We stayed at El Campello and used this as a base to be able to get into Alicante on the tram.
El Campello has another glorious golden sandy beach and you certainly wouldn’t be too upset to spend a 2 week holiday here. The town has a good selection of shops and 2 markets per week, one on a Wednesday and one on a Sunday. The markets sell a variety of fruit and vegetables indoors and then everything you can think of is outside!
We walked up to the marina to have a look at the 16th century tower that was built by the Berber pirates. Apparently during the day smoke signals would warn the other towers along the coast that the pirates were coming.
We then come across an archaeological site at ‘La Illeta’ where circular cabins have been found dating back to 3000 BC. This site is of great importance as remains have been found from the Bronze Age. The site isn’t very big and cost 2 euros each for us to have a walk around.
It was a 20 minute tram ride to Alicante and cost 1 euro 45 each for one way.
Alicante has a great shopping centre and we decided on this occasion to give the museums a miss. We spent the day wondering around the shops and managed to pick up a power bank so we can charge our phones and iPads easily when we wild camp.
We had a walk down the famous ‘mushroom street’. The mushrooms were added to draw tourists to this part of the City which was in decline and they are now are big attraction and the local businesses are starting to thrive as a result.
We went to a lovely Spanish restaurant for lunch and had a great selection of Tapas.
We had a brisk walk along the promenade explanada de espana which has the harbour/port on one side and a selection of restaurants and bars on the other. There were market traders selling the Alicante famous leather goods dotted around too.
El Campello worked really well with the dogs too. Right opposite our campsite was the vast open space of waste land so we have been able to let the dogs have some fun too.