Shopping List - With many shops in rural Spain being closed on Sunday, or if you have a late flight on Saturday and are unable to shop on your way to Cencerrita (latest opening is 10pm) - you may need extra supplies. We will help you sort it out.
Dinner - especially the first night!- Cooking a meal when you've had a long day travelling isn't a great start to the holiday - for 12 euros a head, we will cook your dinner for you! A basic but tasty menu is available - also sent a couple of weeks beforehand.
Arriving - We always meet our first time guests in at the turn off from the Las Cruces road, 9 km from Cártama Éstacion to show the rest of the way to Casita Maria - getting lost on the last leg to your holiday destination would not put you in the holiday spirit! For this reason, we ask that you let us know your flight times so that we have some advance idea of when we will be meeting you ... we then ask you to ring us after you have finished your shopping (or getting your hire car if you are not shopping) so that we can be at the rendezvous point at the same time as you.
If you don't wish to hire a car, we can pick you up from the airport for 70 euros return - this includes stopping at a good supermarket to pick up your provisions.
Rural Living - You are staying in the remote Andalucian countryside and will encounter a totally different way of life from the towns – but isn’t that one of the reasons you want to visit?! The nearest villages (Álora or Cártama) are 13 kilometres (8 miles) away and take 20-30 minutes. Please bear this in mind when planning any sightseeing - don't be too ambitious when planning your itinerary as places like Granada and Seville require lots of time to do them justice - it's no good arriving and then having to turn straight back!
The final leg of the road to Cencerrita is a typical Spanish track, whether you approach from the Álora or Cártama direction. It is mostly in good repair, but a good deluge of rain can change things. None of our guests have ever hired a 4x4 - though a car with high ground clearance would be nice - such as the Ford Fusion, Citroen Berlingo and Renault Kangoo. Most guests seem to have either Renault Clio or Ford Focus which are more than adequate. It seems that the higher the category of car, the lower the ground clearance is - this is not the place to treat yourselves to a Porsche .... We run a 4x4 Opel Frontera, but generally, mostly for economy (the Frontera is a serious diesel-olic) we use our Peugeot 206 which we find is pretty much up to everything we can throw at it!
Shops are generally closed on Sundays in the area. Carrefour and other hypermarkets are normally open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 10pm and don’t close for siesta (often 2pm until 5pm ish). There are always shops on the coast open if desperate! Mercadona is our favourite supermarket – they are all over the place, but the nearest ones to us are in Álora and Éstacion de Cártama. They are open from 9.15am to 9.15pm, also without closing for siesta. (If you go on a Monday to Álora, there is a market in the square) Banks and the Post Office only open in the mornings until around 14:00.
Cigarettes/Cigars are not available in supermarkets so, if you haven’t bought
any from the “duty free”, you will need to find one of the specialised licensed
shops who keep normal opening hours (for Spain!). There is one of these on the
top floor of the parking at Malaga airport and also one in Estacion de Cártama.
(Please remember smoking is not permitted IN the casita!) There are also
machines in bars etc.
take the matter of privacy very seriously – it’s why many of our guests come
here. Finca Cencerrita is certainly in the most beautiful spot ... you are not just
next door or overlooked by anyone! The Finca (it’s an old almond farm) has over
28000 sq metres and, apart from Casita Maria, there is an old farmhouse and our
little cottage – both of which are well away from you, suitably screened by
distance and the slope of the mountain. Just so you can see, on the left is a
photo looking at the Finca from across the valley. See! No close neighbours! The
finca is well off the beaten track. No one uses the track leading to your cabin
- it is for your sole use. The only time you would be “disturbed” is when we
must clean the pool - generally we can arrange to do this when you are out.
Please contact us either by Email
or by telephone: 00 34 600 875 916 (English Spoken)
Postal Address: Apartado de Correos 96, 29580 Estacion de Cártama, Spain