It’s close to the airport and the huge city of Alicante, but far enough away to offer a dose of peace and quiet...
As a holiday destination, the coastal town of Calpe in Spain is particularly popular with families and has everything on offer including resorts, city life, gorgeous sandy beaches and local cuisine.
Calpe is situated within the district of Marina Alta on the Costa Blanca. With Alicante and its gateway airport (ALC) just over 40 miles away, holidays in Calpe are readily accessible – near enough to make the flight transfer relatively easy, yet far enough away to offer a more secluded experience away from the busy vibe of Alicante itself.
All Calpe holidays should include a visit to the Natural Park of Penyal d'lfac, which is a large limestone outcrop linked to the sea by rock debris. It is home to various rare plants and is also an important nesting site for sea birds. Known locally as Calpe Rock, this striking feature climbs some 330 metres into the sky.
It was known to the Phoenicians as the Northern Rock to distinguish it from the Rock of Gibraltar. Take time to watch it change colour as the sun sets on another day at this beautiful spot. There's plenty to do at night in Calpe as well with great bars, clubs and restaurants all along the promenade and beyond. Traditional resort hotels also line the promenade.
Holidays in Calpe are very family friendly. There are beautiful beaches and terrific relaxation areas. If history is your thing, there’s a Gothic Catholic church and tower that are well worth a visit, as are the ruins of Els Banys de la Reina, which translates as the Queen's Baths. Many Iberian, Roman and Arab archaeological sites also exist in the town.
Benidorm is only 30 minutes away, where a must visit is the Terra Mitica theme park with its five themed zones of Iberia, Egypt, Greece, Rome and the Islands. It's as popular with families as with young singles and promises everybody a great day out. Similarly, the Aqualandia water park and Mundo Mar sea life centre provide wonderful entertainment.
Nearby Benidorm is, of course, enormously popular for its nightlife, casinos, bars and restaurants, but it has its other side, too. Head inland to the monastery village of Guadalest or north to the city of Dénia for ferries to Ibiza.
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The summer and autumn months are popular for beach holidays, but winter still sees plenty of sunshine...
The region is a year round destination. Enjoy the hot summer days, warm spring nights or the gentle winter climate. Calpe is worth visiting at any time and cheap holidays to Calpe are available all year round. If sunbathing is for you, it's warm enough from May through to October to just stretch out, relax and enjoy.
The height of summer will see the mercury hammering on the door of 30C, while winter highs of 16C are typical – though expect temperatures to fall to overnight lows of 6C from December to February. August is the best time if you like swimming in the sea – water temperatures are usually around 26C.
Several festivals are held in Calpe throughout the year...
Carnival (Carnaval); March: In March, it's the time for Carnival with a fancy dress ball and children's activities.
Andalusian Fair; July: The Andalusian Fair takes place in July, entertaining the crowds with horse displays, music and light shows.
Beer festival; October: Beer lovers will love the Beer Festival in October when the beer is joined by traditional German dishes. You can also take the ferry to nearby Javea for a Spanish festival and enjoy the spirit of modern Spain.
There’s something for everyone in this easy-going part of the Costa Blanca...
Kids and teens: You’ll find a range of boat trips departing from the marina, from two-hour fishing expeditions to day-long excursions.
Shopping: Head for Valencia Avenue, where you’ll find a market every Wednesday and Saturday.
Nightlife: Calpe may be a relaxed and stress-free place, but head for the centre of town and you’ll soon discover that evenings here aren’t quite as serene as they first appear.