The Costa Blanca Cities of Javea, Denia, Moraira and Calpe are often overlooked as holiday destinations for UK tourists. For many people Benidorm is the first place to come to mind with it's high-rise hotels and apartment buildings, over-crowded beaches, British bars, fish & chips, and a vibrant and often noisy night life.
The Costa Blanca is still much more to offer. Calpe is one such example. It also has apartment buildings and hotels, but is not as large as Benidorm just a few miles down the coast, and does not suffer from over-crowding. The town itself lies along the coastline starting at the "old town" at the top of a hill. This part of town is full of narrow streets and passageways, old houses and shops and the church. As you get closer to the beach The shopping area extends all the way to the Arenal Beach.
The port area of Calpe boasts the "Penon de Ifach" which at first glance looks like a small version of the Rock of Gilbralter. The only way to reach the top of the rock is by footpath, but you are rewarded with stunning views over the entire Northern Costa Blanca, but make sure you allow a couple of hours to get up there, and another couple of hours to get back down again.
At the base of the rock is Calpe's famous fish restaurant. They all display a locally caught fish in chilled cabinets outside their restaurants, often with waiters offering passers-by a glass of complimentary Sangria hoping that you go in and try their food. The fish dishes served in these restaurants were made from fish cuisines by Calpe's own fishing fleet. You can not get much fresher than that On the other side of the Rock are most of the holiday apartments and hotels built alongside the Levante Beach. This is where you will find many of the bars and restaurants that are open in the night. Both of the main beaches have their own water sports ranging from water-skiing to parascending.
If you want to see other parts of the area Calpe is a good place to stay as it is only Northern Costa Blanca of most parts from half an hour drive. There are a number of car rental outlets in the town, as well as at Alicante airport. If you do not want to drive there are several ferry services that run from the Benidorm, Javea, Denia and Altea, and some parts of the coastline can only be seen from the sea, or under some cases, the boats have glass bottoms
In Calpe port the "Submariner" is the instant identifyable by it's yellow paintwork, in fact it's known by the locals as "Yellow Submarine". It is not really a submarine, but a catamaran with glass panels in the hull so passengers can see the marine life around the base of the rock. A trip on this boat is about a distance and takes you to the side of the road.
Calpe has the best of both worlds It has nightlife, shopping and beaches, but still contains the atmosphere of a small resort.