Camposol is not so much a town, but a large urbanisation, with almost 5,000 villas built around the 18-hole Camposol golf course. It is located near the hamlet of Saladillo, in Mazarrón municipality, and offers views over the surrounding countryside to the Sierra de Espuña and Sierra Moreras mountains.
The urbanisation has a variety of shops, bars, supermarkets and restaurants, as well as a post office, petrol station and medical centre on site. The town of Mazarrón is just a 10-minute drive away and Corvera Murcia Airport is 25 minutes by car. Puerto de Mazarrón, three kilometres from Mazarrón, has 35 kilometres of unspoilt beaches. The urbanisation is home to 3,500 full-time residents of all nationalities, with the British being the largest group.
The name Mazarrón originates from the Moorish “Al Mezer”, which refers to the ochre colour that is predominant in the area. There are numerous archaeological remains and caves around the town, evidence of its pre-historic foundations.
Mazarrón is divided into small districts, with the principal tourist areas centred along the coastal part of Puerto de Mazarrón. Here you will find bars, restaurants, shops and markets.
Places of interest include a 15th century castle, an old alum factory, the 16th century Church of San Andres (with a Roman milestone from the third century) and old mining installations.
Mazarrón is situated at the mouth of a wide bay and from here stretches 35 kilometres of coastline with fine-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. All the beaches on this coast have been awarded the European “Blue Flag” for cleanliness and modern facilities. The beaches from Mojón to Bolnuevo have also been awarded the coveted “Q for Quality” badge from the tourist board.
The Murcia region’s mild climate makes this area an ideal destination for golf-lovers, who can enjoy playing at any one of 22 golf courses virtually throughout the year, with facilities to accommodate golfers of every level.
The 18-hole, par-72 Camposol course is on the urbanisation’s doorstep, and close by are the Hacienda del Alamo and Lorca golf courses.
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The fertile inland plains produce an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood is caught daily by the local fishing fleet, and farmed meat and game are brought down from the mountains, ensuring a rich culinary selection to suit every taste – with rice being prominent.
Traditional dishes include:
- Arroz y Conejo – Rice with Rabbit
- Paella Huertana – Vegetable Paella
- Arroz de Verduras – Rice and Vegetables
- Arroz Marinero – Seafood Rice
- Arroz y Costillejas – Rice and Ribs
- Potaje – Rich Stew Dish
- Menestra – Dish of Sautéed Vegetables
- Habas con Jamón – Broad Beans with Serrano Ham
- Caldo Murciano – Local Soup Dish
- Huevas de Mújol – Type of Caviar
Although Camposol is a relatively modern urbanisation, it has embraced the custom of having an annual fiesta. During the second half of August a three-day festival of music, dancing and eating is laid on, following the best Spanish traditions. The nearby town of Mazarrón has Easter processions and a carnival in February; and the patron saint is the Virgen de la Purísima, whose day is celebrated on 8 December.
In November, the “romería”, a procession of the “Virgen de la Purísima”, celebrates “El Milagro” (“The Miracle”), when the Virgen appeared and hailed the end of the long drought on 17 November 1585.