Calpe is a sun drenched town that has evolved from an old fishing settlement into a beautiful holiday resort town on the Costa Blanca, Spain. The well-known conical cliff Peñón de Ifach dominates the local landscape. Calpe ’s pleasant climate, far-stretching beaches, blue sea, and palm-lined promenades make it an ideal holiday escape in both winter and summer. Its picturesque streets and plazas practically invite you out for a stroll. Afterwards, you can relax in one of the many bars in the area, and enjoy some delicious seafoods in the countless cheerful restaurants. Calpe offers different residential areas where you can find luxury holiday rental villas, houses, homes and holiday rental apartments.
Calpe - Costa Blanca - Spain
General information about Calpe
Calpe is a municipality in the Spanish province of Alicante, in the Valencian region. It has an area of 16 square miles and is situated roughly 44 miles north of Alicante. In 2001, the town reported a population of 18,881 people. Writers such as Hemingway stayed extensively in Calpe in the 1930’s.
Village of Calpe - Costa Blanca - Spain The first hotel was built directly next to the Peñón cliff: the “Ifach Parador”.
Calpe is a very popular place to visit on the Costa Blanca. Still, you will run into few tourists here. The surrounding area is hilly, and in the town you will find museums, small picturesque streets, and many different plazas. There are countless hole-in-the-wall restaurants and bars, many of which have little cheerful terraces.
Village of Calpe - Costa Blanca - Spaina Calpe is full of culture and history. Its strategic location has drawn many different cultures together over the years. Evidence of early Iberian settlement can be found around the Peñón de Ifach. Later, the Romans built their own flourishing settlement here, based around the trade and production of salted fish.
During the Middle Ages this area consisted of small municipalities spread over multiple villages and towns. The Christians and Muslims lived together peacefully, but were constantly under fire from pirates. In the 18th century the pirates were dealt with and were no longer a threat to the resurrection of the area previously settled by the Romans and the Iberians and the foundations were laid for the well-being of the city known today for its tourism.
Calpe ’s attractions have made the town a destination for tourists from both Spain as well as abroad, who live together all year long in perfect harmony.
Nearest airport (Alicante): 47 miles .
Valencia airport: 69 miles.
Train station to Alicante and Denia: less than 1 mile.
Landscape and surroundings of Calpe
Port of Calpe - Costa Blanca - Spain The Morro del Toix and the Peñón de Ifach represent the extremes of the bay of Calpe.
The Peñón de Ifach (Ifach means “north” in Phoenician) is the de facto symbol of Calpe , and perhaps also that of the Costa Blanca . It is the highest cliff in the Mediterranean and cleaves Calpe ’s coastline in two. This limestone mass is 332 metres high and extends into the sea for more than half a mile, creating a unique geological phenomenon. Since 1987 the unique ecology of the Ifach has been protected in the form of a national park. Groups can visit the top of the cliff. The rich variety of flora and fauna is explained in the nearby nature centre.
Rock Ifach Calpe - Costa Blanca - Spain From the top of the cliff you can sit back and enjoy one of the absolute best views of the Costa Blanca. Prehistoric, Iberian, Phoenician, and Roman artefacts have been discovered at the foot of the Peñón, on the strip of land that connects the cliff with the coast. At the foot of the cliff also lie the ‘Baños de la Reina’ (literally, the queen’s baths) that were in actuality used by the Romans for drying and salting fish.
Waterfall Ifach Calpe - Costa Blanca - Spain View Ifach Calpe - Costa Blanca - Spain The Peñón was also an extremely good watchtower for the people who lived at its foot. The Morro de Toix was another spot that was used to look out of over the Barranc Del Mascarat, which gave access to the coast.
Through the ages, the population of Calpe pulled itself further inland for more protection. After a pirate attack in the 15th century, protective walls were built around the town. The only remaining pieces of these walls belong to the Peça tower, next to which is the only church built in the Mudejar-Gothic style in the whole region of Valencia. The nature surrounding Calpe can be admired via nautical excursions, or simply by strolling about
Beaches of Calpe
Beach Calpe - Costa Blanca - Spain Kites on the beaches of Calpe - Costa Blanca - Spain.
Between Les Bassetes and the Morro de Toix, Calpe has a long 7 miles coast with sand beaches – such as the Levante and Arenal beaches – and bays such as those at La Manzanera (where you can find three buildings designed by Ricardo Bofill), and the Les Urques bay, where it is possible to go fishing or snorkeling.