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Destination guide

Sun yourself in Calpe villa rentals

Prepare to gasp as the craggy Penyal d'Ifac rock comes into view over the bays of Calpe. It rears up from the sapphire-blue Mediterranean Sea like a frozen giant, bisecting the Costa Blanca and separating the duo of shimmering playas that make the city such a popular summertime resort. Along the shores on either side, you'll find enticing Calpe holiday lettings casting their gaze across the palm-spotted promenade or shouldering above the flamingo-peppered salt flats behind. A buzzing nightlife scene exists on the bay of La Fossa, too, while entrancing Roman ruins and medieval hill towns beckon all around.

History

Bathe in ancient history in Calpe

There's plenty of evidence to show that Calpe was inhabited long before the Romans came to Spain. Finds and excavations on the slopes of the Penyal d'Ifac and above the surrounding ravines has indicated that the area was fortified and used as a lookout during the Bronze Age. However, it's the striking Banos de la Reina – the so-called Queen's Baths – that really capture the imagination. They're carved into the rocks that line the eastern end of Playa Arenal, and are all that remains of a manmade fish farm dating from the ancient era.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Calpe

Are you looking for top things to see and do while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Calpe a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Natural Park of Penyal d'Ifac (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Club de Golf Don Cayo (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Dinopark (7.3 mi / 11.8 km)
  • Javea Golf Club (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Bodegas Enrique Mendoza (10 mi / 16.1 km)
  • Mundomar (10.3 mi / 16.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Calpe

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Calpe is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Arenal-Bol Beach (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Cala Manzanera (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Puerto Blanco Beach (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Cala Morello (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Cala Les Urques (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Cantal Roig Beach (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
Beaches

Beaches abound by Calpe holiday lettings

  • Playa Levante, also known as La Fossa, is the most famous beach in Calpe, fringed by bars and cafes and cocktail establishments
  • The wide beach of Arenal-Bol sprouts palms and offers stunning views over the Penyal d'Ifac headland
  • Playa del Albir is a mix of pebble and sand that's usually much quieter than the city beaches of Calpe
  • Rugged and rocky Cala del Penyal is the place to go for meditative meetings with the sea – and virtually no crowds
  • Cala la Calalga is a small, stony beach hidden beneath cliffs – a good place to find private sunbathing spots in the high season
How to get around

Travel in and around Calpe

The town of Calpe can mostly be explored on foot. Its 2 main beaches – Levante and Playa Arenal – are linked by a salt-washed Paseo Maritimo. However, this is a large resort and it can take up to 40 minutes to walk from end to end. That's why many a traveller will opt to rent a car. Not only are there speedy boulevards connecting the main areas of the city, but having your own wheels can also widen your accommodation choices, opening up all the Calpe villa rentals that are off the beaten track, in the surrounding Spanish mountains and by the rugged Costa Blanca coves.

Food & drink 

Tasting local foods around Calpe holiday cottages

Taste buds are bound to get a treat on any trip to the Spanish south coast, and Calpe certainly won't disappoint. This is a prime place to delve into the traditional dishes of the region, whether that means a bowl of spice-infused paella cooked up with inland game meats and fresh Iberian vegetables, or a medley of tapas small plates – patatas bravas and sauteed shrimps are among the most popular. An evening aperitif is another foodie ritual here. You can head to the promenade of La Fossa to get a refreshing glass of Spritz or Rioja to accompany the setting of the sun and sharpen the appetite before heading for dinner.

Essential info

Calpe facts to remember for your holiday

  • Calpe is on the Costa Blanca section of the Spanish coast
  • Alicante has the nearest major airport to Calpe
  • The euro is the currency in Calpe and tips of 10% or more are normal in the restaurants
  • The population of Calpe is just under 20,000, though that increases considerably with visitors during the summer months
  • Average daily highs of over 30 degrees are normal in Calpe, between June and August

How many holiday rentals are available around Calpe?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 8,063 holiday lettings around Calpe. From 3,756 villas to 2,663 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Calpe?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Calpe:

  • Calpe City Centre: 904 holiday homes
  • Benissa Coast: 1,448 holiday homes
  • Benidorm Centro: 559 holiday homes
  • Javea Town Center: 217 holiday homes
  • Urbanització la Fustera: 529 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Calpe?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Calpe. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • La Fossa Beach: 11,601 holiday lettings
  • Ifach Rock: 11,723 holiday lettings
  • Mirador Monte Toix: 11,542 holiday lettings
  • Castellet de Calp: 11,904 holiday lettings
  • Cantal Roig Beach: 11,797 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Calpe listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Calpe?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 3,756 Villas in Calpe. Our other popular types of Calpe holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 2,663 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 1,339 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 140 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Calpe?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 7,165 holiday homes with pool available in Calpe. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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