• Cartajima Cooking Class

    When holiday architect Steve Murray of Active Travel Boutique rang to ask if I would do a cooking lesson (with wine) for some guests he was sending me, my emotions flipped from terror to thrill. But, having never learned to…

  • Cartajima Mosto Festival Preparations

    The grapes have been harvested in the fields around Cartajima. Some people, not all, lay them out in the sun to increase the sugar content.  The wine will be made over the next few weeks and kept till the Mosto…

  • How to thresh your wheat without a combine harvester

    I am thrilled to be able to share this rare footage from the 60s which tells an agrarian tale of Cartajima at that time. The compilation was made by our town hall for the village feria in 2013 and was…

  • 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…

  • 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 Recherches présentèrent…

  • 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…