Calpe (in Spanish : Calp) is a coastal town located in the comarca of Marina Alta, Spain. In between Altea to the south and Javea to the north, located 67 km from the city of Alicante. Calpe with its about 20,100 habitants, and known for its rock called the penon de ifach, this is a massive rock and has inspired many people to come and enjoy the nearly perfect view around the bays and across the Costa Blanca.
The economy of Calpe is mainly based on tourism and fishing. Many Iberian, Roman and Arab archeological sites exist in the town, due to Calpe's strategic coastal location.
The area around Calpe is excellent for mountaineering, hiking, climbing and also scuba diving with many caves to explore. The theme parks of Benidorm are only 15 minutes away by car or half an hour on the ferry from Calpe's port.
Some of the most important monuments in Calpe are the ruins of Los banos de la Reina, (the queen's baths), the flooded salt flats, a bird sanctuary for migratory birds, its Gothic Catholic church and the tower of La Peca, dating from the 18th century.
Inland from Calpe are the wine growing valleys of Orba and Jalon. The beautiful cities of Alicante and Valencia are both reachable in around an hour by car. In Calpe there are many things to do apart from the beach and sun.
Calpe has two extensive beaches - the cantal roig and the playa arenal, together with the other two beaches, la fossa and the bay of Gasparet which also belongs to the city.
Playa de la Fossa is a first class beach with golden sand and excellent facilities including several children's play areas, tennis courts and even a bowling green. It has been awarded a Blue Flag.
The exceptional climate makes it a great place to visit all year round. Indeed the World Health Authority names the area as having one of the healthiest climates there is.
For accommodation in Calpe you can look at our Calpe Hotels page, visiting Calpe during summer time you should book early.