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.
I recomend you to just park up somewhere near Calpe Rock and just take a walk around the rock.See both sides.Contrasting scenery .Walk along the nature reserve at the bottom of the rock and see and hear the protected birds flying around and enjoy the gardens that have been planted and enjoy the views along the coastline.The other side of the rock, Calpe promanade is not horrible.Its still pleasant but more built up.It nice taking a walk along the promanade.The beach right next to the rock the other side is the nicest.
All in all Calpe is very nice and i always go a few times when im on my hols in the area.It has lovely costal walks and great beaches and bays and plenty to see and do.A wonderful place for families and couples alike.
As the Penon de Ifach is so high, 372 metres above sea level it sure stands out.The rock is connected to the land by a small strip of land and there are inlets both sides with beautiful beaches.Calpe is quite a big place and i find this part of Calpe the nicest.The other side of Calpe rock is a seafront with a long promande lined with high rise buildings and hotels and restaurants and bars.The harbour side is just nicer and more pleasant and not so busy.You can eat in one of the few restuarants around this area or just enjoy the beautiful sandy beach just up past the harbour or the rocky beach next to the rock.The beach next to the rock has beautiful deep blue water and palms.
This walk was really nice as the views were well nice and the sun was warm and the palms and flowers gave me the impression it was summer, not end of December.It was around 18c and there were other people walking along making the most of the fabulous sunshine.Thats why i love Spain so very much.You can get beautiful weather any time of year, even Xmas time.There was a restuarant that we wanted to goto for a drink but as i was feeling abit ill we skipped it.It looked very nice and had seats outside and i imagine the views from the place were pretty great.The walk is safe for all and child friendly and i say well worth doing as its very scenic and very calming and the flowers and palms etc are pleasant.I like that too that everything in Costa Blanca is still green and lush and some things still flower in December while back here in England everything is dead.I love the tropical feel of the Costa Blanca.It has a perfect climate and i see why so many things grow there now as the weather is simply superb.320 days of sun a year.Exellent.
We walked along the path and it was full of palms and wild flowers and we could see into peoples luxury villas gardens and the sea below was again a beautiful deep blue.There were several little coves with steps down.One cove had a few people sitting in it and a huge giant banana plant.The steps were very steep and i decided not to go down as i felt abit funny as i had the flu.There were several little coves like this along the way and plces to stop off and admire the views.The views to Calpe were very impressive.I imagine this walk goes on for miles and we only covered a small part of it.
As we drove along coast road into Calpe we saw lots of signs saying beach this way.Lots of turnings off to bays etc.So we turned off at one about one mile before getting to Calpe just to see what was what.We came to a small parking area and decided to get out and have a walk.There were lots of beautiful villas and we saw some up for sale(yum).We walked through a path that lead to a cliff top coastal walk.There was a wooden fence that looked pretty new and a beautiful walk right along the cliff top all the way into Calpe.The views were stunning and the little bays and coves below were very scenic.There was a restaurant one end with a car park and the other we could see in the distance Calpe rock and the hotel zone.