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Inhabitants 29666
Level above sea 0 meters
Nearest airport Alicante
Distance to airport 50 km
Distance to beach 0 meters
Max. temperature 40 C
Min. temperature 12 C


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.



Map of Calpe

Reviews for Calpe

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28 September, 2013

City review

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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23 September, 2013

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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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12 September, 2013

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Vibrant and good fun for families!

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Stunning!
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26 August, 2013

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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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20 August, 2013

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nice

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very nice
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13 August, 2013

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Plenty to do, beautiful old town, lots of activity on beachfront area, very salubrious place to relax on holiday.

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Very good.
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07 August, 2013

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Nice City - it offers what we need to have a nice vacation.

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We don't use the beach but its always nice to have the possibility to take a walk at the Beach.
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07 August, 2013

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Nice small city with somthing for everyone. Old town, main street with shopping facilities,small, very good resaurants, amusement park. Good parking conditions. And if you want more, you can just go to Benidorm and Alicante in south, or Valencia up the coast.

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We like it!
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22 July, 2013

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Great city with clean beach and beautiful sea. Is very nice for families or adults. Not noisy at night.

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Great, love it!
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16 June, 2013

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calpe is fantastic

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THE COSTA BLANCA HAS IT ALL.
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06 May, 2013

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Nice city, lots of streets with different stores and restaurants

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Nice beach for little children
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22 April, 2013

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Wide choice of good and mainly reasonable priced Restaurants.

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Beautiful and Safe sandy beaches ideally suited for swimming in the Sea even in early April
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08 April, 2013

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The cliff is worth a walk. The beach is nice and the market was also good, other than that a boring city.

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01 March, 2013

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Calpe is in many respects a very 'Spanish' city even tough there are very high numbers of overseas visitors and residents living there. Transport links to other nearby towns and villages are good and the city is well served with shops, supermarkets and restaurants. It has a very pleasing and safe promenade which is well lit at night (all night) and is well separated from the road and traffic by the front row of buildings abd apartment blocks. The beach itself is sandy and kept very clean.

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For many miles either side of Calpe the coast is very rugged and picturesque.
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04 February, 2013

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Well organized, very clean and you'll find it all there. Nice beach and great nightlife.

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Value for money. Very reasonable cost of living. All beaches are still natural and the nightlife is great (especially Benidorm)
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03 February, 2013

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Calpe was a very quite and relaxing place to stay , not to hectic or noisy.

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The best area to stay near costa blanca very impressed with Calpe and would definitely stay again.
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01 October, 2012

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Very clean, people friendly plenty of entertainment

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Lovely clean beeches plenty of facilitys
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01 October, 2012

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not too big, friendly people and good restaurants and beach

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white sand and shallow waters for 30 yards, so safe for kids
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13 September, 2012

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Caple is a lovely safe place to go for a holiday. Prices in the bars and restaurants had increased since I was there at Easter. Taxis are overpriced at €10 for a short journey from Diamante Hotel up to Shangrila. I noticed people buy sunbeds rather that rent them at the beach; the beach guys need to give better value for money in the current climate.

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I didnt leave Calpe during my trip, so I cant comment on any other part of the coast line. The beaches (3) that I went to were clean and packed with families as the schools were just doing half days as it was 32* The seafront bars and restaurants had increased their prices since I was there as Easter.
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02 September, 2012

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Calpe has one of the most beautiful and big sand beaches in spain and you can stand in water up to 50 meters from the beach, so ideal also for kids. It can be compared with Benidorm but not as big and hectic as Benidorm. The people there call Calpe the California of Spain.

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Best coast in Spain
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08 August, 2012

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Really small and quanit inner city, but with rather steep prices. I would never go there without a rental car, but if you have one there are some great places within a short distance. Great shopping in Valencia, and only a good hours drive away. Also, eating in MaryVilla is a must, and you need a car (or boat) to get there. Excellent beaches and a stunning view towards the Ilfac rock.

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Awesome, clean and salty water for miles.
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29 July, 2012

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Nice town with a very good beach. Very many tourists, of all nations, also Spanish. Very nice old town, (but small). Some very good restaurants. Go away from the beach-line and find cheaper and better places (and shops). Some days the waves was too big for small children (but even more fun for the larger ones).

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Magnificent nature, impressive mountains. I walk/climb up to the top of Ifach in Calpe is recommended.
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26 July, 2012

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This is a lovely town, with plenty of places of interest nearby, you would need a car for visisting, we always use Calpe as our base, Benidorm is on 20mins away via car, but can be accessed via boat for day trips. would recommend visits to Moraria, Altea,

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Beachs are swept clean every night, this also applies to Benidorm, this again is done every evening, you would never know anyone had used the beaches!
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05 July, 2012

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Very nice place to stay in - nice beach, not so many people as in Benidorm but quite a lot things to do

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Great place, but not very easy access from Russia
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03 July, 2012

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There is more in Calpe than you see at first glance you need to get out and walk. There are a number of neat area's some interesting sights but you have to find them on your own. We found the tourist information very bad, no excitement about the area and some of their information was wrong. You have good choices on coffee shops, eating places and a variety of small beaches if you want to walk. We spent 2 weeks there and everyday we found something new.

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There is so much to see in the area. A lot can be done by walking(long walks), the tram and bikes. If you want to see more you can rent a car but I suggest you do it before you get there. There are a number of other small communities both on and off the water to visit. Bendidorm (sp?) is a very short visit, somewhere you only want to see once but will give you some great stories when you return. The key is getting out and exploring.
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22 April, 2012

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Hired a car and travelled around the whole area, found Moraira to be very pleasant.

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Javea beach ok for small children, Moraira the same.
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09 April, 2012

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Calpe is a lovely place. If you want the opposite to the bright lights of Benidorm, Calpe is the place to go. It is great value for money; the staff is the restaurants, bars and shops are friendly and heplful, and everything you need for a relaxing holiday is at hand. It is a bit of a trek from Alicante airport, but hey, you cant have everything!

Coast review

Parts of the Costa Blanca appeal to me and other don't. Calpe is well worth a visit though. There are two beaches with a harbour in between, and if your a walker, it an easy trek from one end of Calpe coast to the other.
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05 March, 2012

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great for mountain walks and climbing

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great for mountain walks and climbing
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19 August, 2011

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very nice, touristic, clean

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very nice
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15 August, 2011

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Love Calpe. Have been a few times and would definitely go back again.

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Beautiful and clean.
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27 February, 2011

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Too many high rise buildings and urbanizations.

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See 2.
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