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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

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.

Get around


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.



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.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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



Get out

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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