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Apartment in Calpe (Playa la Fossa)

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Villa in Calpe (Pedramala)

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  • 250 m² living area
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Apartment in Calpe (Playa El Arenal)

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  • 60 m² living area
  • 10 m² terrace
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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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Leuk doch toeristisch stadje. Genoeg te doen en je bent zo in dorpen als Guadalest en Polop.


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Calpe is not my farvourite place. It is ok, but with a car you can easily get around to nicer cities as Althea and Moraira. There was a few good restaurants, and I can recommend a hike on the Calpe clip, either early morning og late evening. I can also recommend Patrick Patricks hairdresser.


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Althea and Moraira are lovely small towns that are absolutely worth a visit. Valencia is an absolutely stunning city. Clean, beautiful, nice architecture, Europe's largest indoor food market, Europe's largest natural harbor and the funder of the Paella. Just fantastic ! Also make sure you visit Aqualandia in Benidorm. Especially exciting for the youngsters. Drop by La Marina on your way, to visit some cheap spannish shops.
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very nice city with everything


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was just in Calpe, only short visit to Benidorm witch we did not like at all, too big
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I prefer Moraira and Benissa to Calpe as there are less high rise buildings. Facilities are good in Calpe in regards to supermarkets, banks etc.


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A real Spanish town that has not quite totally given way to just being a tourism resort. Unique Valenciano identity and pride is very evident in some places.


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A beautiful area with welcome but limited signs of environmental sensitivity now in place.
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We visited Altea, Deania, Moraira. Calpe is the best choice. Very romantic city.


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An interesting place to visit, lots to do . Lovely promenade and beach. Relaxing visit, everyone was very helpful.


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Good clean beach with lots of facilities
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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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