10 Best Things to Do in Calpe

What is Calpe Most Famous For?

    Calpe attracts a huge crowd of beachgoers in the summertime with its lively promenades and award-winning coastlines. There are plenty of activities to enjoy on the beach, including windsurfing, jet skiing, and swimming, as well as facilities to cater for young and mobility-impaired visitors. For an adrenaline rush, a climb to the top of the iconic Peñón de Ifach results in a good sweat and impressive views of Calpe and the Levantine coast.

    Exploring the hilltop historical district gives you plenty of opportunities for beautiful photos, thanks to its Roman cathedrals, colourful mosaic murals, and cobblestone alleyways. Once a prominent fishing village in Costa Blanca, Calpe is teeming with beachside cafés and restaurants that specialise in Mediterranean seafood. Make the most out of your visit by checking out our guide of things to do in Calpe.

    What are the best things to do in Calpe?


    Start the day at Plaça de la Villa

    Visit the Parroquia Virgen De Las Nieves

    Plaça de la Villa, located in Old Town Calpe, features narrow cobbled streets that are lined with colourful murals, potted plants, and flowers, as well as ancient Roman ruins and city walls. This historical square is also home to Calpe’s most iconic museums and churches, including the Parish Church of Virgen de las Nieves and Museo del Coleccionismo. The best way to explore Plaça de la Villa is on foot, as you get to see beautiful wall mosaics and street art along the alleyways.

    Location: Plaça de la Villa, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

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    Must-See: Torreó De La Peça

    Check out an extensive display of vintage cameras in Museo del Coleccionismo

    Torreó de la Peça is a defensive tower that was constructed to protect Calpe from pirates during the 15th century. Located near the Parish Church of Virgen de las Nieves, the wall features 2 cannons dating back to the 14th century. You should also pay a visit to the Museo del Coleccionismo, which house an extensive collection of artefacts such as vintage cameras, toys, and ceramic goods.

    Location: Carrer del Santíssim Crist, 31, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

    Open: Wednesday – Sunday from 10.30am to 1.30pm and from 6pm to 10pm (Museo del Coleccionismo)

    Phone: +34 965 836 920

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    Check out the Mosaico Mural

    See the colourful mosaic mural of Calpe by Gastón Castelló

    The Mosaico Mural can be found on the main façade of the city’s tourism office in Old Town Calpe. Widely regarded as one of Calpe’s most beautiful tile murals, it’s the work of Alicantino muralist Gastón Castelló. It depicts the town’s fishing industry, complete with a ship, Peñón de Ifach (Ifach Rock), and people dressed in traditional costumes and carrying fish. There are plenty of murals painted on building facades and stairways within the historical neighbourhood, so leave lots of time for photographing these artwork during your visit.

    Location: Plaça de la Villa, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

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    Eat arroz a banda (Rice on the Side)

    Enjoy this regional cuisine along the Paseo Maritimo Playa del Bol

    Arroz a Banda is a traditional dish found throughout Alicante, especially in the coastal towns of Costa Blanca. Its name directly translates to ‘rice on the side’, and it consists of rice cooked in fish stock, fresh herbs, and saffron. Arroz a banda is often served with poached fish and garlicky aioli sauce. Almost every seafood restaurant in Calpe serves this dish, especially those nearby the Lonja de Calpe fish market.

    Location: Paseo Maritimo Playa del Bol, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

    Open: Daily from 10am to 11pm (hours vary by restaurant)

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    See the fish auction at Lonja de Calpe

    Join a guided tour of the fishing port and market

    Lonja de Calpe is a seafood market and port that’s known for its fish auction. Held from Monday to Friday between 5pm and 8pm, it’s one of the town’s most popular activities. You get to experience the local culture and even get some fresh fish for yourself. The market dates back to 1991 and features a viewing gallery for visitors to watch the auction from. Lonja de Calpe is surrounded by many seafood restaurants, so you get to pick out the fish you prefer and have the kitchen cook it to your liking. If you want to learn more about the history of Calpe’s fishing industry, guided tours of the port are available for about €6.

    Location: Av. del Port, 15, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

    Open: Monday – Friday from 5pm to 8pm

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    Shop for souvenirs at Calpe Craft Market

    Bargain for traditional handicrafts at this outdoor market

    The Calpe Craft Market takes place in the Avenida de Rumania neighbourhood, where you can shop for local handicrafts, vintage clothing, jewellery, and preloved items. It’s also a good place to stock up on homemade pastries, cakes, and breads, as well as organic fruits and vegetables. The Calpe Craft Market is held from 9am to 2pm, and often gets busy from 11am.

    Location: Avenida de Rumania, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

    Open: Saturday from 9am to 2pm

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    Must-See: Baños de la Reina (Queen's Baths)

    See remnants of ancient Roman architecture

    Baños de Reina (Queen’s Baths) is an ancient Roman site next to the Paseo Maritimo Playa del Bol promenade. Built between the 2nd and 4th centuries, the excavation site comprises the ruins of a fish farm and a thermal bath complex with interconnected pools carved from rocks. Baños de Reina is about 1.5 km northeast of Ifach Rock.

    Location: Paseo Maritimo Playa del Bol, 47, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

    Open: Daily 24 hours

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    Get a tan on Platja del Arenal-Bol

    Enjoy a day surfing and sunbathing at this award-winning beach

    Platja del Arenal-Bol is a clean and lively beach that spans 1.5 km in length. It’s within a 10-minute walk of Old Town Calpe, making it one of the most popular places for locals and tourists to relax during the summer. There’s a beachfront promenade that’s lined with bars, restaurants, boutiques, and souvenir shops, as well as windsurfers, jet skis, paddleboards, and surfboards available to rent. Platja del Arenal-Bol also caters to people with mobility issues by providing handicap-friendly bathrooms, crutches, and amphibious chairs.

    Location: Calle Balandros, 52, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

    Phone: +34 658 520 999

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    Must-See: Peñón de Ifach

    Climb to the top for views of the Levantine coast

    Peñón de Ifach is a rock formation that stands at 332 metres above sea level. One of the best locations in Calpe to enjoy the sunset, it requires a relatively good level of fitness to reach the summit as scaling the upper part of the rock can be rather challenging. Once you’re at the top, you can see Calpe’s historical buildings, fishing port, and beaches from an impressive height. You may even be able to spot the island of Ibiza, especially on sunny days.

    Location: Peñón de Ifach, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

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    End the day with a stroll along Paseo Ecológico Principe de Asturias

    Go for a sunset cruise through the Calpe Bay

    Paseo Ecológico Principe de Asturias is one of Calpe’s most beautiful promenades. It’s lined with beachside cafés, bars, and restaurants with views of the nearby Peñón de Ifach. You may also spot impressive sand sculptures while walking along the promenade. There’s a nautical club where you can see hundreds of berthed yachts and sailboats. In the evening, it’s a good place to watch the sun set over the horizon. In the summer, leisure boats offer sunset cruises through Calpe Bay.

    Location: Paseo Maritimo Playa del Bol, 03710 Calpe, Alicante, Spain

    Phone: +34 698 520 999

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