Resting in the heart of the Costa Blanca, the quaint town of Calpe is a classic seaside getaway full of historic architecture, modern nightlife and golden beaches. A lively seafront promenade buzzes with activity both day and night, while eateries and pubs around town dish out authentic Spanish tapas and craft brews.
Things to Do
Calpe’s historic Old Quarter reflects its days as a fishing village and is dotted with Gothic churches, an 18th-century fortress and Roman ruins. Stroll the cobbled streets and ancient gated walls, then stop by traditional cafes for genuine paella, which has its origins in nearby Valencia.
The main Calpe marina straddles two beaches and carries a Blue Flag designation, offering outdoor enthusiasts sailing and scuba diving excursions. Lively bars, cafes and seafood eateries line the promenade, along with open-front shops and stalls. Make your way along the coastline to find more than a dozen sandy beaches, peaceful bays, coves and rocky cliffs.
You can climb the calcareous Penond’Ifach rock, a famous landmark with its own national park title and stunning views of Ibiza. Explore Les Salines nature reserve to spot hundreds of flamingos in saltwater pools. Keep an eye out for migratory birds, with almost 200 recorded species in the reserve.
Graze on happy-hour menus along the waterfront, as many offer freshly-caught seafood tapas, then stroll the strip to find lively nightlife. Hit the clubs at Levante Beach or take a taxi further along to the party scene in Benidorm.
Getting around Calp
Metro and sightseeing buses traverse the city, while trams run along the coastline to nearby seaside towns. You can also hail a taxi or hire a bicycle or car in town or pick up a vehicle at Alicante-Elche Airport, about 65 kilometres away.