Camposol Explorers is run by Shaun who runs the Expat in Mazarrón YouTube channel. It’s all about living in Spain, Camposol, places of interest, property, going out walking and many more things about Spain. 

Shaun set up a group called Camposol Explorers, which is about going out exploring once a month in the Murcia Region and beyond. If you want to join, please contact Shaun on Facebook group Expat in Mazarrón.

It is the first time I have organised a group booking to a site that had to be booked at Totana Tourist office. Carolina arranged the booking and organised the English translator and the fee. Our outing this time was to ‘La Bastida’, a bronze-age settlement and one of the most important archaeological sites known as the Argaric culture in Western Europe. Discovered in 1869, it is one of the largest settlements in Europe. Over 1,000 people lived there on the side of a mountain, protected by ravines and other mountains that made it hard to attack. There is a defence wall that was about 2-3mtr thick made of stone and about 6-7mtr high. Some of the building work is similar to the city of Troy in Turkey, of the same period. It is also known as Troy of the Western World.

Our Spanish translator, Julia, did an amazing job explaining all the history of this settlement and showing us around the site. We also saw what it would have looked like in a stone house of that time. It is hard to believe so many people lived here, some of the streets were just 1mtr wide. It is well worth a visit. 

Because it was a long viewing, (just over 2½ hrs), we drove to our next and last location for our picnic, just below Aledo. It’s known as the ‘Laundry Room’, which some say was an old Arab bathing area. At one time this was the only source for drinking water and washing clothes for the people who lived in Aledo. They would have to come down the hill, some with donkeys, to collect their drinking water and take it back up the hill to the town every day. Now Aledo has piped-in drinking water and the ‘Laundry Room’ has no water. It has been turned into a picnic area with seating and tables, with plenty of shade under the trees. It was a lovely end of the day.