Detached Holiday Villa For Rent In Calpe

Calpe and the Costa Blanca

The Calpe area generally and activities near to Villa Catalina

The Costa Blanca offers virtually year-round sunshine making it one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Despite this, the Costa Blanca remains one of the most scenic areas of Spain, where unspoilt fishing villages and historic towns lie between miles of beautiful rock coves and white sandy beaches, most of which have received the prestigious European "BlueFlag" award for safety and cleanliness.

Villa Catalina is only 15-20 mins drive from the popular coastal resort of Moraira and only a further 20-30 mins drive to the beautiful Jalon Valley with its terraced citrus and almond groves and wonderful scenery, Oliva, Denia & Javea. Benidorm is 30 mins drive away offering more attractions such as discos, nightclubs, shows, bars, Aqualanda Water Park and the theme park of Terra Mitica. Alicante airport is less than an hour's drive away.

In this region as you drive around the winding roads there is spectacular mountain scenery and many charming traditional towns and villages, such as Benissa, Gata and the magnificent fortress town of Guadalest, built on a precipice.

There are also many other activities such as Mundomar Marine Park,  safari parks, the prehistoric caves the prehistoric caves at Benidoleig, kiddies fair, tennis, golf, go-kart racing, ice skating, climbing, walking, various water sports, sailing, swimming, diving, boat hire and trips nearby.

Also at Albir, which is south of Altea on the N332, there is a children's play area with family activities called Parque Magico and only costs 2€ each.

The nearest golf course is at Club de Golf Ifach or see http://golfifach.com/en/ which is about 5 miles away, just off the road to Moraira.

The local green countryside is dotted with beautiful individual white-washed villas. Shady pine woods, citrus groves and vine terracing make a pretty and relaxing setting for those wanting to unwind on a peaceful holiday away from the package tour crowds. This is a fantastic area with no shortage of things to do, or places to visit and catering for all tastes.


Local beaches and Calpe

The nearest beaches to Villa Catalina are about 5 minutes drive into Calpe with its fishing port, fish restaurants, marina and long promenades. They are long white sandy Blue Flag beaches with lots of restaurants, bars and children's play areas. Here you can find the famous spectacular Calpe Rock rising 332m high which dramatically divides the two beaches.

There are many other bars and restaurants in Calpe and nearby offering varied top quality local and international cuisine that cater for every taste but in particular, fish (Greek, Dutch, German, Belgian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, English, French etc).

The old town of Calpe has narrow streets and is very picturesque with its museums, colourful paintings on the walls, traditional tapas bars and quaint park areas. There are well preserved Roman & Moorish remains which are evidence of Calpe's rich history.

The salt lake on the edge of Calpe is home to flamingos and numerous other aquatic birds.

The Saturday market is held in the streets at the top of Calpe, adjacent to the dual carriageway and is over a kilometre in length. Here you will find fruit and vegetables at the very end and stalls selling a variety of wares.

Further details about Calpe can be found here.

In Calpe you can enjoy all the hustle and bustle and variety of activities that it has to offer. See the official Calpe site here


Recomended restaurants in Calpe

La Viña de Calpe is a lovely olde-worlde type restaurant with attentive staff. You get good Spanish and European cooking here and a parrot to keep you company. A good bar to take pre-dinner drinks and study the extensive and quite expensive menu. Dutch owned. Take the Merced road to the beach with all the speed bumps. Found on the left side of the road, keeping the Hotel Esmeralda to your front. 1.25km from Villa Catalina-Tel: 965830955.

Los Dos Cañones is a typical good Spanish restaurant where you will be warmly greeted by the owner and served some good wholesome cooking. Excellent lamb fillet. In Calpe old town at the back of the church in a square-Tel: 95837492.

La Regata is located at the far end of the Levante beach from the Rock overlooking the sea, 100mts to the right of Hotel Esmeralda. Next door to Fox's bar. Its not the cheapest place going in Calpe (£30ish for three courses with wine for two people), but the food is excellent - we are talking haute cuisine - and the bouillabaisse is completely stunning if you like sea fish, try it, otherwise a good menu to choose from. Open lunchtimes and evenings-Tel: 965833251.

Hotel Gran Sol restaurant is the nearest restaurant to Villa Catalina. This charming family-run hotel is situated up the hill in Gran Sol, great views, pool, very good wholesome fresh food at a reasonable price. We have been many times to eat and have always had an excellent meal. Staff are very friendly and helpful.-Tel: 965836282

Look for the fresh seafood on display in the fishing port restaurants, directly under the Peñon (The Rock), all will offer you a free aperitif. They are all good. Prices depend entirely on what you eat, although the daily menu ("Menu del dia") is a super value 3 course meal, with bread and wine, or a soft drink for around 11/12€! All are suitable to take children. Our favourite is Andulicia, which is overlooking the small beach with lovely viewsacross the bay. Tel: 965834078


General Local Tips

Under most circumstances travellers from the UK are entitled to free or reduced cost emergency medical treatment on production of an E111 European Medical Card. However, this only applies if the medical practitioner you consult works within the Spanish State Health service. Dental treatment is not generally covered under the state system. Please check the link provided above for full details. Make sure that you have some Euros before picking up your car from the airport - the motorway tolls from Valencia / Alicante airports cost around €4.50 one way. It is possible to pay the tolls using a credit card if you choose an appropriate lane / toll booth. The Spanish speed limits are based around 120kph on toll motorways and dual carriageways, 90kph on "other" roads, and 50kph in built up areas. If these do not apply then there will be signs, for example some very narrow streets in villages are only 40kph. Drink driving regulations in Spain are now tougher than to those in the UK - so be very careful about how much you drink. Walking to one of the bar / restaurants in the area, or getting a taxi is the safer bet. The use of seat belts is compulsory, and children under 12 must not travel in the front seat. The Spanish authorities are now much less lenient on driving offences than in the past. Mobile telephones must not be used by the driver. There have been rumours that screen based Satellite Navigation aids are illegal if they can be seen by the driver whilst on the road. It may be okay to use them if the screen is only visible to passengers, but please check the current law before using any Sat Nav device. Telephone boxes have all converted to Euros. Local calls appear to start at 24 Cents (0.24€), whilst the minimum charge for a call back to the UK is 60 Cents. Mobile phone reception is very good in the villa, although calls work out far more expensive than using the phone boxes. Banks are generally only open from 9am to 2pm on Monday to Friday. There are plenty of access to ATMs in Calpe outside of those hours. Most shops close for lunch from around 1pm until 3pm or 4pm. Nearly all shops will be closed all day on Sundays and the many national and regional holidays. The national holidays are January 1 New Year, January 6, Epiphany, March 19 San Jose, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter Monday, May 1 Labour Day , July 25 St James, August 15 Assumption, October 12 National Day, November 1 All Saints Day, December 6 Constitution Day, December 8 Immaculate Conception & December 25 Christmas Day. Regional holidays vary from town to town, but a significant one in Calpe is Valenciana Day which falls on October 9th. If you want to eat at a particular restaurant, it is advisable to book a table as most are very busy right into the late evening, even out of season. We have found that there tends to be two groups of diners at the restaurants. Often the tourists or English residents go to the restaurants around 7pm (when most of them open), whilst the locals often don't arrive until after 9pm. Tea or Coffee after a meal is not usually included in the "Menu del Dia" price. Tipping in restaurants is usually up to 10%, but "servicio incluido" means that it is already in your bill. If you are looking for some musical nightlife, beware of establishments which call themselves "Clubs", allegedly these are brothels. What you should be looking for are "Discos". British Embassy advice on Spain is available from https://www.gov.uk/government/world/spain and http://www.embassy-worldwide.com/embassy/british-consulate-in-alicante-spain/ Current news on the area can be obtained online from the Costa Blanca News  General tourist information on the area is available from http://www.comunitat-valenciana.com


Local walks

There are many local walks to take-see Walks on the Costa Blanca