Välkommen till El Campello
If you want a slice of real Spanish life and culture but also access to the beauty and distinct pleasures of this part of Spain, El Campello is the place for you.
For a town situated at the centre of the Costa Blanca, just 20 minutes from Alicante, El Campello somehow manages to retain the chilled-out atmosphere which is missing from many of the region’s better-known tourist resorts. You’ll find a strongly Spanish character here; visit the busy working port and fish market or take part in one of the vibrant, traditional Fiestas. It all adds up to making El Campello a great place to really embed yourself in the Spanish way of life.
History keeps watch over this seaside town in the form of an imposing watch tower that used to warn against pirate raids and now provides views of the delightful beach. You’ll find fascinating architectural reminders of former Arab, Roman and even Bronze age settlements too. El Campello really is perfect if you want to spend your days outside, whether that means enjoying the wide sandy beach or taking long walks in the stunning countryside and mountains. The perfect Mediterranean climate means you will be able to make the most of the town’s natural riches all year round.
The majority of El Campello’s 27,000 strong population are Spanish, although there is a significant expat population here, comprised mainly of people who are interested in integrating with the locals. And with such a friendly, laid back way of life, why wouldn’t you want to?
You will find a wide range of apartments in a mixture of high and low-rise blocks along the seafront, many of which are very reasonably priced. Townhouses and villas can be found closer to the town centre, ranging from high end modern to more traditional Spanish properties.
There are a good range of shops and supermarkets, including discount chains about the town as well as a Wednesday market. If you want to eat out this is a great spot, with the best of the region’s produce, particularly fresh seafood on offer. Sports enthusiasts are also well served, with several golf courses in the immediate vicinity and a yacht club in the town.
El Campello is the most northern stop on a very useful tram line that quickly connects you with Alicante and continues down to Benidorm. The town is also perfectly situated for access to Alicante airport.
The town is served by several medical centres including a small emergency room. For anything more, you can visit the larger university hospital in Sant Joan, just north of Alicante.
Cost of Living
This is a place that will suit people on a budget. Although prices around the beach might be a little higher, you can eat out very reasonably in town. If you really want to cut costs, take a visit to the daily fish market where you can haggle for your supper!