• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • How to thresh your wheat without a combine harvester

    I am thrilled to be able to share this rare footage from the 60s which tells an agrarian tale of Cartajima at that time. The compilation was made by our town hall for the village feria in 2013 and was…

  • 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…

  • Andalucian village summer celebration

    Cartajima’s feria has, in recent years, become the talk of the Alto Genal valley and beyond. A genuine simple Andalucian pueblo blanco event – superbly organised with fun events for all. Join us! The sun is out, the natives are…