Frequently Asked Questions
Q.If I am flying what airport should I land in?
A. I would recommend landing in Malaga International Airport. From this point you can arrange for a taxi, pick up your rental car or transfer to the bus station.
Salobreña is a 60 min drive east of Malaga. A taxi will cost about 150 Euros and the bus approximately 10 Euros p/p. Contact me if you are planning to take the bus. I have detailed information on the times and ticket information at the bus station. It is a beautiful ride along the coast and takes approximately 2 ½ hours to reach Salobreña. If you are departing from Britain you can also consider arriving into Granada or Almeria airports.
Q. Is a car necessary? How do I arrange to rent a car?
A. Andaluçia is very well serviced by a network of bus lines. You can reach many small towns and major centres by bus. However, trips to the mountains, wineries or the national park are difficult by bus and are limited in their scheduled times. If you are interested in seeing the area and plan to visit many of the beautiful cities and natural sites of Andaluçía, I would recommend renting a car for at least part of your visit. All major car rental agencies are represented at the Malaga airport. You can also rent a car at one of the agencies in Almuñecar, a 15 minute bus ride from Salobreña. I have an indoor garage for parking that will accommodate a small or medium sized car.
If you intend to rent a car it is less expensive to arrange for the car rental from outside of Spain. Consider your needs for comfort and luggage storage when you choose a rental car. Check the rental contract details carefully. Is there a surcharge for additional drivers? Do you get unlimited mileage? Are there age restrictions? Baby car seats and ski racks are usually available upon request for a minimal charge. Book in advance as availability may be limited.
Please don’t drink and drive! Wear all seat belts provided and don’t speed. Reduce your speed in wet weather.
Q.What is the weather like?
A. Costa Tropical boasts 325 days of sunshine per year with an average temperature of 22C/72F. In the summer, Spain is hot and dry with daytime temperatures frequently soaring above 30°C/85°F. Be careful in the sun and apply sunscreen frequently. The Mediterranean Sea will be warm and very enjoyable for swimming. Autumn is the favourite season of many travellers. The weather is very pleasant with daytime temperatures in the low 20’sC/70’sF. Fall weather can bring rain beginning around the end of October. September is much like the summer but not quite as hot. Winters are generally mild; temperature will vary around 15C /60F. The nights can be cool, dropping to 5C/40F. Even in winter, the sun can be very strong. You will have rain on the occasional day. Spring is very pleasant and can be quite warm. You may see some rain early in the season.
Daytime temperatures range in the low 20’s/70’s F.
Q. Who has the keys to the house? Will someone meet us when we arrive?
A. Before you leave for Salobreña I will email a package of information that will answer many of your questions about my home and the area. The house keys will be conveniently located in a lock box. The combination will be provided to you before you leave on your vacation. If you have any problems, my property manager will be available by phone to help you or I can arrange to have her meet you at the house and provide you with a set of keys.
Q. Where do we buy food? How will we find the things we need?
A. There is no shortage of fresh local food and produce. There are 3 major supermarkets in Salobreña that should have everything you need. As well, there are open air markets in Salobreña on Tuesday and Friday mornings with fresh produce and many other food items. Fresh seafood is available from the fish market Tuesday thru Sunday. Many great restaurants are also within walking distance when you want to take a break from the kitchen.
Q. What do you suggest we do and see while in Salobreña?
A. There are many things to do in Salobreña and the area along the Andaluςían coast. The whitewashed town of Salobreña is built upon a hill. At the top is a strategically placed fortress 105 meters above sea level that dates back to the 10th century. It is well worth the walk up hill to see the Moorish castle and take in the spectacular view. Just below the castle is a Mudejar church called La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. This iglesia was built on top of an old mosque and dates back to the 16th century. The tourist office provides excellent walking tours of the town. Salobreña enjoys a lively cultural scene, with year round concerts, plays and films. Each month the tourist office publishes literature outlining the cultural events occurring during the month. Pick up a copy at the tourist office near the main turn circle at the entrance to town. In summer, outdoor shows and medieval dinners with theatre are held in the Castle, and other activities take place in the Old Town and Parque de la Fuente, located near the beach. There are several performance venues in Salobreña as well as a small art gallery. Of course the beach is the popular destination in the summer months. There are many Fiestas (festivals) in Salobreña throughout the year. The year begins with the Procession of the Three Kings on January 5th. Next is Easter week (Semaña Santa) that includes a full week of celebrations. The spring festival is the Day of the Cross on May 5th. The first week in October marks the festival in honour of the Virgin of the Rosary.
Q. What day trips do you recommend?
A. If you would like to do some exploring while you are staying at our holiday home in Salobreña, consider places such as Motril for shopping , Almuñecar for the weekly market, Nerja where you can visit some very interesting caves, Sierra Nevada has a fabulous ski resort and Granada to view the breathtaking Alhambra. You can obtain directions directly from the tourist office in Salobreña to your destination. All of these places are easily accessible by bus. I can provide you with information and literature on day trips in the area.
Q. How do I stay in contact with my family/business?
A. Our home is equipped with high speed wireless internet service so you can bring along your laptop and easily stay in touch. There are also internet cafes in the town and free wifi is available at the front of the City Hall building.
Q. What should I know about the Spanish culture that will make my visit more enjoyable?
A. Spaniards are very friendly, tolerant and easy going. However, understanding some of the cultural distinctions will help make your stay more enjoyable. Lunch is served at 2pm and all stores and shop close at this time. Siesta is a midday afternoon time of relaxation and is taken very seriously by Andaluςians. After lunch many locals will sleep for a couple of hours during this siesta. It is quiet during mid day. After Siesta, stores and businesses will reopen from 6pm until 9pm. At which time dinner will begin. Andaluςians enjoy their evening and often stay out late. It is not uncommon for families with young children to be walking the town, enjoying the night market or eating at a restaurant around midnight. So, plan your day around the Spanish schedule to avoid frustration. National and religious holidays are observed. On Sunday all shops are closed and main meal is served at 2pm. Many families take the entire afternoon at the restaurant. Avoid disappointment by arriving early for Sunday lunch. August is a popular time for Spaniards to vacation, so some shops will be closed and the beach will be very popular. Major tourist attractions are often open during Siesta, check with the tourist office on opening hours to avoid disappointment.
Q. What should we bring?
A. I have furnished my home with everything you will need to vacation comfortably. The kitchen is well equipped with a full complement of small and large appliances and a barbecue on the terrace. We have an ironing board and an iron, a washer and clothes line. There is a hair dryer available for your use. There are plenty of games and cards and books, as well as a DVD player with lots of movies. There will be soap, toilet tissue, facial tissue and paper towel enough to begin your stay in the house but you may have to stock up on these items during your visit. Some condiments and non-perishable foods will be left for your use. Bring any particular favourites with you. If you arrive on a Saturday afternoon you may want to shop for groceries before beginning any activities as grocery stores will be closed on Sunday. If you choose to bring any personal electrical appliances, the electrical voltage in Spain is 220 volts, 50 cycles.
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