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Discover the coastal beauty of Calpe
Nestled on the northern end of the Costa Blanca, there’s a bright beauty to Calpe that sets it apart from its neighbours, Benidorm and Albir. It still features the towering hotels, sweeping golden beaches and enticing Iberian restaurants that characterise the region, yet everything has a slightly more relaxed, thoughtful pace. Perhaps it’s due to the ever-present backdrop of the Penyal d’Ifach, Calpe’s colossal rock formation that caps its golden coastline. It ensures that whether you’re on the open seas or relaxing on a sunlit terrace, there’s always a stunning aspect on your horizon.
Activities & Attractions
Golden beaches and Iberian flavours in Calpe
Throughout history, Calpe has captured the attention of the world’s mightiest civilisations, and with good reason. The Romans even found the town so alluring, they set up an entire fish farming operation here, which you can still see evidence of today.
Later, it was the Moors turn to be captivated by Calpe. Again, their influence is still something you can enjoy today, at Calpe’s excellent restaurants offering Eastern-inspired dishes cooked with rice, fabulously fresh seafood and vibrant fruits and vegetables.
Although, if you simply want to relax by the beach, you’ll discover a coastline of endless delights. There are no less than 14 beaches within the resort, with their stunning variety ranging from lengthy shorelines that fringe towering hotels, to tiny coves with narrow strips of dusky sand. Combined with bars and clubs that cling to the coastline, you can be sure that your beach dreams will begin in Calpe.
Ancient sites and feats of nature
Calpe’s most famous attraction is adopted as its regional, and even national landmark – the Penyal d’Ifac. This colossal limestone rock sits at the very precipice of the coastline, just 3km from the centre of Calpe. Standing some 332m tall, you can even ascend its peak for incredible coastal views. But even from afar, it forms a beautiful backdrop, especially as the sun gilds its silhouette with a golden lining in the fading evening light. Indeed, the formation is considered so symbolic, it has even been given a protected Natural Park status. Shimmering salt flats sit just below the rock, making the scene even more stunning.
On the subject of stunning natural sights, the Monte Toix Mirador is a breathtaking hiking trail that leads you high upon the craggy, arid mountain range of the Morro de Toix. From here, you’ll see the undulating gold and azure of the Calpe coastline, punctuated by the Penyal d’Ifac in the distance. Similarly, the Sierra de Bernia y Ferrer (accessed less than 20km away) is a great swathe of mountainous land with peaks that reach 1128m, and even the remains of the 16th century Bernia Fort built by Phillip II to protect against Moorish invasions.
But perhaps the most impressive ancient structure in the town is the Elys Banys de la Reina, translated as ‘The Queen’s Baths.’ With weathered stone submerged under the crystalline sea, its name actually derives from a mistaken myth that a Moorish queen once bathed here. In actual fact, it was a Roman fish farm, as Calpe was an important fishing town when it was under occupation by the Romans. Look up close and you can even see the iron marks where gates once separated the fish in different pools.
The Old Town of Calpe also has a medieval history and had fine city walls. However, the only remnant of its protected centre is now the La Peca Tower, a 15th century watchtower that you can still visit today to enjoy fabulous views of the sparkling Mediterranean waters.
Yet for a rather more relaxing day out, you may prefer to visit the Waterfalls of Algar, less than 18km inland from Calpe. This verdant valley of cascading waterfalls is connected with wooden bridges and diving platforms, so you can even dive into the turquoise-toned waters to cool off!
Classic Spanish cuisine on the coast
As with much of the Costa Blanca, the cuisine in Calpe features a vibrant mix of flavourful Spanish ingredients with the added spice of its Moorish legacy. The bright sunshine and warm climate means that you’ll see fragrant orange and lemon trees filling great swathes of land, while the region’s coastal location means seafood often makes a strong appearance.
In fact, it is often claimed that paella was first created in a village just north of Calpe. So it’s a fantastic place to try the classic Spanish dish of chicken, rabbit, shellfish and saffron-infused rice. The abundance of rice in many regional delicacies also highlights the Eastern influence of the Moors, with a meal such as arròs negre, which is layered with rice blackened by squid ink.
For a sweet treat, you should also try fartons – delicious pastry fingers that you can dip in the creamy almond milk known as orxata.
Certainly, whether you decide to enjoy Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese or British food, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Calpe. That’s because there are over 200 restaurants in the resort, with some of the best focused on the streets of Calle Pintor Sorolla and Calle Blasco Ibanez.
Miles and miles of sparkling white coastline
Calpe boasts some of the best beaches on the Costa Blanca and there’s actually a trio of top shorelines to choose from for your sunbathing.
A particular, popular favourite is La Fossa Levante. This Blue Flag-awarded beach stretches for almost 1km and follows a sweeping arc of sparklingly clean golden sand. Brilliantly, the beach is also a great place for nights out, where several beach bars cling to the coastline. But by day, it’s still ‘shore’ good, thanks to its whirlpool-warm waters all accompanied by the beautiful backdrop of the Penyal d’Ifac nearby.
As an alternative, Arenal-Bol is also an open, wide sandy plain that has the Blue Flag award for its outstanding cleanliness, facilities and safety. Your days spent on its silky soft sand are made all the more enjoyable, thanks to the undulating peaks of the Morro de Toix mountains in the distance.
For your third fantastic choice, you can head to the smaller, but also quieter, La Calalga. This thin strip of dusky golden sand has a much more secluded, peaceful ambience thanks to the deep sandstone cliffs and fragrant pines that follow its coastline.
Beyond these three popular beaches, Cantal Roig is also adored for its open golden sands, rock formations and close proximity to the majestic presence of the Penyal d’Ifac.
Great variety to evenings out
Calpe may be calmer than its neighbour on the Costa Blanca, Benidorm, but it still offers an eclectic array of English and Irish pubs, beach bars and even a couple of clubs thrown into the mix too.
Great times start by the beach at La Fossa Levante, as the great majority of the most lively bars are centred around here. Catch a cocktail overlooking the deep blue tones of the Mediterranean or enjoy dance beats at a club on the coastline – the choice is yours!
On the other hand, you could also enjoy the clubs on the Calle La Nina or the Calle La Pau. Both streets are known for their sparkling party atmosphere, so they’re an excellent choice for nights out.
Another option for even bigger variety to your nightlife is to catch the regular tram to Benidorm. Conveniently, it runs throughout the night too, so you can easily enjoy all the cabaret clubs, karaoke bars and action-packed entertainment around the infamous English Square!
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