Ronda, Ronda ...
a day in Ronda is a must
Ronda is a city of dreams as Rilke famously commented in 1912:
“He buscado por todas partes la ciudad soñada, y al fin la he encontrado en Ronda…..
No hay nada más inesperado en España que esta ciudad salvaje y montañera”.
“I searched all over for the city of dreams and at last I found Ronda….. in Spain nothing is more unexpected than this wild mountain city.”
Ronda has fascinating historical roots, great places to eat and drink and shop. One can easily spend a whole day wandering the ancient streets, popping into tiny bars for a refreshment, admiring the leather shoes on Calle la Bola, and then enjoying a lovely late lunch in one of Ronda’s good restaurants and superb innovative gastro tapas bars.
One of Ronda’s claims to fame is that modern bullfighting was developed here in the 18th century. The plaza de toros is either the oldest or the second oldest in Spain. Even if you are anti-blood sports, the story told by the museum at the bullring is a fascinating historical social journey.
We have developed a self-guided walking tour of Ronda which will take you by all the sights. We can also advise on where to find the best coffee, glass of wine, or tapa!
According to Wikipedia, hotel amenities are:
"something of a premium nature provided in addition to the room and its basics when renting a room at a hotel."
Given that, Los Castaños´ amenities include:
♥ a combination of simplicity with luxury. Not a beige corporate kind that you will find in any large hotel but something else emphasizing style, generosity, knowledge, care, and love.
♥ Complimentary Wi-Fi
♥ Gift shop
♥ Laundry service
♥ No TVs in the rooms, no newspapers
♥ Multilingual staff and concierge
♥ Complimentary autoguided route notes
♥ Airport transfer
♥ John will park your car for you
♥ A mini fitness center on the rooftop terrace level with infrared sauna, weights, rowing machine, stationery bicycle, Pilates ball, yoga mats
♥ Rescue service for tired hikers
♥ Unlike most Spanish hotels, we provide tea and coffee (real and Instant) in the rooms.
About The Team
A brief introduction to your hosts
Di Beach has been described as an anthropologist, world traveller and yachtswoman but in reality she is none of those.
She has a degree in anthropology generously granted by the University of California at Berkeley when she was long past the traditional age for graduating. She has lived in eight or nine countries but has never been west of Mexico or east of the Seychelles. She has sailed more than 20,000 miles in a pure sailing boat but it wasn´t her idea so she doesn´t feel she warrants the accolade of yachtswoman; deck hand would be closer the mark.
But she has been a successful food truck entrepreneur before it was trendy; several years were spent as a computer tutor to the wealthy dames of San Francisco in their opulent penthouses; and now this, her most recent adventure, building and running this romantic boutique hotel in a small unlauded village in southern Spain to which discerning hikers and nature lovers come to walk the lovely valley trails among the sweet chestnut trees and return to savour Di’s delicious dinners, fruit of her wandering lifestyle.
John and Di met when they were both ten or eleven when Di´s family moved from Canada to the UK, specifically Cheltenham. They were in the same class in a small private junior school and immediately became firm friends. But things change, lives move on, and Di´s family moved away.
Many years later a school reunion was organised and they were back in touch and when Di was in desperate need of help, John was on the first ferry over. Life in Spain was more appealing than "proper" work in the UK. He worked for a number of small engineering firms introducing electronics to process control and finally emerging as MD of a high security computer company.
But now, as in any small business, John wears many hats. He maintains the building, the electrics and plumbing and wifi. He has also learned a great deal about wines and is the sommelier. Sometimes he is a waiter if Silvia (see below) is not available. And he makes the best G & T you will ever taste!
Our right hand person is Silvia who is a Cartajimeña, born and bred, and never left the village. She came on board from the very beginning in 2004. She helped with the cleanup after the builders had left and has been learning with us through the years. She doesn´t speak English and no matter how hard I have tried to persuade her to learn, she is too busy to study. She has three children, the twin girls now in university, a large house to look after, a husband and his mother to cook and cater to, a dog and a creative mind so she is a busy person.
Breakfast and Dinner
Breakfast at Los Castaños
Our international breakfast buffet is included in your room rate and is available from 9 am.
The photo is our typical spread. We also offer eggs, cooked anyway. Our scrambled eggs are famous and everybody asks "how do you get them so creamy?" Ask me and I´ll tell you - it´s very simple!
DINING CHEZ NOUS
Named Malaga's Best Inland Hotel by the Academia Gastronomica de Malaga
Dinner 30 euros per person, 3/4 courses, coffee, chocolates, chupito
Slow food so we need to know in advance either before your arrival for first night or at breakfast for that evening.
Cuisine is what I call Western Mediterranean, drawing on the flavours of Spain and North Africa.
For more information, read this
What does Cartajima offer
The pueblo blanco** of Cartajima is a small village; electoral roll is 250 but full-time residents probably 100. Despite its diminutive size Cartajima is fully equipped. Apart from the Best Inland Hotel in Malaga (Los Castaños!) It boasts the following amenities:
♥ 3 bars, one with restaurant and fabulous vistas of the surrounding mountains
♥ 2 shops
♥ spectacular mountain setting
♥ fruitful chestnuts and trees
♥ bus service to Ronda 3 days a week
♥ Town hall with helpful staff
♥ doctor four mornings per week (Ronda state-of-the-art new hospital is just 15 minutes away)
♥ gymnasium (10 euros/month)
♥ padel court
♥ football/basketball field
♥ swimming pool open in July and August
♥ outdoor exercise machines
♥ primary school
** Andalucian white mountain village
Cartajima is one of the seven villages of the Alto Genal Valley. Each one has its charm and there are walking trails (or roads) connecting them to each other.
We look forward to sharing with you this uniquely unspoiled part of Andalucia, southern Spain.