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Calpe is a popular, bustling resort, best known for its balance of historic Valencian culture and modern tourist facilities. Three glorious sandy Blue Flag beaches are divided by the dramatic, craggy height of the Peñón de Ifach rock which stands over 300 metres tall and can be seen for miles, providing a fantastic landmark up and down the coast. On one side is the harbour with its fantastic choice of restaurants, while on the other is the resort centre filled with shops, bars and array of night-time entertainment. Calpe is ideally positioned in the centre of the Costa Blanca’s coastline, making it an ideal base for exploring the delights of this part of Spain, whether it is countryside, architecture, water parks or beaches you seek! The majority of our villas in Calpe are within a short drive or 30 minute walk of the bustling town centre.
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When in Costa Blanca be sure to try the traditional Spanish tapas bars and restaurants, some popular choices are patatas bravas, spicy meatballs, iberico ham, manchego cheese, Spanish omelette and much more tasteful delights. Paella is also a famously known dish to the region varying in flavors, some with fish, meats, vegetables these are a great sharing dish. Wash it down with some locally produced wines or fruity sangria.
Calpe’s resort centre is lively and vibrant, with a good choice of bars within easy reach, many of which are family friendly. Lively bars are also located along the promenade of La Fossa beach, which is a great place to enjoy your favorite tipple. Just outside the town centre, Calpe’s old town offers meandering streets with a few quiet bars hidden away – well worth a visit. For those looking for a very late night, the bright lights of Benidorm are within easy reach by taxi!
The nearby Jalon Valley is a truly spectacular region where you will discover a vast and verdant landscape of vineyards, where some of Spain’s finest vintages are produced.
Boat cruises are available from Calpe and other nearby towns, including Altea and Javea, which provide a chance to enjoy Costa Blanca’s stunning coastline from a different perspective. If you fancy a trip that takes you further afield, a ferry from Denia can whisk you over to Ibiza for an impromptu day trip.
The stunning coastline of Costa Blanca is the region’s principle attraction, inspiring its name with mile upon mile of fine white sand, with many beaches awarded prestigious Blue Flag status. In Calpe you will find the popular beaches of La Fossa and Arenal Bol, from which you can see the Peñón de Ifach rock - a fantastic landmark that stands over 300 metres tall and can be seen for miles around. Keen walkers will find a haven of wildlife as well as incredible views at its summit. Inland the landscape is no less impressive, with other renowned beauty spots including the hilltop village of Guadalest steeped in history and the verdant vineyards of the beautiful Jalon Valley, backed by the mountains of the Montgo National Park.
Located about half an hour south of Calpe, the lively resort of Benidorm offers three excellent attraction parks for you to enjoy. The first of these is Terra Mítica, which is themed around ancient Mediterranean civilizations. There are roller coasters and other adrenaline-inducing rides to enjoy, as well as spectacular shows telling historical battles and age-old legends. Mundomar Animal Park is another great attraction, with a whole host of animal shows to enjoy, providing a fun filled day for all the family. Finally, there is Terra Natura where you can see a huge variety of wildlife and plenty of entertainment and adventure activities.
Also located in Benidorm, Aqualandia is well worth a visit for a fun-filled day out! Known as the biggest and best-known water park in the area, Aqualandia offers something for all ages including Adventureland for younger children, a fantastic wave pool, and the highest and steepest water chutes in Europe!
The old town of Calpe is a colourful maze of winding cobbled streets adorned with flower pots and beautiful murals. Charming churches and museums represent the area’s fascinating history, while traditional restaurants offer some fine local cuisine, and perhaps a glass of Sangria.
Among the fascinating museums in Calpe are the Museum of Archaeology, showcasing a collection of exhibits from nearby excavations dated from the 4th to 8th century, and the Festival Museum, which houses elaborate and colourful fiesta costumes telling the famed story of the Moors and Christians.
The 14th century Iglesia Antigua church can be found in the old town and forms part of the former defensive wall of Calpe. The Iglesia Parroquial Nuestra Señora de las Nieves meanwhile is comparatively modern. Built in the 1970s, its striking facade is decorated with Old and New Testament scenes.
The village of Guadalest is well worth a visit on your villa holiday, perching at the pinnacle of this mountain landscape, it commands impressive views of the picturesque valley and reservoir below. Despite its small size, this historic gem is quintessentially Spanish and brimming with remnants from the Moorish occupation of Spain, including the 12th century Castle of San José accessed through a natural tunnel in the rock, as well as the Castle of La Alcozaina. There are also several museums and other fascinating antiquities, making for an absorbing day out.
Algar Waterfalls (Fuentes del Algar), Callosa
This beauty spot is a must when staying in Costa Blanca, and ideal to twin with a visit to Guadalest for a wonderful day out. The natural water falls of Algar are carefully preserved to maintain their original environment. You can swim and jump into many of the natural rock pools along the path of the falls, for a really refreshing dip. Then if you follow the path to the top (can only be done on foot) there is a shop and a Mediterranean spice garden.
Just along the winding coastal road from Calpe is the beautiful fishing town of Moraira, brimming wioth bars and restaurants and a wonderful selection of beaches.
The nearby town of Altea can be found within a 20 minute drive and offers a charming and tranquil retreat for a day of exploration, with its small yet picturesque coves and pretty streets leading to the beautiful blue-domed Parochial Church at its heart.
Further up the coast from Costa Blanca is Valencia, a cosmopolitan city brimming with attractions for an enjoyable day trip. Here you can find everything from fantastic shopping promenades and the bustling marina, to the historic treasures of the ancient district and cathedral quarter. The futuristic, breathtaking architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences sits alongside the vast Turia Gardens, while the nearby Albufera Nature Park completes a region of spectacular diversity.
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