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Beach and Penyal d'Ifach

Calpe[1] (Calp in Valencian) is a town in the Alicante province of Spain. It is a very popular tourist resort, especially with British and German tourists, and also has a large ex-pat community.

Get in[edit]

Catch the Tram[2]] (about 90 minutes) along the coast to Calpe from Alicante, which has the nearest international airport. Alicante is also easily reached by high-speed train services[3] from the rest of Spain. Access from the A-7 toll road is either from the Altea exit or the Benissa exit and then along the national highway for about ten kilometers.

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Penyal d'Ifach, a large rock which juts straight out from the sea. The rock is a designated nature reserve, but it is possible to climb to the top via a tunnel, bored steeply through the middle of the rock. The tunnel and areas above it can be slippery, and hiking boots are recommended.

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A Fleamarket takes place every Wednesday in summer months, at Avenida Pais Valencia (next to the Football Stadium). Mostly tat but there are one or two bargains to be found.

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The main concentrations of restaurants are around the junctions of C/ Pintor Sorolla and C/ Blasco Ibanez in the town centre; at the harbour (to the east of the rock); and along the beachfront (to the north of the rock).

  • Rich House, Carrer de l'Esport (Opposite the football stadium). Friendly, family-run Chinese restaurant. Good range of traditional dishes and also a sushi selection.  edit
  • Antica Roma, C/ Pintor Sorolla; Edf. Apolo IV, 96 587 40 54. 1600 until late during the holiday season. Good value Italian restaurant. Plenty of tables on the outside terrace. Friendly staff.  edit
  • El Robles, C/ Blasco Ibanez. Great little traditional Tapas Bar. Slightly "school canteen" feel to it but the food and service are both excellent and it is great value.  edit

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There are some bars and discos at Calpe's La Fossa-Levante beach, which are well frequented by tourists during summer season.

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Get out[edit]

Denia, Altea, Benidorm and Alicante can all be reached via the Tram [4], which clings to the coast for most of its picturesque journey. You usually have to change in Benidorm if you're continuing to Alicante.

It's also possible to take a boat from the harbour to Denia, Altea and Benidorm.

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