Calpe Costa Blanca

Calpe is a 24 km² coastal municipality in the province of Alicante, approximately 20 km up-north of the famous Benidorm, and is easily accessible via the airports of Alicante or Valencia, or of course, by car via the AP-7 or “Autopista del Mediterráneo”, a highway that crosses along the entire Spanish South and East Coast.
Calpe has more than 27,000 inhabitants, and is characterized by the 332 metres high Rock El Peñon de Ifach, that sticks out into the sea and can be seen for miles. The rock is part of a small bird sanctuary.
Calp is because of its ideal microclimate is a popular tourist destination. One can find numerous hotels and apartments on the promenade, as well as cafes, restaurants and disco bars, and on the surrounding hills are numerous residential areas with villas and “urbanisacions”.
The Peñón de Ifach, divides Calpe as it were, in two parts, of which the old town along the Poniente beach is South, and the Imperial Park Resort at the height of the Levante Beach, also known as “playa de la Fossa”, between the old town, and the picturesque Moraira.
The old town is still intact and still contains traces of the Moorish rule. A period which is commemorated by a major pageant festive every year at the end of October, the “fiesta Moros y Christianos” Santísimo Cristo del Sudor “, in honor of” Patron Saint of Calpe since 1682.
In the old town you can find many authentic restaurants where you can enjoy the delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and all this, at “Européen standards” very democratic prices.
The natural park of Peñón de Ifach is one of the last mountain chains of Béticas, and is completely closed off from other relief.
It takes about 2 hours to reach the Summit by foot, via a landscaped path, with the necessary protections. It’s well worth the effort, given the spectacular views over almost the entire Costa Blanca you will receive as an award.
It is also not for nothing the Peñón is called the symbol of the Costa Blanca.
Between the apartments and along the way you’ll find the the old salt mine of Calpe, “Las Salinas de Calpe”. Not that long ago salt was won here, which among other things, found its way to North-West Europe.
Despite the close edge buildings, flamingos still come to the Salt Lake. If you’re not too late in the morning, you will find them usually foraging close to the road and you can easily photograph them from close distance.
The beautiful sandy beaches, charming Bay beaches, turquoise-blue sea, the natural beauty of the Interior, the picturesque villages, the very democratic catering prices, and fantastic amusement parks are the ingredients for a unique cocktail that make Calpe a fantastic holiday destination for young and old.