What to do in Calpe
It is no secret that the Costa Blanca in Alicante is at the head of the preferred tourist destinations, both nationally and internationally. Located in the north of the Marina Alta, Calpe stands as one of the most attractive reference cities in the area. Known for its emblematic Peñón de Ifach, declared a natural park in 1987, the multifaceted Calpe hides inside much more than wonderful beaches, beach bars, and relaxation.
A surprising destination, full of adventure and fun for all ages, and, whether you are traveling alone, as a couple, with friends or family, this sunny city bathed by the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea, is a destination where you will always find something to discover.
If you are thinking of spending a few days in Calpe, don't forget to have a look at our recommendations to make the most of your visit. And so that you don't miss a single moment, travel with us!
BEACHES OF CALPE
When you have more than 300 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature above 20 degrees Celsius, it is essential to have a wide variety of beaches and coves. Of course, Calpe has it, and each of them is unique in its own way. Sandy coves, virgin coasts, quiet bays, or kilometer-long beaches of golden sand and turquoise waters, in Calpe you can choose.
La Fossa Beach
It is the main beach of Calpe. Ideal to spend a day with the family, bordered by the promenade, full of bars, stores, and restaurants, it is the perfect place to enjoy a day at the beach.
At the foot of the Peñón de Ifach with its imposing figure, it offers, in addition to clear and calm waters perfect for swimming, spectacular views of the iconic mountain. Being an urban beach, access is easy and on the way, we can enjoy the beauty of the majestic Saladar de Calpe, the last vestige of the salt mines that worked there before, and today is an important habitat for many native animal species.
This pebble cove at the foot of the Peñón de Ifach offers incomparable views and a unique diving experience. Its wild but easily accessible location makes it a favorite destination for nature lovers.
If your idea is that of a remote and paradisiacal beach in the Alicante Mediterranean, this is your place. With only 80 meters by 7 meters wide, this cove located between the port Blanco of Calpe and the Campomanes port of Altea is only accessible by sea. An unforgettable experience whether you like adventure, as you can rent a kayak and paddle to the shore, or if you prefer something more exclusive. Either way, Cala Gasparet is a place not to be missed.
Arenal Bol Beach
It is the longest beach in Calpe. Fine white sand with calm waters surrounded by a promenade with all services. It is located on the opposite side of the Peñon de Ifach and is a great alternative to go with the little ones to enjoy a sunny day.
Dominated by the famous Red Wall, this cove located near Puerto Blanco enjoys a unique contrast between the quiet calm of its turquoise waters, with the colorful and imposing building that surrounds it.
HIKING ROUTES IN CALPE
Thanks to the monumental Peñón de Ifach, Calpe has become one of the favorite destinations for hikers and nature lovers. However, despite the undeniable beauty of this wonderful natural park, it is not the only place that offers the possibility of pleasant excursions, suitable for both adults and children.
Peñón de Ifach
With 327 meters in height, this imposing rocky mass is a challenge for the lovers of hiking. To access the top it is necessary to go through a tunnel, from which the steepness of the route makes it inaccessible to minors. Even so, the path that runs along the side of the mountain is one of the most famous and recommended excursions to do with the family, in which we will not only enjoy the beautiful views and contact with nature. We will also find all the facilities to have a picnic and enjoy this incredible natural park.
Morro de Toix
Despite being a rocky route, devoid of trees, the views it offers of the town, the rock, the bay of Altea, and even the frozen mountains, are breathtaking. Running along a wide path that is the termination of the Sierra de Bernia in the Mediterranean Sea, it is a pleasant walk to spend a morning with the family.
Serra de Oltá
This fascinating mountain range is located between the municipalities of Calpe and Benissa. With a height of 589 meters, it offers, from its rocky summits, spectacular views of its pine forests, the Ifach rock, and even the Montgó in the distance. It has a circular route of approximately 10 kilometers surrounding it and allowing us to crown the mountain.
Ecological Coastal Promenade
About ten minutes drive from the historic center, starting from Calalga cove, we find this peaceful and charming path that runs along the coast, allowing us to visit the cliffs and coves of the neighboring town of Benissa. An easy and quiet route that we can walk without much effort accompanied by young and old to take advantage of a family day.
About two kilometers from the coast we find the old town of Calpe, a maze of cobbled streets, colorful staircases and murals full of charm. In the past, to defend themselves from pirate attacks, the inhabitants of the town built a double wall, of which the famous Torreó de la Peça, located in the Plaza de la Vila, right in the heart of the old town, was part. Inside it houses the Museum of collecting. In the same square we can also find the parish church of Nuestra Señora de las nieves, a modern building that highlights its large stained glass windows and mosaic on its facade.
The Forat de la Mar and the Arrabal is one of the most striking corners of the city, which is accessed by some old streets, where we will find what are undoubtedly the most beautiful streets of the town: San Roque, Pescadores and Puchalt.
Another must is the Portalet. It is a huge defense gate that currently serves to house the exhibition hall Ajuntament Vell. Do not forget that the best way to get here from Alicante Airport is through our on-demand door to door bus service, with a maximum of five stops per route.
The fish auction at the fish market is undoubtedly the historical event that defines the gastronomy of the town, it is something you can not miss (Monday to Friday 17h). And if there is something emblematic in the town beyond its famous rock, that is its well-known Red Wall. An iconic building that gives rise to the urbanization La Manzanera, designed by architect Ricardo Bofill Levi during the 70s. Its colors and geometric shapes made it a model of the advanced architecture of its time. Recently its popularity has been increased by the diffusion of its qualities through photographers and influencers, and its attractive shapes attract not only the eyes of tourists and curious, but also of big brands. Zara Home, Reebok or El Corte Inglés have used it as a location for their campaigns.
WHAT TO EAT IN CALPE
Not only in beaches, culture, and nature, the city of Calpe offers a great variety of them. Also in its gastronomy, we can find a myriad of flavors and textures, which will surely end up delighting our palate.
Thanks to its bays, the typical cuisine of Calpe is rich in fish such as monkfish or mackerel. But also, due to its cosmopolitan character, it is possible to find a wide range of international cuisine. In this way, we can quietly enjoy an Arros del Senyoret on the beachfront, and just a few meters away we can find the best Greek, German or Asian cuisine.
If what you are looking for is to try a typical dish of the area, you can not miss the Llauna de Calp, a dish consisting of a variety of fish from the bay served with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and a touch of parsley. Simply exquisite.
We recommend you to visit the restaurant La viña de Calpe where you can enjoy creative cuisine with top-quality products at a good price. To enjoy a good paella El Cantal is the perfect place as it is famous for the quality of these typical spanish dishes. Located in front of the beach, with great atmosphere, you will not be disappointed.
If you are looking for a more gourmet experience, don't forget to visit the French-inspired Beat Restaurant. Located in the renowned gastronomic hotel Cookbook, it has the recognition of a Michelin star, something you certainly do not try every day.