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CalpeSpain

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

Calpe City Center, Calpe, Valencian Community, Spain

Calpe City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(46 area reviews)

Unique features of Calpe City Center include the seaside views and bars. Make a stop by Arenal-Bol Beach or Peça Tower while you're exploring the area.

Calpe City Center

Top hotels in Calpe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Bahía Calpe by Pierre & Vacances
Hotel Bahía Calpe by Pierre & Vacances
4 out of 5
The price is £48 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Located in Calpe City Center, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Arenal-Bol Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from La Fossa Beach. Cala ...

4.1/5Very Good! (899 reviews)

"The view from the balcony is extraordinary. Otherwise I don’t like big hotels in Europe"…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2020

Hotel Bahía Calpe by Pierre & Vacances
Port Europa Hotel
Port Europa Hotel
3 out of 5
Avenida Europa, 21, Calpe, Alicante

Offering direct access to the beach, this Calpe aparthotel is on the boardwalk and within a 15-minute walk of Banos de la Reina Archaelogical Site and La Fossa ...

4/5Very Good! (27 reviews)

"В целом отель хороший, удобно расположен, хорошие номера, огромные лоджии. Достойные завтраки с горячими блюдами, много нарезки, фрукты, выпечка. Для летнего отдыха, думаю, отличный вариант. И для тех, кому интересна анимация и, если вы не "жаворонок".. Но нам в не сезон хотелось спокойного отдыха. ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2020

Port Europa Hotel
Hostel Sea & Dreams Calpe
Hostel Sea & Dreams Calpe
3 out of 5
The price is £52 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Located in Calpe City Center, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Cala La Manzanera, and within 3 mi (5 km) of La Fossa Beach and Ifach Rock. Natural Park of ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)

"Lovely room, great location in the old town and helpful friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Hostel Sea & Dreams Calpe

Popular places to visit in Calpe

La Fossa Beach
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La Fossa Beach

4/5(11 reviews)

The unmissable Peñón de Ifach headland rises above a bay of soft golden sand to create one of the quintessential images of Calpe.

Puerto Blanco Beach
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Puerto Blanco Beach

This Blue Flag beach is less busy than others in the area but is known for its diving feature. Treat yourself by snorkeling or diving in these interesting waters.

Natural Park of Penyal d'Ifac
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Natural Park of Penyal d'Ifac

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Photograph fascinating geological formations, spot varied wildlife and look out at a chain of scenic bays from the top of an emblematic rock. 

Arenal-Bol Beach
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Arenal-Bol Beach

From swimming in mild waters to enjoying views of Calpe Rock and visiting historical monuments, there’s plenty to see and do at this central beach. 

Ifach Rock
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Ifach Rock

3/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors at Ifach Rock, a lovely green space in Calpe. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Cala La Manzanera
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Cala La Manzanera

Colorful masterpieces by the Spanish postmodernist architect Ricardo Bofill stand on the cliffs above this small bay, creating an interesting scene for photos.

Top things to do in Calpe

Traditional Spanish Villages Half-Day Tour
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Traditional Spanish Villages Half-Day Tour

£40
Per adult
Mundomar Benidorm Entrance Ticket
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Mundomar Benidorm Entrance Ticket

£23
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Aqualandia Benidorm One Day Ticket
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Aqualandia Benidorm One Day Ticket

£31
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Guadalest & Algar Waterfalls from Benidorm
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Day Trip to Guadalest & Algar Waterfalls from Benidorm

£20
Per adult
Full-Day Jeep Driving Tour to Costa Blanca with Winetasting
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Full-Day Jeep Driving Tour to Costa Blanca with Winetasting

£205
Per adult
Private Transfer from Biar to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport
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Private Transfer from Biar to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport

£88
Per adult

Reviews of Calpe

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Nov 2019

Public transport by bus is good and frequent. Bus stops outside Bahia Hotel for local service, main bus and railway stations to Benidorm and other towns which is very handy. Taxis can be a bit pricey if you want to visit these places.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Oct 2019

Great festival lots of eating places very clean beautiful beaches.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Oct 2019

brilliant place to visit and good base to explore other parts

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Sep 2019

Beautiful resort beach and old town.. Plenty of authentic food in old town.. Beach beautiful.. All close together.. Must have a pic on Calpe steps and of the famous rock

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Sep 2019

Lovely resort, nice walks, plenty bars and restaurants. Brilliant beach and safe sea.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Sep 2019

It’s such a relaxed place with plenty to do. We recommend the sunset boat trip only on a Thursday but well worth it. Calpe is cheap fun and beautiful

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