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Cartama, a key town in the Guadalhorce district, is home to over 14,700 residents spread across two urban centres: Cartama Pueblo and Estacion de Cartama, and nine rural centres.

We can find it on the south side of the Mijas Sierra and west of the river, is the main town in the Guadalhorce Valley and one of the fastest-growing in Malaga province. It’s a charming traditional town with a few shops and services. The old quarter and the Remedios shrine are the main attractions. However, parking can be challenging.

Estacion de Cartama, located on the east side of the river and about 3 km from Cartama, is a bustling modern town centred around Cartama train station. It offers good services and a wide range of products. There’s a large health centre and sports facilities. Sunland International School is just outside the district.

History of Cartama

The castle-fortress stands as a testament to the passage of various civilisations through these lands. The Phoenicians discovered a hill-fort at the top of El Cerro de la Virgen, previously inhabited by the Iberians. As both civilisations cohabited the area, the initial hill-fort underwent expansion and transformation, giving rise to a city named Carth-Ma, meaning ‘hidden city’ and ‘mother’.

Under the leadership of Marco Poncio, the Romans converted the hill-fort into a castle and expanded its territory. However, it was under Arabic rule that the castle attained the grandeur we recognise today. The final seizure by Christian forces occurred in 1485.

Sights in Cartama

Cartama offers a variety of sights that bear testament to its rich heritage.

Historical Landmarks

  • Roman Road: Remnants of an ancient Roman road weave through the town, offering a glimpse into its past.
  • Shrine of Ntra. Sra. De los Remedios: This 17th-century shrine, built atop an original 15th-century one, houses the image of the town’s Patron saint. (Map)
  • Church of San Pedro: Dating back to 1502, this church is a significant historical landmark. (Map)
  • Roman Columns: Columns from the Roman era, along with the Cruz Humilladero, welcome visitors at the town’s entrance. (Map)

Cartama sights

Tourist Attractions

  • Bodegas Sanchez Rosado S.L.: This winery is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts. (Map)
  • Castillo de Cartama: This castle offers a peek into the town’s history. (Map)

Natural Environment

This town is located in the Guadalhorce Valley, and its fertile lands are dedicated to the production of fruit trees. On the slopes of the river, you’ll find forests of poplars and eucalyptus, along with native shrubs like oleanders, reeds or brambles. The area of Cartama, which extends over 105 km2, is nestled and dominated by two mountains: Espartales and Llana, collectively known as the Sierra de Cartama.

Cartama river

Recommended Hiking Routes

  • Circular route through the Sierra de los Espartales: This circular route is one of the most popular. It offers spectacular views throughout the journey and is moderately challenging. (Map)
  • Estacion de Cartama – Ermita de las Tres Cruces: This is a fun and not very famous route from the Cartama station to the Ermita de las Tres Cruces.

CArtama overview

Festivities in Cartama

The town, steeped in tradition, hosts several significant festivities throughout the year, each with its own unique charm and significance.

La Virgen de los Remedios

In April, specifically from the 20th to the 25th, Cartama Pueblo celebrates its festivities in honour of La Virgen de los Remedios. This event has been declared a National Tourist Interest Festival. The celebration includes a variety of activities and events for all audiences, including the traditional Cartama Fair.

San Isidro Labrador

In mid-May, specifically on the 15th, Cartama Estacion celebrates its festivities in honour of San Isidro Labrador. This celebration is a time of joy and community spirit, with various activities and events taking place.

Cartama Fair

The Fair, a significant event in the town’s calendar, takes place from the 20th to the 25th of April. This fair includes a wide range of activities, from traditional cattle fairs to noise-free fairs, concerts, shows, sports, and culture.

Gastronomy in Cartama

The gastronomy of Cartama is a delightful exploration of traditional Andalusian flavours, offering a unique culinary experience.

La Sopa Cachorrena

La Sopa Cachorrena is a highly appreciated dish in Cartamena gastronomy. This traditional soup is a hearty blend of fresh ingredients, typically including bread, garlic, paprika, and sometimes fish. It’s a comforting dish, perfect for the cooler months.

Asparagus Soup

Asparagus Soup is another local favourite, showcasing the region’s fresh produce.


These soups are often accompanied by a variety of fresh produce, depending on personal taste. Prickly pears, olives, onions, radishes, and oranges are common accompaniments, adding a burst of freshness and texture to the dishes.

Useful Information

Local Holidays: Cartama celebrates on 23rd April and 24th June. Estacion de Cartama celebrates on 23rd April and 15th May.

Distance from Malaga Airport: 23 km.

Town Hall: You can reach them at 952-422-126.

Local Police: For any emergencies, dial 952-422-126.