Calpe

Valencia Region, Costa Blanca, Spain

Alicante Altea Denia

 

Calpe sits on the shores of the Mediterranean its strategic location attracted Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Moors dedicated to trading, agriculture and fishing.  The constant threat from pirates led to the construction of numerous fortifications such as the Torreon de la Peca a defense tower named after the piece of artillery used to defend the city.  The old town center located next to the Moorish Quarter is full of striking narrow streets and squares that are a delight to discover.  Here you can find the old and historical church, Iglesia Vieja, a perfect example of Mudejar-Gothic architecture.

The main attraction without a doubt is the beautiful beaches with golden sand and crystal clear waters which make it one of the main destinations of the Costa Blanca.  The imposing Rock of Ifach divides the shore line in two Playa la Fossa and Playa Cantal Roig, the limestone mass is 332 meters high and extends for 1 km out to sea.  A Natural park since 1987 the top of the rock can be visited in organized groups and it offers one of the best views in the Costa Blanca. 

The fishing industry is very important and every afternoon the fishing boats return to the port with their catch, the subsequent auction at the fish market can be watched from the walkway of la Lonja de Calpe weekdays from 4:30 to 8:00pm. 

Climbing the Rock of Ifach, sailing along the bay, strolling through the streets, swimming in the clear blue waters, scuba diving and visiting Las Salinas (salt flats) are just some of the numerous activities the town has to offer its visitors.

 

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