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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

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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

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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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 inform you … 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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Andalucia´s Undiscovered White Villages

Andalucia´s Undiscovered White Villages Off the tourist trail and far from the crowds (madding or otherwise ♥), the Alto Genal Valley, in southern Spain near the touristy town of Ronda, is a secret. Not even Condé Nast has discovered it! … Read MoreRead More

Five Andalucian Summer Treats

Five Andalucian Summer Treats Andalucia is fun all year round but the summer is THE time to go. It’s party month! Every city, town and village has a summer fair ostensibly in the name of the patron saint but actually … 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

where do sweet chestnuts come from

Where do Sweet Chestnuts come from?

Where do sweet chestnuts come from? The remote unknown Alto Genal valley, quite close to Ronda, is home to the small boutique hotel Los Castaños. The inspiration for the name of the hotel was the sweet chestnut trees that cover … 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

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