Street in El Capistrano
As if it wasn't enough that the town of Nerja itself is one of the finest locations in Southern Spain, within its boundaries lies the unique development known as El Capistrano Village , which offers the ultimate experience in villa and apartment rental.
The vast majority of self-catering rental properties throughout Spain were designed and purpose built purely to serve as holiday accommodation. Although strictly the same is true of Capistrano, its original Canadian developers had the foresight to come up with something quite original.
Capistrano is actually a deliberately constructed replica of a traditional Andalucian "pueblo blanco", or "white village", characterised by houses with red-tiled roofs, whitewashed walls, balconies, terraces and wrought ironwork and so on, very similar to those of, say, Frigiliana or Mijas . However, rather than being located way up in the mountains, Capistrano has all the advantages of being located within the lovely and traditionally Spanish seaside town of Nerja .
A Home from Home
Although the house designs were made as authentic as possible, they do also include those mod cons, such as fitted kitchens, washing machines, showers, etc, which the modern holidaymaker demands.
The Capistrano Experience
A visit to Capistrano provides a unique and very special opportunity to experience living in a traditionally designed Spanish village house, in a traditional village environment, but with every modern convenience, close proximity to town and beach and so on. The development is situated on a hillside with views of the sea in one direction, and stunning views of the mountains in the other. We think that it is one of the loveliest spots that we have ever seen, and that a week here is an experience that you will never forget.
As the accompanying photographs ably demonstrate, Capistrano's setting is absolutely idyllic, with beautifully laid out narrow streets, scented with foliage and flowers, attractive little squares, fountains and immaculately maintained gardens. The village itself is particularly suited to holidaymakers with small children, being virtually car-free (the access road travels around the outside of the village, with ample car parking provided, but the interior streets are not open to vehicles). For peace of mind, the village has its own security staff and pool life guards.
Don't be misled into thinking that Capistrano is some sort of Disney theme park. Although its origin might have been slightly synthetic, over the last 30 years or so Capistrano has matured into a genuine village environment, with many full time residents of various nationalities, as well as short-stay holidaymakers. On site are swimming pools (including a safe children's pool), sauna, bars, a café and restaurant, laundry, and supermarket.
Properties range from one or two bedroom apartments, two or three bedroom villas and townhouses to a few somewhat larger properties with private pools. However, every property remains within a single coherent 'village' environment.