There are many things I really enjoy about living by the Mediterranean Sea: the blue of its waters, the warm and sunny weather during (almost) 365 days of the year, its sandy beaches, its cosy and crystal clear coves, its smell of salt and its cool cliffs, and the healthy lifestyle of the Mediterranean people. I honestly believe that this combination makes visitors very happy, and that is why the Mediterranean coast is one of the main tourist destinations of Spain.
Alicante province, in the Valencian Community, is particularly full of natural beauty and offers what I have described previously and more. Its popular and well known Costa Blanca is full of charm and most of its places still remain untouched. If you want to swim on one of the best coves of Alicante, then you should visit Javea and its amazing coves. However, there is one place that has become a symbol of the Costa Blanca due to its fantastic rock: Calpe. Calpe is a coastal town located in the comarca of Marina Alta, in the province of Alicante. The town is located 67 km from the city of Alicante and lies at the foot of the Natural Park of Penyal d'Ifac, which makes it unique due to its wonderful and natural surroundings.
Calpe has approximately 13,000 inhabitants, and its main economic activities are tourism and fishing. It has been home to many ancient civilisations that means it has a fascinating historical background and some remains of its past, such as its Roman Baths which you can see today. Calpe is quite well known for its good value fish restaurants and lovely sandy beaches as well as its amazing surroundings full of vineyards and mountains, a historic old quarter, along with outdoor activities, fiestas and nightlife.
One of the things you would not expect is its perfect combination of modern tourism with natural beauty, gastronomy and culture, where you find some high-rise buildings close to the beach where you also find its symbolic rock, Peñon Ifach - you’ve most likely seen it already in photos or postcards. The Peñon Ifach is a rock of about 50,000 m2 and it is located at a great height. It is one of the most beautiful geographical features of the Mediterranean Sea. The Peñon Ifach allows people to explore different routes while enjoying its breath-taking views, its smells, and its flora and fauna. This unique feature makes Calpe the perfect destination for those who enjoy mountains and the sea.
Swimming in the turquoise waters of Calpe, which are well known because of their purity, feels amazing. You can choose from 14 coves and beaches along the coastline which runs for 13 km. On either side of the majestic rock, there are two wonderful beaches, both with lovely board walks and a good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. The beach of La Fossa is north of Peñón de Ifach and is one of the most best known ones in Calpe, with nice views of the magnificent rock Peñón de Ifach. This beach that is around 950 metres long has clear waters and fine golden sand. It’s a long, clean beach with plenty of bars and cafés that has the Blue Flag status. It’s backed by a wide promenade, there you can sit, plus there are some children’s playground pieces on the beach. Check out the restaurant below if you want to enjoy good food in Calpe, next to this beach.
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