• Cartajima Bus service

    Thrilled to let all my followers, both potential and actual, know that, thanks to the arrival by bus today of guests from the UK intent upon using public transportation, we are now aware of a BUS SERVICE to Cartajima. This…

  • Ronda Market

    In common with most places in the “developed” world, Ronda’s market stopped functioning years ago once the supermarkets came to town selling convenience along with everything else. But sadly not quality. You cannot buy food produced locally in these nationwide…

  • Kenya Curry – Curious Case

    When planning our 2013 New Year’s Eve break I blithely thought a “Fireside Supper” sounded like fun for the day before the day before the end of the year, followed by a more formal dinner on The Eve itself. As…

  • The Pharmacist and the Mushrooms

    This is a strange tale of knowledge lost and found. Country people everywhere gather food from the wild and, given the desperate times Spain and Andalucia suffered during and after the Civil War, it is not surprising that the villagers…

  • Fame at Last, Part Two

    When a messenger came to the door of Los Castaños requesting a signature for a package, Silvia thought nothing of it and signed. It is a sad sign of our times that I instinctively kept as much distance as I…

  • Cartajima Cooking Class

    When holiday architect Steve Murray of Active Travel Boutique rang to ask if I would do a cooking lesson (with wine) for some guests he was sending me, my emotions flipped from terror to thrill. But, having never learned to…

  • Cartajima Mosto Festival Preparations

    The grapes have been harvested in the fields around Cartajima. Some people, not all, lay them out in the sun to increase the sugar content.  The wine will be made over the next few weeks and kept till the Mosto…

  • New Year Eve Break 2014

    An opportunity to escape the crowds and enjoy New Year’s Eve in Cartajima with excellent accommodation, fine food, great local wines, wonderful walking, and a light-hearted village atmosphere. Arrive on 30th December by bus, train, taxi, car or transfer.  Or…

  • Festivals of Food and Wine in the Alto Genal

    The Alto Genal is the place to be in November! Four of the seven small villages scattered around the Alto Genal valley have a special festival celebrating an important aspect of local produce. But this is Andalucia so there is…

  • Artists of Los Castaños

    I am staggered by my guests’ insistance upon enjoying themselves. A recent exemplary group of four decided upon a painting competition – in just one hour they must create a masterpiece. Watching them return from their day-long hike through the…