Calpe, also spelled Calp, in Alicante Spain is found some 70km from Alicante City and has a population of 26,000 which swells in the summer with the influx of visitors. It is easy to get to, located on the coast off the N332 road and AP-7 motorway.
Calpe is a beautiful seaside resort that has a wonderful climate attracting holiday makers all year round, although summer is especially busy. The town’s economy is geared around tourism, which began here long before most of the modern day resorts here. In the 1930s Calpe begain attracting richer middle classed Spaniards and a number of hotels sprouted up. Today it attracts visitors from northern Europe and indeed all over the world. Many visitors have decided to make Calpe their home. The town has developed accordingly with a number of high rise hotels to the north of the town. Although modernised, Calpe has an old quarter that has retained it’s historic feel and this is where you will find most of the places of interest including the 15th century church and the Torreo de la Peca.
Calpe is well know for a huge tower of rock that rises vertically out of the sea to a height of over 300m. This is now protected as a nature reserve and if you’re feelng adventurous you can climb to the summit up the staircase that has been carved out of the rock itself creating a tunnel within. Not one for those who suffer from vertigo though! The rock is known as Penon de Ifach and was the location of the initial settlement. The town grew and was eventually fortified to protect the inhabitants from marauding pirates that were prelavent for several centuries, and the scourge of the coast.
Beside being steeped in history, Calpe also has some wonderful beaches and an array of bars and restaurants offering cuisine from around the world, as well as regional dishes made with locally sourced produce. Calpe is a marriage of the old and new and a fantastic place to holiday where you will find all the amenities of a modern resort, but with its own historic identity and traditions.