It is perhaps Calpe’s distinctive rock, Ifach, which makes Calpe stand out so clearly. However, the rock is no more than a taster of what this unique and enticing Spanish town has to offer. Originally an old, fishing village, Calpe has gradually attracted more and more interest over the years and as such can boast an ideal blend of tourist facilities and traditional Spanish features.
Calpe has three beautiful sandy beaches of its own and there is easy access through the A7 and N332. Like many of the local towns, it was originally a Roman colony that was also lived in by the Christians and Moors in turn. But it’s Calpe’s seafaring origins that help define it and are reflected in monuments and buildings throughout the town.
It still maintains a lively fishing port and fish market and, of course, you can sample the fresh seafood in a whole variety of restaurants and bars both on the seafront, in the town and old town itself.
Calpe is traditionally Spanish but has adapted to accommodate the international residents who now also call it their home. It has embraced its popularity whilst also preserving its culture and its roots as a Spanish fishing village.
A little further inland you will find a wealth of natural flora and fauna amidst Calpe’s salt flats and sierra de oltà. There are a number of recreational areas and parks where you can relax and enjoy spectacular views. A beautiful spot with so much to offer and explore, Calpe remains a favourite for nationals and internationals alike.
To see and to do in Calpe
You will be spoilt for choice of activities and leisure pursuits if you choose to have a property in Calpe. There is so much to explore here on the coast and within the town itself. The town’s beaches of Arenal-Bol and La Fossa-Levante must be visited set against the 5km of cliffs which Calpe boasts.
The old town is rich in reminders of its past including the Torreó de la Peca and the Iglesia Antigua which dates back to the 15th century. A little further out you’ll find the Hermitage of San Salvador where sailors kept an oil lamp to guide ships intending to land.
A visitor to Calpe must visit the Ifach rock which is a nature reserve and quite a splendid natural monument in the town. It begs to be climbed, but is not for the faint hearted or unfit as it represents a real challenge although well worth it for those who are able.
Being on the coast, Calpe has the usual range of water sports to offer. You can select from yachting, windsurfing, water skiing, or, of course, just a leisurely dip if that’s what you prefer. If you want to get an overview of the town you can take the tourist train and there’s even a buggy ride from the port if you feel so inclined.
There are a number of on land sports available locally too. There is the Ifach golf course in Moraira which in turn offers magnificent views of the sea and mountains. Cycling and hiking are also popular in the area and a range of spas are available if you want to relax afterwards.
The town is well served with a modern library, chemists, banks and all the other facilities you require. There is a theatre, a cultural centre and some small museums in this busy little town. You can discover what’s on offer from the tourism office or tourist information points. In the summer there is ‘cinema in the sea’ with films suitable for a family audience shown at the Levante or La Fossa beach.
Calpe has so much to offer that it cannot be covered here. However, a comprehensive website provides more information in five languages http://en.calpe.es
- Population: 22,437 (2014)
- Nearest airport: Alicante (60 minutes)
- Road access: A7 motorway and N332
- Public transport: Bus and train
- Beaches: Arenal-Bol and La Fossa-Levante
- Nearby local towns: Benidorm (25 minutes), Altea (15 minutes), Moraira (27 minutes), Benissa
- Cities: Alicante (60 minutes)