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 developers had the foresight to come up with something quite original: a development resembling a remote mountain village – rural Spain at its finest – yet still within easy walking distance of Nerja’s town centre and beaches.

Thus El 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, El Capistrano has all the advantages of being located within the lovely and traditionally Spanish seaside town of Nerja. 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.

A visit to El 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 stay here is an experience that you will never forget.

As the accompanying photographs ably demonstrate, El 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.

Nerja itself is the ideal holiday destination, unspoilt by tourism, but with a wide range of holiday facilities, restaurants and tapas bars. Above all, it is still a typically Spanish town rather than just a 'resort'.

El Capistrano

El Capistrano Village

Capistrano Pool

One of the pools

Nerja Beach

One of Nerja's beaches