October 23rd, 2012
Alicante has certainly been the favourite haunt of British and Irish holidaymakers for many years…and why not? It has so much to offer the traveller of today. From weekend romantic breaks to full on family holidays – right through to a week or more of fun in the sun – Alicante is amazing. With Spain Holiday offering a cool choice of a whopping 215 places to stay – shouldn’t you be thinking of Calpe for your next break? What does it offer you? Let’s see…
Where is it?
Fly into Alicante airport in the province of Valencia, the home of Paella, Oranges and the sandy stretch of the Costa Blanca – the White Coast. ….Along the long fingers of sandy beaches and about 70kms from the bustling city of Alicante, you’ll find the pretty resort of Calpe, or as it is locally and more properly known, Calp.
Where to stay
On offer are some superb places to base yourself and your family for that much needed break, choose from villas and apartments from a huge selection here at Spain Holiday, what about this stunning Villa– also suitable for less able bodied visitors…just drool at the inviting colour of that pool…
What are the best sights?
This former fishing village really took off in the 1950’s as a tourist spot. The old town is lovely to walk around, with the cobbled streets and winding alleyways, the houses and streets filled with colourful flower displays…If you want to do a little more than lie on the beach – although that’s good too! – then you might like to take a walk and see the sights. The best ones, and the Top 5 Sights, are..
- The flooded salt flats – El Salader- where you can do a little birdwatching
- The ruins of the Queen’s Baths
- The 18th century Tower of La Peça
- The local church built in Gothic style
- Take a walk up 332 metres up the Peñón de Ifach – or Calpe Rock, the famous landmark, also with natural park status.
As you will be self catering, you can choose to buy the local freshly caught fish and rustle up something tasty in your rental home. But Calpe is totally geared up for holiday makers and you will find an amazing array of places to eat, at competitive prices, so much cheaper than home.
You can greedily choose from any type of food, Indian, Chinese, Italian…but do try the local rice dishes too, as well as the superb seafood – whether you’re out for a quick lunch – is there any such thing in Spain?!– or a long dinner.
Best times to visit
There are many local fiestas in Calpe, all of which allow you to join in and experience a traditional Spanish party! The Top 5 Fiestas for the year are… is there any such thing in Spain?!
- March – Las Fallas de San José
- June – San Juan – with bonfires burning on the beach all night long
- July – The Fisherman’s Festival is there any such thing in Spain?!
- August – the Festival of the Virgen de los Nieves
- October – do battle with the Moors and Christians
The best beaches
All of this and still more! The perfect climate of Calpe makes a day out on the beach an attractive prospect, after all, you are on holiday!
Whether you choose to scuba dive, water ski, windsurf, sail or just top up your Spanish suntan then keep in mind that the Top 3 best Beaches to visit are…
- La Fossa -also known as Levante, a wide beach that gets really busy
- Playa El Raco – at the foot of the Peñón de Ifach
- Port Mauri – close to archaeological ruins of the Queen’s Baths as mentioned above
There are many other smaller beaches, inlets and coves to discover, take a trip around the coastline of Calpe and discover your favourite!