Cartajima

Is located in the middle of the Rondeña mountainous countryside and wide areas of chestnut, holm- oak and cork trees dominate its municipal district. Its urban centre, situated like a watchtower on a hill at a height of more than 800 metres above sea- level, is made up of low- lying houses situated on both sides of narrow, winding streets. At present, it has wide offer of rural lodgings.

lthough there are findings that prove the Hellenic presence in the area, its historical origins are practically unknown. However, we do know that Cartajima excelled during the War Of Independence for the fight it put up against the Napoleonic troops and in which excelled the guerrilla Andrés García, who rebelled against the Governor of Ronda. During the Nineteenth Century, the town experienced a great economic boost due to the cultivation of vine crops and the exploitation of the iron deposits, around which a cannon factory was built, with Cartajima coming to be known as “Little Cádiz”

Apart from the medieval castle and some archaeological sites of a certain interest, the Church of “Ntra. Sra. Del Rosario”, from the Sixteenth Century, is the place´s most important monument.
In mid- August, the festivities in honour of “La Virgen del Rosario” take place and in its gastronomy, one needs to highlight “la olla”, “las sopas refritas”, the rabbit stews and the cold vegetable soup, all of which can be washed down with the area´s typical wine, “el mosto”. And as dessert, one should taste “ala cocina de castañas”.