Calpe has a magnificent setting between the Mediterranean Sea and the vineyard covered mountains with the iconic Penon de Ifach rock towering over the excellent sandy beaches. It is a great destination for activities both on and off the water with cycling and hiking being as popular as watersports. Although a popular resort, it has kept some of its traditional industries. Fishing boats bring the freshest selection to shore while the regions wines are well worth trying, making it a great choice for foodies. Nature lovers will appreciate its flora and fauna as it is part of the Montgo Nature Reserve. There is plenty of history too including the 16th century walls built to protect the town from pirates. We are pleased to confirm visitors today are far more welcome!
Markets are held in Calpe on Wednesday and Saturday if you want to live like a local and find a bargain. You’ll find supermarkets within a short drive of our villas where you can buy all you need to stock your fridge. To see where the restaurants buy their ingredients, visit the daily fish auction. You may even find something unusual to cook on your BBQ.
Calpe has an excellent reputation for food due to the fantastic ingredients. The fresh fish is skillfully cooked in the harbourside restaurants and there are a number of regional specialties for you to try. For relaxed daytime options, the beaches have cafes and beach bars. In the evening, a wander through the atmospheric old walled town and find a tapas bar where you can enjoy a glass of local wine and a few snacks.
The amazing climate of the Costa Blanca means long days on the beach enjoying the sunshine. In Calpe, the Cantal Roig and Arenal beaches are the largest and linked by a promenade. For the most active tourists, there are plenty of watersports to try. You may enjoy exploring some of the other beaches including La Fosse and Cala Fustera or even smaller pebbly coves where there are fewer facilities but plenty of charm.
For traditional beach fun, hire a pedaloe or for a more contemporary choice, a jet ski. In the hills behind Calpe, you can go horse riding. Closer to the resort, you can try go karting. Make time for a day at a waterpark and visit Super Aqualandia for a huge selection of slides and rides only 30 minutes' drive from Calpe. Alternatively, try Terra Natura a wildlife park with a water park about 30 minutes’ South of Calpe or nearby Terra Mitica is a theme park with rollercoasters and shows galore.
Away from the beach, you will find a great choice of natural and cultural experiences to enjoy. The Penon de Ifach Rock, which overlooks the beaches in Calpe, is part of the Montgo Nature Reserve and very popular with walkers. The summit is reached via a tunnel and offers panoramic views along the coastline. Calpe Old Town is also worth a visit with charming streets and colourful steps leading up the narrow walkways. Try a winetasting tour at one of the vineyards on the surrounding hills. The great weather is ideal for golfers too and the Club de Golf Ifach is only 20 minutes’ drive from Calpe.