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    Week of Art in Cartajima

    Enrique Linaza, famous internationally for his murals in particular and his artistic breadth in general, led a course recently at Los Castaños. It was a great success and, had I not been tied up in the kitchen (not literally I…

  • I have been to hell and back

    En route to the quiet uncomplicated calm of the mountains and Los Castaños, you could linger a while in Malaga, a vastly overlooked and underrated city. It heaves with life and vitality, delightfully uniting the ancient and modern. Gorge yourself…

  • (English) Pil Pil or ajillo

    Far be it from me, a stranger in a foreign land, to correct my Spanish hosts but many restaurants, particularly on the Costa del Sol, use the term pilpil incorrectly. Pil pil refers only to a Basque salt cod dish,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…