Reviews summary

4
Good
( 361 reviews)
Brilliant
139
Good
129
Average
48
Poor
19
Awful
26
  • 3 room
  • 4.5 pool
  • 3.5 beach
  • 3.5 service
  • 3 value
  • 4.5 food
  • 4.5 cleanliness
  • 4.5 location
 

14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

el cappistrano village

1
Awful
by
Reviewed Wed 20th of July 2016

"My wife and i stayed at 53b Calle via Romana Capistrano owned we think by a person, called Chris Franks lars Bergman, when we first went into the apartment we thought it was fab,that is until we came back at the night time only to find the place had cockroaches we found out that they were living in the cupboard in the one and only bedroom with that, my wife moved into the dinning room she was terrified in the end we had to buy sprays and cockroach traps and then stuff the gaps in the with rolled up paper after taking all our clothes and putting them in the dinning room how this person can let out an apartment full of cockroaches is just disgusting it totally spoil our holiday we were glad to get back home just a warning to anybody do not stay at 53b Calle via Romana Capistrano let me just add the rest of Capistrano is great every one we asked did not have the problem we had good holidaying. my name is Lawrence. "

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 16th of July 2016

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Location
  • 4 Beach
  • 1 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 3 Service
  • 1 Value
  • 5 Food
  • 5 Cleanliness

Excellent stay at El Capistrano Village

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Thu 20th of June 2013

"Six of us stayed in villa no.28. This was very close the swimming pool, supermarket and bus stop.Everything you should require in the villa was provided. The kitchen was modern and of a good size. The table and chairs on the patio area was shaded and a perfect place to have an evening meal or barbeque. The roof terrace provided a lovely view and the sun was captured there until it sets. The bedrooms were beautifully clean with one en-suite and another with a balcony, table and chairs.An outside spriral staircase from the balcony led to another bedroom to accommodate eight altogether should it be required.There is a table and chairs for eight in the dining room and very comfortable sofa. Complimentary bottles of cava and red wine were a nice surprise.
The swimmming pool was well maintained and had a bar on site. We were, however, surprised to find that it was 3.50 euros for a sunbed which we thought might have been free as only those staying in the villa can use the pool.The supermarket is well stocked with fresh bread and fruit and decent red wine at an unbelievably low price. Altogether a lovely village complex to spend a holiday. The walk into Nerja or Burriano beach is a pleasant downhill stroll just take your time walking back up! There is a bus that stops in the village to the town, and at one euro, is worth getting for an evening visit to the restaurants."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 19th of June 2013

Rating breakdown

  • 4 Location
  • 3 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 4 Pool
  • 4 Service
  • 5 Value
  • 4 Food
  • 4 Cleanliness

We had booked a one bed roomed apartment...

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Thu 28th of June 2007

"We had booked a one bed roomed apartment for our nine night stay and upon arrival were told we had been given a three bed roomed apartment for the same price - what a bonus!

Two bathrooms, one en suite and a huge private terrace with great views over the town and out to sea. The terrace included furniture, sunbeds, a clothes dryer/airer, and a very useful retractable sunshade, meaning we could choose to sit out there at any time of day or evening. In June we had no problems with mosquitoes, etc.

The apartment itself was clean and suitably furnished throughout, although perhaps the odd touch up here and there would have made it more pleasing to the more discerning eye. There was a bottle of cava waiting for us to greet us on arrival (which was nice) and we were also pleased to find quite a few British channels on the TV (including Sky Sports!).

Our apartment (No. 42) was just across the road from the swimming pool, cave bar, restaurant, and mini market. The bus stop was also just outside and was excellent value at just 1 euro to the town centre.

The complex is a good 20 min walk downhill into town which we did once – it’s not too taxing but after that we took the bus nonetheless. It is a steep walk back up the hill so we took a taxi which at just 6 Euros is a bargain.

There were two adult pools and a child pool in the area near us with a poolside snack bar. You’ll need a pool pass to use this area which requires a 20 euro returnable deposit. Sunbeds were 2.50 Euros per day but we tended to sit at the snack bar before and after swimming and saved the sunbathing for our private terrace where the four sunbeds were free! A small beer or soft drink was about 1.9 Euros and always served with a smile.

The restaurant had a limited menu but the food was served by two highly entertaining and pleasant waiters Jose and Eduardo – they always had a prank for the kids and certainly made the few times we ate there fun.

There is a snack menu available during the daytime (burgers, toasted sandwiches, etc) and a more formal menu during the evening. Neither menu is very wide ranging and it’s not five star dining but what they do they do well. We ate from both menus and always enjoyed our meals. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.

Underneath is the Cave Bar, cool and dark with a ‘club’ feel without the loud music. They also do snack food but we didn’t try it. There’s a dart board down there if you like your arrows, and also a TV which had English pictures on when we went in.

The Mini-Market was open Spanish hours – early till late with a break in the afternoon – and was pretty well stocked. Fresh bread, milk and the like, plus other useful things like swimming goggles and souvenirs. There’s also a cash machine just outside if you’re running short.

What you can’t get at the mini market you’ll be able to pick up at the Super Sol supermarket which is just five minutes stroll to the right of the complex’s main entrance (after the tennis club).

We’re pretty sure you can also do things such as hire cars and organise trips from the reception areas (next door to the mini market), although we’d already hired from the airport so we didn’t need this facility.

Nerja town itself has a wide variety of bars and restaurants, especially around the Balcon de Europe area. You’ll see hawkers with tat for sale but they’re not too pushy, and you can’t sit for 20 minutes at a pavement restaurant without a musician coming along with a tray to rattle.

But if you can put up with that then you’ll be fine. Some of them are actually quite good, but don’t give all your small change to the first one (like we did!).

Summary: We’d be happy to go back to Capistrano Village as we found it ideal for our kind of holiday. If you want a base to explore the Costa del Sol, Granada, the Sierra Nevada, etc, then this is the place. Perhaps a couple of nights of entertainment on the complex would have been a boost but we’re used to making our own so didn’t mind this too much.

All in all, we’d say 4 out of 5 and excellent value for money."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 28th of June 2007

Beautiful, quiet and relaxing

4
Good
by
Reviewed Sat 15th of December 2012

"Rented a maisonette for 1 week in El Capistrano through owner-direct. Beautiful old-style village appearance and atmosphere. The whole complex has great character with well-cared for gardens/surroundings. Pool areas peaceful, clean and attractive. Would definitely recommend staying here if you want a relaxing, quiet time. As its on a steep hill, walking down to town and beaches not a problem, but walking back up after a good night out is a bit 'challenging'!!! The Cave bar on-site also good for a night-cap - not rip-off prices. Thoroughly enjoyed!!"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 23rd of June 2007

Total Relaxation

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Sat 15th of December 2012

"Just returned from El Capistrano Village after a week's stay with 2 of my best friends.
We had a 2 bedroom villa which was excellent. Had 2 bathrooms (a very nice surprise) and a brilliant sun terrace overlooking the sea.
The complex itself is maintained brilliantly. Pool great, and you'll love the Cave bar! We ate in the restaurant 1 night and it was great food at a good price. We found all the staff very friendly and they were helpful throughout the stay.
One thing to bear in mind, you need to take your own towels to reception to be changed, but bearing in mind we paid so little for the holiday, this was fine.
The supermarket on site was good - had fresh bread every day and even fresh fruit and veg. If you want a bigger selection there is a SuperSol just down the road. The great bonus was that the "urbano bus" stop was on the road in the middle of the resort, with an hourly bus (apart from siesta!) right in to the middle of Nerja for just 1 Euro.
Would highly recommend this resort. Great quiet base, especially suited to couples and families, due to good facilities.
Will definitely be returning."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 16th of June 2007

wonderful

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Thu 13th of December 2012

"I know my reviewis a little late. When we syaed the weather was terrible but we still had such a nice time. Lovely big apartment. Great view from Kitchen, you could see Morocco on the odd clear morning. Highly reommend it."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 8th of April 2007

comfortable, spacious, nice environment

4
Good
by
Reviewed Sun 16th of December 2012

"Booked a 2-bedroom apartment through a property agent in Nerja. Spent a week in apartment no. 15. It was spacious, well-furnished and clean, lacking only a coffee-maker. The large terrace of the apartment overlooked the 3 communal pools, which were of a good size, clean, and well-maintained. The gardens around the apartments are excellent and the overall atmosphere is of a well-established residential area largely occupied by British, German and Scandinavian ex-pats, though there are also quite a few Spanish people living there too. Age group predominantly 50+ though also families with kids. In late Sept it was fairly quiet. Nerja is a pleasant town, with plenty of restaurants (and excellent tapa restaurant next to the church) and the beaches were OK though not a patch on here in the north-west of Ireland:-) Weather was excellent and climate in this area very pleasant in Sept. The nearby 'white villages' of Torrox, Frijilliana &c well worth visiting and can be accessed by bus or taxi. Good walking in the hills above the coast, for example from the village of Maro which is a few km from Nerja. Would recommend El Capistrano based on our experience."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Tue 31st of October 2006

Absolutely fab

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Tue 9th of October 2012

"Twelve sunny, wonderful (and very hot!) days in El Capistrano village, first time ever booking holiday privately, but it will not be the last! The village was beautiful and well maintained. And the pools fantastic. The villa itself we had (2-bed) was pretty basic, but quite adequate for our family (five of us, three small kids), the small garden with lemon and olive trees was an added bonus! The town of Nerja was very pleasant with fantastic views from the balcony, we found some fantastic restaurants by the Burriana beach. We also visited the nearby waterpark in Velez-Malaga, which wasn't huge but pretty good otherwise, also for smaller ones. And the shopping centre opposite was quite good too!
The must of course is the caves, quite a short visit, but you have to see it!
Only a couple of downsides: Burriana beach was a bit disappointing, not as sandy and not as childfriendly as we would have hoped and apart from the pools in the village and a few playgrounds here and there there wasn't much to do for smaller kids (under tens). Or maybe we just didn't look from the right places??? Not that we didn't find the place and the people childfriendly, quite the opposite. But every place has its downsides I suppose...
But all in all, I think we made the most of the journey and enjoyed it very much and would defenitely recommend it for people who want to see a bit more than the pool and the bar, we might even return there one day."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 13th of August 2006

Beautiful villagel

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Thu 25th of October 2012

"Magnificent flowers. Very clean, accommodation was very good, well equipped, great terrace for sunbathing. You need a car, but Nerja is lovely, great restaurants at good prices, will be going again."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 26th of June 2006

We have stayed in The Capistrano Oasis f...

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Mon 26th of June 2006

"We have stayed in The Capistrano Oasis for 4 years running and loved them every time. They are away from the town, and its all uphill, so its not suitable for people with walking difficulties. The pool area is kept in immaculate condition, and very peaceful to sit around during the day, there is always a lifeguard on duty.

The complex is really beautiful. All the apartments/villa's are whitewashed with red roof tiles, and stay very true to the Andalusian Style. The communal gardens around all the properties are looked after by a full time gardener, and the flowers are beautiful and smell gorgeous at night. There is a lovely restaurant in the complex, they open every evening, and the food is very reasonably priced, the staff are so nice and they love children.

There is never any noise after 12 midnight, so its not suitable for teenagers who want to go on the rip! There is security who patrol the area at night and they are very strict about noise. The properties are all privately owned, so you know you are getting a nice place that is well looked after, and has everything you need. The main town in a good 20 minute walk, to the Balcon De Europe, but well worth it, at night the Balcon comes alive with little street stalls with ice-cream, or hair braiding, and all the restaurants are extremely reasonable.

The Balcon area is magical at night, with little fairy lights all around the square, and all the families out strolling around in a very relaxed atmosphere. Nerja is a lovely family resort, there are no high rise blocks yet! and no rowdy lager louts. Getting to Nerja from Malaga couldn’t be easier, you can pick up your hire car from Malaga Airport and its just one hours drive on the motorway.

There is a big supermarket just outside Nerja on Velez Malaga, its called Eroski and its very cheap . Summing up I would say Nerja is for families or older couples, who want a nice relaxing holiday without noise, and constant disco music. There are the Nerja Caves to visit, which are amazing. You can also take a day trip to Rhonda, Granada, or Frigliana all are extremely beautiful, you can also drive about 2 hours up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which are a joy to behold.

There is usually snow on the mountain top even in the summer! There are only one or two night clubs in Nerja, but our teenagers love them, they feel safe coming home at night up to the Capistrano in a taxi. We love Nerja, and would highly recommend it to any family with small kids, or families with teenagers, who are not too mad! Nerja is quite hilly, so probably not the best place for people with infirmities or the elderly."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 26th of June 2006

Visit at anytime

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Mon 26th of November 2012

"Allowing for the fact that your offspring do not always have the same opinion or views on most matters, we travelled to Nerja on the advice of our teenage son.

What a delight!

No high rise that is associated with other resorts on the Costa Del Sol. Very few areas that 'Boom Boom' the nights away and an abundance of food and drinking places set within typical Spanish surroundings against a mountain backdrop and spectacular views of the Mediterranean from the famous 'Balcony of Europe'.

The people are friendly and inviting, the beaches are wonderful, especially 'Burriana Beach' long and sandy with fantastic restaurants and fish dishes.
The area is superb and Capistrano is a glorious 'Village' urbanistaion set slightly uphill altough it can be forgiven for the 'return walk' at the end of the day or evening.

In fact our first trip was so good, not that we are easily impressed having lived for a number of years in the Mediteranean and Europe and taken numerous holidays around its perimeter, that we bought an apartment on 'Capistrano' village so that we can let our offspring and their offspring enjoy the place too.

Andalucia region of Spain has many places of interest within easy reach including the Alhambra Palaces in Granada, Ronda, Seville, Gibraltar, North Africa, Caves of Nerja etc etc.

Nearest airport is Malaga. Serviced by many UK low cost airlines.

We encourage everone to pay at least one visit to Nerja.
If you do decide to travel.

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Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 5th of May 2005

Not the Ritz, but pleasant

4
Good
by
Reviewed Mon 26th of November 2012

"We found this place as a timeshare opportunity. We had no idea what to expect and since each apt is privately owned by someone (each is different), we knew it was a crapshoot.

We rented a RCI property, Apt 9 from May 8-15. It was a 2 bed 2 bath (1 full size, the other twins). The beds were lousy. The furniture in general was tired. But overall, there was enough seats for all 4 of us, all the kitchen equipment we could imagine and the place was generally clean.

We had a great view of the Mediterranean and a nice basically private backyard and porch. We spent quite a bit of time out there. We didn't utilize the pools because it wasn't that hot and it cost some money to rent chairs, etc. Instead we tanned and drank beer, soda and water at the apt. The Satellite TV had about 4 English channels, which we did watch some. The grocery store on site at the resort was more expensive than the SuperSol down the street from the resort. But overall the prices were reasonable. And in Granada we went in a "Walmart" style grocery store that was even more cheap.

As for what we did, we bummed 4 days, took a trips to Gibraltar (did a 2 hour tour taxi), Granada (Alhambra Palace), and Nerja caves. We also drove around some smaller cities, but can't recall the names. The beach was really pretty far from the resort to walk. But you can easily drive down to the beach and enjoy beach loving with a really beautiful view of cliffs.

There are many beachside restaurants in Nerja that were all good. The beer and wine is inexpensive and we enjoyed that! Also, the Italian place and the English place were really good.

We kind of wish we had done a olive oil place to learn how they do that. There are tremendous amount of olive trees past Granada.

If you have any questions, email me.

See ya - Francesca"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 24th of May 2004

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