Calpe

Travel Guide

This traditional Spanish coastal town has a towering rock as its landmark and is a relaxing destination to enjoy soft-sand beaches, scenic trails and ancient ruins.

Visit historic sites or enjoy a cruise from the marina during your visit to Calpe, a small town on the coast of southern Spain. If you are feeling active, climb up the town’s landmark, the towering Ifach rock (Penon de Ifach), and hike through the surrounding national park. Calpe has a beautiful beach, so dive in to cool off after sightseeing.

The strategic location of Calpe, or Calp to the locals, has attracted human civilization as far back as the Bronze Age. The Romans used the distinctive Ifach rock, which stands out from the Calpe Peninsula, as a lookout when they set up camp here.

To get to the rock, walk through the town and follow the signs to Ifach National Park. Climb 1,090 feet (332 meters) to the rock’s peak for spectacular views, which are most stunning at sunset and sunrise. If you are driving, note that the park is not open to cars at night.

Kayaking or sailing tours and other boat cruises that leave daily from the Calpe marina are alternative ways to admire the rock and coastline.

Delve into Spanish history with a visit to the ruins of the Queen’s Baths (Los Baños de Reina) from Roman times. Other heritage sites are the old Torre de Moli flourmill, built on top of a former watchtower, and Calpe’s Gothic church.

Join the locals for a meal at the Fossa o Levante beach with its promenade full of cafés, bars and restaurants. You might see sand sculptors at work, creating intriguing art works for all to admire. If you happen to be visiting in August, catch a cheap open-air movie show at night.

Venture beyond the township and visit the free Cactus Garden with its collection of 1,000 species. The attraction is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) towards Altea on the coastal road from Calpe to Benidorm.

Calpe, in the province of Alicante, is situated northeast of Benidorm, about 30-40 minutes away by car. You can also reach Calpe by bus, train or boat.

Where to stay in Calpe

Port Europa Hotel
Port Europa Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £44 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Offering direct access to the beach, this Calpe aparthotel is on the boardwalk, steps away from Banos de la Reina Archaelogical Site and Cala Morello. Arenal-Bol ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (52 reviews)
Estupendo!
"Habitación grande, camas cómodas y muy grandes, el cuarto de baño completo y espacioso y todo muy limpio, la comida correcta, y el personal amable, sobretodo Sergio del equipo de animación, que nos hizo las veladas muy agradables"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2021

Port Europa Hotel
Hotel RH Ifach
Hotel RH Ifach
4 out of 5
The price is £53 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
This family-friendly Calpe hotel is located near the beach, within a 5-minute walk of Salinas de Calpe, La Fossa Beach and Cantal Roig Beach. Cala Morello and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (395 reviews)
"Nice facility. Everything was super except food in the restaurant. It should be much better. Otherwise we have only highest grades. Excellent personnel. Perfect rooms. Clean, nice and convenient"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2021

Hotel RH Ifach
Suitopía Sol y Mar Suites Hotel
Suitopía Sol y Mar Suites Hotel
4 out of 5
This family-friendly Calpe hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Arenal-Bol Beach, Cala Morello and Salinas de Calpe. Cantal Roig Beach ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel with a spectacular view of the beach. The kids loved the pools. The room had everything needed to feel great and recharge while on vacation. A bit pricey but will definitely be back regardless."

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2019

Suitopía Sol y Mar Suites Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Camping Sol de Calpe Austral - Caravan park
Camping Sol de Calpe Austral - Caravan park
2 out of 5
The price is £21 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Situated near the beach, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Arenal-Bol Beach, Salinas de Calpe and Banos de la Reina Archaelogical Site. Cala Morello ...
Camping Sol de Calpe Austral - Caravan park
Port Europa Hotel
Port Europa Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £44 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Offering direct access to the beach, this Calpe aparthotel is on the boardwalk, steps away from Banos de la Reina Archaelogical Site and Cala Morello. Arenal-Bol ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (52 reviews)
Estupendo!
"Habitación grande, camas cómodas y muy grandes, el cuarto de baño completo y espacioso y todo muy limpio, la comida correcta, y el personal amable, sobretodo Sergio del equipo de animación, que nos hizo las veladas muy agradables"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2021

Port Europa Hotel
Camping Sol de Calpe Boreal - Caravan park
Camping Sol de Calpe Boreal - Caravan park
2 out of 5
The price is £21 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Situated near the beach, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Salinas de Calpe and La Fossa Beach. Playa de Calalga and Cala del Mallorquí are also within ...
Camping Sol de Calpe Boreal - Caravan park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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