Living in Calpe has so much to offer for both adults and children, there are also 3 different types of schools to choose from which are: a Spanish State School, a Spanish Private School and a Private International School including British Schools.
Calpe is situated in the northern region of Valencia, Costa Blanca. This area has an average daily temperature of 20 degrees, reaching up to 40 degrees in the summer and 12 degrees in the winter a great place to live with up to 300 days of sunshine a year.
The local climate is known to boost health and furthermore there is the large salt lake situated in the centre, which is believed to have many beneficial properties including improving breathing problems and reducing asthma. The high concentration of salt in the air circulating through Calpe provides a natural air filter creating a healthy microclimate.
Calpe rests on the foot of the Sierra Bernia mountain range and the coastline of has stunning sandy beaches with crystal clear water. There are dramatic mountains portraying the history of this area, with breathtaking views. Calpe also falls onto a small peninsula, with a volcanic rock the ‘Ifach’ which is now a recognized nature reserve. As you approach Calpe from Alicante you will drive through spectacular mountainous roads and further North of Calpe you can follow the winding coastal roads which are regarded as the ‘Spanish Riviera’.
You will also find Calpe a great place to indulge in the Spanish cuisines. There are a vast variety of tasteful dishes, such as tapas, seafood & paellas. The weekly market situated in the old town on Saturday mornings brings to light the high quality of food produce for very reasonable costs.
There is a fishing port with a fish market next to the marina which supplies daily fresh catches to the many seafood restaurants throughout the town. In addition to all the seafood restaurants there are Italian, French, German, Greek restaurants and US styled steak houses. ‘Menu del dia’s’ are set menus at reasonable prices and offer a more favorable option, for around €10 you will find a starter, main, dessert, half bottle of wine and bread to accompany. Local Cervesa’s and Vino’s add to the culinary delight of meals out or delightfully priced refreshment after strolls around this historic town. Or you could choose to try one of the many cocktails on offer along the sea front and enjoy the lovely warm evenings, nightlife and varied entertainment that Calpe enchants with.
Calpe is a great place to explore. As well as being a popular holiday destination you will find Calpe a very clean place. Both the town and the beach are cleaned every morning, maintaining the beauty of the area. The town centre is busy with people shopping, dining or relaxing in cafes and bars. Further up the high street you will find yourself walking into the old town of Calpe which is delightful walking through the mazes of narrow streets, with many brightly coloured buildings and amazing architecture with painted murals. You will also find more traditional Spanish restaurants offering delicious Spanish Cuisine and large selections of wines and drinks. Prices are very reasonable throughout. And the locals always give you a friendly and warm welcome.
Calpe is just twenty minutes away from Benidorm, far enough to get away from all the hustle and bustle but near enough for a trip or two. Or If you prefer to indulge yourself more into the Spanish way of life you can take a visit to Altea, Denia, Moraira and Javea which are neighbouring towns of Calpe, full of history, cobbled streets, great restaurants, historic buildings, beautiful beaches and breathtaking views.
Calpe is a great place for cycling too whether your professional or if you want to just take a leisurely ride around the town and from January to April many cyclists come from all over Europe both professional and amateur to train due to the warmer climate. There are many varieties of routes from strenuous mountains to more easier going scenic routes.
If you are feeling brave enough you can have a go at rock climbing and try the Ifach, which is 332m height and on a clear day you can see Ibiza, although the first stage of the climb up to the tunnel is exhilarating it does have the most spectacular views over Calpe.
There are also 2 main beaches in Calpe the Levante Beach and the Arenal Beach, which are both separated by the Ifach Rock, these beaches are well maintained and the sea is crystal clear.