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magical Malaga

Magical Malaga

Do not make the mistake of overlooking magical Malaga. Get off the plane and stay a night or two. The ancient city of Malaga is underrated not just by travellers passing through but also by we residents for whom it … Read More

public transportation Ronda

Public Transportation from Ronda

Public transportation from Ronda is extremely good as it is in Spain in general . The trains and buses run on time, are meticulously clean, and the staff polite and helpful. Added bonus the prices are very reasonable. But if … Read More

Teba castle La Estrella

Lonely Lovely Teba Castle Ronda

After arriving at Malaga airport, you have a choice of two routes to the Alto Genal valley with its picturesque mountain villages  – and the jewel in its crown, the best boutique hotel in the Serrania. One route takes you … 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

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 inform you … Read More

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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

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

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