we suggested they might like to take a dip in Cartajima´s swimming pool as it was a warm day. She, Ash, said she would but … Read More

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Christmas rural hotel break 2019

OUR FAMOUS 3-DAY CHRISTMAS RURAL HOTEL BREAK IS BACK! Christmas Package 2019 | Malaga | Spain | Country Hotel | ChristmasAll-inclusive price for our three-day best of the breaks! Escape commercial Christmas! And all the work involved! Once again we … Read More

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Charming Ronda Boutique Hotel

“Charming Ronda Boutique Hotel” says recent guest A recent review on Tripadvisor touches on many of the aspects of Los Castaños that make it the “hidden gem” and “charming Ronda boutique hotel” beloved by so many. … Read More

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How to poach an egg

How To Poach an Egg or Two You would think that, after cooking at varying levels in different countries in various guises for many decades, you would know how to poach an egg. Especially after having been awarded a gastronomic … Read MoreRead More