The Costa Blanca is defined by spectacular towns such as Calp, a destination where you can breathe in the magic of the Mediterranean, immerse yourself in naturescapes and sample exquisite cuisine. Come and fall in love with a place that you will forever hold in your heart.
Situated in the heart of the Costa Blanca, Calp has a unique identity that will make you fall head over heels in love. The impressive rockface of Peñón de Ifach defines this seaside destination which is bursting with history, landscapes, beaches and cuisine. Come and explore Calp with all your senses and enjoy an incredible experience that you will want to repeat time and again.
What to see in Calp
Calp is one of the most popular destinations for a relaxing getaway in the Costa Blanca. The town is home to one of the sights characterising this stretch of the coastline. Peñón de Ifach is a craggy outcrop rising 332m into the sky that is connected to the mainland by a small isthmus. It was created by rockfall from nearby Sierra de Oltà and is one of the most visited natural sites in the Mediterranean. Whether you enjoy diving, rock climbing or hiking, Peñón de Ifach is an absolute joy to explore.
And that’s just the start of all the spectacular natural scenery Calp has to offer. The salt lake is a beautiful natural area inhabited by different birds, including the flamingoes that add a touch of colour to the landscape. The lake is a great spot to do some birdwatching and there is even a special birding trail that you can follow.
Calp also offers a great deal of hiking routes for you to explore. You can roam the Sierra de Oltà mountainscape and breathe in spectacular views over La Marina or idle along the Paseo Ecológico, which connects the destination with nearby Benissa. Here you will discover stunning little coves where you can lazily while away the hours.
This stretch of the coastline does not disappoint. Calp offers a wide range of beaches and coves, promising something for everyone. If you are craving fine sand, fun and relaxation, don’t miss Levante - La Fossa and Arenal-Bol beaches. Meanwhile if, on the other hand, you prefer off-the-beaten-track coves defined by pebbly beaches and the tranquillity of the Mediterranean, make your way to El Racó, Calalga, Racó del Corb, El Mallorquí, Cantal Roig and Gasparet, among others.
Beyond the coast, Calp has another spot where you can breathe in the sea air. The port area, sitting in the shadow of Peñón de Ifach, is bursting with life. This is a fantastic place to take a stroll, watch the fishermen at work and - of course - savour some local products. While you’re here, you can also visit Real Club Náutico de Calpe.
Your stay in this corner of the Costa Blanca will also immerse you in a culture that is thousands of years old. A good place to start your exploration of Calp’s past is Baños de la Reina. Dating back to Roman times, this archaeological site is located under water and comprises a number of different canals and caves carved into the rock.
And then there is the town’s culture, which can be discovered in abundance in the historic centre. Here you will find sights such as the remains of the town walls and Torreó de la Peça, which houses Museo de Coleccionismo, a museum where you can see extraordinary objects that will help you understand the destination’s history. You also won’t want to miss Nuestra Señora de las Nieves church and, outside the historic centre, the famous Ricardo Bofill buildings, including Muralla Roja, which is a popular photo opportunity.
To complete your exploration of Calp, why not try some of the town’s delicious cuisine? The destination is famed for its fresh fish and Peñón de Ifach wine, as well as traditional dishes such as llauna de Calp and arroz del senyoret. The very best way to conclude your journey through the senses. What are you waiting for?
How to get here:
Exits 63 and 64 of the AP-7 motorway leading to Calp, a town that can also be reached along the N-332 Valencia-Alicante. The town also has a narrow-gauge railway that runs along the coast and also a regular bus service.