Calpe is a perfect choice for families and couples; this pleasant resort has three beaches and plenty of activities without the loud nightlife of Benidorm or Alicante. Although Calpe has embraced its tourism industry, it still maintains a touch of old Spanish charm with an old town, church and Moorish quarter. A railway runs from Alicante all the way up to Denia via Calpe, making it a great base for exploring the coast.
Calpe’s most memorable landmark is impossible to ignore; the huge Rock of Ifach rock juts out into the sea, looming over the resort below. The rock has been developed as a nature reserve, and it’s possible to climb to the top for spectacular views. Calpe has a number of Roman ruins and a Moorish castle if you’re interested in the town’s history, and the promenade is a great place to wander and people-watch.
Calpe adopts many aspects of the traditional Mediterranean cuisine, with fish, rice and vegetables featuring heavily in the regional dishes. Originally a fishing village, fresh seafood is Calpe’s most popular offering; the local speciality is Llauna de Calpe, a peppered fish stew. If you have a sweet tooth you’ll love the homemade pastries, and you can’t miss Jijona ice cream, a Valencian speciality made from almonds.
There are plenty of distractions for kids in Calpe, from watersports at the marina to boat rides around the coast to a simple day at the beach! Cantal Roig and Arenal-Bol are the most popular, while La Fossa holds open-air cinema nights in the summer. Another enjoyable activity is a boat ride around the coast, and it’s worth making the trip to Aqualandia or Terra Mitica theme park near Benidorm.