Las Salinas – Salt Flats of Calpe
Las Salinas de Calpe are a natural place that welcomes, at various times of the year, a large number of migratory birds, especially flamingos.
The Salinas – Salt Flats are an interesting spot close to the Penon de Ifach. There is a circular walking trail that surrounds the salt flats.
In the 19th & 20th century, the salt flats were important to Calpe. The salt marshes and fishing were key to the economy of the town.
Every year, a campaign is held to clean up the Salinas. With the wetlands lying close to busy roads a lot of rubbish collects in vegetation around the Salinas. Last year 40 volunteers helped clean up the Salinas, collecting in total over 1,000 kilos of waste.
Calpe Old Town
The original fishing village of Calpe originally consisted of a walled old town constructed around the church, the wall being built to defend the residents against frequent attacks by pirates from North Africa.
The parish church of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves is located in the heart of the old town. This attractive building was built in 1975 & has a mixture of both modern & traditional design. It’s features include beautiful stained glass windows, and mosaic murals both externally & inside the building.
The Torreó de la Peça is a defence tower in which would have been sited the “peça”, a piece of artillery which defended the Christian town from the XV century onwards.
Calpe Old Town Restaurants & Bars
Cambalache Argentino – An Argentinian Steakhouse
Casa Mola Mola – Creative Kitchen
El Posit Restaurant – Established restaurant serving Meat & Fish dishes
El Santo – Steakhouse & Pizzeria
El Toro Blanco – The White Bull Pub
La Casa Restaurant – International & Swiss Cuisine
Restaurante Le Petit Cafe de Paris – Intimate Swiss-French Restaurant
Restaurante Los Dos Cañones – Mediterranean food
Calpe Fish Market – La Lonja de Calpe
The fish market is the building where the daily fish auction takes place from Monday to Friday. It was built in 1991 and is fully equipped to handle the various stages of the auction. A prominent feature of its interior is the viewing gallery, opened in July 1998, from which visitors can watch the auction in comfort. In Calpe, around 1.700 tons of fish are caught per year, using the trawling or trammel (triple drag net) methods, some of the most common species being, among others, whiting, red mullet, squid, mackerel, octopus, grouper, gilthead and several kinds of shellfish.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 17:00 h
Baños de la Reina (Queen’s Baths)
Los Baños de Reina (the Queen’s Baths) is an archaeological site next to the promenade in Calpe. This site reveals a fish salting factory, constructed by the Romans in 2 separate phases, II & IV centuries. The site is in relatively good condition, although it has been eroded by the sea. It is still possible to view several channels together with caves carved into the rock.
Location: Arenal Beach
Address: Playa Arenal-Bol
Access from Calle Luxembourg
The museum occupies the site of “El Portalet”, the only gateway to the walled city from the fourteenth century, located opposite the Plaza de la Villa. The Portalet was demolished in 1923 and in 1926 the present building was built and became the residence of Town Hall until 1974.
Location: Old Town
Address: C/ Francisco Zaragoza
Opening Hours: Low Season Schedule:
From Tuesday to Saturday
10:00 to 14:00 h and
16:30 to 19:30 h
High Season Schedule:
From 2 to April 22, from 28 May to 21 October, the schedule is as follows:
From Wednesday to Sunday
10:30 to 13:30 h and
18:00 to 22:00 h