This glorious resort on the shores of the sunny Costa Blanca is best known for its huge Penon de lfach rock, which dominates the coast here. With beautiful fine sandy beaches, ample leisure facilities, ancient history, and fantastic hotels, it's no wonder so many families and couples book holidays here year after year.
The atmosphere here is a little quieter and more laid-back than bustling Benidorm, so if you're looking for somewhere where you can really unwind and take things slowly, this is the place to be. Whether you're here for just a few days or a fortnight, you'll find Calp has something for everyone, from foodies to water sports enthusiasts.
Spend some time at Cova dels Arcs, a breath-taking cove with dramatic arches and steep cliffs, 22km from Calpe. Or head to Mundomar, about 21km further south, a family-themed animal park with conservation at its heart. See the penguins, sea lions and other species, and visit the adjacent Aqualandia water park, where you can zoom down water slides, splash in the swimming pool, ride on the river rapids, or just soak up the sun on the terraces.
Expect plenty of long, hot sunny days if you're taking your holiday from around mid-June to mid-September. Like the rest of the Costa Blanca, beach weather is virtually a given at this time of year, as rain is scarce and daytime temperatures typically peak between the high 20s °C and low 30s °C. Even in October and November, which have higher rainfall, you can usually expect a good deal of sunshine and a lot of pleasantly warm weather. Calp is also one of the warmest winter destinations in Europe, with daytime temperatures in January often reaching the mid to late teens, which is close to what you'd expect in the southern UK in May.
The easiest way to travel is to take a flight to Alicante Airport, about 76km to the southeast. It's served by various UK airports throughout the year.