Calpe

The Rock and Pirate Village

This village, surrounded by the Rock Natural Park and some skyscrapers, was the destination of many pirates: an event that is commemorated every year in the village’s festival of Moors and Christians.

Plan your stay in Calpe

Things to do in Calpe often involve enough attractions to spend an entire day going through it. You can go to the ruins in the beach area in the morning and then visit the old town in the afernoon to put an end to this beautiful day enjoying the beach and the views granted by the Ifach Rock natural space. Calpe has also some surrounding areas you definitely shouldn’t miss: VillajoyosaAltea, Denia or Guadalest.

We recommend starting your visit in the Ifach Rock, the smallest natural park in Spain (only 45 hectares), of which the Visitor Center and the Nature Room offer excellent information. From the top you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Costa Blanca -you can even spot Ibiza from time to time. Access to this area is limited in Easter and in summer.

Coming back from the Rock to the village, there are some ruins called Baths of the Moorish Queen next to Cantal Roig Beach. There are also some remains of the Salazones Factoty next to the Molí of Morelló, a building of a mill adaptated to the base of a watchout tower to spot the pirates trying to attack the area. Nearby, there are some thermal springs of the Roman village. Northwards, you can go to the Salinas of Calpe Natural Park.

If you continue eastwards via Gabriel Miró avenue, you will reach the old town. Near the Beato Sendra plaza you can see some ruins from the wall and the Peça Tower (15th century). The Collecting Museum is located in the Villa Plaza: it collects pieces from the village which are shown in temporary exhibitions. Also, you can see the modern Nuestra Señora de las Nieves Church Parish (1973), next to the Old Church (1344): a Gothic mudejar temple that still keeps the South Chapel, the Bell Tower and the Necropolis. There is an Archeological Museum with panels, miniatures, and pieces from the Roman Site Baths of the Queen. Plaza España is near and has the Festero Museum, which shows the typical dresses from the region worn by Christians and Moors. In fact, the Moors and Christians Museum is located in Ran Roque Street, which is devoted to the festival this locality hold every year.

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Calpe birdview

The Senyoreta House-Museum, a stately home from the 17th century, houses a collection of advertising posters. The Santísimo Cristo, Pescadores, Puchalt and San Roque were part of the Muslim quarter. One interesting main sight in this area is the Llavador of the Font (19th century) where women used to wash.

Nova House is located 2 km away, a fortified country house from the 18th century which still has an oven and a tanker. Also, in the outskirts of the town you will find the Cocó House, a building specialized in raisin production, which houses the Ethnologic Museum.

If you take the road southwards, you will rich Morro of Toix, a rock which will provide you with gorgeous views of the small bays which are the dream for any diving-lover.

Finally, you can come by the Mascarat Cliff, named after the bandit “the masked man”. In a central rock which dominates the pass’ Royal Way, you can find the remains of an old watchout tower called Castellet, ordered to build by Felipe II upon an old Muslim fortress from the 12the century which was remodeled in the 14th century.

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Practical data

Coordinates

38º 38’ 42’’ N, 0º 2’ 39’’ W

Distances

Alicante 62 km, Madrid 465 km

Altitude

59 m

Inhabitants

29 442 (2013)

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