The tower overlooking the harbour was built in
the 16th century as a lookout for Berber pirates. During the
day, smoke signals warned other towers along the coast of the pirates' pending
arrival, and fires were lit when it was dark.
During October each year, the town holds its moros i
cristians (Moors and Christians) festival. The festival includes
daily "battles" through the town, where arquebuses are extensively
used. There are numerous parades and late night fireworks displays. The evening
parades through the centre of the town are resplendent with extravagant
El Campello has a population of 26.500
inhabitants spread over an area of 55.27 square kilometers.