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Apartment in Calpe (Playa la Fossa)

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  • sleeps 4
  • 1 bathroom
  • 80 m² living area
  • 30 m² terrace
  • Private pool
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  • Balcony
  • Garden

Villa in Calpe (Pedramala)

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  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 7
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  • 5 toilets
  • 250 m² living area
  • 170 m² terrace
  • 1100 m² garden
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Apartment in Calpe

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  • sleeps 4
  • 1 bathroom
  • 80 m² living area
  • 10 m² terrace
  • Shared pool
  • Balcony
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Calpe

At the heart of the Costa Blanca, within the region of Valencia lies the ancient fishing village of Calpe. Now transformed into a tourist magnet, the town sits in an ideal location, easily accessed by the A7 motorway and the N332 that runs from Valencia to Alicante; its approximately one hour drive from the airport at Alicante.

Calpe has a wonderful mixture of old Valencian culture and modern tourist facilities. It is a great base from which to explore the local area or enjoy the many local beaches. Calpe alone has three of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the coast.


History
Calpe is a town rich in history and culture and its strategic position on the coast has attracted many voyagers and settlers throughout history. Remains of Iberian tribes have been found around the town. Later, the Romans founded Calpe as a prosperous colony, whose main activity was drying and salting fish.

Christians and Moors lived peacefully for a time but were subjected to attacks by pirates during the 14th-17th centuries.

The peace of the 18th century enabled Calpe to regenerate and form the current tourist location.

The Rock of Ifach
Calpe is dominated by the towering rock of Ifach which reaches an impressive 332m, rising almost sheer above the sea and is a nature reserve. The summit of the rock is reached after a tough climb up a footpath, by means of a short tunnel through the upper part of the rock. Be warned the path above the tunnel has almost no safety features and is not recommended for anybody with a fear of heights, the very young, or the remotely unfit.

It is a genuinely tough and dangerous climb. From the top, magnificent panoramic views can be had. On a clear day, the island of Ibiza is visible.



Sightseeing & Culture
When it comes to sightseeing, the ancient town centre, next to the Moorish quarter is a good place to start. The old town walls and the church known as Iglesia Vieja are well worth visiting. This church is the only remaining example of Mudejar-Gothic architecture within Valencia.

Alongside the modern Paseo Maritimo are the recently discovered remains of a Roman villa, once forming 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 and all over the local countryside are the typical rui-rau country houses, with arched porticos for raisin drying.

The town centre is also home to the Museum of Archeology and the Fiestas Museum.

Excursions


Calpe has a wonderful modern marina that sits alongside the old fishing port; from here it is possible to take boat rides around the rock and to the nearby resort of Benidorm.

One of the best ways to enjoy the local coastline is by means of the narrow gauge railway that runs from Alicante to Denia, stopping at Calpe.

Leisure & recreation 

The port has a nautical club and facilities for yachting, windsurfing and water skiing. If its dry-land sports you want then the rock of Ifach offers climbing facilities. 



Golf
The Ifach golf course is situated in Moraira (Benissa) on a country estate. The challenging course offers magnificent views of the sea and mountains. It’s a nine holes course and although the holes are quite short, the terrain and the narrow fairways make them tricky and entertaining.

Within one hour’s drive there are a good selection of golf courses to keep the fans of this Scottish game thoroughly entertained.

Cuisine
Cuisine from the Costa Blanca combines delicacies from both land and the Mediterranean Sea. Many civilizations have lived in this area (Celts, Iberians, Greeks, Romans, Muslims), all of which have all left their mark on the gastronomy.

The diet is a typically, healthy Mediterranean one; the Costa Blanca is rich in fish, vegetables, olive-oil, rice and fruit and the ingredients which are all used to prepare delicious, healthy dishes, such as Paella Valenciana, Arroz Negro (black rice), Arroz al horno (Oven baked rice), Arroz a banda (fish and rice stew), Arroz del Señoret (Princes rice).

If you have a sweet tooth then you will enjoy the local homemade pastries and deserts that the area is famous for. Or Jijona ice-cream (Nougat), which is made with the almonds of the region.

While on the Costa Blanca you can delight the palate with the wonderful regional wine selection. It’s worth giving a special mention to the local wine ‘Jalon’, due to its quality and bouquet.

There are many international restaurants close by offering a wide choice of different cuisines from around the world.

Climate
Calpe enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees.

In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world - neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year round destination.

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Reviews for Calpe

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Great place, lovely beach, plenty of shops and bars and super markets...bit hilly, but was good exercise!


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Great, clean and friendly
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Verry good


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Excellently
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Nice "city" but it could do with some cycling/rollerblading infrastructure


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Almost perfect coast, would be perfect if it wasn`t for Benidorm.
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Calpe is paradise. Highly recommended.


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Beautiful
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Caters for all ages Excellent restaurants


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Fabulous clean and tidy beaches
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playazhi crowded, bustling city-not for us


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playazhi crowded,
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Something for every one


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Clean and well maintained
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Calpe was lovely


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Lovely beach, it has everything you need.
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Calpe has very nice beaches and you are close to everything here. The city itself is ok, not super with regards to shopping.


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I like Costa Blanca very much, especially the part north of Calpe; from Moraira and North. I definitely prefer Costa Blanca before Costa del Sol.
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Nice, small town with a mix of tourists from Spain, France, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Scandinavia. We lived on the part closest to the old town, and it is not to crowded, and has a many different services and restaurants.


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Calpe is an amazing Spanish town and the place of choice for many Spanish holiday makers alongside a multitude of other nationalities. There are many affordable shops and supermarkets, a fabulous market and almost too much choice of bars and restaurants!


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The coastal area of Calpe is stunning. There are two long, clean sandy beaches with excellent facilities including those for disabled people, play areas for children, toilets, sun loungers and sun shades. Life guards are on duty during the day. There is a marina and harbour where fishing boats land their catch which is auctioned each afternoon.
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Plenty of places to eat and all were excellent people very friendly


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prefer Costa del Sol.
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Relaxing town with year-round activities. Lots of heritage and superb scenery make it an attraction, excellent blue flag beaches for sun lovers.


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Something for everyone - from big cities like Alicante and its first class airport, Benidorm and its resort night-life, to smaller towns like Calpe and Moraira.
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Calpe has some beautiful walks - around the Penon de Ifach, the coastal path to Benissa and to the old town. To get to anywhere by public transport is difficult because the bus station is away from the town and the train station even further away. Local buses are irregular - usually one per hour. Therefore, you are reliant on a car or walking. The disadvantage is the great number of high rise buildings which block our the sun if you are in one of the apartments. The two beaches are beautiful and the sea is clear. There are good bars and restaurants round about - most specialising in sea food. It's a good place for a relaxing holiday.


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A very beautiful coast with wonderful bays and beaches.
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Beautiful and a clean Village


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The Landscape is very nice with mountains, see and beaches!
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Nice but not many families...most senior citizens.


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A great Town....... but some restaurants try to cheat with the food...we ordered beef but got pork. The Delfin pub is highly recommended.


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Beautiful
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very good beach


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Valencia Alicante Benidorm the cities to which it is possible to go behind entertainments and shopping
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Vibrant and good fun for families!


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Stunning!
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The best least commercial beach is by the Calpe cliff. Nice hills surround the city. Some high buildings take away some of the view, but the all-over impression is a clean and pretty town. Good restaurants in the old town!


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We prefer this part of Costa Blanca to the part further sounth. The nice walley of Calpe/Althea gives a more intimate and nice feeling, and the area planning is better.
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