Shaun runs the Expat in Mazarron YouTube channel, which he began on arriving in Spain in 2015. For those that are new to the channel, it is about Shaun’s living in Spain; where he lives, around and about the Mazarrón area, plus other places of interest for walking across a wider area of Murcia. There are many more aspects to living in this area, including the property that can be found on Camposol Urbanisation.
Last year, Shaun set up a new group called Camposol Explorers which is specifically for exploring the Murcia area. It is made up of a small group of people (so far) who live in the surrounding urbanizations, who want to explore the Murcia region within a small group, to see and understand its history and beauty of the area.
This past month – April, the weather was the cloudiest and wettest I had seen since living here, but there was a break in the weather and at short notice Shaun managed to get a group of four to go exploring for the day, travelling in two cars due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Our First Location
This was an abandoned mine Conjunto Mina Luisito (which can be found on Google Maps – Sat Nav location). It’s not far from Camposol heading towards Mazarrón on the RM3, set back behind the two petrol stations (BP & Repsol). There is not much information on this mine.
Built circa 1900’s, the owners, after digging a shaft hole, hit an underground hot spring which cost too much to pump out and mine so it was abandoned.
We went to two places, Las Salinas(The Salt Flats) which date back to Roman times. This whole area, at one time a salt marsh, is a short distance from Puerto de Mazarrón. This is the last inlet/outlet structure left of the Salt Flats.
Walking further along the beach called Playa de la Pava you will notice wooden steps going up to a view point named Mirador Cabezo del Gavilan. (Sat-Nav location). This has amazing views in all directions, but looking out to sea you have Puerto de Mazarronin one direction and Bolnuevo in the other.
Third and Final Location:
We went to Puerto de Mazarron Docks to see the Fishing Harbour. Resplendent still, but not in sail, was the replica sailing ship Nao Victoria. She was built circa 1519, one of five sailing ships built by Spain to circumnavigate the world.
Nao Victoria was the only one to return in 1522. She was berthed for a couple of weeks in Puerto de Mazarrón before moving further down the coast towards Aguilas. She is now a museum ship and the cost to board the ship and look around was 5€ per person. It was an enjoyable experience and the cost contributes to the upkeep of the ship for generations to come. For more information about the ship, check out their website www.fundacionnaovictoria.org
We finished our day with a lovely picnic, sitting overlooking the sea. The picnic was made by a fellow explorer named Mandy. “A truly enjoyable day” said by all.
Please check out the video on ‘YouTube’ – Camposol Explorers Spain April 2021