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Calpe, Marina Alta
is a municipality of the Costa Blanca, at the southern point of the Marina Alta with about 20 thousand inhabitants. of which 47% are foreigners.
The most famous point of Calpe is the Peñon de Ifach, a natural park since 1987. This great symbol with its 332 meters of height and joined to earth by a narrow piece of land is the effect of a geographic accident of great beauty in the Marina Alta on the Mediterranean coast. The place of the rock has been decisive to form the Salinas, a lagoon filled with alluvial deposits and used since the Roman era to extract salt.
Traditionally it is an agricultural town with the production of almonds, Algarrobas and raisins as the most important. From early in the last century, it began to transform into a tourist town, with Ernest Hemingway vacationing here in the ’30s. With tourism slowly transformed its economy and urbanism.
Its long history is evident in the many religious and civic monuments that can still be seen today, such as different hermitages, churches, towers and castles and the baths of the queen, an enclosure located next to the sea and its legend confused with a spa for a queen while in reality it was a complex of nurseries to keep live fish for consumption.
Calpe in the Marina Alta does not have a direct exit on the AP-7 highway, from the north the exit of Benissa connects with the N-332 and from the south, there is the exit of Altea that connects with the same N-332. The intercity line of the company ALSA has a stop in Calpe and there are three urban lines. In addition, there is a tram-via station, line 9, west of the city, one of the urban bus lines connects the station with the centre of the city.
For information about Calpe, check our “event calendar“, or check for companies and services in “thecostablancaguide.com” and you can also check our section on the local markets in Calpe and the surrounding Marina Alta.