With the 332-meter-high rock Penyal d'Ifac, Calpe's highlight is immediately mentioned, both literally and figuratively. The steep chalk rock that you can climb is a nature reserve that gives you a beautiful view of Calpe and the nearby coastal region.
Put on your walkers and hike to the top via one of the marked walks. The stunning view over the entire Costa Blanca makes you quickly forget the effort. Then descend to the lagoon behind the rock where migratory birds hibernate or rest on their way to Africa.
On both sides of the rock you can see wide and beautiful sandy beaches. One of the most famous beaches on the Mediterranean is Calpe's Levante beach. It has a 2 km long promenade, along which numerous restaurants, terraces & boutiques are located.
The salt lake, located behind the beaches, is very famous. The salt lake dates back to Roman times and is now inhabited by large wild flamingos . The mountainous hinterland has nature that is still in its original state. Calpe also has a port where fish is auctioned daily. Fishing and diving are two important sports that are practiced there.
The historic center of Calpé is definitely worth a visit. You will find wall paintings, typical small cozy streets and squares and there is still a real village atmosphere . Every Saturday there is a market, where you will find everything from fruit and vegetables to fabrics and small trinkets. You will also find many restaurants here.
Pedramala is located between the fairytale hilly white villages of Moraira and Benissa. These authentic villages still have the typical Spanish style and there is no high-rise building.
The center of Moraira is located directly at the fishing port, where you will find a fish auction next to the fishing boats where you can buy fresh fish daily. Those who do not want to prepare fish themselves can of course also enjoy the catch of the day in one of the many restaurants in the center of Moraira and along the coastal road towards Calpe .
The center of Moraira consists of twenty pleasant streets that are mainly filled with restaurants, bars and shops. The streets are partly only accessible to pedestrians, which enhances the atmosphere of the center. Who walks through Moraira feels that the atmosphere here is very pleasant.
A picturesque Mediterranean coastal village with beautiful white houses on a hill, that is Altea. It is best known for the blue & white tiled roofs and the many galleries and workshops.
Altea is a museum in itself and the most artistic town on the Costa Blanca. A place where many (inter) national painters, sculptors, poets, singers and writers have their 'Taller' (workshop) and gain inspiration.
On the hill you will find numerous bars & restaurants in the narrow white winding, cozy streets.
On top of the hill you will find a square with the large church, Nuestra Señora del Consuelo. The church has a beautiful dome with blue and white glazed tiles.
From this square you also have a breathtaking view of Altea, the Mediterranean Sea and the distant Benidorm. The square itself is also very attractive, especially when night falls. The terraces are therefore very full almost every night.
Down below, the bay of Altea lures with several beaches and the half-moon shaped harbor offers a home to yachts of all sizes and shapes. A fantastic place to taste the typical rice dishes of the region in one of the many restaurants.
In the interior of the Costa Blanca is well hidden in the mountains the old village of Guadalest. The unique thing about Guadalest is that the village is beautifully integrated into the rocks.
The almost thousand year old village is entirely situated around the castle . The castle, simply called El Castell de Guadalest, has been an important defense point of the Moors against the Spaniards for many years. Because Guadalest was only accessible through an entrance carved out of the rock and the castle had towers that protruded above the rocks like a crow's nest, it was easy to defend. From the early seventeenth century, the Spaniards held sway in Guadalest.
Over the centuries, the village has expanded beyond the natural boundary defined by the rocks. However, most of the sights are still located within the old core of Guadalest. Noteworthy are the attractive market square, the town hall and the church built in Baroque style, in addition to the castle. Museum lovers can visit two museums. Those who visit Guadalest also get a beautiful view of the reservoir built in the last century , which has been supplying a large part of the province of Alicante with drinking water for years.
Valencia is the third city of Spain after Madrid and Barcelona and is also seen as the orange capital of Spain due to the many orange trees in the city.
Valencia is one large open-air museum and its buildings are characterized by Art Nouveau and Jugendstil. Nowhere can you find so many beautiful buildings from Catelan modernism together.
Europe's largest covered market, Mercado Central, is a fine example of Art Nouveau in Valencia. A visit to this market is an absolute must during a city trip to Valencia and a feast for all your senses! Here you will find more than 400 stalls where the delicious fresh products are displayed. Dried hams, local cheeses, fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread, paella… you name it, they've got it! Also nice: in the middle of the market hall you will find the Central Bar of star chef Ricard Camarena where you can eat delicious Spanish tapas.
The modern part of the city - called Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias - is also worth a visit. The ultra-modern architecture comes into its own here. In La Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias - which literally means City of Arts and Sciences - you will find several museums and modern buildings.
The city park of Jardines del Túriais the ideal place to relax. This long urban garden is laid out in the drained bed of the River Turia and is one of the largest natural urban parks in Spain. The park, which winds through the center of the city, covers an area of 110 hectares and extends for about 9 kilometers. The park serves as a meeting place and recreation area and is frequently used by runners, walkers and cyclists.