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EL CAMPELLO TURISMO

Calle San Bartolom, 103 Esq. Ruperto Chap


03560 El Campello - Alicante - (Espaa)
Tel: +34 965 634 606 Fax: +34 965 633 548
e-mail: turismo@elcampello.org

EL CAMPELLO. NEARBY EXCURSIONS


ROUTE N 1.- ALICANTE CAPITAL
The capital of the province, Alicante, adjoins the El Campello municipal area, both towns sharing the
magnificent San Juan - Muchavista beach.
From the purely artistic point of view we must mention the superb
castle of Santa Barbara in Alicante dating IX Century. The original
Archaeological Museum (MARQ); the 14th century Gothic Basilica of
Santa Mara, with its Baroque faade, and the Cathedral of San
Nicols, with its sober late renaissance design of Herrerian inspiration
and excellent examples of the Baroque such as the Communion
Chapel; the Town Hall, a beautiful 18th century palace with a
spectacular faade; and the Santa Cruz Quarter with white and narrow streets and a hermitage overlooking the
sea and spectacular views of the city .
We must also mention its Esplanade (Palm-tree promenade), the leisure centres on the Levante and
Poniente Harbours, as well as the shopping areas with large department stores and numerous shops.
ROUTE N2 - ELCHE-SANTA POLA-TABARCA ISLAND
Elche is the third most important city in the Valencian Community and its Palmeral (Palm Forest) was
declared Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO. For this reason we recommend a visit to the Municipal Park,
the private garden Huerta del Cura and the Palmeral Route. Another place you must visit is La Alcudia, where
the famous Iberian sculpture the Dama de Elche was found, the Baroque Basilica of Santa Mara where the
Misteri d'Elx (Mystery of Elche- also declared Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO) is performed and the
Archaeological Museum (MAHE) next to the Altamira Palace.

Santa Pola, well known by its salt flats and sandy beaches, also deserves a visit, including, of course, its XVI
th. Century Renaissance Castle.
The nearby island of Tabarca, which belongs to Alicante, is a Historic-Artistic Group and the seas surrounding
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ROUTE N 3.- CANELOBRE CAVES-JIJONA-ALCOY-CASTLES
Very near El Campello, we find the village of Busot, a visit to the Canelobre Caves, with beautiful examples of
stalactites and stalagmites, is worth it.
Jijona is the world capital of nougat and this exquisite natural
sweet can be purchased in any of the many factories, in one of which
you can also visit the Museo de Turrn (Nougat Museum .- El Lobo
y 1880). The route towards Alcoy will take us through beautiful
countryside, over the Carrasqueta Pass, and to the Barranco de la
Batalla. And in Alcoy itself you should visit the Museo Alcoyano de
la Festa (The Fiesta Museum), dedicated to the Moor and Christian
festivities which in this town have its origins. The old part of this city
also deserves a visit to its Plaza de Espaa and San Nicols St.
Along the River Vinalop Valley there are towns crowned by beautiful medieval castles: Baeres, Biar,
Villena, Sax, Petrer and Novelda.
ROUTE N 4.- LA MARINA BAIXA-SIERRA DE AITANA
The first town we come to is Villajoyosa, famous for its chocolates (Chocolate Museums) and its typical
houses with their polychromed faades.
After passing this town, capital of the Marina Baixa district, we reach Benidorm, the great tourist destination
on the Costa Blanca where we can find several funfair, water and themes park such as: Terra Mtica, Terra
Natura, Aqualandia, Mundomar, etc.
Going inland, we discover enchanting villages as La Nuca and
Polop.
The route continues towards Callosa d'En Sarri where we can
visit the lovely cascades at the source of the River Algar, and climbs up

to

Guadalest, a delightful village in an exceptional setting.


We find ourselves in the foothills of the Sierra de Aitana whose
peak (1558 m) is the highest in the province, in the surrounding area
we must mention Confrides and Penguila, with the Aitana Safari Park, and continue down towards the sea
through Sella and Orcheta, among leafy forests which take us to the Amadorio Reservoir.
ROUTE N 5.- LA MARINA ALTA
After crossing Benidorm and Altea, a pretty town of whitewashed houses crowned by a blue domed church,
the countryside will become craggier, and we are taken through an area of charming coves and rugged spots
such as the Mascarat.
Immediately the impressive Rock of Ifach emerges (327 m), the
symbol of the Costa Blanca, and with it Calpe, a popular tourist
destination.

Then we will come to Benissa, places as beautiful as Moraira, the La Nao Cape, the most easterly point of
the Iberian Peninsula, and Javea, with its exquisite old part and beautiful viewpoints overlooking the sea.
The cliffs of the San Antonio Cape and the matchless lime mass of the Montg with its height of 753 m. will
bring us to Dnia, the capital of the Marina Alta district, a beautiful town of ancient origin with its castle where
valuable archaeological pieces are housed.
The inland route is going to reveal us the hidden valleys of La Marina Alta district: Vall de Gallinera, Vall de
Alcal, Vall de Ebo and Vall de Laguart, with their small villages and leafy, peaceful countryside.

ROUTE N 6.- SOUTHERN COAST-VEGA BAJA DEL SEGURA


The River Segura flows into the sea at Guardamar. In the surrounding area of this city we find important
archaeological sites and magnificent dunes among pine groves.
The La Mata salt water lake will lead us to Torrevieja, another famous tourist destination known for its
important salt flats and International Habaneras Festival.
Continuing along the road we will discover magnificent housing estates such as Punta Prima, La Zenia or the
Dehesa de Campoamor, leading residential areas with golf courses.
At the southern tip of the province we find the young municipality of Pilar de la Horadada, whose last beach,
El Mojn, marks the dividing line with the Murcian coast.
From there we go inland to the Vega Baja district until we reach its
capital, Orihuela, which has the greatest artistic wealth of all the
Alicante towns and is the Episcopal See, with its five national heritage
monuments and several museums.
Returning to El Campello, we will go through Callosa de Segura
whose Archpriestal Church of Saint Martin is the best example of
Renaissance architecture in the province and Crevillente, famous for its carpets and the museum dedicated to
the sculptor Mariano Benlliure.
**Updated March 2014**

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