Calpe lies 70km to the north of Alicante Airport. The drive to Calpe from Alicante Airport is straightforward and passes through some wonderful scenery.
On leaving the airport follow the road heading to the E-15, A-7 toward Benidorm, Valencia and Murcia , keep straight on this road, going under an overhead sign for E-15, A-70 Valencia and Murcia. Keep straight ahead, preparing to turn right for the E-15, A-70 toward Valencia. Soon you will come to two overhead signs. One sign is for E-15, A-70 to Murcia and Cartagena, the other is for the E-15, A-70 to Alicante, Benidorm and Valencia. The left lane which is signposted Cartagena will take you South. Do not go in this lane!. The right lane is signposted Alicante, Benidorm and Valencia and will take you North, this is the correct direction. As you branch onto the motorway you can relax as you will not be turning off until Junction 64. Along the way you will pass the city of Alicante, Villajoyosa and then come to pass the expanse of Benidorm on your right. To the left above Benidorm is Terra Mitica theme park. You will pass through one road toll on the motorway, the current toll fee is 4.05 euro.
After you have left Benidorm behind you will start to see signs for Altea and Calpe/Calp (the Valencian spelling is without the E), you should exit the motorway at junction 64 where you will join the N332.
Calpe is a large but traditional Spanish town that boasts many excellent shops , beaches, restaurants and bars. The main attraction is undoubtedly the beautiful blue flag beaches with golden sand and crystal clear water. The whole resort of Calpe is dominated by the huge Peñon de Ifach, an enormous Gibraltar like rock which separates the two main beach areas of Playa la Fossa and Playa Cantal Roig.
The Peñon de Ifach is a Natural Park which is the symbol of the whole Costa Blanca. It is 332m high and extends for a kilometre out to sea. You can climb to the top from the information office at its base but whether you'd want to in the summer heat is another matter.
The Blue Flag Beach of Playa de la Fossa is a first class beach with golden sand and excellent facilities including several children's play areas, tennis courts and even a bowling green.
The other side of the Peñon is a smart marina followed by a narrow, rocky beach called Playa Cantal Roig. A promenade (Paseo Infanta Elena) runs from here past a Roman fish farm and Roman baths as far as another superb beach at Playa Arenal-Bol. The end of this 2000m long beach is pretty much in the old town.
The old town of Calpe is worth a wander around to see some historical buildings and squares. There's a street market every Saturday in the town and a flea market every Wednesday. In the summer months there are crafts fairs in the old town. Another worthwhile visit is to the daily fish auction at La Lonja in the port. These take place every weekday afternoon at 5pm. The salt flats just inland from Playa Levante date back to