Hostal San Juan
Av. Jaime I, 110, Campello, 3560, es
More about Campello
Fishing at twilight
The watchtower, at the bottom.
Hostal San Juan
Our friends at the Liquor Shots Stand
Travel Tips for Campello
El Campello is a coastal town 13 km to the north of Alicante. The coastline of Campello is 23 km long, divided into several beaches. Playa de Muchavista is the longest one. Actually, Playa de Muchavista and Playa de San Juan form a long beach, but they belong to different municipalities: Campello and Alicante. There is also a nice beach on the urban coastline, as well as some coves to the north: Baños de la Reina and Coveta Fumá.
The Monnegre or Río Seco (Dry River) used to irrigate the Huerta de Alicante, flowing into the sea between Muchavista beach and the urban area. Now there is no flow, but the banks flood after torrential rains.
There is a busy Marina and Fish market, where people can go and purchase freshly caught seafood.
The many raids of Berber pirates during the 16th century caused the construction of numerous watchtowers along the Levante coastline. One of these towers stands in Campello, on a hill near the Marina. It was built between 1554 and 1557.
There are archaeological remains at La Isleta, beside the harbour, where circular cabins dating back to 3000BC have been found.
Campello is connected with Alicante by the tram. The ride is 20 minutes long. A railway connecting Alicante with the towns along the coast was built in 1914, helping the development of the town. The trenet was replaced some years ago by the modern tram.
The picture is taken from Muchavista beach. The houses on the left are developments between the beach and the town, which is behind these houses. On the right, houses dispersed on Coveta Fumá. At the bottom, Sierra Aitana covered with snow (January 9th, 2010).
Relax in the beach and the sun
"Not quite a town"
Honestly I don’t think this qualifies as a town or as a village as I haven’t seen anything that resembles an urban environment. Beautiful beachfront is lined with hotels, private pensions, and private houses, but no signs of actual everyday life are existent there. I would classify El Campello more as a tourist resort sort of place.
Beach is the most beautiful one I saw in Spain. Beach is 100 m wide, sand is whiter and water is clearer than in east and south coast end. Seaside promenade is great for evening walks. The only downfall is that everything looked kind of dead. It was noticeable that most tourists here were either seniors of families.
This train was such a refreshment to a normally sleepy environment of Campello. Its tracks go all along the beachfront and connect Alicante with other northern coastal towns like Benidorm or Denia. For a few euros, in 20 minutes you are in Alicante. Train is modern, fast, and comfortable and adds to the authentic experience. Highly recommended!!!
Giant Paella Valenciana
We were so lucky to visit Campello on an afternoon when the mayor was throwing a party for the town which was commemorating its 100th anniversary, and they had quite a party! inflatable jumping castles and all kinds of other games for children, music, and the best: FREE drinks, FREE giant paella Valenciana (I'd always seen stuff like that on TV, but this time I got to actually see one live and the size of it!) It was delicious! FREE beer!!!!!!!!! (Mahou, my favorite Spanish beer) and FREE shots of liquor to finish it up!
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