COSTA BLANCA

 

 

 

 

COSTA BLANCA

More than 218 kilometers of coastline full of beaches with calm waters and soft sands, 2,800 hours of sunshine a year, a privileged climate and a gentle sea have been the fundamental demands for millions of travelers to reach us.

 

Over the years, the development of modern tourist infrastructures and means of communication has facilitated access to our area. The landscape of the Costa Blanca is marked by the sea but also by the mountains along the coast and the inland. The province of Alicante is the second most mountainous in Spain; here the Mediterranean landscape shows its grandeur. From the valleys that keep their crops staggered, of Moorish origin, to horizons full of mountains covered by oak, pine, carob and scented by a wide variety of aromatic plants. Lovers of the mountain and of the hiking will find well signalized routes in the inner regions. To the south of the province, the mountains disappear and soften, the fields of palm trees rise, and the orchards mark the horizon.

 

In addition, our territory is dotted with archaeological sites, which give an idea of the historical richness of this area populated for thousands of years. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Muslims left their imprint here; Through their remains we also glimpse their way of life. On the coast or inland, you will have the opportunity to discover our gastronomic richness and the quality of the wines that make our wineries.


Click here for more information about the Costa Blanca: http://www.costablanca.org/Eng

 


CALPE

Already in the thirties writers like Hemingway stayed for their summervacations in Calpe. And next to the Rock was installed the first hotel establishment of Calpe: the Parador de Ifach. The Morro del Toix and the Peñon de Ifach are the ends of Calp's Bay. The Peñón de Ifach, “north” in Phoenician language, is one of the symbols of Calpe and by extension, of the Costa Blanca. It is the highest cliff of the whole Mediterranean and divides in two the coast of Calp. Its calcareous mole of 332 meters of altitude, penetrates 1 km in the sea forming a geological mark of first magnitude. Natural Park since 1987, it conserves in its interior unique ecological wealth like the carnation of Ifach. You can ascend to the summit through controlled visits in which the fauna and botanical wealth of Calpe is explained in detail in the “Aula de la Naturaleza” (nature school). From the summit we have one of the best views of the entire Costa Blanca. Calpe has 11 kms of coastline from Les Bassetes, passing the Peñón, to the Morro de Toix, and beaches like the Levante or the Arenal, with coves as those of La Manzanera, where there are three buildings designed by Ricardo Bofill, or Les Urques where you can practice scuba diving or fishing. The cave “Cueva dels Coloms,” on the Morro de Toix overlooking Altea, is with freshwater and only accessible by the sea.

 

Calpe has a wide range of restaurants, from those specializing in international cuisine, to those that offer the typical gastronomy of the population, based mainly on fish and rice. The “Llauna de Calp” and “Arròs de Senyoret” are the typical dishes followed by others as “Putxero de polp”, “Paella”, “Arròs amb fesols i naps, amb bledes i al forn”, not forgetting the delicious cocas and the traditional pastry. All this accompanied by the wines of the area, and especially the Peñón de Ifach, an intense ruby broth with purple sparkles and garnets which is a tribute to this land.

 

The Peñón de Ifach, declared Natural Park, has an elevation of 332m, goes into the sea to the tip of the Carallot and one can ascend to its summit by a path to enjoy magnificent views. At the foot of the Rock are the ancient Roman salt pans an important ecological site that houses large numbers of migratory birds. The bay is closed to the south with the Morro de Toix while in the interior of the municipality the heights of La Cometa, Oltà, Mascarat and the Collao alternate with agricultural fields forming a beautiful landscape. The coastline combines the cliffs of Ifach, Toix and La Mançanera with the coves of Racó, Urques, Mallorquí, Calalga and Bassetes, and the beaches of La Fossa, Arenal-Bol, Cantal Roig and Puerto Blanco.

 

Next to the Rock, in its environs or in the isthmus that communicates with the coast, the historical Calpe has been developed with vestiges of prehistoric, Iberian, Phoenician or Roman culture as we can observe in the popularly called "Baths of the Queen" that are, in fact, an old Roman salted factory. The Peñón (Rock) was the impressive watch-point of the population that lived in its skirts. The Morro de Toix was the other point of surveillance as it controlled the Barranc del Mascarat, a mandatory road along the coast. Over time the town withdrew inland to be able to defend itself better. To this end, in the s. XV and after a pirate attack, were built walls of which is the Tower “Torreón de la Peça”, next to which rises the only church of gothic-mudejar style of the Valencian Community.

 

The airport of L'Altet (Alicante) and the airport of Manises (Valencia) at 70 km and 125 km of Calpe respectively, allow to connect with the main capitals through national and international flights. By road, the main communications are the A-7 (exits 63 and 64) at 8 km of Calpe and the N-332 (Valencia-Alicante) that connects with the international network. The narrow-gauge railway (Trenet de la Marina) that runs along the coast from Alicante to Denia stops at the Calpe Station allowing communication with the rest of the province. The regular bus service, with a fluid schedule, links Calpe with the cities of Valencia, Alicante, Madrid and Barcelona.

Click here for more information on Calpe: http://calp.es/en

and http://www.costablanca.org/Eng/Descubre_la_Costa_Blanca/La_Costa_Blanca/Pages/Municipios/CALPECALP.aspx