• 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…

  • Artists of Los Castaños

    I am staggered by my guests’ insistance upon enjoying themselves. A recent exemplary group of four decided upon a painting competition – in just one hour they must create a masterpiece. Watching them return from their day-long hike through the…

  • Andalucian village summer celebration

    Cartajima’s feria has, in recent years, become the talk of the Alto Genal valley and beyond. A genuine simple Andalucian pueblo blanco event – superbly organised with fun events for all. Join us! The sun is out, the natives are…

  • Andalucia Spanish Interior

    The Spanish interior is often overlooked by discerning travellers who equate all of Spain with sol y playa package holidays. This is sad as Spain has so much more to offer – it has the most fascinating history and culture…

  • 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,…

  • Spanish Fiesta – Cartajima Romeria

    The people of Spain in general and Andalucia in particular have a wonderful ability for combining the sacred with the secular. A classic example is the romeria, essentially a picnic in honour of a favourite saint or religious personage. Cartajima celebrated…

  • 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…

  • Salmorejo – Cordoba vs Ronda

    Salmorejo is a Spanish dish that you may have encountered. And it probably looked like this: Like gazpacho but much much thicker as you can see. And irristible as you can tell! Thick and creamy and served very cold as…

  • Best Hotel Picnic Award

    A guest – an exceedingly well-travelled one I hasten to add – has just awarded us the Best Hotel Picnic in the World Award. Unfortunately no prize money is involved nor cup or medal but for me the accolade is…

  • Best Guest Sketch

    We unashamedly claim (some of) the best hotel views in Andalucia. So inspirational are they that guests eagerly seize the drawing pads we leave in our rooms. When I replaced them recently, I realised they had left some gems and…