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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.

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!

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