El Campillo de Doña Francisca
El Campillo is situated in El Campillo de Doña Francisca, in the heart of one of the most authentic valleys in Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. A landscape of red earth in which traditional agriculture has left many marks: farmhouses, waterwheels, wells, mills,… some are in ruins and others are better conserved. In every one of your walks, you will penetrate the history of the Andalusian countryside, with its simple and beautiful tradition and aesthetics.
The legendary Cortijo del Fraile deserves special mention, as well as the ‘ruta del cine‘ (cinematographic route), taking you to some of the places where the spaghetti westerns were shot, and the old goldmines at Rodalquilar, with galleries that have modelled a nearly lunar landscape in this mountain of great geological interest.
Time stands still at Cortijo El Campillo. All there is to hear is a rooster in the morning, the long-eared owl at night, crickets, cicadas and one or two braying sounds from nearby donkeys. Sunrise and sunset gift us with a light that is less intense and that will allow us to distinguish all the nuances and rediscover beauty.
At night, we will enjoy a sky flled with stars, without street lights, headlights, or any artifcial lighting that will outshine the universe.