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Calpe travel guide

Enjoy a quiet holiday by the sea in Calpe
Enjoy a quiet holiday by the sea in Calpe
Calpe's beaches divided by the rocky outcrop Peñón d'Ifach
Calpe's beaches divided by the rocky outcrop Peñón d'Ifach
Work off that holiday grub walking up and down the hilly streets of Calpe
Work off that holiday grub walking up and down the hilly streets of Calpe

Calpe has all of the charm of a Mediterranean fishing village: in its streets you can take in the sea air, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and marvel at the unmistakable light of the Costa Blanca.  According to 2010 data from the Spanish Statistics Institute, the town has a population of 29,909 inhabitants.

Numerous towns have been established at the foot of the Peñon de Ifach throughout history, since the times of the Phoenicians who found an ideal refuge here on their routes along the Mediterranean coast,  the Romans, who settled in the so-called "Baños de la Reina" (Queen's baths), on the shore of the outcrop,  up to the Muslims. In the 18th century, with the expulsion of the Muslims, King Peter IV of Aragon fortified the town to defend it from attacks by the Moors. The 'Peñon' is considered to be a strategic area for coastal defence.

Calpe is located just a short distance from towns like Benidorm, Altea, Moraira and Benissa. Take a stroll along its beaches, discover its Roman ruins, go hiking along the nearby trails, visit the fresh fish auctions organised by the fishermen's guilds and take a boat ride in the bay. These are just a few of the things you can do in this magical town. Find out more about this peaceful town on the Costa Blanca and plan your holidays in Calpe with our Don Travel guide.