Porto Calpe

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Explanada del Puerto 7, Calpe, Alicante Province, 03710, Spain
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Rated 13% higher but also costs 86% more than other 2 star hotels

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Language in Alicante?

by Shermoy53

Unfortunately, I do not speak Spanish, but will be traveling to Alicante in February. Will anyone speak English in Alicante, i.e. hotels, restaurants, stores, taxicabs? I am very excited to come to Spain, but am concerned about not being able to communicate with anyone.

Re: Language in Alicante?

by leics

Not everyone, but the vast majority will speak at least some English....and many will speak a good deal. The area is, after all, very popular with UK visitors and ex-pats.

But it is courteous for you to know at least how to say please, thank you etc in Spanish...and sensible to take a small dictionary/phrasebook with you to help with signs/menus and so on. Berlitz do a very good, reasonably-priced ans easily portable series.

Re: Language in Alicante?

by GrumpyDiver

Don't worry about it. Major places frequented by tourists will be able to help you out in English - this includes sites, hotels and restaurants. Restaurant menus usually have an English (as well as French and German) version. One thing that you may have to get used to though, dinner is served quite late in Spain.

Smaller shops and taxis may be more problematic, but pointing works out well. We found as a general rule, that even in the tourist areas, most Spaniards only speak Spanish. For taxis, take along names / addresses of the places you wish to visit and have this written down so that the driver can read where you want to go. Hotels often have business cards with their addresses printed on them - I've had to use this method more than once.

If you only travel to places where you are comfortable in your own language, you will miss out on most of the world! One of our most amuzing travel anecdotes happened in Spain. One of my wife's aunts died while we were on vacation in Spain. We decided to send flowers for the funeral, and trying to order them was interesting - the people at the florists only Spanish, and we spoke none. They kept bringing out books of wedding arrangements (which really were not what we were trying to buy). Pantomine worked - they finally figured things out when my wife ran her thumb across her throat. All good fun - flowers made it to the funeral on time...

Re: Language in Alicante?

by Shermoy53

Thank you so much for this information. It is greatly appreciated.

Re: Language in Alicante?

by Aitana

You don't have to worry about. Most of people under 45-50 do speak English. Not good English many of them, but at least enough to manage. Besides, as in other Mediterranean countries, we usually manage to communicate, even using mimics if necessary.
In many restaurants you will see the menu in English.
Reception staff in hotels speak English - I wish someone in the UK was able to talk to me in Spanish!
Anyway, a conversation guide can be very helpful.
Have a nice stay in my city.

Travel Tips for Alicante

Alicante beaches

by Nexus7

The beaches of Spain are fantastic and beautiful. The water is warm and the weather is mild. Alicante is the location of this picture. You can see the fortress in the background. The tapas bars, the people and the architecture.


by LoriPori

The highlight of our tour of the Peninsula, was a pleasant surprise, as we just followed the brown sign which said CAP DE SANT ANTONI.
What we saw there was a magnificent view of the mountains and sea.
A plaque there read:
"This look-out point is situated at Las Planes 160 m above sea level. The Cap de Sant Antoni is created by the prolongations of the western mass of the Montgo Mountain to the seas. The north precipice known as "Tramontana" is extremely steep, vertically carves, with areas of sheer drops, however on the south or midday side of the mountain becomes softer and far less dramatic.
A short time after the Christian conquest of these lands, which took place in the middle of the XII century, the Cap de Sant Antoni became one of the chosen places for hermits, men and women with profound religious convictions, wanting to lead solitary lives of prayer, following the example of the partriarch Saint Anthony. In honour of this saint, a chapel was built in the XVI century. Owing to the necessity of protecting the coast line from North African pirate raids, a look-out tower was constructed near the Chapel to house coast guards. The tower was demolished in 1894, when the present lighthouse was constructed."

As a seaport down to its...

by fga

As a seaport down to its bedrock, gastronomy in Alicante is closely linked to the Mediterranean, with the additional importance of rice in combination with fish. This is the basis of Alicante's cuisine. So be prepared to try dozens of different, savoury rice dishes during your stay. In mentioning some of these rice dishes, the first and foremost is the rice a la alicantina, using chicken and rice as basic ingredients, accompanied by shellfish and seasoned with ñora, a touch of dried red pepper. Also of note is the caldero (stewed with fish), el arroz a banda (rice in fish broth), el arroz con costra (rice with baked egg on top), arroz negro (with squid in its own ink)...
Also forming part of Alicante's culinary stock are its salted seafood preparations, known as salazones, including mojama (tuna roe), bacalao (cod), huevas (roe), pulpo seco (dried octopus), anchoas (anchovies) and melva (similar to bonito roe). These are all good tapas before a meal or as a starter, usually offered in the now fashionable presentation of the montadito, i.e. 'mounted' on a little slice of toasted bread.
Then comes an exquisite series of second dishes, such as calamares rellenos (stuffed squid), suquet de peix (a fisherman's pot), cocido huertano (farmer's stew), gazpacho de mero (swordfish stew), and fresh shrimp, or gambas, not to mention the extensive international cuisine available in the many good restaurants in and around the town. As a grand final to a good meal, and in addition to the range of excellent local fruit - oranges, cherries, grapes, medlar fruit, pomegranates, figs, etc., depending on the season - we can suggest local ice cream, or the turrón (made from almonds and honey) which has made Alicante famous, manufactured in the nearby town of Jijona. As for connoisseurs of the good bodega, Alicante province has no lack of wholesome wines, such as the whites and rosés from the La Marina district, reds from Vinalopó and rancios (a maderised dessert wine), generosos (fortified wine) and mistelas (sweet must), some of which are very well known, such as the dessert wine Fondillón.

I climbed a strange tree :-)

by little_mouse

This is a huge tree which i guess is a banyan tree - it is very big and roots of the tree grows down from its branches - it is so strong that you can swing on it. I climbed one of them and then swinged down from the tree :-) Althought picture if little bit dark - you can see how hudge it is by spoting me in the middle of it.

Visit Terra Mitica Park....

by tucha

Visit Terra Mitica Park. Between one bath in the pool and one the beach, take the car, or the public bus and go to one world of diversion.
TERRA MITICA is the Benidorm´s Theme Park. Is the fascinating journey through five of the most ancient and legendary civilizations in Mediterranean Sea: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and The Islands. In TERRA MITICA you will be able to fight side by side with Ulysses, escaping from Cyclop, sail through the Nile river, face up The Minotaur, and see a pirate vessel sinking.


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Address: Explanada del Puerto 7, Calpe, Alicante Province, 03710, Spain