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Places in Spain - Calpe on the Costa Blanca

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At the heart of the Costa Blanca, within the region of Valencia and the province of Alicante lies an ancient fishing village called Calpe (Calp in Valencian). The town is a first class tourist resort and home to many foreigners who have bought property both in the town and in the surrounding hills.

 
Calpe on the Costa Blanca
 

Calpe occupies quite a unique location. It is easily accessed via the AP7 motorway and the N332 that runs from Valencia to Alicante. The coastal town is dominated by the towering rock of Ifach which reaches to an impressive 332m and is now a nature reserve. The summit of the rock is reached by means of a tunnel through the rock. On a clear day you can see the island of Ibiza.

 

Calpe
The Rock of Ifach from the N332

 

Calpe has a wonderful mixture of old Valencian culture and modern tourism, perfectly harmonised and providing an ideal base from which to explore the local area and beaches.

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Calpe on the Costa Blanca
   

The beaches in Calpe

Calpe has in fact, the most beautiful sandy beaches of the whole Costa Blanca.

 

The beaches are kept immaculately clean.

Calpe beaches

 

 

The seafront in Calpe is clean and tidy and the beaches are safe. You will have no trouble finding quality restaurants and friendly bars along the sea front.

 

 


Calpe beaches



 

The history of Calpe

Calpe is rich in history and culture and its strategic position has attracted many explorers over the centuries. Remains of Iberian tribes have been uncovered in the town and the Romans founded a prosperous colony here where the main activity was fish salting. Christians and Moors lived peacefully for a time but were subjected to attacks from pirates during the 14th-17th centuries. The regained peace of the 18th century enabled Calpe to regenerate and build on the tourism industry.

 


What to see in Calpe

 

Calpe
When it comes to sightseeing in calpe, the ancient town centre next to the Moorish quarter is the best place to start. The old walls next to the church known as Iglesia Vieja are well worth seeing. This church is the only remaining example of Mudejar-Gothic architecture within Valencia.
   
Roman calpe

Alongside the modern Paseo Maritimo are the remains of a Roman villa. The villa once formed part of the Roman fish factory known as the Banys de la Reina (Queens' Bath).

Overlooking the Mascarat Ravine are the ruins of the Moorish castle of Calpe. Outside of Calpe you will find typical rui-rau houses which are country properties with arched porticos for raisin drying which is a major industry here.

   

Where to go in Calpe

Calpe town centre is also home to the Museum of Archaeology and the Museum of Fiestas.

 
 

 

Activities in Calpe

Being a coastal town, there is no wonder that Calpe relies on the holiday maker. The town has adapted to offer everything that holiday makers need and this includes a thriving marina. The marina is located next to the old fishing port that still has an active fishing fleet. From the marina you can take a boat ride to nearby Benidorm and back. There are also facilities for wind surfing, yachting and water skiing.

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Calpe
On the outskirts of the town you will find a nature reserve in the form of a large salt lake. The lake is home to a large flock of flamingos.
   

 

Sports in Calpe

For sports on dry land, the Rock of Ifach offers mountain climbing. There is a tennis club in Calpe with 5 courts, a swimming pool, restaurant and gardens. Tel 965 830 820.

 

 

Fiestas in Calpe

Calpe just like most Spanish towns and villages has its fair share of fiestas and celebrations and these include - The Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians), 21st - 24th October, the Midsummer's Festival, June 24th, the fiesta in honour of Calpe's patron saint La Virgen de las Nieves with many fireworks and outdoor parties, held on August 5th, and the Feast of Saint Joseph in March.

 

Close to Calpe

For theme park entusiasts, try the Terra Mitica on the way to Benidorm or the Aqualandia water park. Golfers will not be disappointed as there are several quality golf courses nearby.

 
We have visited Calpe several times as part of our Costa Blanca tours. Each time we have received a warm and friendly welcome. We make new friends on each visit. The squares within calpe are a pleasure to walk round and the streets are relatively safe. The beaches are first class and all have the blue flag award. Food is great in Calpe too. From Calpe we head to Denia and Altea.
 
 
 
Contacts
Local Police Calpe - 965 839 000 - Emergencies - 092
Guardia Civil Calpe - 965 830 080 - Emergencies - 082
General Emergencies - 112  
Medical Emergencies - 965 835 013  
Fire brigade Calpe - 965 854 080 - Emergencies - 085
Town Hall Calpe - 965 833 600  
Red Cross Calpe - 965 831 616  
Telefonica - 1004  
Calpe health clinic, Casa del Mar - 965 837 153

Centro de Salud, C/San Fermin - 965 835 013

Calpe Notary - 965 830 950
Post Office Calpe - 965 830 884
Tourist Information Office, Estacion, Calpe - 965 874 060
Tourist Information Office, Plaza de Mosquit, Calpe - 965 838 532
Tourist Information Office, La Lonja, Calpe - 965 837 413
Tourist Information Office, Penon, Calpe - 965 836 920
 
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Calpe train services

From Calpe it is easy to get to other places on the Costa Blanca. The Alicante - Denia line runs for 93 km along the northern coast of the province of Alicante and has around 40 stations.  Current departure times from Calpe are as follows:

Calpe-Altea-Benidorm-Villajoyosa-Campello-San Juan-Alicante
06.59 - every hour until 20.59

Calpe-Benissa-Teulada-Gata-Denia
07.30 - every hour until 21.30

For more information you can call the passenger helpline on 900 461 046.


Calpe bus services

Autobuses Ifach S.L. manages the local bus service in Calpe.

There are 2 main services, one around the resort from the Train Station to La Vallesa, and the other from Calpe to Moraira and Teulada.

 

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Postcode: 03710

Tourist Office Calpe Email: calpecentro@touristinfo.net

 
 
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