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Calpe and Peñón de Ifach are a symbol of the Costa Blanca and the province of Alicante. It’s also the most representative image of this region. Overlooking the whole city is the limestone mountain that rises above the sea at 330m high and has been for centuries, a place with a strong attraction for all cultures that have passed through this beautiful corner of the Mediterranean.
Calpe is a city full of history, from the time of the Roman Empire, to the time of Muslim domination, each and every one of the civilizations that have tread these lands have been attracted by the mountain.
Calpe has become in recent years one of the most popular destinations for tourism both nationally and internationally. Here you will enjoy fantastic beaches with excellent services and facilities.
One of the main attractions of the municipality is the Peñon de Ifach, which has become a symbol of Calpe. Lovers of hiking can perform a fantastic ascent to the Rock that consists of two sections. The first ones is the easiest and safest for virtually all ages and the second a little more difficult that requires more preparation. It is definitely an essential excursion for anyone visiting Calpe.
The old town of Calpe is located 2 km from the beach. Here you will enjoy a pleasant walk through its narrow cobbled streets and balconies full of flowers. In the old town you can visit the old walls that protected the city, and also the history museum.
The Salinas de Calpe are located in the very center of the city. These salinas were used from the time of the Roman Empire until in 1988, where they stopped being active. Another interesting visit is the magnificent Baños de la Reina, Roman ruins by the sea that nowadays bathers and vacationers simply love.
If you have your own accommodation in Calpe, if you rent an apartment or a villa, you can buy fresh produce and cook when you want, but here the Mediterranean diet takes on another dimension, here you cannot leave without tasting some of its tasty typical dishes. Calpe is a city that looks at the sea and the Valencian vegetable garden, proof of which are the many typical and traditional dishes that we find, some of the most recognized are the "llauna de Calp", the "fideuá", the "cruixent de peix" or the delicious rice dishes where the "arroz del senyoret" and the famous paella stand out. There are other delicious dishes that must be tasted if you visit Calpe, such as the octopus stews, or the "bull" stew.
In Calpe, you can enjoy a multitude of beach bars and restaurants with cuisine for all tastes, from traditional seafood cuisine to tapas, pizzas and fast food. Some of the most outstanding restaurants are El Pòsit, La viña de Calpe, Audy's Restaurant, El Cantal or Borgo Antico among many others.
Nowadays, the Peñón de Ifach is one of the most photographed images of the Costa Blanca. Roman ruins, defensive towers, historic buildings and museums form an extensive cultural offer in the city of Calpe. Its fishing port becomes bustling during the summer months with a beautiful promenade where we find many restaurants, terraces and lots of entertainment. All prepared to host thousands of tourists every summer.
Like many of the coastal towns of Alicante, Calpe has grown rapidly on both sides of the rock, tourism development in the locality is made present by the amount of buildings for the rental of tourist apartments in Calpe.
In Calpe you can enjoy many beaches and coves, some of them awarded the blue flag, and these are the biggest attraction of the area. We can find from infinite tongues of sand to small and wild coves with crystalline waters. This part of the Spanish Levante is a real wonder. You can stay in an apartment near the beach, with a view of the sea that you will believe in being on a boat and you will not need to take the car for nothing.
Among all the beaches stands out the magnificent playa de Levante which is more than 1 km in length and is probably the most popular beach among tourists and residents. This beach is north of the Peñon de Ifach and has a large number of bars, terraces and restaurants.
The beach par excellence in Calpe is undoubtedly the Arenal Bol beach, located in the center of the municipality. Its 1000m extension offers good services and modern facilities. The beach is bordered by a promenade dotted with palm trees, bars, terraces and restaurants.
Other more intimate and semi-urban beaches are playa del Cantal Roig next to the fishing port where we find the magnificent baths of the Queen. Also Cala del Racó is a small coves featuring boulders, where to escape the bustle of the city at the foot of Peñón de Ifach.
If you just want to travel by plane, the nearest airport is Altet in Alicante, located some seventy kilometers away with good national and international connections. You can also arrive by the airport of Manises in Valencia located 130 km away from Calpe.
To arrive by train you can use the narrow-gauge railway Trenet de la Marina which runs along the coast from Alicante to Denia and also has a stop in Calpe.
To arrive by road to Calpe from Valencia you should take exit 63 or 64 from the AP-7 road towards Alicante according to your point of origin and then continue along the National Road 332. The two roads connect Valencia with Alicante.
This is one of the most demanded coastal cities in the Spanish Levante, which is why in recent years there has been a great deal of hotel and vacation rental offer in Calpe. You can choose all types of apartments, studios, or an attic with sea views; there are apartments for all tastes and budgets. The apartments in Calpe on the beach front are the most demanded but you can also find an apartment farther away from the center and at the same time cheaper, or a house in a holiday complex with communal pool. If you choose to stay in a property of our hosts you will enjoy the same advantages as a hotel but with the freedom and flexibility that gives you a tourist accommodation. We recommend you to perform a search on our website to find your ideal accommodation, just use our filter feature to select if you are looking for an apartment, a studio, an attic with a solarium; and other features like number of bedrooms, air-conditioning, dishwasher, etc. Surfing the internet is easy to find cheap apartments in Calpe to private individuals, it is an option, but it is worth making sure to make a reservation on a secure site with guarantees not to find surprises on arrival.