Fontilles was founded in 1902 by a lawyer Don Joaquín Ballester and a Jesuit priest, Father Carlos Ferris, in order to offer an improved quality of life and treatment to a great number of leprosy patients in the Alicante and Valencia region. A hospital, the Fontilles Colony Sanatorium was opened in 1909, with the aim of performing a triple function: medical treatment, research and teaching. Since then adjusting to new needs in the fight against leprosy has been a first priority. This includes running annual courses for doctors, nurses and personnel working on anti-leprosy projects, and producing the only scientific leprosy journal in Spanish – Revista de Leprología Fontilles.
The Sanatorium is almost village like in its construction with some wonderful buildings and the atmosphere here is of one of peace and calm
There is a beautiful church within the grounds and a number of shrines carved in marble.
Our walk today is quite short, climbing up from the Fontilles and passing an artistic array of cairns.
When we emerge from the woods we have great views over Campell
The varieties of flowers on show is as always stunning
With all shapes, sizes and colours
Including beautiful narcissus. A short walk but a lovely one all the same.