What a wonderful place to dine - our North African dining tableA typical scene in Nijar village
Captain & the Mermaid's Quarters
Captain & the Mermaid's Quarters

Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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About this listing

A unique small house ideal for singles or couples. Nijar is a wonderful traditional village only 20 minutes from the fabulous Cabo de Gata coastline. Ideal base for walking, cycling or just general tourist holiday relaxing and sight seeing.

The space

This is a wonderful small house for all year round breaks as well as summer holidays in a vibrant traditional village with many festivals, and a stunning coastline nearby.The climate is perfect for most of the winter, and if you are unlucky and the temperature drops, just light the wood stove for a really lovely and romantic atmosphere in the house in the mountains.

The house is ideal for singles / couples.

Completely renovated village house in the ancient and historic part of the village of Nijar. Ground floor: Sitting area with wood stove, shower room, toilet. Double sleeping area with mezzanine siting area above. Spiral staircase to First floor: Kitchen, dining area with two balconies. Spiral staircase to the roof terrace with breathtaking views of local mountains and the coast in the distance, and at night, amazing stars! Try a night sleeping on the roof under the stars.. Not to be missed.

Fantastic natural beaches only 20 minutes away in the National Park, Cabo de Gata. Incredible walking and cycling routes directly from the house. a must for outdoor lovers, especially in the cooler months. Coastal fish and seafood restaurants are plentiful.

The village has a wonderful Spanish atmosphere with traditional tapas bars, local rioja, shops selling local wares, amongst many other charming characteristics. The village also has an open air swimming pool.

A truly magical place all year round, staying in a traditional but unusual house with a unique atmosphere.

Bicycles are available on request at the house. A guitar and violin are available, again on request.

A magical little house in a magical village!

Guest access

The house has a double bed with mezzanine sitting area above and ground floor en suite shower room. In winter the house is heated by a wood burning stove, (firewood available at additional cost). The first floor accessed by a spiral staircase comprises of a kitchen dining/sitting room with two small balconies opening up into the ancient alley- ways of the village. The house has a wonderful roof terrace above with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and distant coastline. Cycles are available to hire at the house. The night stars seen from the roof are incredible. We even sleep on the roof on nights when we stay there. Make sure to use mosquito rub or a net!

Interaction with guests

We are UK based but happy to give information when requested and respect our visitors privacy. There is lots of information about the area, cycle and walking maps and guides at the house.

Other things to note

A very special little house in a wonderful area of Spain.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


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House Rules

Have a great time and treat the place as you would your own. Please leave a token of your stay with us. We have some quirky things around the house so feel free to add your touch before departure. The house has spirit and we would like you to add yours to it.



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3 nights minimum stay

38 Reviews

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Francesca User Profile
August 2017
The accommodation is as described. The cleaning of the sleeping area and the bathroom is good, while the cleaning of the kitchen could be better. Nijar is about 30 minutes drive from the main beaches of the area, outside the natural park area, so along the road to reach the coast you cross the area of the greenhouses, not very beautiful to see. As it is about 800 m above sea level in the evening it is quite cool (bring a golfin!).

La Villa Scatola User Profile
August 2016
Fantastic little holiday place! The views are spectacular from the roof patio. Claire & Chris are wonderfully welcoming. Nothing is a problem and the village apartment is totally decked out with all home comforts + beach gear as well. Not a place for mobile challenged people as there is a staircase to each floor. Otherwise a great place to stay. Anywhere from 20 - 50mins to an awesome selection of beaches - great location if you like to explore different beaches each day.

Anna User Profile
October 2015
This flat is absolutely delightful ... As per the photos. It is centrally located, free parking not far away and Jane ( who holds the keys) is extremely helpful. There is also lots of of good local information in the flat. We had a great time hiking to Huebro, dining in the local cafe/bar (La Glorietta) and were well supplied with good coffee by master barista Mustafa. We extended our stay and left reluctantly. Najir, it's local residents and artisans and this little flat are definitely worth a visit.

Jose User Profile
September 2015
Very nice and pleasant place to spend time. We truly recommend it. Me and my wife really enjoyed our staying in Nijar at Captain & The Mermaids... .The house is very pretty and facilities are very good. The kitchen area and dinning room are very well presented and it is very comfortable to be there, you can easily cook and enjoy your time stress free. The balcony with its incredibly views of the village, Nijar valley, Cabo de Gata and the mountains behind Nijar is quiet something. If you want to visit the area and go to Cabo de Gata beaches or around you will need a car but we actually enjoyed staying in Nijar as oppose to other areas inside Cabo de Gata closer to the beaches (which you will still need a car ). The driving from Nijar to the natural park was not bad at all and the location of Nijar allows you to access easily to all top locations in Cabo de Gata, Almeria, highway towards Murcia... Also, Claire contact in Nijar is extremely pleasant, we are really grateful to her to for help and nice chats. thanks, we really enjoyed and we will definitely repeat.

Yura User Profile
August 2015
We had a wonderful time in Claire's house. The town ehere it is located is quiet so you can rest, but also near to cabo de gata so beach and tapas are always close to you! The equipment of the house is complete for 2 pax. And Jayne, who gave us the keys, is lovely. We recommend this little house without any doubt!

Silvia User Profile
July 2015
A wonderful house in a wonderful place. The house was just perfect. Jaynr is such a lovely person. We had a relaxing time and we enjoyed every day. We will repeat for sure.

Alf User Profile
July 2015
We had a lovely stay at Claire's house with many dinners on the rooftop terrace. I recommend everyone to do like us and spend your days at the untouched beaches of the natural reserve Cabo de Gata, less then one hour away by car.

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Claire User Profile

We recently spent a year in Borneo, Malaysia. Chris (my husband) and I bought the house in Nijar at the recommendation of a friend. It was a good decision. Buying a house in Spain that needs renovating is highly stressful, especially when you don't have command of the language. However, we are delighted with the outcome and the house is now available to give friends, family and others a taste of the beauty in and around the village and region.
We are keen adventrurers and have spent time in some interesting parts of the world. We are both musicians and have performed in various locations and venues. In fact, we met through playing guitar and violin for a festival gig some years ago!
Musicians, painters, photographers, walkers and cyclists will all find inspriration in Andalucia. We hope you have a wonderful time and fall in love with our magical little house as much as we have.

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