• 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…

  • 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…

  • Birdwatcher´s Report

    I received this recent report from an enthusiastic and knowledgeable birdwatcher which describes well a birder´s experience in Cartajima. Jonathan wrote: Situated effectively at the treeline level, between sweet chestnut and oak woodlands with some olive and almond Recherches présentèrent…