The immense Rock of Ifach, calm and very clean beaches or little bays and cliffs and the valleys and mountains in the inland – Calpe will surprise you with its contrasts and the mild climate all year-round.
The new part of Calpe with its modern buildings and wide avenues harmonise with the ancient little fishing-village. Where tradition still has its place, tourists and visitors are always welcomed with warm hospitality.
The strategic location of Calpe on the coast has attracted a lot of settlers and voyagers throughout the centuries. That is the reason why it is a town that is full of culture and history. Around the skirts of the “Peñon" were discovered remains of Iberian tribes. Later, the Romans founded a colony on the coastal plain, its main activity was dealing in dried, salted fish. During the Medieval period, the population was spread out in independent settlements.
Even Christians and Moors lived peacefully together for some time, but later on the population suffered continual attacks by the pirates from the 14th to the 17th centuries. Finally abated the threat of pirates, Calpe started a period of redevelopment during the 18th century and laying the foundations in the 19th century for its current prosperity as a major attraction for international and national tourism.
The Local Festivities
The local festivities start in February with the Carnival, where marching bands from the whole of Europe meet in Calpe. The “Fallas" are in March, burning ceremoniously big statues on “San Jose", the 19th.
The next is a summer’s festival on the beach on the 24th June, followed by the fishermen’s patron “Virgen del Carmen" in the port the 16th July.
The 5th August is the patron saint’s day of the town “Virgen de las Nieves" with processions, fireworks etc. After the German Beer Festival in October, on the 22nd of the same month is the Fiesta in honour of the “Santisimo Cristo del Sudor" and about the same time the fiestas of the Moors and Christians as well with different processions fireworks, outdoor parties etc (www.calpeonline24.com/guide/calpe-fiesta-guide-calendar).
In the old town, next to the Moorish quarter (“Arrabal") you can see a group of monuments like the “Torreo de la Peca", the ancient Town Walls and the church called “la Iglesia Vieja" the only example of Mudejar – Gothic architecture in the Land of Valencia. Along the seaside you have a modern promenade (“Paseo Maritimo") where recently have been found remains of a Roman villa, once forming part of the fish factory “Banys de la Reina".
On a hill overlooking the bay you can see the hermitage of San Salvador from the 18th century. On the outskirts of the town you will find the hermitage “La Cometa and the fortified “Casa Nova", built in the same century. Near by the “Mascarat" ravine are the ruins of the Moorish castle of Calpe. All over the municipal district you can find typical “Riu-Rau" country houses beside modern villas in perfect harmony.
The municipal district extends along the curved bay, where you can find the impressive “Peñon de Ifach", the Symbol of the Costa Blanca. The Rock is declared as a Nature Park and provides shelter for a variety of plants, like for example the rockrose, the germander or the Ifach campion.
Impressions of the Town of Calpe Click here to watch a video with views of Calpe.
You’ve a big choice of Restaurants in and around Calpe offering everything of international cuisine and typical regional food. Some of the characteristic dishes in Calpe are its “salzones" (salty dried fish), “cruet de peix" (fisherman’s pot), “arros al forn" (oven-baked rice), “putxero de polp" (octupus in sauce) and certainly “Paella". For dessert try homemade Flan or other sweetmeats.
Calpe is ideal for all kind of sea-sports. The fishing port has a Nautical Club, where you can get all information on windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing, and scuba diving. Also available are sailing courses. If you like adventures, you can find them in form of rock-climbing on the “Ifach" and “Toix" or crossing the caves in Olta.
The local diving club and sailing school ensure safe conditions for both activities. La Fossa de Levante and El Arenal beaches offer a bustling contrast with a complete range of services, well cared for promenade and summer rental facilities for windsurf, pedal boats and jet- ski equipment. The activities also include the yacht club’s sailing school, the diving centre at Puerto Blanco and a golf club, all overlooked by the enormous rock 332 metres high – the Peñón de Ifach nature reserve: a challenge for all rock climbing enthusiasts.
With small, rocky coves and wide, fine sandy beaches, Calpe has a wide variety of attractive coastline where transparent waters are the order of the day. Its beautiful, peaceful coves include Les Basetes, to the north – a natural shelter that provides perfect conditions for learning to sail and an interesting seabed carpeted with underwater plants perfect for diving.
There are plenty of golf courses within 45 mins drive of Calpe. Click here to find out more.
Beautiful creek shaped by a tongue of land with the yacht club in Benissta municipality and the creek belonging to Calpe’s beaches. Calm, clear waters with a bustling sailing school and a diving centre.
Accessible from a steep path at the end of Avda Rosa de los Vientos. It is a quiet creek with sand, gravel and boulders where it is possible to enjoy bathing without crowds.
Playa la Fossa
Between the Punta de Basettes and the Penon de Ifach a wide bay is formed where this beach is located close to both apartments. With fine golden sand it has all kinds of services and on Wednesday evenings during the summer it becomes an improvised open-air cinema.
Small natural creek at the foot of the spectacular Penon de Ifach
Small gravel creek closed in its southern extreme by the northern dyke of the Port of Calpe and located at the foot of the Penon de Ifach. From it begins the waterfront of the fishing port
Small creek with urban aspect and fine sand south
of the fishing port. Close by are the Banos de la Reina, very valuable archaelogical remains.
More than two kilometres of beach with fine golden sand and clear waters, splashed with small palms. It has a bustling waterfront behind which is Calpe town centre.
Wide sandy and gravel inlet sheltered in its southern extreme by the northern dyke of the small Puerto Blanco port, which includes a well-known international diving centre – Espana bajo el mar.
Small creek with sand, gravel and boulders especially frequented by the inhabitants of the residential area of the same name, and where the daring buildings of architect Bofill, being a model of advanced architecture in the seventies, are located
What to do
Stroll round the ancient town centre and see the typical fisherman’s houses in the town’s picturesque streets, then visit the Museum of Archaeology and the Fiestas Museum, the Square of “Plaza de la Villa", and finally go to the Hermitage of San Salvador on the hilltop. Take a one hour glass bottom boat trip from the port around the bay of the Playa de Levante, stopping off to view the marine life near the ocean bed.
Take a ferry trip to Benidorm, Altea or Javea
In the afternoon, wander down to the fishing port and watch the boats arrive with their daily catch. See the auctions at the Fish Market (Lonja).
If you like sailing, set off from the modern Nautical Club to see the coast, stopping at the Cova dels Coloms, a marine cave serving as the mouth of an underground, fresh-water stream Enjoy local nature by travelling along the quiet rural roads running to the “Casa Nova", the “Pou Salat", the Hermitage of “La Cometa" and the “Parque de la Vallesa", or ascend the Rock of Ifach to get a splendid panoramic view of the entire area. On Saturday morning visit the bustling market in Calpe town – best to take the bus or walk as parking in town on market day in almost impossible
Where to go
Trains from Calpe station go to Altea, Benidorm or Alicante to the south and Denia to the north – the bus from outside the apartment takes you to the station. Download a really useful rail map for the region by clicking below.
Costa Blanca Rail Network
In Alicante (www.alicante-spain.com) see the old city-centre, the castle of Santa Barbara, the Eusebio Sempere Museum and the Explanada along the beach (60km).
In Altea visit the beautiful church in the old town
Spend a day out visiting the mountain towns of the interior: Jalon, Parcent, Orba… and enjoy some fine country cuisine (15km).
Discover the scenic marvels of the Algar Fountains in Callosa d’En Sarria and stop off at the town of Guadalest to see its typical streets (25km).
Shop for typical hemp wickerwork and esparto goods in Gata de Gorgos (20km).
Make an outing to Benidorm www.benidorm-spotlight.com and enjoy its bustling activity and its nightlife.
Take the kids to Terra Mitica www.terramiticapark.com – Spain’s answer to Disneyland is the largest theme park in Europe.
The theme park is 20 minutes drive from Calpe along the A-7 motorway and is situated in the hills high above Benidorm. The park is open from 1st April to 31st October.
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