• Alpargatas! Or espadrilles if you prefer.

    La Rioja in the north of Spain is famous not only for its wines but also for its footwear. The town of Cervera del Río Alhama is dedicated to fabricating the slippers that are either in your room or on…

  • Spring Special

    Just for the month of May we are offering the following Special Offer. To reserve and check availability simple fill in the boxes to your right. 280 euros includes: – Accommodation for two nights in a luxurious ensuite double room…

  • The Curious Carnival of Cartajima

    Lent is one of several unexpected aspects of this small Andalucian mountain village. One would think that, in this most Catholic of countries, that the forty days and forty nights would be celebrated if that is the right word for…

  • Mountain bike holidays in Spain

    A young commercial pilot who used to ride his cycle at a national level for Spain has designed a set of fabulous rides for fit and serious mountain bikers based at Los Castanos, Cartajima in the Serrania de Ronda. Please…

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    Magical Mystical Marrakech

    The magic of Marrakesh, the Red City of Morocco, has been extolled since its foundation a thousand years ago; there is nothing to add. However, having recently returned from a four-day trip, during which two reasonably well-travelled young  friends expressed…

  • TripAdvisor 2015 Winner Again!

    Yet again we have been awarded one of Tripadvisor´s coveted Travellers´Choice Awards – this year in the Service category. And here it is …Thanks to all our faithful guests and to the discerning staff of Tripadvisor who clearly recognise excellence…

  • Mosto Festival Cartajima 29th November

    Is there an oenologist in the house? Every year on the last Saturday of November, Cartajima celebrates the year’s “mosto”, the young white wine beloved by the locals. Fermented for forty days, it is neither vino fino nor yet white…

  • Old Chestnuts

    Guests often enquire what Los Castaños means and, of course, it’s obvious once you get here – chestnut trees! (in Spanish the tree is masculine and the fruit feminine so the chestnuts themselves are called las castañas) The valley is…

  • (English) Pil Pil or ajillo

    Far be it from me, a stranger in a foreign land, to correct my Spanish hosts but many restaurants, particularly on the Costa del Sol, use the term pilpil incorrectly. Pil pil refers only to a Basque salt cod dish,…