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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…

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    Sevilla wonderful whatever the weather

    Sevilla, capital city of Andalucia, is just an hour and a half’s drive from Los Castaños so we drove there to celebrate my birthday recently. Ignoring the weather forecast which for some reason we thought didn´t apply to us, we…

  • Grape harvest time!

    The grape harvesting and grinding (don´t know if that is a technically correct word!) is well under way in Andalucia and especially in Cartajima. The hotly contested first prize in the “Mosto” festival is inspiring the local grape growers. Last…

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    Andalucian Triple-Jump to Morocco

    Researching where to go, what to see and where to stay on your Andalucian adventure? Here we outline a journey and five special places to stay, all managed by their caring owners and taking you to key areas in the Western…

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    Three unique Ronda events

    The Goyesca 10th September 2016 The world-famous Goyesca, the iconic bullfight,  takes place this year on Saturday, 10th September and, if you happen to be in Ronda, it’s a visual feast. I don’t mean the corrida itself but the hoohah…

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    Five Andalucian Summer Treats

    Andalucia is fun all year round but the summer is THE time to go. It’s party month! Every city, town and village has a summer fair ostensibly in the name of the patron saint but actually more in honour of…

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    Ratatouille Revisited and Roasted

    When a neighbour generously shared some vegetables from his garden, warm from the Mediterranean sun, and glistening with promise, my first thought was Ratatouille but my second thought was no, not a good idea. Ratatouille could make those beautiful fruits slimy…

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    Blue is the new orange

    I confess I’m addicted to change. My drug of choice was acquired early in life as I had to deal with a multitude of moves and sixteen primary schools in two countries on either side of the Atlantic. Once an…

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    Visit Gibraltar

    One of the many attractions of this part of southern Spain is Gibraltar, a massive bastion of Britishness tagged onto the end of Spain and enduring despite all attempts to wrest it from its status as a BOT – British…

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    Mountain paradise rebirth

    Exciting changes are happening in Cartajima! I have long thought that the only way to save remote villages like Cartajima from ghostification was to create sustainable responsible tourism thus providing entrepreneurial opportunities for the few young people who chose to…