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Sights and Beaches of Calpe

About Calpe

Calpe

Calpe is a town on the Costa Blanca, the most beautiful part of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. It is known for its many beaches, including the sandy Arenal-Bol beach. Nearby is the Roman site of Baños de la Reina, here are the sea pools hewn from rocks. On a headland to the east is Peñon d’Ifach, a huge limestone rock with a host of beautiful birds. Below it are the ruins of Pobla de Ifach, a medieval walled village. La Muralla Roja is an iconic castle-like building by modern Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. The city has a beautiful old town center, and there are several historical sites in the city. In the middle of Calpe is a beautiful 500-acre natural park. This makes Calpe a fun, enjoyable destination to travel to if you are looking for a relaxing and engaging vacation.

Weather

With a warm Mediterranean climate, it is pleasant all year round with spring and autumn temperatures of around 20°C and hot summers with more than 30°C. This excellent climate has created a beautifully diverse landscape which is very popular with many tourists.

Sightseeing

Las Salinas

Between the buildings of Calpe is the large saltwater lake Las Salinas. This lake is located here as a result of the salt mines that were crucial to the economy of the city until 1970. Salt from these mines was used to store the many fish that were caught in Calpe and then transported to other parts of Europe. Today the lake is a protected nature reserve and is home to many special species, especially the flamingos. This makes the area perfect for a morning walk or bike ride. And with a little luck, you’ll spot a flamingo.

Torreó de la Peça

If you are in Calpe you must have visited the Torreó de la Peça. This medieval tower is located in the center of the city and was crucial for the protection of Calpe around the 15th century. This tower and the walls around it are in good condition and were completely restored in 1981. There is also a museum within the walls.

El Peñon d’Ifach

El Peñon d’Ifach is a rock about 332 meters high and a striking landmark on the Mediterranean Sea. The name derives from the former name ‘Northern (Ifach) Rock (Peñon)’. This was used to distinguish it from its brother (Rock of Gibraltar) in the South.

Beaches

Playa Puerto Blanco

Puerto Blanco Beach is a small family beach overlooking the Peñon d’Ifach. The beach of no more than 100 meters long has calm and crystal clear waters. It is a semi-urban beach formed by a small inlet protected on the south side by the small marina Puerto Blanco. On this beach there is mixed sand and small pebbles. The rich rocky bottom with flora and fauna make Playa Puerto Blanco one of the best places in town for diving and snorkeling.

It has good facilities such as showers, public toilets, umbrellas and because it is next to the marina it is possible to do water activities from there. In the summer there is also a snack bar to get something to eat and drink.

Playa de la Fossa / Levante

Playa de la Fossa / Levante is a popular beach in Calpe. A long sandy beach with shallow water, surrounded by a promenade with many restaurants and stores. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for rent and the clear, calm water is ideal for snorkeling.

There is free parking across the beach, as well as public transportation from local buses. It has good disabled access and there is a lifeguard in high season. The beach has an EU Blue Flag for its cleanliness, safety and accessibility.

Arenal-Bol beach

Arenal-Bol beach has more than a kilometer of fine golden sand and clear water. There are many small palm trees that give a special appeal to this urban beach. It is one of the busiest beaches in Calpe. There is a lively promenade where it is enjoyable to visit the numerous restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, etc. There are all kinds of stores in a cozy environment. In summer it has an adapted area with different services to facilitate bathing for people with limited mobility.

El Portet Moraira

The sandy beach El Portet in Moraira with the picturesque bay is probably one of the most idyllic places on the Costa Blanca. The beach of about 360 meters, awarded the Blue Flag for clean water, slopes gently into the sea. A blessing for children and parents who can keep an eye on them from the beach. By the way, in the summer months there is beach security present.
The beach has a promenade with some restaurants and terraces, where you can enjoy a drink with some tapas, a beautiful view of the surrounding bay.

Playa L’Arenal in Javea

Playa L’Arenal is one of the better known sandy beaches in the area and is also a little busier and more commercial than the other picturesque beaches we usually prefer. It’s a little further than Playa de la Grava and you can easily park in the streets leading to the beach.

Playa la Ampolla – Ampolla Beach in Moraira

The largest beach in Moraira is Ampolla Beach. It can be very busy during the summer season. It is easily accessible, has a sandy beach, parking and all facilities including first aid and lifeguards (in the summer season) are available. It is safe for young beachgoers as the beach slopes gently into the sea.

Cala Baladrar – El Baladrar Cove in Benissa

The cove, Cala Baladrar, is 100 meters long. It is a natural cove of pebbles and “bolos” (round pebbles) that always reflects clear, deep turquoise water in a setting of pine trees that stand almost up to the water of the sea. An ideal bay for learning to sail and doing underwater photography. The Baladrar cove is a beautiful gateway to the Mediterranean. This pebble beach inlet was formed at the mouth of the ” dels Sesters ” ravine. El Baladrar ends in a 30m high cliff full of holes, formed by the action of the sea and from which the rock known as La Polida fell.

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