Is ‘EL PAJARITO’ child-friendly?
 
Unfortunately not, with the swimming pool, pond, cactus gardens, deep well and open access to rural roads, it requires strict supervision of small children
Can we bring our pet?
No problem. Provided it is house trained (but be careful with hunting dogs in the hunting season)
Is Internet available?
The Internet connection comes for free with the house, however we cannot guarantee a good nor speedy connection as the infra structure in rural Andalucia is still rather fragile.
Does my pet need special papers?
EU pets have free traveling, check your vet for other countries
Is tap water potable?
Yes, it comes from te mains. Outside taps are connnected to the well and is not potable
How is the water situation?
Water is scarce, be economical
How is the electricity supply?
Normally spoken there are no problems
What is the voltage in Spain?
Like other EU countries: 220 – 240 V
What kind of sockets are usually used?
A two pin socket is normal. Please bring an adaptor if you have different plugs on your own appliances
Do we need to bring something?
No, the house is fully equipped, but you might bring your favorite CD’s, DVD’s
Are there any shops in Najara?
No, there is none. The closest bakery is in Cantarrannas (3 km), all other foodstuffs are available in Vejer de la Frontera (Supersol and others, 10 km)
We are with two familes, what to do?
For befriended families with children or big families there is also the possibility to rent “El Pajarito” and adjacent “Casa Calida” at the same time. Both houses are completely independent villas with their own entrance, facilities, pool and garden but on neighboring plots. Both have sleeping facilities for max 5 persons. See for more detailed descriptions the respective websites, i.e. www.spanishgetaway.eu and www.casacalida.nl
   
What is the weather like in July/August?
  Hot and dry, 30 degrees C or more.
How cold is it during the winter months?
Usually between 10 and 20 degrees C
What kind of clothing to bring?
Light summer clothing and warm winter clothing, although T- shirts and shorts are fine during daytime in winter
When does it usually rain?
Most rain falls in November, December and January, but some showers can also be expected during spring
Click to see the weather forecast
 
To which airport should I fly?
  Jerez de la Frontera, Seville or Malaga
How far is the Cortijo from the airports?
See the section ‘how to get there
Is it necessary to hire a car to get around?
Yes, and i would sugggest to book prior to arrival to ensure the best rates and availabilty.
Can I rent a car in Vejer de la Frontera?
Yes, but it is expensive, better in Chiclana de la Frontera
Do I need an International Driving License?
No, you can drive your own car or a rented one with your own driving license (up till three months, thereafter with an International Driving License), but you cannot drive a private Spanish registered car
Are there any special traffic regulations?
No, just like the rest of the EU. But remember the Guardia Civil is very active and also very polite; make sure to fasten your seatbelts, have your driving license with you and obey speed limits!
How to get to Vejer de la Frontera?
See the section ‘how to get there
   
Are there ATM’s in Vejer de la Fra or in other towns nearby?
  Yes, several in most towns. They accept MasterCard, Visa and other well known cards
Are credit cards accepted?
Yes, in most shops and restaurants you can use the most common credit cards, but extra charge is usually added to your bill
Can we change foreign currency and/or Traveler’s Checks?
Yes, in every bank
   
How far are the beaches from Najara?
  Between 20 and 30 kms one finds beaches at El Palmar, Caños de Meca, Trafalgar, Zahara, Conil, Barbate and several others
Are there naturist beaches?
Yes, many, as naturism is legal in Spain
I like to wear a mono-kini, is that accepted?
Yes, on this side of Spain wearing mono-kini’s is not unusual
   
I need certain medicines, are most available?
  Yes, Pharmacies are well stocked, medicines are in general cheaper and often available without recipe
I am diabetic/vegetarian, do restaurants cater for me?
Yes, but you have to tell them beforehand
In case of emergencies, is there a hospital?
Yes, there are several, all well staffed and well equipped
What about accessibility for disabled persons?
El Pajarito is situated on a slope but has no stairs apart from a step at the entrances. The garden paths are not suitable for people using a wheel chair
   
Do the local people speak English or German?
  No, rarely, although young people do sometimes speak a little. Basic knowledge of Spanish is advisable
Are English/German newspapers available?
Yes, during the summer months only (Vejer de la Fra, Conil and Barbate)
Can I call with my (home) mobile phone from Spain?
Most networks are compatible, please check it out in your home country before you leave
Are there Internet Café’s in the towns nearby?
Yes, there are several with good and fast servers
Do we need to bring things like nappies, pet food, etc?
No, everything is available in the supermarkets
We like shopping, where to go?
There are huge supermarkets like Le Carrefour, Les Cortes Ingles, Lidl, Supersol and many others, plus local markets
We are interested in buying some property, are there reliable Real Estate agents?
Yes, there are several well known and trustworthy agents in nearby towns who really care for their clients
We like horse riding / sailing / hiking / surfing / hang gliding / mountain biking…. etc; where do we find all the information?
Check www.discoverandalusia.com and other sites before you start your holidays and make sure to make reservations for the high season
There is no time difference between Spain and the rest of Western Europe, why is the sunrise so much later?
Because Spain is located much further west than almost any other country in Europe, but they stick to the West European time zone.
   

Driving DIRECTIONS towards NAJARA and FINCA “EL PAJARITO”
(There are several ways to get there, this is just an indication)

1. From Malaga Airport to Najara (190 - 200 km)
Leave Malaga Airport, turn right onto N340, direction Marbella, Estepona, Algeciras,  Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera.
When the N340 becomes the E15, A7/ AP-7 (peaje) it is advised to take this toll road (Depending on which route you take € 7 -12) to avoid hopeless delay in towns and getting stuck in road constructions. Then you will have two options
:

Option A: (190 km)
Take after 132 kms (7 kms before Algeciras) the turnoff (nr 110 B) to Los Barrios, Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera. Follow this stunning “Autovia” (A 381) for 23 kms and take the turn off to Benelup and Casas Viejas; follow this winding rural road for 34 kms through a splendid hilly country side and through Benelup turning left at the third roundabout, where it indicates Vejer and further through the village Cantarranas until the roundabout just beyond this village. Drive from this roundabout straight on for another 1,5 km and turn right at the sign      ”NAJARA”. Follow this road for 1,6 km where you come to a junction, at your right hand side lays “El Pajarito” slightly elevated on a hill. Drive up and (if we know in advance your estimated time of arrival) meet our contact person.

Option B: ( 200 km)
Do not turn off at Los Barrios but go straight, passing Algeciras, Estepona. On a clear day you’ll have a beautiful view of Gibraltar (La Linea) and the Atlas mountains in Morocco; drive through the futuristic windmill area near Tarifa and Facinas. Follow this road (N 340) till you will see Vejer de la Frontera on its hill, take the turn off to Medina Sidonia (A 396) to the right and drive for 3,4 km, then turn right in the direction off Benelup (A 2228). After about 3 km turn left at the sign “NAJARA”. Follow this winding road for about 4 km. When you see the sign “Bienvenidos en Najara” and a bright green bottle container it is just another 100 meters more to go. Follow the tar road slightly to the left, then to the right and you’ll see the gate of “El Pajarito” at your left hand side. Drive up and (if we know in advance your estimated time of arrival) meet our contact person.


2. From Sevilla Airport and Jerez Airport to Najara (Respectively 160 and 85 km)
Take the Sevilla ring south until you reach the A4 motorway in the Direction of Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz (toll road) and Algeciras. Just before Cadiz, stay on the N340 direction Chiclana. Near Chiclana the new auto road E5 / A48 starts., After about 45 kms you pass the turn off to Vejer de la Frontera; drive just another 1 km to the turnoff to Medina Sidonia. Turn left (A 396) and drive for 3,4 kms, then turn right in the direction off Benelup (A 2228). After about 3 km turn left at the sign “NAJARA”. Follow this winding road for about 4 km. When you see the sign “Bienvenidos en Najara” and a bright green bottle container it is just another 100 meters more to go. Follow the tar road slightly to the left, then to the right and you’ll see the gate of “El Pajarito” at your left hand side. Drive up and (if we know in advance your estimated time of arrival), meet our contact person.(Due to road works, the situation near Vejer de la Frontera might have slightly changed).