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Calpe Tourist Attractions Things to Do

If you're interested in Calpe's colourful past, step back in time and take a stroll through the ancient streets of the Old Town. Pop into one of the town's three tourist information centres and they'll give you a detailed itinerary with a proposed route to follow and details of places of interest along the way. You'll find the tourist offices in the port, at the Peñon de Ifach and in the town centre in Plaza del Mosquit.

Calpe was once a fortified and walled town and you can still see the remains of its ancient walls and defences.

Enter through the Forat de la Mar gateway (an arched portal through the original exterior wall) and head up a gentle hill to Plaza Miguel Roselló where you'll find the Torreo de la Peca. This is the defence tower which was the Christian town's chief guardian against invasion from the 15th century onwards. Next to the tower you'll find two 18th century cannons.

Visit the nearby Moorish quarter of Arrabal with its charming narrow streets, floral displays and whitewashed buildings. Murals, monuments and museums proliferate in this area of the old Calpe.

The Museum of Archaeology has a fascinating variety of exhibits, excavated in and around Calpe, which give a flavour of life here as far back as the 3rd century. At the Festivals Museum in Jose Antonio Street you can see a colourful collection of elaborate fiesta costumes worn by the Moors and Christians "captains" and their first ladies.


Down at the port you'll find the remains of an old Roman fish salting factory known as the Queen's Bath (Banys del la Reina).

The quayside is a great place for lunch. It's lined with seafood restaurants with tempting fish platters on ice on display outside. Here you can also see the regular fish auctions (the Lonja).

If you're feeling energetic, climb to the 332 metre peak of the Calpe rock, the Peñon de Ifach, which is now a protected nature reserve and home to thousands of sea birds. But don't even think about it if you're elderly, infirm or afraid of heights.

Within easy reach of Calpe, you'll find a wealth of fascinating places to visit and some major entertainment centres.

There's the Moorish mountain fortress at Guadalest one of Spain's most visited tourist attractions. It's about 45 minutes drive inland from Altea, ending in a steep climb up a winding mountain road with spectacular views. The kids will prefer a day out at Spain's biggest theme park Terra Mitica, just outside Benidorm. The Paramount pleasure park recreates the lost civilisations of the Mediterranean ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and the Islands. There are heart stopping thrill rides, water chutes, great indoor shows and some innovative street entertainment. Benidrom is also home to the wonderful waterworld of Aqualandia and the exotic birds and marine life centre, Mundomar.

Vergel Safari Park is only half an hour's drive north of Calpe. There are lion and tiger enclosures, a fascinating collection of creatures big and small and you get the chance to swim with the sea lions.

For a spectacular display of stalagmites and stalactites, take a day out to the Cova del Rull at Vall d'Ebo. It's a beautiful trip into the mountains and when you get there, the contents of this huge cave will quite simply blow your mind. There's also the Cueva de las Calaveras (Cave of Skulls) at Benidoleig where the remains of prehistoric life have been uncovered.

For a day's sightseeing and shopping head south to Alicante or north to the beautiful city of Valencia which is awash with museums, monuments and great shops and restaurants.