At the heart of the Costa Blanca is Calpe, an ancient fishing village set along a coast of golden sands and the Mediterranean Sea. Sitting within the shadows of its famous 332 metre tall Rock of Ifach, the unmissable peak sits between the resort’s two sandy beaches. At the top, outstanding panoramic views can be enjoyed.
This charming resort is a blend of natural landmarks, ancient cultural attractions and modern amenities that will make your holiday memorable. Whether you want to spend your days on the sun-kissed beaches, soaking up some Spanish culture in the old town, or exploring the highlights of the coast, Calpe has it all.
The sun shines on Calpe throughout the year, with average temperatures of 20°C, soaring to 40°C during the summertime. You can cool off from all the heat in the Bay of Calpe’s crystal clear waters.
Calpe is designed with holidaymakers in mind. Its marina has been awarded a Blue Flag and is surrounded by seafood restaurants and open-fronted shops. Along the coastline is a ribbon of high-rise hotels overlooking the beach and the seafront promenade is studded with modern bars and restaurants.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 35m
When to go
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Calpe has a host of historical buildings and remains, waiting to be explored. Head to the ancient quarter and the Moorish quarter to take in the ancient architecture, like the Iglesia Vieja church and the ruins of the Moorish Castle of Calpe. To understand the town’s past you must visit one of Calpe’s many museums. Check out the Archaeology Museum and Casa de la Senyoreta Museum, and also some intriguing exhibitions at the Comic Museum and the Fiesta Museum.
In neighbouring Benidorm, you will find a host of exciting theme parks. The Aqualandia water park, is set impressively on a steep hill and boasts slides, lazy rivers and flumes. Whilst next door, beyond the luscious greenery is Mundomar, the marine animal park which the kids will love. You will see a mix of mammals, reptiles and birds, as well as a dolphin and sea lion show.
If you want to get your pulse racing, pay a visit to the amusement park of Terra Mitica that features spectacular themed areas, like Greece, Egypt and Rome with huge rides and rollercoasters. Meanwhile, Terra Natura is home to your favourite animals and offers a unique learning experience.
Below the great rock is the Club De Golf Ifach. With nine holes, golf-lovers will enjoy tricky courses along with the views. Open year round, you can book a lesson in either Spanish or English.
Wine and Dine
Blessed with its seaside location, you can expect seafood to appear on the menus of Calpe’s restaurants. You must head to the marina to sample some freshly caught seafood, or you can wander into the town to pick up some local fish from the street market.
The restaurants serve traditional Spanish cuisine like tapas and paella dishes. In the town centre La Picaeta Tapas Bar serves freshly prepared dishes, whilst Los Dos Cañones serves a range of Mediterranean food.
The traditional drink in Spain is sangria, but there is a wealth of great wines on offer in the area. Enjoy an aperitif Club Nautico in the fine surroundings of Calpe Yacht Club at the foot of the Peñon de Ifach.
Down the long Paseo Maritimo, you will find lots of bars that overlook the sea and serve food and drink.
It’s easy to see why families come to Calpe. What with the Blue Flag beaches and a range of accessible accommodation, from self-catering apartments and villas, to all-inclusive hotels, this resort caters for all ages.
Down by the sea the children can safely play on the sand and paddle in the shallow clear waters. Older members of the family can go on a fishing trip, hire jet skis and take a windsurfing lesson.
Less than 30 minutes in neighbouring resort Benidorm are the theme parks of Terra Mitica, Aqualandia water park and Mundo Mar sea life centre which all provide fantastic days out and entertainment that everyone will enjoy.
Action and Adventure
For an adventurous holiday in Calpe, you just need to step out of the door. You have the coast and mountains on your door step.
There are some impressive peaks and mountain ranges surround Calpe. Take a hike up the national park of Parque Natural de Penyal D'Ifach where the iconic sits. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars as you are bound to see lots of wildlife. For another challenging walk, head to Mirador Monte Toix which is 100 metres above sea level and boasts breath taking views. On a clear day, you can see the island of Ibiza.
Down on the coast, if you want to discover what lies beneath the clear waters of Calpe, you can book a trip with CEMAS, the scuba dive centre. Offering diving courses, sea fishing, boat excursions, water skiing, kayaking, CEMAS also offers adventurous land activities like abseiling, caving and climbing.
Life's a Beach
Home to some of the best beaches in Costa Blanca, Calpe’s white sands are the perfect place to unwind. Not only the perfect place for sunbathing, the beaches offer a host of water sports for those who want to jump into the Mediterranean Sea, from wind-surfing and water skiing, to yachting and boat rides.
For pretty little coves, you should visit Cove of Morelló, Calalga, Mallorquí and El Racó. Les Bassetes is a wonderful fishing cove with sunbathing areas and ideal for swimming. The large sandy beach of Playa Arenal-Bol is ideal for catching some sun and beach games, while the Playa de Fossa has many great facilities.
Calpe’s restaurants provide a good starting place to enjoy pre-drink while La Fossa Levante Beach is the perfect base for some drinking and dancing beside the sea.
For the ultimate Spanish party, make sure you are in Calpe for one of the fiestas during the summer.
Away from the bars and clubs, head to Torreon Square and La Villa Square in the Old Town during the summer months to find regular dances, concerts and open air theatre performances.
As well as buzzing nightclubs and all-night bars, Calpe’s bars and restaurants hosts lots of traditional entertainment involving flamenco dancing and live music.
From the romanticism of impressive mountain ranges and breath taking coastline, Calpe is the destination for couples who want to unwind.
Get away from it all and head into the rocky hills and orange-growing valleys to discover hidden gems like the mountaintop town of Guadalest and the palm-grove village of Elche.
Only 10 kilometres away from Calpe is the natural beauty spot of Las Fuentes del Algar. These magical waterfalls provide a dreamy spot for a romantic picnic, with opportunity to take a refreshing dip in one its freshwater pools with your loved one.
The Iberians, Phoenicians and Romans once inhabited Calpe and the surrounding areas and thankfully the remains of these cultures are still evident today.
To begin your cultural tour of Calpe, you must start at the old town. Protected by 15th century ancient ramparts, you will see the remains of the wall that was built to defend the town from pirate attacks. In the Moorish quarter of Arrabal you will find the remains of the medieval walls, with some paintings and the Tower of Peça.
Visit the shrine of the 17th century La Cometa which is located on the outskirts of Calpe. Within the Tossal of the Comet, is a collection of historic religious buildings consisting of an old fortified farmhouse. Also worth a visit and is the 17th century shrine of San Salvador.