El Campello. Beaches, history and nature.
To speak of El Campello is to speak of its beaches. To mention El Campello is to mention the coast. To portray El Campello is to portray its inhabitants. To describe El Campello is to describe its gastronomy. To praise El Campello is to praise its beauty. To detail El Campello is to detail its beautiful nature. To explain El Campello is to explain its history. In sum, writing about El Campello is to write about the Mediterranean.
It is very hard to highlight a single trait of this beautiful town, since it is enough to discuss its beautiful streets a little or to walk on the soft sands of its beaches to come across some place or monument that reminds of its curious past. Part of this small town is, in fact, taken up by the Illeta dels Banyets area, a privileged and coveted space by tourists where remains and traces of the different peoples who arrived to settle in this place throughout history have been found. It is currently considered one of the best archaeological sites in the Mediterranean because it contains objects that go back as far as prehistory, the age of bronze, to the Iberian settlement, one of the most important in the Mediterranean because of its unique characteristics, and the Roman era where small bath houses, greenhouses carved into the earth and fish farms stand out. The latter gave this site its name in the folk tradition, it being originally known as Els Banyets de la Reina (the Queen’s Little Baths).
Throughout medieval history, this town had suffered from the continuous raids of Barbary pirates on its coastlines, and as a result during the 16th century a surveillance system was built in the form of round and tall watchtowers dotted along the coastline. Today 2 of these still stand: the Torre del Barranc d’Aigües and the Torre de la Illeta; the latter is the best preserved one after having been renovated in the 20th century. It represents an important symbol to the local population, besides being used as the backdrop for the celebration of all kinds of events of interest.
But El Campello is, of course, not just history, it is also beauty and nature which are perfectly visible in the shape of its incredible coastline with a length of 23 km.
The beaches at El Campello represent, perhaps, the area’s primary tourist attraction. And with due reason, since we are not only talking about a location that is blessed by an exceptional climate all year round. This facilitates the performance and practice of all kinds of water sports encouraged by its Yachting Club and a wide variety of fishing, surfing, diving, snorkel, parasailing, waterboarding clubs and companies. We are also talking about a place where several of its beaches, such as the la Carrer la Mar and the Muchavista, have been awarded Blue Flags because of their protection, state of preservation and environmental quality.
These beaches offer not only sporting services. When the summer comes, beaches such as Muchavista offer a wide range of activities such as cinema, Bibliobeach, play areas, hammocks, etc. which along with its installations, touristic infrastructure, extension of 3,3 kms in length and 80 m in width of fine and golden sands turn it into a touristic destination fit for every taste.
You may not be a fan of the water, but you might not want to let the stimulating sea breeze that the Mediterranean has to offer pass you buy. This is where the area’s versatility comes into play, offering you a 3 kms-long boardwalk that will offer you a beautiful view and culinary options to make your palate jump with joy, with restaurants that will serve you dishes so natural and fresh that you will not want to leave.
And speaking of food, it is normal to think that, in the restaurants of a place, that lies so close to the sea, dishes are served that are as fresh as they are delicious, and El Campello is proof of this; in such a degree that the city has the so-called Monumento al Pescador (Monument to the Fisherman), two sculptures made by artist Arcadi Blasco that represent a boat in the water and a lighthouse in the sand, an ode to the peoples of the sea and representing the town’s historical nexus with and dependence on the sea.
El Campello is, in sum, a town worthy of admiration for what it has to offer. The golden colour of its sand beaches, the beautiful blue of its waters, the taste of the food and the affection of its people make this such a charming place. But the interesting thing about this town is not just its beauty, its history is also noteworthy, and it will be impossible to leave it if we are willing to get to know more about the place.
What is certain is that El Campello managed to catch my attention and I do hope it will catch yours. If you have not had the chance yet to visit this beautiful place, we recommend it, because it is another example of what Europe, and particularly the majestic Mediterranean Sea, has to offer.