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Andalucia Spring

Andalucia Spring

Having lived for some informative years in equatorial Africa where there are no seasons, I thrill to the four very different changes in Andalucia. Whilst it is true that spring and autumn are somewhat truncated in recent years, the drama … Read MoreRead More

best inland hotel award

BEST INLAND HOTEL AWARD

Best Inland Hotel Award We were thrilled to bits when word reached us that we had been chosen as the inland hotel of the year by the illustrious Academia Gastronómica Málagueña. … Read More

Cartajima Tales or a Picnic with Jesus

A Picnic with Jesus

A Picnic with Jesus Just like those pilgrims who gathered to go to Canterbury in the fourteenth century, the people of Cartajima get excited about embarking on a pilgrimage, a picnic with Jesus in fact! Not in “Aprill, with his … Read More

Cartajima: Village of Champions, Fountain of Inspiration?

Cartajima Village of Champions

Cartajima Village of Champions One would never imagine that the tiny village of Cartajima pictured above, resident population less than one hundred, could have produce a high percentage of champions. In each case, the inspiration for the excellence is elusive. … Read More

Easter in Andalucia

Easter in Andalucia

Easter in Andalucia Easter in Andalucia is more extraordinary than Easter anywhere I believe. What you will experience when you come to stay at Los Castaños in Cartajima is an anthropologically fascinating series of events. Semana Santa in Cartajima, has … Read More

Mediterranean Culture of Bulls

Mediterranean Culture of Bulls

Mediterranean culture of bulls – Love it or loath it, there is no escaping the prevalence of bull worship around the Mediterranean. However much I try to make it work, however, there is not quite a clear thread from the … Read MoreRead More

Ronda, City of Dreams

Ronda City of Dreams

Ronda City of Dreams ….. as Rilke famously commented in 1912, during a bout of writer´s block. whilst living in Ronda, the City of Dreams … “He buscado por todas partes la ciudad soñada, y al fin la he encontrado … Read MoreRead More

guitar concert Ronda

Flamenco Guitar in Ronda

Flamenco guitar in Ronda When I opened Los Castaños in 2004, there were no local Ronda wines available nor was there any classical Spanish guitar music early enough in the evening for foreigners to enjoy. As in every Andalucian town … Read More

Sevilla wonderful whatever the weather

Sevilla is wonderful whatever the weather

Sevilla is wonderful whatever the weather Sevilla, capital city of Andalucia, is but an easy hour and a half’s drive from Los Castaños so we drove there to celebrate my birthday recently. Ignoring the weather forecast, which for some reason … Read More

Visit the rock of Gibraltar

Visit the Rock of Gibraltar

Visit the Rock of Gibraltar Many of the guests we welcome to Los Castaños visit the Rock of Gibraltar during their stay. It is one of the many attractions of this part of southern Spain. A massive bastion of Britishness … Read MoreRead More

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