Francesca's partner picked us up at the train station, his English was non existent but so was our Spanish but we managed to communicate none the less. Francesca met us at the apartment, her English was slightly better but take your Spanish phrase book or prepare any questions you may have in Spanish before hand.
The property was very clean and well maintained and came with everything we needed - toilet rolls, foil, cleaning products, shower gel, handwash, washing up liquid, the only thing we had to buy was kitchen roll and bleach. There are 2 supermarkets 5 minutes walk a way.
The apartment was situated about a 15 minute walk from the old town, the beach is definitely a tram ride away - the stop was called Marxalenes and is about a 5 minute walk away (turn right outside building and head up to a little roundabout and then take a right until you see the tram station. To save money buy a ticket with 10 trips on it.
If you're planning on doing a lot of cooking, make sure you know where the circuit breakers are (adjacent entrance door) as the power cut out on us while we were preparing our first meal. We'd had a very tiring journey and it was starting to get dark so we weren't too happy when this happened but we managed by turning off the appliances using most of the power.
We were never given instructions as to what to do with the refuse - so if you're stay is longer than a few days find this out - we stayed a week, so we ended up taking ours down to the bins on the street - I'm sure there may have been a facility under the building somewhere but due to language difficulties we never found out where this was.
On the whole, we had a great stay in a real Spanish neighbourhood in a lovely apartment and would recommend this to any of our friends.