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Mrs. Jane French

Member since: 2005
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Speaks English, French, German, French

Charming garden apartment in luxuriant setting of Capistrano Village

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Axarquia (Costa del Sol) - Ground floor apartment

1 double bedroom, 1 bathroom, lawned garden with lemon tree and vine

Enjoy a wonderful holiday in our spacious ground floor apartment in a quiet cul-de-sac with easy level access from free parking space at the front entrance. There is a large shady entrance porch, double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/dining area and sitting room with comfortable leather sofas and Cable TV. Patio windows lead to the sunny south-facing terrace and private walled garden, ideal for relaxing in the warm sunshine on the sun beds provided. Available all year, the apartment is perfect for a couple or small family, and is suitable for wheel-chair access. A short walk along flower-fringed paths will take you to one of two large swimming pools set in flower gardens with lawned areas beneath shady trees. Within easy reach (a 10 minute drive ) is the pretty town of Nerja with its shops, restaurants and bars. Burriana Beach with its glorious sea and mountain scenery is a brisk walk or a 10 minute drive away while the fabulous caves at Maro are 2 kms away. Come and see for yourself. You will be enchanted with the beauty of El Capistrano.

How to get to us: The main airport at Malaga is about 50 km from Nerja. You can book a hired car very cheaply on the Internet from one of the many Companies operating from Malaga Airport. There is a direct route via the E15 motorway, with the nearest exit No 295 Maro/Nerja, 2 kms to the East of El Capistrano Village. If you prefer, a taxi transfer to Capistrano can be arranged. Alternately you can take the shuttle bus from the Airport to Malaga central bus station and from there you can travel to Nerja using the excellent hourly coach service.

Whatever your interests, you will find Nerja and its surrounding region a fascinating area to explore. With wonderful beaches to relax on, swimming, walking, golf, sightseeing, wild flowers, bird watching or just relaxing in your own private garden, there is something for everyone in this delightful region nestling in the sunshine between the Almijara Mountains and the sea.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Mrs. Jane French (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, German, French

About Mrs. Jane French

We are both teachers of English and French and have lived abroad for much of our lives mostly in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Our home is now in a lovely part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, 10 miles from Kendal and the Lake District. While we count ourselves lucky to live in such stunning scenery, we love to spend our winters in beautiful Capistrano enjoying the warm Spanish sun and avoiding the worst of England's wintry weather.

Mrs. Jane French purchased this apartment in 1997

Why Mrs. Jane French chose Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

We came to Maro on a 6 week holiday in November 1996 and were immediately enchanted with the glorious scenery of the Almijara Mountains sweeping down to the Mediterranean Sea. We met and were befriended by local Spanish people as well as couples from Sweden, New Zealand and England. We walked in the mountains, and drove along the lovely Costa Tropical which stretches from Maro Eastwards through the Parc Natural to La Herradura, Almunecar and Salobrena. We sampled wonderful Spanish Restaurants all along the coast and eventually made our way northwards to Granada where the fabulous Alhambra immediately had us under its spell and remains one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. We skied in the Sierra Nevada, the warmest ski station in Europe, and swam in the Mediterranean next day - unbelievable.

Our friends persuaded us to think about buying a house and, like them, come out each winter and meet up to spend the cold months in Nerja in what is certainly the best climate in Europe. We were not hard to persuade and by the following Spring we had found our ideal home from home. We loved our walled private garden with its lawn and flowers, its vine on the back wall and lemon tree laden with lemons all winter and summer; and the outlook on to green lawns and palm trees with a little cluster of white houses just far enough away to enjoy without encroaching on our view of the sea. On the other side our front door looked out on a strip of wild greenery full of trees and birdsong, which we treasure. Our apartment was just big enough for us with all the facilities we required and access to the excellent swimming pools and exotic gardens of Capistrano. With our friends, we played tennis and petanque, learned Spanish, oil water and pastel painting and thoroughly enjoyed the thriving social and cultural life in Capistrano and Nerja. We have never tired of the area and in the years since we have often blessed the day we fell in love with Capistrano.

What makes this apartment unique

Capistrano was built back in the days when there was space to spare and the many green spaces in the village provide a rare and attractive setting for the striking architecture. Always kept freshly painted, the white walls, pillars, arches and the variety of shapes and structures of the villas and apartments please the eye, and the profusion of flowers tumbling over walls and balconies add colour and charm which is truly delightful. Palm trees, Yuccas and other geometrical plants fringe the lawned areas which provide space to stop and appreciate the beauty of the village. Our property on the southern edge of the village looks out across green lawns and palm trees with a little cluster of white houses just far enough away to enjoy without encroaching on our view of the sea. Through the arch of our garden gate a walkway winds through the flowerbeds to the swimming pool where the curving design of the pool is edged with greenery and blossom, and a lawned garden with shady trees and a rose garden allows space for a children's pool and a small drinks bar. There is another splendid pool in the centre of the village with a Restaurant and Social Centre, both attractive arched buildings with views of the mountains visible to the East. We love to wander through the paths of the village in the cool and quiet of the evening just to admire the colourful gardens and trees which the gardeners tend so lovingly - and we often stop to admire a pleasing arch or balcony covered with roses, bougainvillea or jasmine. There are many areas which are pedestrian only, where we like to wander. We never tire of the beauty and tranquillity of the village. Capistrano is truly unique and words alone cannot convey its special quality. We urge our visitors to walk through the lovely streets and find the hidden corners of the village which will give them a flavour of the beauty which we find so charming.


based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

Charming garden apartment in luxuriant setting of Capistrano Village
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Wonderful out of season break

  • 5 of 5

I visited this flat in March 2015 with a friend. We had a lovely week. Capistrano is beautifully set out and cared for, and the bus into Nerja is very convenient. We didn’t have a car, and found this was fine. The flat is very convenient, and had everything we needed. There’s a balcony where we could sit outside and eat, and the garden is lovely, with a grassy lawn and a beautiful lemon tree laden with lemons. The agent has an office so that there is assistance and advice if you should need it. There are two restaurants on site, and two lovely swimming pools (well landscaped, with grassy areas and trees) very close to the flat. Jane French, the owner, is very helpful in every way, and she and her family use the flat a lot, so it is well looked after.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Capistrano Village

  • 4 of 5

Firstly we would like to say how accomendating and very efficient the owner is. Jane quickly responded to our enquiry and was happy to help us out when needed.

Capistrano Village is delightful, with lovely white washed houses and beautifully kept gardens. The apartment has convenient on-street parking and Satellite TV with British Channels as well as other international Channels Stations which is a bonus if you cannot speak Spainish Fluently. It also has a spacious back garden with beautiful flowers and a lovely lime tree! it has a nice size terrace where you can sit in the evenings and watch the sun set with a glass of Rioja 😄

The apartment is also very close to the pools, bar and amenities of the village.

We did have a hire car however we feel that you won't necessarily need one. We found the walk to Nerja Central very easy and delightful in the warm nights and taxi ride back very reasonably priced at 7€. It is also a very easy walk down the hill to Burriana Beach which is a favourite for us to visit and a visit to Ayo's for the Paella is a must. There is also a frequent bus service from Capistrano Village into Nerja which was very cheap.

We were only there for 5 nights however we plan to back to Capistrano very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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2 weeks in Southern Spain

  • 3 of 5

Capistrano Village is beautifully kept and well laid out. We stayed in this property for two weeks and found it to be basic but comfortable and convenient. The veranda at the rear of the property provided welcoming shade as the weather was in the mid to high 90s and the pretty, small back garden boasts its own lemon tree!

The shared swimming pool was an especial delight an easy walk away from our accommodation.

Although about a mile from the town centre of Nerja, the local bus service was reliable and cheap at only one euro each and a pleasant stroll back in the evenings when the temperature cooled down to a mere 75 degrees.

In Nerja itself, the Balcon de Europe is one of the loveliest public spaces we have ever witnessed with ample bars and restaurants for the weary traveller.

Views of the mountains behind Nerja are breathtaking from any angle.

We committed to using only public transport on this holiday and ventured out only to Nerja caves and the magnificent Moorish-influenced village of Frigliana, both of which are well worth a visit. We actually walked to the caves at only 3km distant.

We had a delightful and rejuvenating two weeks.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many people going on holiday to our apartment ask the question ' Is it possible to get around without hiring a car?' The above review answers this question. This couple were 'committed to using only public transport on this holiday' and over a period of two weeks moved around Nerja and the area without difficulty. Indeed, they found the local bus service 'reliable and cheap' on their journeys into Nerja while further afield the Alsina Graells Coach took them to 'the magnificent Moorish-influenced village of Frigiliana' which nestles in the breathtaking mountain range which they so admired to the North behind Nerja. They could if they had wished taken a Coach to the Nerja caves, but preferred to walk the 3kms along the scenic walk away from the town, again looking northwards to the mountains and south to the sea. No doubt, like the 'pleasant strolls' back to the apartment in the cool of the evening, after a visit to the town, these walks provided exhilarating and healthy exercise helping make their holiday 'rejuvenating'. They found the village of El Capistrano 'beautifully kept and well laid out' and the swimming pool an 'especial delight'. It is well worth a walk around El Capistrano during your stay as there are streets and gardens of exceptional and colourful peace and beauty. In Nerja they enjoyed the Balcon de Europa which they describe as 'one of the loveliest public spaces we have ever witnessed'. This is high praise indeed, but we can vouch for the beauty of the palm-fringed Balcon with its magnificent views of the coves and beaches, the rocky coastline along the edge of the Mediterannean and behind it all, the 'breathtaking' Almijara mountain range. No one could fail to be moved by a scene of such sublime beauty. We are pleased that this couple enjoyed their stay and found it 'delightful and rejuvenating'. We would welcome them again at any time.
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Thornton Cleveleys Lancs

holiday in nerja, october 2010

  • 4 of 5

Got off to a good start when our flight was on time in spite of flying on the day of the Spanish strike.!

The property has lots of charm. For us the really lovely thing was the garden which was beatiful, with a lemon tree, and a wonderful jasmine. There is a good terrace to sit on too, which is sheltered for evening meals al fresco and gets plenty of sun in the day.

Capistrano may be a little far out for some, and its uphill back however you go, but this didnt bother us, and there is a bus but we never used it.

Everything there that you would need, and a good supermarket within esay walking distance.

We usually hire a car, but because of the strike we didn't this time. However we managed very well with the local busses,which were good and cheap. We went as far as Ronda in this way, which was OK, but connections not mega convenient. Malaga and Almunecar were other trips which were direct and provided a good day out.

Site resuarant was OK, we went one night when it rained too much to go to town,but if you like pizza, there is an excellent place called Little Italy in the town which is excellent and very cheap, You sit on long tables which may not suit all, but we had great company on both visits.

Los Arcos, opposite the Capisrano has a nice menu del dia, and if you get a card from reception, there is a free bottle of wine.

Our return taxi to airport was ordered from the town which we were advised was quite a bit cheaper than via the site office (60E v 75).Going we got the bus, which was running a reduced service because of the strike, but would be really easy on 'normal' days

From Malaga, be sure to get the bus for Cuevas de Nerja which stops opposite the site. The bus for 'Nerja' stops in the town only and you have to get a taxi the last bit if you have luggage.

Nerja is a nice town and still retains some "Spanishness" which is good.

All in all we had an excellent time and would go again

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a very positive review and we are impressed that, although these visitors arrived on the day of a national strike they managed to get to the apartment on local transport. (The Cuevas de Nerja bus from Malaga Bus Station, as they explain, can bring you very close to the apartment.) We are delighted that, like most visitors, they found the apartment charming, and that they appreciated the sunny terrace and the garden with its colourful flowers and lemon tree. This is laden with fruit all year round, which all our visitors are welcome to use in their gin and tonics, salads, etc. There were still some bunches of grapes on the vine the week before but August and early September are the best months for grapes. Our visitors give useful information about the local restaurants and hotels where you can have a Menu del Dia or an evening meal. We note that there was just one evening during their fortnight when it was too wet to go into town but this is not bad, considering we are talking about October. Even so, they found that the nearest restaurant on site was 'O.K.' We have had some excellent meals there. We are pleased that on this occasion our visitors had an excellent time, even without hiring a car, and that they would come again. They would be most welcome.
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West Yorkshire

Capistrano comforts

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is a little gem! Location could not be better for easy access to the main road and public transport to Nerja. No need to hire a car if you don't wish to. The road down to Burriana Beach is also close by so we had the best of all worlds. Climbing back up the hill certainly gets the adrenalin going!

The apartment garden is beautiful and gets the sun from around 10.00 in the morning until sundown. The terrace overlooks this garden and is perfect for enjoying meals and drinks.The large Supersol supermarket is a level 10 minute stroll away and is very well stocked and priced. There is also another smaller supermarket in El Capistrano village itself.

This was our third stay in the area and, hopefully, not our last. We had a most relaxing holiday and would not hesitate to recommend the apartment and area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Plymouth, Devon

Charming Capistrano!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely brilliant time staying in Capistrano Village.

Everything went very smoothly for the whole trip.

We arrived in Malaga then took 2 buses to our destination. Very easy to do. We then took a taxi to the agent's office as the bus would not stop at Capistrano -but its only a 20 minute walk anyway.The agent was very helpful and told us about local excursions.

We were delighted with the apartment. It was everything we hoped for.It was spotlessly clean with clean laundry - enough towels for four people not two! The lounge was comfortable with a TV with satellite stations (for the less active holiday-maker!).

We had our breakfast on the terrace daily, and even had a couple of barbecue's in the evenings at home with a bottle of wine (it was a nice surprise to find a working barbecue there!).

The village is lovely and a break away from the beach -we found the pool very relaxing and went there every evening before dinner.

Capistrano village is a 15 minute walk downhill to Burriana beach -it obviuosly takes longer walking up! This did not bother us at all but we are both very active. For those of you who don't like walking there are buses and taxi's. To be honest, its so relaxing there and the evenings are so lovely and warm that I didn't care how long it took to walk and we just took our time.

Burriana is a lovely beach and we took advantage of all its activites -we went snorkelling, on a jet ski, banana boat and also hired canoes for a day! We also explored other beaches around the Balcon de Europe -all lovely with great snorkelling but not as nice as Burriana.

The shopping in Nerja is good for touristy things and there is a lively buzz in the evenings. We only ate there one night and were disappointed with the offer of an English menu everywhere we went. Every other night we stuck to the restaurants on the beach in Burriana -all offer great Spanish food and the local tradition of grilled fish.

We attended a Flamenco show at the Hotel flamenca near Nerja which also had a great buffet. The show was quite modern -no traditional dress -but the food was superb.

Nerja caves is a big local attraction. Again we walked there -20 minute -but worth it. Buses go too.

The highlight of our trip was the San Juan festival -we joined the locals by taking a dip in the sea at midnight! What a night to remember!

All in all we had a fabulous trip . Without this lovely apartment we would have ended up in one of the big hotels in the town.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Cuevas Bar
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Los Arcos
Nearest Ski
75 Kilometres
Pradelana, Granada
Nearest Beach
1500 Metres
Car: not necessary

The apartment is in a quiet cul de sac on the edge of El Capistrano Village. The lounge, terrace and garden face south with lovely glimpses of the sea. The rugged Sierra Almijara form a spectacular backdrop to the village with peaks rising to 6000 feet, providing wonderful walks which start within minutes of the apartment. Only 5 minutes away by car, Burriana Beach beckons, while Nerja town combines the charm of traditional Spain with modern shops, markets, bars, restaurants and entertaining night-life. The pretty village of Maro and its fabulous Nerja Caves are 2 km Eastwards, and beyond lies the national park with the breathtaking scenery of the Costa Tropical and the picturesque coastal towns of La Herradura, Almunecar and Salobrena, all within an easy drive. Frigiliana, the nearest of the lovely mountain villages, lies just behind Nerja and you should not miss a trip to the beautiful white villages of the Alpujarras and beyond to Granada and the world-famous Alhambra.

Other Activities: Squash, gymnasium

Golf: There is a links course at Salobrena about 30 km Eastwards along the coast from Nerja and another course at Torre del Mar about the same distance westwards.

This is visible from the motorway to Malaga.

Ski: The Ski Station at Pradellana, just North of Granada, is the most southerly ski station in Europe, and is sunny and warm most of the winter season.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Frigiliana, Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season
1 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

For more than two people a supplementary charge of £5 per person per night is charged to cover cost of laundry, Z-bed, cot and/or high chair.
Access to the apartment is from 4 pm and departure by 11 am. Changeover day is normally Saturday, but can be negotiated. Price includes, water,fresh linen and towels (but not beach towels), and cleaning once a week. Electricity is not included in the price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Axarquia (Costa del Sol) in Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 42 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom -
  • The fully tiled bathroom has a bath with overhead shower, a toilet and a wash-hand basin with a mirrored cupboard and ample towel rails. Hot water is heated by an electric immersion heater. There is also a washing machine.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • The bedroom has a double bed and a built-in wardrobe, wall mirror and two bedside tables with drawers. Situated on the north side of the apartment, alongside the entrance door, its coolness is welcome in the hot nights of summer. The bedroom window overlooks leafy flower beds and our beautiful datura tree whose foliage and large yellow bell-like flowers frame the entrance to the large shady entrance porch. Beyond is the quiet cul de sac and an area of greenery with trees, shrubs and wild flowers.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Our agent in the village can provide a cot, or additional Z bed or high chair. Within the village there are public telephones and also facilities for hiring cars and scooters. A bus service will take you from the village to Nerja town centre hourly. Within a five minute walk of the apartment are two large supermarkets, tennis courts, and two excellent hotels with bars and restaurants. A gymnasium is a 10 minute walk away. There is a golf course at Torre del Mar 10 miles westwards on the motorway, and another at Salobrena, 20 miles eastwards along the coast.

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