Spain Guide


Calpe Nightlife
When the sun goes down in Calpe, you'll find plenty of entertainment to keep you amused until the small hours. The town has a wealth of bars, cafes and clubs and you'll always find live music and night time entertainment during the high season months of July and August.

Check out the local English language newspaper the Costa Blanca News for details of live gigs, flamenco, clubs and karaoke.

Tour the bars and you'll find soul, blues, jazz and country singers performing on a regular basis.

But if it's all night partying and a walk on the wild side you're after, then the club city of Benidorm is only 20 minutes drive down the coast. Here you'll find every kind of Nightlife imaginable huge clubs with international DJs and electrifying laser shows, a thriving gay scene, sex shows, karaoke bars. And it all keeps going until 7am!

Party Spanish style and join in one of the many local fiestas held in Calpe throughout the year. Check with one of the three local tourist information offices (in the port, at Peñon de Ifach and in the centre of the old town) for details of fiestas and cultural activities.

Visit the Torreon Square and La Villa Square in the Old Town during the summer months and you'll find regular dances, concerts and open air theatre performances.

The three biggest summer fiestas takes place on June 24th (the Feast of San Juan), July 16th which sees a celebration in honour of La Virgen del Carmen and August 5th when the town stages a fiesta in honour of La Virgen de las Nieves.

If you're holidaying around these dates you'll be able to enjoy the riot of colour, noise and chaos which typifies a Spanish fiesta. The streets become the stage for a musical extravaganza of bands, processions, parades and fireworks.

And the party continues even if you visit Calpe out of season. January 5th sees one of the biggest celebrations of the year the Feast of the Three Kings (Los Tres Reyes) which is more important to the Spanish than Christmas Day.

There's a big German community in Calpe which accounts for the German carnival held in February and the beer festival from October 9th 12th.

On March 19th you can see the spectacular burning of the satirical effigies as part of the St Joseph's Day "Fallas" celebrations. Huge papier mache structures which have taken months to construct are burnt to the ground in a pagan style ritual marking the end of winter and the advent of spring.

And at the end of October Calpe's streets are the scene for the impressive Moors and Christians parades, honouring this region's battle scarred centuries of occupation by the arab invaders.

For an excellent family night out, pop down the road to the Castillo Conde de Alfaz at Alfas Del Pi. Here you'll be treated to a magnificent display of horsemanship and medieval jousting. Dinner and a visit to the terrifying mad monks' dungeon (not for the faint hearted!) are included.