It's the mini Gibraltar Rock on Calpe's waterfront that gives this Costa Blanca resort a distinctive edge. Volcanic in origin, and looming up 990 feet, a trail actually climbs up the Penon de Ifach from the Aula de Naturaleza nature centre at the base to the peak.
Calpe's two pretty beaches stretch either side of the rock. Calpe is renowned for its quality beaches, ideal for low key family resort holidays.
Calpe (Calp in Valencian) is a beach lovers paradise with a choice of two main beaches - La Fossa and El Arenal plus a choice of smaller rocky cove beaches (see the Valencia Region's weblink right for excellent detail on Calpe's many beaches). The Penon de Ilfach rock is a protected nature reserve and popular haunt for climbers. As you'd expect in the waters around the rock, excellent diving opportunities are available. There's a dive centre at Puerto Blanco as well as a golf course.
Roman salt mines have been discovered at the foot of the rock, and the area is home to large numbers of migratory birds. Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and catamaran cruises are all on the menu at Calpe (see Las Antipodas Sailing Centre website right for details - Tel. 965 838310).
Calpe town centre to the west of the rock is lively and pleasant with a wide Paseo Maritimo lined with bars and restaurants. A number of museums are within the town including an Archaeological Museum on C/Santisimo Criso - Plaza de la Villa. Tel. 965 839123, an ethnological museum The Casa del Coco at Urb.Gargasindi, 1. Tel. 965 839907 and a fine arts museum. For full listings see the Valencia Region Tourism weblink/Calpe section.
Calpe Tourist Information Office, Avenida de Ilfach, 14 03710 Calpe, Alicante. Tel. 965 833600.