The coastal holiday resort of Calpe, located along the north Costa Blanca in Spain, between the townships of Benidorm and Moraira, is one of the most popular destinations along this part of seacoast. Peñon de Ifach the unrivalled landmark of the Costa Blanca is a towering peak. Calpe has a great deal to offer, in spite of having the look of a modern day resort town, with the usual handful of high-rise hotels and apartments.
Situated behind the town, the salt lakes provide both a sanctuary for birds and wildlife and climatic conditions for an unequalled micro-climate, creating excellent weather year round for the town.
Before being modernized into an extremely fashionable resort destination, Calpe’s former existence as a century’s long prosperous fishing village, is still evident in the town today. A reminder of Its Moorish past is depicted in the mudéjar church towers and walls. It was occupied for over 500 years by the Muslim conquerors that held much of Spain between the 8th and 13th centuries.
It is recommended that visitors head to the town’s two museums – the Museo Arqueológico and the Museo Festor, both situated in the old town, to get an appreciation of Calpe’s historical richness.
Calpe has two superb sandy beaches as well as coves and bays nearby on the way to Benissa and Moraira. The main beaches are safe and have lifeguards during high season.
Visitors to the area, for shopping, eating and entertainment, are well catered to. Try one of the popular seafood restaurants and taste the fresh locally caught fish. With its many bars and clubs attracting party goers nightlife especially during the busy summer season (June to September), is spirited and full of life. It draws both from Calpe and the surrounding resort area.