Andalucia bed and breakfast near Ronda


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Responsible tourism: Andalucia bed and breakfast near Ronda


Cartajima is a small but thriving community. The town hall, the Ayuntamiento, are doing a great job keeping traditions alive and providing opportunities for youngsters to keep them in the village.

My intention is always to help where I can, employ only local people or companies, encourage villagers to participate in small sustainable tourist enterprises, and do what we can to create entrepreneurial opportunities.

At our Andalucia accommodation we employ only women from our village who traditionally do not have the opportunities available to their male counterparts. We encourage our employees to take as active a role in the running of the accommodation as they can, and hope to offer them training in all aspects of hotel management. Our purchases are all made within a 20 km radius of the village except for a few specialist items but less and less of the things we need are sourced outside our local area preferring Andalucian products and services. We strive to keep our environmental impact as low as it can be whilst retaining the level of luxury that our guests demand. Some of our projects have been culturally unacceptable such as composting. I tried to rent a little bit of land outside the village where we could make compost but the people are frightened of the idea, believing that it will attract unwanted vermin and others (wild boar perhaps!) apart from that failure I believe we have put in place over the years many energy and resource saving systems - no disposables, low energy lighting, solar panels, drought resistant plants where possible to mention just a few of our efforts.


In regular meetings with the mayor of this small community, we try to help him explore ideas for generating wealth in the village. We protest about outside workers coming in and environmentally unsustainable plans. We promote tourism to him as the future for the village - a sustainable, useful sort of tourism that will enable the villagers.

We contribute generously to all traditional events in order to assist the village in retaining its cultural heritage. Easter and the summer feria are the two main festivals which we support and encourage our guests to participate.

In an effort to spread the wealth, we encourage our guests to explore the village and patronise the bars and little shops. Each room has a folder with information about what is available in Cartajima, the Alto Genal valley, and in nearby Ronda. Our guests are always culturally sensitive and find that the villagers are eager to talk with strangers - not so many come this way!

Reviews of Andalucia bed and breakfast near Ronda

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

We enjoyed every part of our vacation. The food was exceptional and the hotel could not be faulted in any way. We had two fantastic days out with Peter Jones a local bird expert who showed us all the wonderful birds and wildlife in the area.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

There are no shops in the local area so make sure you have water with you when you go off walking!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We did not use a car and enjoyed the wonderful walks in the area, used local bars and restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Brilliant, fantastic.

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Well we only spent a few days in Cartajima, but there were quite a few highlights. After seeing the many traditional Andalucian rugs that adorn the hotel, we got to buy a fabulous one from a couple who also live in Cartajima - this was a lovely experience. On our last day we went to the Alhambra in Granada, and there are no words to describe how fabulous this is. We also really enjoyed meeting other guests at the hotel around breakfast, dinner or after-dinner drinks. Di, the owner, really makes an effort to ensure everyone has the best possible time, and the relaxed, friendly atmosphere is truly enjoyable. We had dinner one evening in the Moorish courtyard, and it was just fantastic - Di's tapas are really tasty!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

If you want to see the Alhambra, make sure you pre-book your tickets online a few days in advance. The same-day tickets for sale on site sold out soon after midday, and the hundreds of people queuing to get in were turned away. If you can, go and check out the Pileta's Cave, near Benaojan - its prehistoric cave paintings are simply amazing.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Our vacation did benefit local people when we went to eat out in the village. I wish there were more shops in Cartajima, even though I understand the difficulties they would face to stay in business in such a small place. The pharmacist was really helpful when we went to get some medicine for our one-year-old son.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We had a great time. This hotel is a gem - so lovely, relaxed and friendly, with beautiful furnishings and fantastic service. We also really appreciated the Andalucians' incredible warmth to our one-year-old son.
This short vacation was just a taster - we will have to go back to Spain and Andalucia, as there is so much more to see and do.

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Many things:
i) Masses of early spring orchids and dancing lambs along the base of Los Riscos.
ii) The view of Pujerra -lighted like a star - from the balcony at night.
iii) The purples and browns and greens of the competing seasonal colours, viewed on hills as you walk from Parauta to Aqualeara.
iv) The generous, enthusiastic guide to the villages and to Ronda, richly embellished with fascinating insights to the history - provided by Denny.
v) The generosity of all our hosts with their advice for us to maximise our experience of the place.
vi) The friendliness and hospitality of Antonio at Torrichelli's in Juzcar.
vii) Many more .....

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

i) Be clear about your contract: what is the cost and what exactly is included.
ii) Know that (if you arrive late in the day) it will cost a lot to get to/from the airport at Malaga to Cartajima - as much, if not more, than the cost of your flights!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, we gave custom to shops and restaurants. We walked everywhere; we did not hire a car.

4. Any other comments?

Five of us went to Cartajima with the intention of doing the walks between the villages of the Alto Genal. Two of us stayed with Diana at this accommodation and three stayed somewhere else. We had a terrific time: the scenery is beautiful, the paths between the villages provide for an interesting mix of challenging and relaxing hill-walking, and the villages themselves are so full of character. We were pleasantly surprised by the cooperation between the different vacation providers in Cartajima and the way they communicate with one another so as to make the whole vacation experience a good one for visitors to the area.

We were a little surprised with the anomaly between the advertised accommodation conditions and what we actually experienced: the cost in this accommodation was quite high but two of us had chosen it, despite that, for the comfort and the extras - we did enjoy the comfort; but we were a little disappointed to not have the pleasure of Tapas in the evenings. These are small things and did not dampen our enthusiasm about the vacation. Since the area is so beautiful and the people running the vacations are so warm and welcoming and helpful, we would like to think that visitors would not be reluctant to return.

Overall, this was a revelation for us all, that there is such a beautiful unspoilt place; that the people who have moved in there, to provide the vacations, have such regard and respect for the place and its people - that they share their love of the place so enthusiastically.

Read the operator's response here:

When calculating rates for 2006 I decided I wanted an all-inclusive price with no hidden extras so I included the 7% tax. I have apologised to my guest for this misleading contradiction and only wish she had told me so that I could have put it right at the time.

The issue of the tapas was my fault. My guests had plans for dinner every evening with the three other ladies in their party who were staying elsewhere. It felt awkward to inquire why they weren't staying here for the tapas (which are tantamount to a meal rather than just appetisers)! But I realise my mistake now and they have accepted my offer of dinner when they return.

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