The ancient fishing village of Calpe sleeps beneath an incredible coastal rock formation and combines traditional Spanish culture with glittering tourists facilities; its close proximity to the thriving city of Valencia mean its inherited the city’s rich and colourful traditions, many of which are most prominent in the town’s glorious gastronomy. Although the town has embraced the influx of travellers, it has still managed to maintain its maritime heritage through the local fish market held at the picturesque port on every sunny afternoon.
The rugged monster that reigns supreme over the seaside town is known as the Rock of Ifach, an enormous volcanic boulder that creates an arresting image of natural dominance. Considered a natural reserve, courageous climbers are permitted to climb the rock as the summit affords breath-taking ocean vistas, however it’s a strenuous and sometimes dangerous journey only recommended to energetic experts.
Wander the winding streets of the ancient town centre to absorb the somnolent Spanish culture that still suffuses Calpe; a unique example of ecclesiastical architecture is the Iglesia Vieja, a mustard yellow beacon that is the only remaining example of Mudejar-Gothic architecture in the region.
Are you ready to discover the fabulous and frivolous history of the fiesta? Don your most colourful outfit and sink a chilled sangria in order to explore this kaleidoscopic collection of revelry related relics at the Fiesta Museum; costumes, photographs and paintings culminate to trace the history and traditional of a typical Spanish party.
The region’s cosmopolitan cuisine enjoys influences from Greek, Roman and Arabian cultures, and specialises in fresh seafood caught from the bounteous sea; entrenched within the steep hills and curving crossroads of Calpe’s town centre is EL Mirador Restaurant, a contemporary culinary gem that combines international flair with regional rusticity. Signature dishes exude flavour and finesse; exemplified by the salt baked sea bass, hare pate and endive and Roquefort salad. (Av. de Ifach, 20, 03710 Calp, Alicante)