• 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 groves below,…

  • Walking near Ronda

    We just discovered a walk near Ronda that we have overlooked for too long. Called in Spanish Tajo del Abanico or the Fan Gorge, it is just on the outskirts of Ronda and is an amazing walking experience. There is…

  • New restaurant Serrania de Ronda

    What else can one do on a dreary November Sunday but go out for lunch with a good bottle of red. But where to go. We ran through our favourite places but nothing appealed. It was beginning to look as…

  • Geocaching in the Alto Genal

    Despite living in a peaceful bubble far from the maddening multitude, we make an effort to keep up with world events as well as what’s hip n’ doody in the real world outside Cartajima. I was therefore taken by surprise…

  • All about almonds

    This blogpost will be of interest to lovers of: almonds, food anthropology, and etymology. The almonds are just out in the Alto Genal valley, their gentle white and pink flowers contrasting sharply with the wiry bare branches of the figtrees….

  • 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…

  • Persephone rises again in Spain

    She’s back! The gnarled and ancient vine is sprouting – first step on the road to the Mosto Festival in November.

  • A day with Peter Jones famous ornithologist

    There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about with Peter Jones. A day in the company of this (in)famous research biologist is entertaining and informative. If you are just a dabbler with birds, you…

  • Update on the Green Rocks of Ronda blog

    New insights into the rocks of Ronda Serrania! Not only are they aesthetically pleasing being of a delightful greenish hue which blends charmingly with the pine trees as one drives up from the coast (see Previous blog for details) but…

  • Sierra de la Nieves

    A walk with rocks in the Sierra de las Nieves With the help of Google Earth, we cobbled together a stunning hike in the nearby Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves. It is a walk with much to offer from…