• Ronda Market

    In common with most places in the “developed” world, Ronda’s market stopped functioning years ago once the supermarkets came to town selling convenience along with everything else. But sadly not quality. You cannot buy food produced locally in these nationwide…

  • New Year Eve Break 2014

    An opportunity to escape the crowds and enjoy New Year’s Eve in Cartajima with excellent accommodation, fine food, great local wines, wonderful walking, and a light-hearted village atmosphere. Arrive on 30th December by bus, train, taxi, car or transfer.  Or…

  • 1843 – a seminal year for two Christmas traditions

    Season´s Greetings to friends of Los Castaños all over the world! Two lasting Christmas traditions were born In 1843. The first Christmas Card was created at the behest of the first director of London´s  V & A. It had all…

  • The Priest and the Candlesticks

    During the construction of Los Castaños – eighteen months of fearful nail-biting punctuated by occasional outbursts of joyful anticipation – we at last reached a stage where security became an issue – in short, things were being nicked. The builders…

  • A Fihsy Business

    My friend, Penny, was wandering in Ronda the other day and spotted this intriguing sign: What sort of massage? As I make it my business to keep my readers abreast of local activities and opportunities, we made appointments and gave…

  • 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…

  • Free Hot Water

    On a late November morning, as soon as the sun rose and cast low rays onto Cartajima, the temperature in the new solar pipes rose 10 degrees in just a few minutes. Not bad technology! Unlike previous solar experiments, cobbled…

  • The Eden in my backyard

    We are fortunate to have an EDEN in our backyard! Just a few kilometres down the road from Cartajima is the Sierra de las Nieves, the snowy peaks, which has been named a European Destination of Excellence. 100,000 hectares of…