Thu 6 May 2021
Spain News | 5 reasons to love Calpe
5 reasons to love Calpe.
At Jacaranda Spain, our portfolio covers a very large part of the Costa Blanca. While our offices are inland, many of our clients also wish to view property at the coast. Calpe is in the heart of the Costa Blanca, with Moraira, Javea and Denia to the North and Altea, Benidorm and Alicante to the the South, it offers a great starting point for those who wish to explore the beautiful Costa Blanca.
Here are the five things we all love about our closest coastal neighbour:
1. Weather- A typical mediterranean climate means that Calpe is neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. There are an average 325 days of sunshine and average temperatures of over 20 degrees. Often when it is cloudy in the Marina Alta inland, a 15 minute drive to Calpe takes us back to the sunshine. It has one of the most temperate climates in the world, according to the World Health Organisation.
2. Beaches and watersports- Calpe has some of the best beaches on the Costa, several of them with Blue Flag status. Playa Levante AKA La Fossa and Playa Arenal are the largest and most popular for families. There are a host of watersports to enjoy including; Scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing and jetskiing to name a few. The promenade alongside the Arenal is a lovely stroll with bars and restaurants aplenty. It is a perfect place to walk in the sun and stop on your way for coffee or a cocktail.
3. History and culture- The original name of the town is Calp and indeed, the town officially reclaimed its Valencian name, some years ago. During the Spanish Civil War, Franco designated Castellano names to all of the regions in Spain and the appended E on the end caused offence for many years. Most road signs now have both. The best way to get a feel of the history and culture of any town is to wander around the Old Town and Calpe old town is a treat. The Iglesia Vieja (old church) is well worth a visit, a fine example of gothic architecture. The ancient Roman ruins of Banys de le Reina are the recently excavated remains of a Roman Villa and fish factory. Furthermore, there is the Museum of Archeology and Fiesta Museum. The most famous sight in Calpe is, of course, Peñon d`Ifach (Calpe rock). It´s imposing form is central to all of the best views of the coastline. There is a footpath that goes all the way to the top and, even if you are not a walker, it is well worth a slow amble up to the top, if only to see the views. Combine it with lunch on the Marina afterwards and you will find yourself, as we are, in love with this great seaside town.
4. Cuisine- Still a fishing village at heart, Calpe has a real treasure trove of fish restaurants. Monkfish (Rape), Mackerel (caballa), octopus (pulpo) and sardines (sardinas), as well as some of the best shellfish you will ever taste, are literally, "from the sea to your plate" fresh. The sheer number of restaurants mean there is an atmosphere of competition so its fresh and its cheap and its served with a smile. The famous Llauna de Calpe is a huge cazuela of mixed fish for sharing, so order a starter of salad and pace yourself!
5. Shopping- Calpe has all of your everyday amenities including supermarkets, banks, schools, medical centres, opticians, etc. It is also a busy commercial center. The Gabriel Miró is the main street and you will find some nice boutiques, accessories and shoe shops.
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