This page is all about the town of Calpe on the Costa Blanca coast of Spain.
It contains useful Calpe tourist information for people intending to visit or holiday in Calpe.
In this tourist guide to the tourist resort of Calpe on the nortern Costa Blanca in Spain we help visitors who are planning a trip with useful and practical advice on many tourism related subjects such as Calpe car hire, accommodation, hotels, hostels, villa rental, apartment rental, beaches, map, sightseeing, Calpe weather, where to go, where to stay, travel information, airport transfers to Calpe and what to see and do in Calpe.
To make the best of your visit and holiday we cover everything you need to know about Calpe. We also have photos, picture galleries, views, videos and webcams of Calpe.
Sightseeing – What to See and Do
Calpe is a very well known town on the Costa Blanca. There are certainly nicer spots than Calpe but nowhere has the amazing landmark that is the ‘Penon de Ifach’. This is a gigantic granite rock towering over 600 metres high. The rock is right on Calpe beach.
It depends on your viewpoint but Calpe is slightly spoilt in our opinion by the high-rise apartment and hotel buildings which mar the sea front views. Just behind these high rise buildings are the Salinas de Saladar are which are salt lakes.
Calpe is definitely a big bustling town far removed from it’s origins as a tiny fishing village.
Make sure you visit the local market selling fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other locally-made goods and produce – market day in Calpe is on a Saturday.
The Calpe Oktoberfest is one of the most popular festivals on the Costa Blanca organised by the Carnaval Club Calpe Association and Calpe Town Hall. A traditional German festival this centres around a lot of beer drinking so Brits will enjoy this one too!
On each side of the rock are two fantastic sandy Calpe beaches and this is the reason why most people come on holiday to Calpe – the beaches are of a very high quality sand and the waters are clean.
The beaches are so long and wide that unlike the nearby town of Benidorm, you can always find a spot on the beach. The facilities on the beaches are excellent with many play areas for the children right on the beach itself.
The Calpe beaches are superb and always hold a blue flag which means they are certified as being clean by the European Foundation for Environmental Education. They are surrounded by dozens of restaurants, bars and clubs offering a wide variety of food, drink and entertainment.
Calpe Fish Market
Also to the right-hand side of the rock is the famous Calpe fish market. You may not think it now but Calpe was originally a small fishing village.
Even now each day, the fishing boats bring their catch in and you can even watch the fish auctions on the quay and buy the fresh fish yourself. The Calpe restaurants display the raw fish out the front, you point to the plate you want and it then goes back to the kitchen to be cooked.
History of Calpe
Calpe’s old town still has nice wide avenues where modern buildings and old architecture collide. Calpe is almost three thousand years old and in this area it still retains a sense of history and tradition. The earliest archaeological findings, at the time of the Iberians were found at the Ifach cliffs. Later the Romans established a wealthy colony at the coast whose main activity was the trade of dried and salted fish.
In the Middle Ages, Calpe’s local population developed agriculture. Christians and Moslems lived here peacefully together, despite the many attacks from pirates between the 14th and 17th century. In the 18th century this threat was removed and Calpe enjoyed an economic upswing which continues to the day.
TOURIST INFORMATION VIDEO
This excellent video below shows video images of Calpe featuring the most important tourist attractions of Calpe including the Penon de Ifach (Calpe Rock), Calpe fish market and marina.
PHOTOS OF CALPE
Photo above – Calpe Rock – the Penon de Ifach
Photo above – Calpe Bay
Photo above – Calpe Marina
Photo above – Calpe beach
To see more photos of Calpe go to our Calpe photo gallery…
+ landmark of the giant rock rising from the sea
+ fish market
+ great beaches
+ Bustling town with plenty of shops
– High rise apartment blocks right by the beach
– Feels a little over-developed
– Can be overcrowded in summer
Calpe Tourist Information Office (Oficina de Turismo)
Are you thinking of going on holiday or visiting Calpe and you need help or assistance?
The official tourist offices below have English-speaking people who can help you with all sorts of tourist related enquiries such as where to stay, accommodation, transportation questions etc. Be sure to visit them while on holiday as there are many free maps and leaflets which will help you with things to do and see while on holiday.
Calpe Tourist Office (Centro) Address: Plaza del Mosquit s/n, 03710, Calpe, (Alicante – Alacant)
Telephone: +34 965838532 or +34 965838533
Opening Times: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00 h. Saturdays from 9:00 to 14:00 h. Summer hours (from 1 July). Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 19:00 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 18:00 h.
Calpe Tourist Office (Bus Station – Estación)
Address: Avenida Generalitat Valenciana s/n (Junto Terminal de Autobuses), 03710, Calpe (Alicante – Alacant).
Calpe Tourist Office
Address: Paseo Marítimo Infanta Elena, 03710, Calpe.
Opening Hours: From 15 June to 7 September from 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 21:00.
Calpe Tourist Office (Penon)
Address: Avenida Ejércitos Españoles 30, 03710, Calpe.
Telephone: +34 965836920
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00 h. Saturdays from 9:00 to 14:00 h. Summer hours (from 1 July). Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 19:00 h. Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 h.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Town Hall: 96 583 36 00
Local Police: 96 583 90 00
Guardia Civil: 96 583 00 80
Fire Brigade: 96 578 00 80
Red Cross: 96 583 16 16
Health Centre: 96 583 50 11
Club Nautico: 96 583 18 09
Post Office: 96 583 08 84
Accommodation – Where to Stay
Calpe has in fact eighteen beach front hotels of which the Hotel Porto Calpe, the Aparthotel Europa and the Bahia Calpe have been voted the best by holiday makers.
Calpe also has eight spa hotels of which the AR Imperial Spa Park Resort, the Hotel AR Diamante Beach Spa, and the Villa Marisol Hotel, have been voted the best.
Calpe has three luxury Hotels in Calpe which are the Gran Hotel Solymar, the Villa Marisol, and the Hotel AR Diamante Beach.
There are fourteen family hotels in Calpe of which the AR Imperial Park Spa resort, the Apartamentos Larimar and the Apartamentos Amatista are the most popular.
HOSTELS AND PENSIONS
A really cheap alternative to staying in a Calpe hotel is to book into a Calpe hostel or pension. Be advised that these hostels and pensions are very basic accommodation traditionally sought out by student travelers and backpackers on a budget.
Some hostels in Calpe will require you to sleep in a room with other guests and share bathrooms. In some cases there will be a strict time that you have to be in by which is no good if you want to sample the Calpe nightlife. Needless to say – staying in a Calpe hostel is the cheapest form of accommodation you can find in Calpe.
Hostal Terra de Mar in Calpe is a superbly renovated old town house, that offers very comfortable accommodation in the Casco Antiguo of Calpe. 12 rooms in the heart of the old town of Calpe. Address: Old Town , C/ Paternina 31, Calpe 03710 Telephone: 0034) 96 587 5928
Albergue Abargues Avenida Juan Carlos I, 03710 CALPE. Tel: 96 583 2435
Pension Casa La Diferencia Address: Urb Canuta De Ifach 45A , 03710 CALPE. Tel: 96 583 2786
Pension Crespo Address: Calle La Pinta 1, Edificio Mar Y Paz, 03710 CALPE. Tel: 96 583 3931
Pension El Hidalgo Address: Avenida Rosa De La Vientos 19, Edificio Santa Marta1 03710 CALPE. Tel: 96 583 9317
Pension El Parque Address: Calle Portalet 4 03710 CALPE. Tel: 96 583 0770
Pension El Poble Address: Calle De La Libertat 22, 03710 CALPE. Tel: 658 618 284
Pension Gran Sol Address: Urb Gran Sol, 03710 CALPE. Tel: 96 583 6282
Pension Le Vieux Bruxelles Address: Avenida Isla De Formetera 18, 03710 CALPE. Tel: 96 583 4357
Hostal Residencial La Paloma Address: Ctra Calpe – Moraira, Urb Los Pinos 23 G, 03710 CALPE. Tel: 96 583 81 41
Hostal Residencial La Paloma ll Address: Urb Benicolada 6F, 03710 CALPE. Tel: 96 587 5428
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