El Campello lies between Alicante City (13km) and the busy resort of Benidorm (26km) With miles of wide, scrupulously clean sandy white beaches, a pretty fishing harbour and marina and views of the mountains.
El Campello is an enchanting holiday resort situated in a perfect position on the Costa Blanca coast of Alicante. It has a brilliant tram service that puts you in easy reach of the vibrancy of Alicante City and Benidorm.
The town hasn’t fallen victim to the lure of mass tourism and the town planners have preferred low rise buildings with only a few high rise buildings evident. This has helped it to retain it’s spanish identity and feel and the residents are a perfect mix of spanish and multi nationals.
It has a pleasant unpretentious air and it is perfect for couples and families to live here or to rent holiday homes. It offers a history and a charm all of its own with historic archaeological remains dating back to 3000BC which can be visited near the port area. There is also a magnificent 16th century watchtower that acted as a warning against raids from Berber Pirates. The tourist information office conducts regular tours of these important historic monuments.
There are excellent beach facilities and a large number of good quality restaurants and café bars. The town boasts a huge modern promenade that sweeps around the coast.
The town is full of character and it still holds a fish auction every evening at six o’clock where fishermen sell their daily catch. There is also a weekly market where fresh local produce is sold.
El Campello is very dog friendly has has a dedicated beach section where owners can take their dogs to swim in the sea.
Fiestas in El Campello
There are many fiestas to enjoy in the town. Here are some of the more spectacular.
From the 11th to the 15th of October every year, the town celebrates the fiesta of the Moors and Christians (Moros y Christianos) According to popular tradition, the festival commemorates the battles, combats and fights between the Moors and Christians during the period known as the Reconquista which was the period from the 8th century through the 15th century.
The festival last for several days beginning with the Moors disembarking on the beach on the morning of the 12th October and a subsequent battle in front of the Torre de la Illeta.
There are colourful parades which fill the streets of the town with music and lights and the costumes are fantastic. On the 15th of October there is a festival in honour of Santa Teresa and the “Virgen de los Desamparados” which finishes with a magnificent firework display. The festival ends with the Christians winning a final battle.
The three kings procession
On the 6th of January every year, the three kings (the three wise men) arrive in El Campello marina by boats bearing gifts for all the children. The costumes are stunning and all the town turn out for the fiesta. There is a brilliant atmosphere with lots of excited children!