Restaurante Las Fuentes in Oasis de Capistrano
This family-run restaurant has been going for 17 years, and it shows no signs of tiring as the second generation strive to keep it in full swing. The owners, Pepe, originally from Granada, and Janette, from England, met in Nerja many years ago. They opened the restaurant together in 1999. Now, 17 years later, their daughter Abigail and her husband, Sergio, are running the restaurant with them; a real family business. And it feels that way too!
Las Fuentes ‘prides itself on its fresh home cooked meals’ and you can expect to find a nice mix of British, Spanish, Italian, even Indian dishes on offer. To name a few; Prawns ‘Pil Pil’, Calamari, Rabbit braised in Cider and Juniper, Homemade Lasagne, Homemade Chicken Curry. They have a range of Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options, a Children’s menu; and they are very flexible and accommodating with special requirements.
The place itself has a very homely feeling; in fact, you’ll almost feel like you’ve entered someone’s house (in a good way that is!). The bay window seats are full of plumped, comfy cushions, the bookcase is full of second-hand books (which are for sale) and the simple, yet elegant curtains and soft furnishings give it a fresh and tasteful look. Overall the restaurant is very light and airy, but with a very relaxed ambiance.
Most popular with the clients though, is the open terrace balcony that looks across the roundabout and up to the mountains beyond. They also have a small garden with a pool table which is especially nice for children.
Abigail tells me that their terrace has already been fully booked for the coming ‘Fiesta of San Isidro’, for which Las Fuentes put on a special party every year. Some people even booked their spots a whole year ahead!
The San Isidro Festival on May 15th is a big deal in Spain; it is the special day for San Isidro Labrador, ‘Saint Isidore the Farm Labourer’. From Nerja there is a procession all the way to nearby town, Maro, where people party all day and right through to the early hours. Las Fuentes restaurant is on route and they open up their bar onto the grass outside with clients on their terrace getting a great view of the passing procession below. If you are in Spain on the 15th May be sure not to miss this traditional festival. You can join in the parade and head to Maro on foot, or head to Las Fuentes where you’ll find a great atmosphere to enjoy the festivities.
Las Fuentes also hold quiz nights, these are very popular with the regulars and are always in aid of raising money for local charities. On Sundays, during the winter months they often have an English Roast dinner or the typical Spanish ‘Arroz Caldoso’, which, literally translates to ‘Stocked Rice’; meaning a rice cooked in a stock. It is similar to the well-known Spanish Paella, only it is more liquid and typically contains pork, chicken and vegetables, rather than seafood. Arroz Caldoso is usually more typical in the countryside and the inland of Spain.
All in all you really can expect a friendly welcome and a wholesome meal at Las Fuentes. Great for a relaxing drink or a three course meal, whether alone, with a friend or with the whole family.
If you are staying in other parts of Capistrano you can take the bus and get off at Capistrano Oasis bus stop, you can’t miss Las Fuentes from the bus stop.
To book a table at Las Fuentes call: (0034) 952 522 990
Las Fuentes Opening Times: Every day: 13.00-22.00, Except Tuesdays: 18.00-22.00, Mondays: CLOSED