Andalucia bed and breakfast near Ronda

“Come and explore in Andalucía as you leave your cares behind and move into a characterful B&B within one of the region's pueblos blancos, surrounded by mountain trails and sweet chestnuts.”

Highlights

Ideal setting for birdwatching, biking and hiking | Close to Ronda, but not too close | Six en-suite guest rooms | Snug little library | Loungers on the rooftop terrace | on-site infrared sauna | Local gym, massages and padel tennis courts | Set within one of the seven pueblos blancos villages | Sevilla, Granada, Cadiz and Jerez accessible for day trips by car or train |

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Responsible tourism

Andalucia bed and breakfast near Ronda

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

We have a special page on our website which lists all the efforts we make to make our business ecologically sustainable and reduce carbon emissions. Some of our efforts include:

1. Encouraging vegetarian and vegan guests. We do not serve beef or lamb, the main offenders, and when we serve meat it is not the focal point of the meal. The plants are.
2. We unplug constantly. But by law and for guests´safety we have to leave some lights on during the night.
3. It would be impossible to live in this village without a vehicle but we consolidate our trips to Ronda for purchasing, linen collection, etc
4. We grow as many plants as space allows. Not a lot but every little bit helps.
5. We only buy local food and, where possible, ecologically grown.
6. Although we have a clothes dryer, we do not use it except in emergencies. We line-dry.
7. We have reduced our plastic consumption dramatically with innovative solutions.
8. We use no disposable items. Bathroom products for example are large bottles of ecological olive oil shampoo, body oil and shower gel.
9. - there are many other ways in which we are doing our best whilst still maintaining high levels of comfort for our guests. Sometimes this is conflicting but we always find a way.
10. Our website has a page dedicated to our eco profile and we invite you to check it out. And make suggestions. We are always open to improvements.

Environment

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.

Community

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!

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