Calpe with its population of 13 000 inhabitants is known for its rock called the Penon de Ifach, the massive rock that dominates the whole coastline for miles and is now a beautiful protected mountain wilderness area. The municipal district of Calpe extends around the bay to the north of the rock. Calpe is surrounded by four large sandy beaches.
At the foot of the Peñon, are the ancient Roman salt flats, a shelter to many migrating birds.
Calpe is a town which is full of history and culture. Its strategic location on the coast has attracted many voyagers and settlers throughout history. The Iberian tribes, the Romans whose colonyt traded in dried, salted fish, the Moors, all lived here.
The Old Town has picturesque narrow streets and squares with bars and restaurants, and many old buildings, See the Town Guide
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