Calpe is one of the most popular holiday destinations on Spain’s southeast Mediterranean coast, the area known as the Costa Blanca.
There are regular flights to Alicante from the UK and Northern Europe; however, it is also a popular beach destination for locals.
Beaches in Calpe
The two parts of the beach are divided by the iconic Penyal d’Ifach (the rock of Calpe).
Playa de la Fossa, AKA Playa Levante, is Calpe’s main beach. A sandy, clean beach with gentle waves and safe swimming and a pleasant promenade with some excellent cafes and restaurants.
On the other side of ‘the rock’, close to the town center, is Playa del Arenal-Bol, the longest beach in Calpe. This beach is great for kids as the water slopes gradually; there is a separate area for jet skis. Lots of bars and cafes along the front.
Restaurants in Calpe
Visitors to Calpe are spoiled for choice when it comes to bars/ cafes and restaurants on the promenade that follows the beachfront for about 2km. Here are 3 of our favourite places to eat on the beach in Calpe:
La Piemontesa is, in our opinion, the best Italian restaurant in Calpe enjoys a fantastic location on the beachfront promenade with the famous limestone Peñon de Ifach- Rock of Ifach- towering above you in the near distance. Service is friendly, and the wines are well chosen and reasonably priced.
Mare Beach Restaurant is a modern Mediterranean cuisine in a stylish restaurant on the promenade. Cocktails are very good, but service can be sketchy!
One of our favourite places to eat, drink and chill on the seafront in Calpe is Sabores Y Copas 78. From breakfast classics and sunset cocktails with great burgers to vegetarian options like ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and nuts with tomato sauce, the food here is well cooked, and the service is friendly.
The town of Calpe is a very short drive/ cycle away from the beachfront and has a very pleasant old town area. The Calle de las Banderas are steps painted with the Spanish flag colours, which is very Instagramable!
The Sky Bar has a fantastic view over Arenal Bol Beach and Peñón de Ifach and is open to non-residents.
Less than half an hour’s drive away along the coast is the lovely Playa Portet, a small ‘cala’ type of beach with beachfront dining.