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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

the bulls of Jerez

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

cordoba romantic city

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

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


The boutique within the boutique

Boutique within the boutique hotel My French friend was rather demanding when it came to the use of the French language – very Académie française – he was giving me daily lessons and insisted upon only the most correct grammar. … Read More

Infrared Sauna

Infrared Sauna now available at Los Castaños

When I learned that to live healthier for longer detoxification is vital and that the easy way to achieve that was a sauna, I went straight out and bought one. … Read More

Birding in and around Ronda, Andalucia

Birding in and around Ronda, Andalucia

Birdwatching is one of the things we do best at Hotel Los Castaños. From our rooftop terrace we watch our friend “Bootie” (a white-faced booted eagle) go up the valley in the morning and back home in the evening. … Read More

Colouring for Grown ups at a hotel near Ronda

Colouring for Grown ups at 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, the smallness of everything compared to the … Read MoreRead More

How to Get Best Hotel Deal

How to Get Best Hotel Deal

Most people have no idea that we hoteliers have to pay vast commissions to Online Travel Agents, known as OTA´s such as Booking dot com. When informed, my guests are resentful that they were unaware as they appreciate that small businesses such … Read MoreRead More

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