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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

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

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 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

A Curious Case of Itinerary Planning

A Curious Case of Itinerary Planning

When you´re planning a trip, how do you set about choosing your itinerary from the cornucopia offered by every single country in the world with the possible exception of Antartica. … Read More

Cartajima Tales or a Picnic with Jesus

Cartajima Tales or a Picnic with Jesus

Just like those who gathered to go to Canterbury in the fourteenth century, the people of Cartajima are gathering to go on a pilgrimage. Not in “Aprill, with his shoures soote” but June. Not Canterbury or even Rome, but the … Read MoreRead More

Cartajima boys lose their toys

Cartajima boys lose their toys

Over the last fifteen years living in this small traditional village, I have watched as Easter celebrations became ever rowdier, uncontrolled exuberance, and dangerous to the point that we were probably the only hotel in Spain that could not accept … Read MoreRead More

Where do Sweet Chestnuts come from?

Where do Sweet Chestnuts come from?

Sweet Chestnuts are the basis of the economy for the villagers of the Alto Genal. They spend all year pruning and grafting, then collecting and selling the fruit. The harvest is celebrated with joy every year at the beginning of … Read MoreRead More

Cartajima: Village of Champions, Fountain of Inspiration?

Cartajima: Village of Champions, Fountain of Inspiration?

You would never imagine that the tiny village pictured above, resident population less than one hundred, has produced a high percentage of champions. In each case, the inspiration for the excellence is elusive. … Read More

Easter in Andalucia in general and Cartajima in particular

Easter in Andalucia in general and Cartajima in particular

You are about to experience an extraordinary and fascinating series of events, Semana Santa in Cartajima, which has been awarded the accolade of Fiesta de Singularidad Turistica Provincial, given to local traditions firmly rooted in the past yet surviving still. … Read More

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