Calpe: your holiday on the Costa Blanca

Calpe and its impressive sea rock, the jewel of the Costa Blanca

Calpe is famous because of the impressive rock that emerges from the Mediterranean Sea on its coastline, called the Peñón de Ifach. This rock, visible from hundreds of miles away, is considered the symbol of the Costa Blanca and belongs to the Spanish heritage of natural parks. You can follow the paths from Calpe’s harbour heading to the rock and climb up its 332 meters. From the top, you’ll enjoy one of the most beautiful views over the Costa Blanca. Also hiking lovers will enjoy it, since there are more than 30 routes at many different levels.

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Calpe: beautiful blue flag sandy beaches and a fashionable promenade with pubs and restaurants

On both sides of the enormous rock, you’ll find the two beautiful, long beaches of Calpe. The Levante beach is one of the most famous beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. Its two kilometre long fashionable boulevard has many pubs and restaurants, where you can taste some delicious fish meals or tapas. Calpe’s beaches have been given the blue flag qualification, which ensures them to be clean and with high-quality water. From the Levante’s beach promenade, you’ll be able to walk till the Calalga villas. And if you continue the same path, you’ll reach the Basetes harbour.

Calpe, a modern beach resort with centuries of history and culture

Calpe’s harbour and the symbol of the Costa Blanca on the background

Calpe is located on the Costa Blanca between Altea and Benissa, not far away from Moraira. Because of its strategic location, it used to be inhabited by Iberians, Romans and Mores. Nowadays, you can still find some remains of all these civilizations in the local museum. The Baños de la Reina (the Queen’s baths), for instance, are one of the most important ruins of those times. Calpe’s current economy is based on fishery and tourism. Therefore the modern apartment complexes, hotels, broad boulevards and marinas are in complete harmony with the old fisher’s harbour in the old city centre, which is located on a mountain side. The narrow, lively streets with all kinds of street art on their walls will lead you to the enormous range of shops and restaurants. Calpe’s inhabitants are friendly and will welcome you wherever you go. The Gothic church and the 18th century Tower of Peça are both worth a visit. If you enjoy shopping, the weekly Saturday marketis also a must. You’ll find not only fresh vegetables and fruit, but also clothing, leather goods, shoes, watches, fabrics and other little baubles.

Calpe’s many natural contrasts will surprise you

Calpe’s beautiful inlands are composed by hills alternated with green valleys, which act as a barrier and keep the Mediterranean climate safe and pleasant on the coast line. You have many possibilities in this area. On one hand, there’s a bird reserve, with many exotic birds, that you have to visit for sure. And, on the other hand, Calpe is also famous because of its big salt lake, which is located just behind the beaches. This salt lake dates back from the Roman times and is now inhabited by a big colony of wild and protected flamingos. Rent a holiday home with Club Villamar.

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