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great lots of cafes and amenities

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Townhouse in Calpe (La Manzanera)

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  • 1 bathroom
  • 2 toilets
  • 60 m² living area
  • 10 m² terrace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Shared pool
  • Balcony
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Apartment in Calpe (Playa El Arenal)

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  • 1 bedroom
  • sleeps 4
  • 1 bathroom
  • 1 toilet
  • 60 m² living area
  • 10 m² terrace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Balcony
  • Sunbeds
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Villa in Calpe (Pedramala)

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  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 7
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 5 toilets
  • 250 m² living area
  • 170 m² terrace
  • 1100 m² garden
  • Private pool
  • Heated pool
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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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great lots of cafes and amenities


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fabulous good clean beaches safe promenades
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For us the town had the best of both worlds. Not being fans of really busy Alicante, Benidorm type places, Calpe had lovely restaurants, a wide range of bars and a family friendly beach. A mix of visitors and had more of a Spanish feel. If you're looking for a chilled vibe this is the place to be.


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Clean, lots to do and excellent access.
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Beaches are lovely and clean
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It's a matter of taste, of course; but for what we look for - Calpe is a very good choice; the apartment 'Margaret' offers all you need, we never used the car but once - all is near and close-by. What makes me mad is that the town-hall has decided to copy-cat Benidorm -- some mentioned it to better change its name to CalpeDORM


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One of the best climates, to begin with; many BLUE FLAG beaches, quite well-maintained sand beach and promenades
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Nous adorons Calpe, son rocher, ses grandes plages et son eau cristalline. A partir de Calpe, vous pouvez faire des escursions et découvrir les environs.


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De València à Alicante, vous pourrez découvrir de beaux villages. Valencia a su réaménager son quartier historique et créer le côté moderne avec la cité des arts et des sciences. Elche, capitale de la chaussure est aussi à visiter avec sa basilique. Les plages de sable sont agréables et vous permettent une baignade rafraîchissante à El Campello, Jávea...
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I prefer Moraira to Calpe.


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Calpe y sus alrededores es hermosa. Una mágica zona vacacional


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Playas espectaculares. Mar y playas muy limpias.
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