Calpe Rock – PENON
The Peñon de Ifach is a Natural Park which is the symbol of the whole Costa Blanca. It is 332m high and extends for a kilometre out to sea. You can climb to the top from the information office at its base but whether you’d want to in the summer heat is another matter.
Arriving along the coast road from the north you’ll be confronted with a selection of large supermarkets and even larger apartment blocks and hotels running adjacent to the coast. These cater for holidaymakers who come to spend their days on the 900m long beach of Playa la Fossa (also called Playa Levante).
There are boat trips from the harbour to Benidorm along with sailing lessons and other water sports.
There is a little train which takes tourists on a scenic ride between the two main beaches. Approx 5 euros per person, (please check on pricing).
Finestrat – La Marina Shopping Centre – 15 minutes drive
La Marina shopping centre is the leading centre for shopping, leisure and eating in the area of La Marina Baixa. Located in Finestrat, it is very close to the towns of Benidorm and Villajoyosa, with excellent links to the rest of the area. Its area of influence is not limited to the surrounding towns, but it has become the preferred shopping centre for Spanish and foreign residents and holidaymakers from neighbouring regions.
Its architecture and the facilities it provides make it a highly convenient place for family shopping, at the same time being very popular with young and older people thanks to its wide range of leisure facilities, restaurants and fashionable shops offering all the leading Spanish and international brands in one place. Plenty of free parking. See their website to see what’s on offer – www.cclamarina.com
There are also plenty of shops in Calpe offering a wide range of essentials along with tourist souvenirs.
Valencia offer excellent choice for shopping. Visit this website for more information and directions. www.valenciavalencia.com/shopping/shopping-malls.htm
There is a taxi rank (white taxis) outside the Pinocchio Ice Cream Parlour on Avinguda Gabriel Miro ( main high street).
Oceanagraphico – valencia
€8 on toll rd and prices for entry range from €10.90 to €22.80.
Very good very easy to get to Valencia, but very poor signs for the actual place easy to get caught on the ring road!. Great place to visit though! www.cac.es/oceanografic/home Takes about 80 mins to get to (120 km)
The Oceanographic is part of a huge complex in the heart of Valencia which includes many other areas of interest see website.
Avda. Autopista de
El Saler nº 1
Tel. 96 197 55 00
Fax. 961 974 643
Check website for opening times as these are subject to seasonal changes.
Tourist Attractions in surrounding Areas
Altea – 10 minutes drive –
Guadalest – 15 minutes
Further information on the area can be found on local fiestas and shop opening hours, www.spanish-fiestas.com
There are lots of restaurants within the Calpe area including the town, the port and along the two main beach areas of Playa la Fossa and Playa Cantal Roig. There is a wide and varied choice from traditional Spanish, Indian, Tapas, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Swiss, Mexican and others I am sure. Here’s a sample of some tried and tested ones.
Excellent food. A little more expensive than most of the restaurants in the old town, but handy as it’s practically next door to the Rubino.
Crepes are delicious!
Godfather Restaurant (Italian)
Cheap but lovely quality Italian food.
Danny’s American Bar Diner.
Nice for a lunch time snack or cocktails in the evening. The turkey fettuccine is wonderful!
Antica Roma (Italian)
Beautiful restaurant to sit in or if weather permits sitting outside. It’s located in the old town >>>>>>>>>. The food is lovely and excellent value.
Everest Restaurant – (Indian)
Beautiful décor and excellent food with some lovely speciality dishes. No facility to sit outside but lovely when it’s too hot or too cold to mind. Air Conditioned.
El Santos – (Spanish / Italian)
Located in the old town. If you can find this one it’s a perfect Spanish experience not to be missed. In the summer they have seating outside which is on a narrow cobbled street on a hill so it’s so typically Spanish. Food is outstanding and is priced mid range. In the winter they have a cosy feel to the very small restaurant, although there is additional seating upstairs… probably best to call before your visit as it’s not open every day.
Restaurante La Montaneta
Specialises in paellas
Located on the promonade towards the olf town.
Basic decor nice for a lunch if you’re spending the day on the beach.
Calpe’s British Bakery
If you’re wanting a home from home take away sandwich or genuine cornish pasty.. Good food, good value and excellent service.
Open from 0900hrs mon – sat
telephone orders welcome 965 839 752
Off miro gabrielle, nr BBVA main branch plaza de colon,
Situated on the corner of Carrer Benidorm +
Avinguda gabriel miro ( main high street)
“Lovely sweet + savoury crepes and ice cream and the coffee is good too”
Located just off the promanade if you walk toward the old town. Can be seen from the balcony of apartment. Reasonable food and price wise, pretty much what you’d expect to pay in england. Lovely, friendly service and nice decor. No highchairs though.
The Godfather + Ciao Amico
Excellent food and value for money traditional italian food. Italian owners. Full meal or just coffee from midmorning. Situated opposite antica roma and next door to la rustica on calle carrer pintor sorolla. Not open every night.
Golden Bay Chinese – Moraira
Located on the front nr harbour
Extensive menu and happy to adapt for different tastes, friendly staff. Food fine but nothing exceptional. Option to sit outside overlooking the sea.
La Rusticana – Pizzeria – open from 1800hrs daily. Pintor sorolla, edif.apolo V11 03710 (next to The Godfather) tel. 965 874 520
Lovely, well priced Italian restaurant with a model train which runs on a track inside the restaurant.. Just look up!
Salad, pizza, pasta, risotto approx price for pasta – spag bolognaise €5.10