Visit Calpe (Calp), Spain
Calpe is instantly recognisable for the huge limestone rock sat on its beach. The rock is called the 'Penon de Ifach' and measures over 600m in height. It can be seen for miles along the coast.
Calp was once a small fishing village but little remains of its origins and it is now a large tourist development. There are long, wide, sandy beaches on either side of the Penon de Ifach rock and these are the reason for the large numbers of tourists every year. Both beaches have the blue flag for cleanliness and have excellent facilities. They are surrounded by pubs, clubs and restaurants meaning that you never have to stray far in the search for restaurants.
Calpe harbour, tucked in next to the Penon de Ifach rock is a pleasant area and you can watch the day's fish catch being brought in.
In the town centre is a 15th century church, the Iglesia Antigua which is in the main town square, the Plaza de la Villa. It is built into the original defensive walls of Calpe. The old town of Calpe was originally surrounded by defensive walls to protect it from pirate attacks.
Also worth visiting are the 18th century tower of La Peca and the ruins of a Roman Villa called the Queen's Baths, the 'Els Banys de la Reina'. Next to these, near the Plaza de la Villa is an Archeological Museum.
There is also a Museum dedicated to the 'Moros y Cristianos' festival (Moorish and Christian festival) in Calpe - the Fester Museum. This festival takes place every third week of October for 3 days.
There is a pathway taking you up the Penon de Ifach rock and as you can imagine there are several excellent viewpoints along the way. On a clear day you can see the island of Ibiza. The rock is a nature park, the 'Parque Natural de Penyal D'Ifach'.
Benidorm is nearby and you can take a boat trip to get there and get views of the rock from the sea.
Map of Calpe and places nearby
Calpe places to visit
See more places nearby in the Valencia and Murcia guide