Yesterday we drove down from Valencia to Calpe. We had to cruise around a bit to find a campsite that wasn’t full. We got a pitch at Sol de Calpe Austral, but only because The Van is small. Other larger motorhomes were being turned away.
Calpe is a relatively small town which is totally dominated by the huge rock that looks like it is rising out of the sea. It is a striking sight from all over the town, but Calpe also has lovely beaches and an old town area which is very pleasant for a stroll.
We started the day with the walk up the rock. Natural Park of Penyal d’Ifac is a massive limestone outcrop emerging from the sea and linked to the shore by rock debris. The rock is 332 metres high and is climbed via a tunnel through the rock that allows walkers to access the more gentle slopes on the seaward facing side of the rock.
We saw a procession of Pine processionary caterpillars on the path.
The path was fairly steep and winding but every turn we were treated to spectacular views over the town and beaches. We made it too the tunnel and out to the other side of the rock. From then on the path was much steeper with less handrails and steeper drops so given my fear of heights I turned back and Dave went on alone to the top. He made it to the top and also the viewpoint. He was most amused to find two cats begging for feed near the top.
After the mornings exertions we had a gentle stroll through the old town and down to the beach where we enjoyed a coffee with views of the rock.
Then it was onto Benidorm.