Noahs Ark wildlife sanctuary on the CV70 between Guadalest and Benimantel is well worth a visit. It rescues mainly zoo animals or strange pets which have been mal treated and survives on charity. Its quite a weird experience, being the middle of the Spanish countryside. on the side of a hill, listening to classical music and loking at lions, tigers, camels, bears etc...
Do try and get there early before the coach trips arrive, and do give as much as you can afford to for your entrance - I think its 5 euros for adults and 3 for kids. We always save up loose change and take that as well.
In the winter they always advertise for blankets to keep the animals warm - and the dogs that they have there can often be seen wearing sweat tops and jumpers. Its one of those places you'll love - we go with everyone who comes to visit us, and never get bored of it.
The town's most famous and distinguishing feature is its mighty Pe?on de Ifach - the huge rock which rises 332 metres out of the Mediterranean.. The Pe?on was declared a nature reserve in 1987 and now provides a safe haven for a variety of birds and unusual flora and fauna.From the top of the Rock you'll see a very nice view of the city and Mediterranean Sea.
This picture,was taken from the top of the Rock,by my VT. friend Boka,from Finland,during his holidays on Benidorm on July 2001!.
This is also the perfect place to see the best sunset and sunrises at Costa Blanca,take a look to my travelogue to see a few photos of them!.
Near the harbour there are a lot of fish restaurants. I must say if you see it, it all looks very nice. I wouldn't recommend eating there. I did two times in recent years and it was awfull. Maybe it was just bad luck, but I will not try it again. While you're eating people are trying to sell you, carpets, binoculars, watches, etc. You can't enjoy your mael this way. But its great to visit and have a look.
At the Plaza del mosquit at the facade of the tourist office you can admirer the beautiful mosaic of Gaston Catello. Its about Calpe life, you see the fishers, the rock and the people of Calpe on it.
This is one of the most important symbols of the costa blanca. It rises up in the middle of the sea. It has a height of 332 Meters and is about one km long. Its a very important natural park and can be visited. The visit starts at the exhibition hall and takes about two hours.
The flour mill : This is one of the many mills that once existed in the costa blanca region. Origanally it was a watch tower to protect the coastline from pirate attacks. Later in the middle of the 19th century a flour mill was built on top of the original foundations of the watch tower.
The baths of the queen : The legend says this was the bath of a moorish queen but the truth is that it was a fish farm. All kind of fish were kept alive to feed the nearby village. The complex dates from late roman times.
This beach is located north of the Penon de Ifach (the rock). Its a nice white sandy beach with a lenght of 950 meters. Here you find also a very nice beach promenade with lots of shops, pubs and restaurants.
This is another interesting option if you are visiting the area.These beautiful gardens,are located just in the twon of Callosa de Ensarria,one km away from the waterfalls.
Set in 50.000 sq. meters of land,divided in areas where over 500 different species of cactus and greasy plants are shown.Also has a car Park,shop,and playground.