Calpe is about 20 minutes south of Moraira, and famous for its huge salt lake, often graced with wild pink flamingos, a must stop for all the family.
The journey to Calpe from Moraira follows a beautiful scenic road, bending and twisting along the rugged coast, bringing a new vista at every turn. Passing many smaller beaches with cafes along the way, you are spoilt for choice if you wish to stop.
Calpe is totally dominated by the Penon de Ifach rock, about 336m high, being somewhat reminiscent of Gibraltar. There is a path leading to the top, via a tunnel through the rock, where you will find interesting flora and many varieties of birds to photograph. The summit offers magnificent panoramic sea and mountain views - on a clear day, the island of Ibiza is visible, and you can also see Europe's highest skyscraper in Benidorm.
Calpe's strategic location has attracted voyagers and settlers throughout the centuries, and remains of Iberian tribes have been discovered around the base of the Penon de Ifach.
During the Middle Ages, the Christians and Moors lived together peacefully for many years, but they were subjected to continuous attacks by pirates during the 14th to 17th centuries. Then Calpe entered a period of redevelopment, laying the foundations for its current prosperity as a major tourist resort.
In the old town centre, is the ancient Arrabal Moorish quarter, framed by
narrow, steep streets with small white-washed houses, decorated with floral
arrangements and with stones embedded in the pavements creating characteristic
Calpe and its, outstanding beaches
Calpe's two main beaches, the Cantal Roig and the Playa Arenal are well known for their fine sand. Together with Calpe’s other beaches, La Fossa and the bay of Gasparet, the town has many kilometres of excellent beaches, ideal for swimming and surfing.
Just before 4.00 pm each day, the fishing fleet return and unload their catch of the day. This spectacle can be watched from a free viewing gallery.
The fish, crab and lobsters pass by in crates with crushed ice, all being auctioned before your eyes. This really is worth a visit - you see what all the supermarket chains pay for their fresh fish. And to finish off the day you can enjoy a freshly caught meal at a local restaurant.