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    Five Andalucian Summer Treats

    Andalucia is fun all year round but the summer is THE time to go. It’s party month! Every city, town and village has a summer fair ostensibly in the name of the patron saint but actually more in honour of…

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    Mountain paradise rebirth

    Exciting changes are happening in Cartajima! I have long thought that the only way to save remote villages like Cartajima from ghostification was to create sustainable responsible tourism thus providing entrepreneurial opportunities for the few young people who chose to…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Cartajima comes first

    Love ’em or hate ’em, IKEA has done a Good Thing! To celebrate their Malaga store’s five year anniversary, IKEA promised 25,000 euros to the village that received the most votes. We won!! The 25,000 euros has to be spent…

  • Shawarma in Farajan

    An exciting new restaurant – well, really just a bar with food but none the less thrilling for all that – has opened in Farajan, two villages along from Cartajima in the Alto Genal. We try to keep up with…

  • Griffon vulture, one of Nature’s garbage disposal units

    Not just eagles capture our admiring gaze as they soar gracefully over Los Castanos. In greater numbers we see griffon vultures, the largest European bird with a wingspan up to 9 feet. We frequently see griffons in the air, rising…

  • All about almonds

    This blogpost will be of interest to lovers of: almonds, food anthropology, and etymology. The almonds are just out in the Alto Genal valley, their gentle white and pink flowers contrasting sharply with the wiry bare branches of the figtrees….

  • Sacré Bleu!

    Many cans of “pitufo* azul” paint are emptied every day as Juzcar’s old walls are prepared for the big event on an unspecified day but rumoured (Sony aren’t saying anything) to be 16th June in advance of the launching of…

  • Michelle will miss us

    Michelle Obama will come within six kilometres of Cartajima today on her way to visit Ronda. But she will never know we are here! The map certainly wouldn’t reveal the secret. Who would be idiotic enough to open a hotel…