Calpe

Calp is a shelter for the traveller, an invitation to the senses. It is nature that brings together sea and mountain under the protection of the great Peñón de Ifach rock that guards its culture and legends. Under the shelter of this unmistakable symbol of the whole Costa Blanca we can find a town full of history and culture that is also in continuos creative and innovative movement.

 

In the old town, next to the Moorish suburb of Arrabal, rises the estate formed by the Torreó de Peça, the Ramparts and the Old Church, the only example of a gothic-mudejar style in the Community of Valencia. In order to make our visit to this old town part, we can follow the fully signposted route through which we will also discover some interesting places such as the Parish of Ntra. Sra. De las Nieves and some museums such as the Archaeological Museum, the “Museo Fester”, the Collectables’ Museum  and the museum known as Casa de La Senyoreta. Bordering the sea, two modern promenades invite us to enjoy of a nice walk. Also, in the promenade named as Paseo Infanta Elena, we can visit the archaeological remains of an an ancient Roman village, once forming part of the fish factory known as the Baños de la Reina. 

 

It is composed of the Vicus Romano, the Viveros de la Costa (coastal hatchery) and the Conjunto Termal de la Muntanyeta (a group of thermal ruins). Also, scattered throughout Calp we will discover the traditional riu-raus constructions or typical houses together with modern buildings. Visiting the Lonja (fishing market), the Fishing Port or the Etnological Museum “Casa Cocó” is a must.

 

Thirteen kilometres of coast harbours amazing cliffs such as Ifach, Toix and La Manzanera along with coves as Racó, Collao, Gasparet, Les Urques, del Penyal, Morelló, Mallorquí, Calalga, Manzanera (where there are three builidings designed by the archiquect Ricardo Bofill) and the cove of Les Bassetes. Also fine sandy beaches such as the Arenal-Bol and Levante-Fossa of more than 1 kilometer long awarded with the certifications ISO 9001 and 14001 of management quality and environmental excellence. Both of them share the Q (of quality) certification, and the Blue Flag of the European Community that also flies on the Cantal Roig beach.

 

Due to its geographic situation and its exceptional climate, Calp offers the most opportunities for enjoying different sporting activities along the whole year: sailing, diving, tennis, climbing, row, trekking, etc. At the same time, the cultural variety of this area can be seen in the wide range of festivals offered throughout the year which reflect the history, traditions and soul of its people. Fiestas as the one in agost in honour of its Saint Patron Virgen de las Nieves, the Moors and Christians festival in honour of Cristo del Sudor (in October) and the consolidated Oktoberfest, reissued every year by the German residents of Calp.

 

The cookery of Calp is mainly based on dishes whose most important ingredients are the delicious fish of the bay (monkfish, mackerel, octopus, sardine, etc). The Llauna de Calp and the Arròs de Senyoret are the most representative and a lot of restaurants in town offer them as speciality. Furthermore, in Calp, bakeries prepare every day the traditional cocas (flour pastry with salted or sweet ingredients), and delicious home made cakes and pastries with almonds and raisins.

 

All these things and much more to be discovered makes Calp 100% different.

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