At the centre of the crown that is the Costa Blanca – a popular beach destination within the region of Valencia – you’ll find a historical gem that over the years has become a popular tourist destination. The town of Calpe, once a charming fishing village now turned lively attraction on Spain’s east coast, is more than meets the eye. Of course, you’ll find a wonderful array of buzzing beach bars, restaurants serving up delicious Valencian cuisine, and of course the most beautiful beaches that this stretch of coastline has to offer.
Better yet, thanks to its strategic location, Calpe has a long and fascinating history that’s waiting to be discovered around every corner. Featuring archaeological sites that date back to the Bronze Age, a picturesque Old Town that was made for ambling around, and a strong fishing tradition that is evident in the food and lifestyle of the locals, Calpe is a holiday hotspot that really does offer something for everyone. Especially if you plan to visit outside of the peak season, which I think is the best time to explore this delightful destination.
There’s plenty to discover so let’s dive in!
Rock of Ilfach
Ok, so this one isn’t strictly historical but it’s a significant landmark that’s hard to miss! Ilfach is an imposing crag that dominates Calpe by towering above the sea at 332 metres high. It’s also part of a nature reserve and makes for a great excursion for those who like to keep active and can handle a challenge – believe me, this hike is challenging. You’ll climb up the sheer rock face and through a short tunnel. While this isn’t a walk for people afraid of heights, there is no place better to watch the sunset over the blue sea, historical buildings and fishing port.
The Old Town
You must spend a few hours exploring the Old Town of Calpe, which is where you’ll find the heart of this interesting location. While it can be busy with tourists, those travelling out of peak season will get to experience a more authentic side of the Spanish lifestyle. Expect narrow, stone streets, low traditional homes flashing their brightly painted facades and plenty of tree-lined squares in which to find respite from the Mediterranean sun. Perfect for finding a local tavern, grabbing a cool drink or coffee and simply watching the world pass by.
This is a very exciting attraction for those with a particular penchant for architecture. The Old Church known as Iglesia Vieja is the only surviving example of Mudejar-Gothic architecture in the whole of Valencia. Plan to visit just before or after lunch for a cool, quiet moment before exploring more.
Banos de la Reina (Queen’s Baths)
Another one for the history buffs! As you can probably guess, this is an ancient Roman site dating from the 2nd and 4th centuries. Historians have identified the ruins as an old fish farm and thermal baths. You’ll find this site next to the Paseo Maritimo Playa del Bol promenade.
The Moorish castle
Jump next to another key moment in history with a trip to the Moorish Castle that overlooks the Mascarat ravine. It’s mostly ruins now, but is definitely worth a wander around to get a sense of the vastness of Calpe’s historical importance.
Torreón de la Peça
As I mentioned previously, Calpe’s coastal location meant it needed good protection from invaders. Evidence of this is found in this landmark, which is the remains of a defence tower dating from the 15th century. You can also visit the Museo del Coleccionismo nearby which holds lots of interesting artefacts such as ceramic objects and vintage toys.
Molí del Morelló
Right next to the Queen’s Baths sits this ancient Tower Mill, again reminding visitors of the long history of this pretty coastal town.
Where to Stay
Villa Ausina – A small boutique villa with 8 luxury rooms fully equipped for self-catering, if desired. Just a short walk from Arenal Bol Beach, this comfortable accommodation offers a communal garden, hot tub and magnificent sea views.
Apartamento Melior – Located in the city centre, this fully equipped apartment is perfect for travellers who like to take things at their own pace. Complete with access to a private terrace, perfect for morning coffee.
Corbeta – A beautifully decorated apartment in the heart of Calpe offering sea and mountain views, plus complimentary WiFi. This accommodation is fully air-conditioned and comes with 2 bedrooms, a complete kitchen and a living room.
How to Get There
Catch a flight from the UK to Alicante in just two and a half hours. You’ll find many different options for flights to this popular Spanish destination with providers such as EasyJet and Ryanair. For a hassle-free transfer from Alicante airport to Calpe, arrange for a pickup with Shuttle Direct and your experienced driver will get you from the airport to your accommodation in Calpe in under an hour.
UK to ALC Flight Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
ALC to Calpe, Alicante Distance: 77 kilometres
Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 53 minutes
Types of Airport Transfer Services to Calpe
When it comes to an Alicante airport transfer to Calpe there are various options available to suit every traveller’s needs. Here are some of the most common transfer services:
Taxi: Avoid unnecessary queues by pre booking your airport taxi. Alicante to Calpe pre-booked taxis will save you from being taken for a ride.
Shuttle Bus: Shuttle buses are another option that are more affordable than taxis. Shuttle buses are available from the airport and are shared by several passengers travelling to the same destination.
Private Transfer: For those who seek a more comfortable and hassle-free journey, the answer lies in a private transfer. Alicante to Calpe via a personalised, door-to-door pick up and drop off is a great start to a holiday!
Minibus Transfer: Larger vehicles are a great choice if you are travelling with a large group or have bulky luggage.
Choosing the Right Calpe Airport Transfer
Here are a few things to keep in mind while choosing the right Alicante airport transfer service.
Cost: Check the cost of the type transfer service and compare it with other services.
Convenience: Consider the convenience of the transfer service: a shuttle service is more economical but will take longer to reach your destination, while a private service will get you on your way immediately.
About Shuttle Direct
Shuttle Direct is an experienced shuttle service that takes the trouble of getting to and from your hotel or apartment during your holiday. Our friendly team can help you arrange transfers from the airport, train station or anywhere else you might like to visit!