If there is one destination in the world where we would suggest to a traveler who is weary, tired, and in-need of rest and relaxation, it would be the king of European beach resort destinations: Calpe, Spain.
Traditionally a fishing and strategic stronghold for the Southeastern Regions of Spain, today the town is the crown jewel in the paradise crown of the Costa Blanca coastline. It’s towering resort buildings are reminiscent of the skylines of Miami or Waikiki, though the resort area is much smaller, making all of the best resort-style living, amenities, and activities within walking distance for any guest staying in the area.
Calpe’s Famous Churches
Iglesia Antigua and the church Senora de las Nieves are both located in the center of Calpe, their stunning architecture is well-worn by the passage of time, yet a beautiful reminder of yesteryear. In addition to the antique churches of Calpe, don’t miss the ruins of the Queen’s Baths, and the old architecture of the old port below the emblematic Penyal D Ifac Rock.
The Beaches of Calpe, Spain
While there are actually 14 total beaches in the area of Calpe, Spain — and there are many more in the surrounding cities of Alicante and Moraira — Some of our favorites are actually the more rocky beaches, which one could spend days exploring. As for sandy beaches in Calpe, the following would be our favorites:
- Cantal Roig
- Playa Arenal
- La Fossa
- Bay of Gasparet
Dining in Calpe, Spain
This being a resort destination, you can expect to find only the best dining. 4 and 5 star restaurants are abundant in the resorts and around the modern district, while smaller cafes and family owned restaurants can be found in the old town, and along the outskirts of the tourism district. Due to Calpe’s location, you can expect that much of the cuisine will be reflective of Mediterranean seafood, traditional Spanish fare, and country-style Spanish meals. Our favorite of the best restaurants in Calpe, Spain are:
The true draw of Calpe is the magnificent beauty of both the Penyal d Ifach Rock jutting out into the Mediterranean, and the gorgeous surround lands. The only way to truly understand the draw of Calpe, Spain is to see it yourself, so enjoy our Calpe Travel Photo Gallery: