FROM CALP, WITH LOVE

Somehow every single photo I took looks like a postcard from the 70s | Photo: Ana Laya / Superminimaps.

Somehow every single photo I took looks like a postcard from the 70s | Photo: Ana Laya / Superminimaps.

 

The Spanish Mediterranean coast can be both absolutely breathtaking and super weird in their own peculiar way. Generally all at once. Calp, in Alicante, even thought is a lot less popular than other towns around, is no exception. Perhaps this is why we are starting our series Spanish Summer Postcards with Calp.

Calp is part of what is called the Costa Blanca (White Coast) of Spain. It’s a nice mini-city with loads of apartment buildings for both locals and British, German and Russian tourists and expats to relax on the beach. Still not in the same amounts of the very popular Benidorm. Here the demographic is balanced with families, young couples, climbers, explorers, and loads of kids around.

#FromWhereILayReadingABookGettingATan

#FromWhereILayReadingABookGettingATan

Climbers, you ask? Yes, climbers.

One of the peculiarities of Calp is the massive limestone rock that is the symbol of this town: el Peñón de Ifach. This rock, besides being absolutely stunning is home to thousands of seagulls (I kid you know, it’s not a figure of speech, the amount of seagulls is ridiculous). Below the rock lies the ruins of Pobla de Ifac, a medieval walled village. You can still some ruins here and there.

This is "El Peñón de Ifach" from Cala El Racó (Racó Beach)

This is “El Peñón de Ifach” from Cala El Racó (Racó Beach)

If you’re into visiting ruins you can have a look at the Banys de la Reina (the Queen’s Baths), structures that were used in Roman times for farming fish, salt production, and salting fish. But access is limited as parts of the area are fenced off to prevent vandalism. Some finds from the archaeological site can be found at the Museu de Història i Arqueologia.

Rice with a view :)

Rice with a view :)

It is impossible to travel to travel to the coast, specially in the Comunidad Valenciana without trying a nice rice for lunch (notice that I’m not saying ‘paella’ as not all rices cooked in a flat round pan are ‘paella’). We tried a Arroz Senyoret Calp and it was delicious.

The Restaurant area is right next to the Marina.

The Restaurant area is right next to the Marina.

In a couple of days you can get around there is to see in Calp, but I wouldn’t skip it. It’s a cute little town with nice, not too overcrowded beaches and an impressive massive rock… and every photo you take will look like a postcard… what’s not to like?

Here a couple more little photos.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Cala el Racó, right next to da rock!

Cala el Racó, right next to da rock!

 

Restaurants and almost melted beach toys.

Restaurants and almost melted beach toys.

 

 

Yup, they call Calp 'the Spanish California' <3

Yup, they call Calp ‘the European California’ <3

 

Our beach neighbours.

The older kids playing at the beach.

 

The younger kids playing at the beach.

The younger kids playing at the beach.

 

A postcard. From Calp, with love.

A postcard. From Calp, with love.

 

GIF CALP

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