Calpe in Spain. If you enjoy a buzzing tourist destination, with good weather, local seafood, a historic old town, outdoor activities, fiestas and an active nightlife, you are in the right place. Calpe has most of it, and here we show you everything you need to know about Calpe in Spain.
Calpe is 76 km from Alicante Airport and 129 km from Valencia Airport. The neighbors are the famous tourist destinations such as Altea, Albir, Benidorm on one side, and Benissa, Moraira and Javea on the other.
As one of the main tourist destinations of Spain’s Costa Blanca, Calpe has been home to many ancient civilizations, which means the city has a fascinating history and some remnants of its past, such as its Roman baths that you can see today. Embraced by a stunning landscape, among vineyards and mountains, Calpe is probably best known for its excellent fish restaurants and great sandy beaches.
For those who like a busy tourist destination, Calpe is the perfect combination of a romantic village with lots of activity, and of course the sun, sand and sea. Calpe has about 13,000 inhabitants, and the main economic activities are tourism and fishing. A large street market and good shopping facilities facilitate the many attractions for visitors. Calpe is perfect for activities such as scuba diving and sailing, climbing, hiking, and tennis. For golfers, it is only a relatively short drive to golf courses to suit all skill levels.
South of the fishing port you will find Baños de la Reina. This archaeological site has been known for many years and in 1610 it was named “Baños de la Reina”. Legend has it that this functioned as a SPA place, for a “Muslim Queen”. The truth is that the bathroom was actually a fish farm. The fish was kept alive here until it was put in salt at the Roman fish factory. Different fish pools were used to separate the different species of live fish. The locals also came here to buy fish or just for the sake of entertainment. From ancient times, Baños de la Reina was regarded as one of the most important food sources along the entire Mediterranean.
Peñon d ‘Ifach in Calpe
Peñon d ‘Ifach in Calpe is the symbol of the Costa Blanca. It was also one of the author Hemingway’s favorite places. Nowhere else do I get such inspiration as at the top of the Calpe Rock, Ernest Hemingway should have said. If you are in Calpe it is quite impossible to overlook the giant cliff Penon d ifach that hovers over the city. The cliff is a nature reserve and is visible from several miles away. This wonderful landmark is home to lots of rare local plants, over 300 different species of animals and is an annual nesting site for large colonies of seabirds.
Peñon d ‘Ifach stretches 332 meters from Calpe and is a popular hiking area for visitors. The rock is protected and offers a rich bird life and over 300 plant species. The entire hike up to the summit takes about an hour, but it is not recommended for those with altitude. Steep, winding roads and breathtaking views await you in the dry, and from the top you can see all the way to Ibiza on a clear, cloudless day.
Airports near to Calpe
Alicante is the best-placed airport for travel abroad, and like any major city, offers a variety of destinations and price points for the budget conscious. The working day is often seasonal, with later opening hours over the summer months, and many businesses still close during traditional siesta hours.
Alicante Airport (IATA: ALC, ICAO: LEAL), also known as Alicante-Elche Airport, is currently the fifth largest airport in Spain and is the gateway to the Costa Blanca resort region, serving both the Valencia Community and the Region of Murcia. It is located 9 kilometres southwest of Alicante city. Growing in size continuously over the past years, in March 2011 the airport got a brand new terminal building, replacing the old two terminals.
Corvera Murcia Airport is a new Airport in Murcia. Several airlines are flying in and out of Corvera Murcia Airport, covering an increasing number of flight routes. Corvera replaces Murcia San Javier Airport (for civilian flights) and is also run by AENA (the official airport authority). It has significant scope to handle many more additional routes.
Valencia Airport ( VLC ) also known as Manises Airport, is the tenth-busiest Spanish airport in terms of passengers and second in the region after Alicante. It is situated 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the city of Valencia, in Manises. The airport has flight connections to about 20 European countries and 5.79 million passengers passed through the airport in 2016.
A new regional terminal, expanded car parking facilities and apron area have been recently constructed in time for the 2007 America’s Cup. The runway has been also lengthened by 50 m (160 ft). The airport has one terminal and one runway. The former runway 04/22 is not in use and has no ILS but has a helipad at the southwestern end.
It is the main base of Iberia’s regional carrier Air Nostrum. Irish low-cost airline Ryanair used the airport as a hub since 2007 but decided to close it in November 2008 following a dispute over subsidies by the airport authorities. Since then the airline has continued to operate out of Valencia but as a relatively large destination airport, and not a base.
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The Costa Blanca is one of the favourite destinations for both Spaniards and Europeans to buy a 2nd home. One of the main reasons for this great influx of visitors is (besides the unrivalled climate Costa Blanca offers) the immaculate beaches stretching along the Alicante coastline. But the Costa Blanca has much more to offer in all aspects. From its mouth-watering culinary delights to the wide range of inland activities to be practised locally. The Costa Blanca is a place to be enjoyed at any time of the year. Read more about buying a property in Calpe.
Destinations on Costa Blanca North
Costa Blanca – Costa Blanca North – Alicante – Valencia – Albir – Alcalali – Alfaz del Pi – Altea – Benidoleig – Benidorm – Benilloba – Benissa – Benitachell – Calpe – Denia – El Vergel – Finestrat – Gata de Gorgos – Jalon – Javea – La Nucia – Lliber – Moraira – Orba – Parcent – Polop – Pedreguer – Teulada – Torrellano – Villajoyosa