Right at the centre of the ever-popular Costa Blanca is Calpe, where romance meets sunshine. With an ancient history that dates back beyond the Roman times, Calpe is somewhere that always manages to surprise. From the museums and churches that adorn this small town to the ruins that dot the mountainside, Calpe is a great place for the whole family to explore.
But there’s more than just history to find here, with three of the best beaches on the Costa Blanca, and a summer that is always hovering around 30 degrees, there is no better place to sit back and relax. Once the sun does go down, Calpe offers some fantastic bars and restaurants to make your day complete, and nights out here last until the break of dawn.
With an average high of 12 hours of sunshine a day, a Calpe holiday is ideal for perfecting a tan on one of its famous local beaches. But if you do ever get itchy feet or want to escape the sun, Calpe is also home to a wonderful modern marina, right next to the ancient fishing port, which is a great place to take boat rides all over the Costa Blanca (Benidorm is nearby). And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not take a boat to The Rock of Ifach, a sheer rock that juts out of the nearby ocean, dominating the local horizon.
Benissa is just a short trip inland from the coast, swapping beach life for the gorgeous countryside. The town is famous for the striking white church at its centre, Iglesia de la Purissima, and for Desamperados Street where you will find, still intact with original facades and coat of arms, the houses of the medieval aristocracy that called Benissa home.
Altea is not just a beautiful old town but is also one of the shopping hubs of the Costa Blanca. People don’t tend to come here for the shingly beaches, although the views are not to be missed, they come here for the famous street market and the overhanging old town. The place comes alive at night along the luxury harbour and promenade where you can sit and watch as yachts come into the bay.
Moraira is as unspoilt as you can get on the Costa Blanca, with the narrow cobbled streets and large open market squares of its Old Town. Beyond the old walls, though, this town has a livelier side, with some of the best bars and beaches in the area. Moraira is a great place to explore in the day and a great place to escape into the early hours in.
Hiking The Rock of Ifach
This towering rock alone brings a whole host of tourists, as it tends to be the first thing you see in guides for the town. The rock reaches up to 332m from the sea and is accessible to its summit through a short tunnel in the upper level. But be warned, the path is not overly safety regulated and is not advisable for those with no experience of hiking (or those with a fear of heights). But when you get to the top you will be wowed by beautiful panoramic views of Calpe below.
Moorish Castle of Calpe
Overlooking the Mascarat ravine you will find the ruins of this once giant castle. There are actually quite a few ruins in this area, spread over quite a vast area so it makes for a fun day of adventuring with fantastic views of the town.
The town centre
The ancient town centre, next to the Moorish quarter has its original Roman walls still in some places. We recommend checking out the Iglesia Vieja, as it’s one-of–a-kind Mudejar-Gothic architecture cannot be found anywhere else in this part of Spain.
Costa Blanca cuisine
Costa Blanca cuisine is rich in the freshest vegetables and fruits, with straight-from-the-sea fish and shellfish that you can literally watch being hauled in by fisherman on your morning stroll down to the harbour.
Although the paella here is always great, the Arroz con Costra—somewhere between paella and a casserole – is a delicacy that you won’t want to miss out on. And there are delicious variations, we would recommend ordering the specials as this usually indicates what is the freshest dish on offer.
When choosing a tipple to go with that, you should try the Horchata de chufas. This sweet alcoholic beverage is made fresh from locally sourced tigernuts and served ice cold. It’s a charming way to refresh your senses after a long day in the sun!
A holiday in Calpe means a wide selection of food and drink available across the town, with traditional dishes from Spain to more European style restaurants. But as is classic in Spain, everyone’s tastes are catered for in Calpe.
Traditional Spanish tapas is, of course, a must, and is impossible to miss. You also won’t want to miss out on the fresh fish available here. You can enjoy watching the fisherman delivering their catches throughout the day, with some restaurants displaying their fish and allowing you to pick your dish. It really doesn’t get fresher than this.
From those looking to enjoy nightlong escapes, to those looking to explore some culture with their family, there is something for every holidaymaker in Calpe. With boat trips to Benidorm as well as many other spots along the Costa Blanca, as well as nearby world-class golfing facilities, historic treasures, and of course some of the best sandy beaches on this coast, Calpe is a vibrant and beautiful place to visit any time of the year.
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