Water, as we all know, is the new gold. Cartajima is thus very fortunate to have abundant amounts of the clear stuff. And, we can thank a Moorish hermit who lived up in Los Riscos (the craggy mountains that form the backdrop to this little white village).
They tell the story in the village of the hermit who had two girlfriends, like you do!, one in Cartajima and the other in Parauta. He also knew the source of the water that perculates up through the limestone mountains.
The hermit would change the flow of water from village to village according to how each girl treated him. If they were good, their village got the water. The story does not tell how frequently the water was changed!
After the reconquest of the Serrania de Ronda was completed in 1492, Jews and Moslems were banished from Spain - the country that had been their home since 711.
It is fortunate that the girl from Cartajima was the last to be generous to the hermit before he was ejected from his mountain hermitage. The water therefore has been running constantly to Cartajima ever since watering the sweet chestnuts and gardens in the valley.
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