Guide to Calpe a Costa Blanca resort situated to the north of Benidorm in the province of Alicante.

Calpe - Costa Blanca - Spain

Calpe Costa Blanca Factfile:

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Location: Northern Costa Blanca, Spain. Marina Alta district, province of Alicante, Comunidad de Valencia.

Population: 26,382

Postcode: 03710

Emergency Telephone Numbers:

Emergency: Telephone Number: 112

Ambulance: Telephone Number: 061

Local Police: Telephone Number: 092

Fire Service: Telephone Number: 080

Guardia Civil: Telephone Number: 062

Calpe History: Originally settled by the Iberians (ancient Spanish peoples), Calpe was later the site of a Roman fish-salting factory (located at Los Banos de Reina). Controlled by the Moors during the Arab occupation of the Iberian Peninsular (8th to 13th Centuries), the Castle of Calpe was built at this time to defend the town against the Christian reconquest, but finally fell in about 1240 to forces under Jaime I of Aragon.

After the destruction of a small town called Ifach (built on the towering Penon de Ifach rock) a community was founded in a farmhouse overlooking Calpe bay - this developed into the town now called Calpe.

The town was sacked by Barbary pirates in 1637 and many of its inhabitants taken to Algiers, where they remained prisoners for 5 years. The original walled town was extended during the 17th and 18th centuries as the population increased around an ecomony based mostly on fishing and salt production. The growth of tourism began back in the 1930's and has continued to grow ever since, ultimately becoming the main source of income for the town.

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Calpe Review: A popular tourist destination renowned for its spectacular Penon de Ifach rock formation which dominates the skyline of the town, Calpe has some excellent sandy beaches and a good selection of hotels and holiday rental accommodation. Enjoying a typical temperate Mediterranean climate it is a perfect holiday destination and is ideal for a winter break as well as the traditional summer holiday.

Economy: Tourism, fishing, property development.

Calpe Map:

Calpe is located north of Alicante and Benidorm about 75km from Alicante airport.

The satellite map to the right has 'zoom' and 'pan' features which enable you to use the buttons on the top left to zoom in and get a detailed street map of Calpe, or pan around to view any number of the surrounding towns and villages which include Benidorm, Altea, Benissa, Teulada, Moraira, Guadalest, Albir, Callosa D'En Sarria and Javea.

Calpe is situated off the N-332 highway and can be accessed from the A-7 motorway (Junctions 63 and 64).

Calpe Weather: Calpe boasts a superb climate with long hours of sunshine and low rainfall, it enjoys a temperate climate all year round. Perfect for a summer holiday it is also ideal for a winter break, enjoying over 300 days of sunshine every year. Calpe has been for many years a popular area for re-location and many Brits and other nationalities have purchased homes and settled in the town in recent years. There is a good range of privately owned rental accommodation in the area. You can view the latest Calpe weather here: CALPE WEATHER.

Penon de Ifach CalpeCalpe Tourist Attractions - Places of Interest: The Penon de Ifach rock formation which rises from the Bay of Calpe to a height of 330m, it is possible to climb to the top but visitor number are limited, so arrive early, the fishing port where you can watch the daily fish market (La Lonja), the promenade where you will find remains of the roman fish-salting factory - Los Banos de Reina (Queen's Baths), the Festival Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de la Nieves, the Hermitage of San Salvador and Mariners Square.

Most of the interesting places to visit in Calpe are centred around the old town, outside of Calpe there is also plenty to see and do and a trip to Guadalest is certainly worthwhile, where its ancient Castillo (Castle) stands in a seemingly inaccessible place. The huge resort of benidorm is also nearby and here you will find plenty of fun for all the family with lots of fun theme parks and plenty of night-time entertainment.

Calpe Fiestas and Festivals: Calpe of course celebrates numerous fiestas and festivals throughout the year and these include the Easter celebrations (Semana Santa), the Hogueras de San Juan, bonfire festival in June, the Midsummer Festival (June), the Moors and Christians Festival in October, the fiesta in honour of Calpe's patron saint La Virgen de las Nieves in August, and of course the Christmas celebrations.

A Calpe BeachCalpe Beach / Beaches: Calpe has some excellent sandy beaches including Playa de Fossa, a first class 'Blue Flag' beach with a good range of facilities, there is a promenade (Paseo Infanta Cristina) which runs the full length of the beach and has a number of bars which provide a lively nightlife scene, a narrow, rocky beach called Playa Cantal Roig, is located on the other side of the Penon de Ifach, another super beach is the Playa Arenal-Bol, a 2000m long sandy beach.

Calpe Markets: The main street market in Calpe is held on Saturdays and there is a Flea Market held every Wednesday. During the summer months there are also a number of craft markets held in the old town a great place to pick up a gift or two.

Calpe Airport: The closest airport to Calpe is Alicante (El Altet) airport, the distance from Alicante to Calpe is about 50 kilometres (33 miles), and the distance from Alicante airport to Calpe is around 60 kilometres (40 miles). The next closest Calpe airport is at Valencia, the distance from Valencia to Calpe is 105 kilometres (70 miles).

Calpe Tourist Information Office:

Calpe Tourist Information Office - Address: Avenida de Ilfach, 14 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 833 600.

Ifach Golf Club Near CalpeCalpe Golf: The closest golf course to Calpe is the Ifach Golf Club (Club de Golf Ifach) which offers stunnning views of the coast and the Penon de Ifach, more Calpe golf opportunities can be found at the Javea Golf Club (Club de Golf de Javea), which is also within easy driving distance of Calpe resort. Other possibilities for golf in Calpe are the Club de Golf Don Cayo in Altea, The Oliva Nova Golf Club (Club de Golf Oliva Nova) in Oliva and the Denia Golf Club (Club de Golf La Sella Denia).

Calpe Football:

Calpe FC - No details available at present.

Calpe Crocks - Contact: Dave Neal Telephone: 660 059 874.

Calpe Tennis:

Club de Tennis Calpe - Address: Cí. Vell Benissa, s/n , 03710  Calpe, Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 830 820.

Calpe Gym / Gymnasium:

Gym Plaza - Address: Gym Plaza, Central Plaza Shopping Area, Calpe, 03710, Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 874 818.

Calpe Yoga:

Calpe Yoga Club - Weekly Hatha Vinyasa Flow classes in central Calpe for keen beginners and those with regular practice. Professionally qualified teacher who is passionate about helping you begin or deepen your yoga journey. Telephone Number: (0034) 620 147 089.

Calpe Folk Music:

Calpe Folk Music Society - Changes to contact details for the Calpe Folk Music Club: Mike Manning has decided that he has had enough of being busy every single Monday evening and has handed the reins to Ron and Sheila Hopkins. Our EMail address is and our telephone number is 96 649 8719. We are having our opening night on 6th September and thereafter 1st and 3rd Monday in each month.

Calpe Port / Calpe Club Nautico:

Real Club Náutico de Calpe - Address: Avenida Puerto Pesquero s/n, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 831 809.

Calpe Hotels - Calpe Holidays: There are a good range of hotels of all standards available for your holiday in Calpe. The best advice is to search the internet for the best deals and prices, don't forget to book your airport transfer while you are online.

Some Calpe Hotels:

AR Diamante Beach Hotel Calpe - Address: Hotel AR Diamante Beach, Avda. Juan Carlos I, 48 , Calpe , 03710, Alicante, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 875 609.

Sol Ifach Hotel Calpe - Address: Hotel Sol Ifach, Avenida Juan Carlos, I, Calpe, 03710, Alicante, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 874 500.

Calpe Bahia Hotel - Address: Hotel Bahia Calpe, Avda. Valencia, 24, Calpe, 03710, Alicante, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 839 702.

SH Ifach - Avenida Juan Carlos I, S/N, 03710 Calp, España. Tel: 965 874 500‎. Hotel.

Calpe Imperial Park Apartments - Address: Apartments Imperial Park Residencial, Tossal de La Cometa, 1, Calpe, 03710, Alicante, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 836 200.

Calpe Turmalina Apartments - Address: Apartments Turmalina, Avda. de La Marina, 26, Calpe, 03710, Alicante, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 832 155.

Calpe Esmerelda Apartments - Address: Apartments Esmeralda, C/ Ponent, 1, Calpe, 03710, Alicante, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 835 292.

Zafiro Apartments - Address: Apartments Zafiro, Calle Xabia, s/n , Calpe , 03710, Alicante, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 839 820.

Calpe Ambar Beach Apartments - Address: Apartments Ambar Beach, Avda. Juan Carlos, I, Calpe, 03710, Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 830 456.

Calpe Villas:

Villa Costeres - Address: Villa Costeres, Calpe, 03710, Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain.

Calpe Holiday Rentals: There are also plenty of privately owned properties available for rental in the Calpe area, you can choose from villas, houses and apartments.

Calpe Business Listings:

Calpe Dentist / Dentists

Vital Dent Calpe - Address: Calle La Santamaria 10, Calpe, 03710, Costa Blanca, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 876 069.

Calpe Beauty Salon

Stephania - Address: Avda. Gabriel Miro 13 Pasaje, Calpe, 03710, Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 836 918.

Calpe Disability Equipment

Jacks Lifts - Address: Avenida Gabriel de Miro, Edificio Perlamar, 03710, Calpe, Alicante, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 839 814.

Calpe Bars / Calpe Pubs:

Saffy´s Sports Bar - Address: Edif Mar 11 Calle Castellon , 03710  Calpe, Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain. Telephone Number: 630 137 942.

Cross Keys Calpe - Telehone: (0034) 965 830 133.

El Chiringuito Bar Calpe - Telephone: (0034) 965 874 584.

Chez Flo Bar Calpe - Telephone: (0034) 965 747 899.

So What Bar - Calpe Port - Telephone: Not Known.

Calpe Restaurants:

Los Zapatos - C/ La Santamaría, 7, 03710 Calp, España. Tel: 965 831 507‎. Restaurante.

Calpe Pictures / Photos: CALPE PICTURES.

If you are looking to buy a holiday home in Calpe, or even a home to re-locate, there is plenty of choice in the area.

Calpe is situated off the N-332 highway and can be accessed from the A-7 motorway (Junctions 63 and 64).


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