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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…

  • 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…