Spain is a holiday destination for people all over the World and one of the main reasons is its climate. Of course the climate varies in different regions and it’s the Mediterranean climate that attracts over 95% of the tourists. As its name indicates, this specific climate is found along the Mediterranean coast in Andalucia, Murcia, Valencian Coummunity and Catalonia. But what are the main characteristics of the Mediterranean climate? Hot, dry summers and mild, fairly dry winters. Summers usually last 4 months, from June to September, and during this period these areas receive an average of only 4 inches of rainfall. Most of the rain comes in short but heavy rainstorms that normally last about 10 minutes and it’s not long before the sun comes out again. The average temperature during these months is 24ºC (75ºF), with a daytime maximum average of 28ºC (82ºF). Mix in these perfect weather conditions with some of the finest beaches in Europe and it becomes quite obvious why so many people choose Spain when looking for the prefect holiday. But for holidaymakers to make the most of this beautiful weather, great beaches are needed. And Spain in the last few years has consistently topped the list for most Blue Flags awarded. The Blue Flag is an award given to beaches and marinas that have met stringent standards. Water quality, safety, environmental education and information of services all have to be kept at a high level.
Of course here on the Costa Blanca we are surrounded by plenty of beautiful beaches and coves, many of which have been awarded the Blue Flag. In fact, the Alicante Province has more Blue Flags than any other Spanish province. Here in Calpe alone there are 5 beaches/coves with the Blue Flag:
- The Levante beach or La Fossa beach is a 950 metre long, 50 metre wide sand beach. With The Penyon de Ifach to its south and the cliffs to its north, the views from this beach are amazing. All along the beach you will find many things to do, as there are play areas, volleyball nets, peddalow and jet sky rentals and great snorkelling areas. Many activities take place here during the summer, like the weekly (free) beach cinema. There is a lovely promenade where you can find bars, ice-cream stalls, chiringuitos and restaurants. Halfway along the promenade there is a small market with various stalls offering anything from souvenirs to handicrafts. This is without a doubt one of the nicest beaches of the Costa Blanca, and one of the top Spanish beaches.
- The Arenal or Bol beach is a beautiful sand beach that is over 1.200 metres long and 40-50 metres wide. The beach starts near the Manzanera urbanization and makes its way towards the main port, stopping a few hundred metres short. The first 300 metres of beach are more secluded as the sand is practically surrounded by water and cliffs. It may take 5 minutes to get there, but it is by far the calmest part of the beach. There is also a jetty right at the beginning where you can do some great snorkelling. As quickly as the cliffs disappear the newly rebuilt promenade starts. Accompanied by many of Calpe’s finest restaurants this promenade will take you all the way from town to the harbour. Along the way there are arcades, shops, ice-cream stalls, a market, mini-golf, bars and many things to do. This beach also has a play area, volleyball nets and even a small football pitch.
- The Puerto Blanco beach is a small sand beach situated very near one of Calpe’s smaller ports. It is a very secluded beach and it is generally reached by car. The beach is under just over 60 metres long, and after that point the sand quickly turns into pebbles and rocks. There is a nice walk along these rocks from this beach to the Arenal or Bol beach, although it can take about 20 minutes. A mainly calm beach, it attracts people that just want to enjoy the scenery and the hot Spanish sun. For those that are a bit more adventurous, about 50 metres into the sea there is some great snorkelling to be done, as there is plenty of marine life around the rocks that can be found once there is no sand. There is also a bar nearby where you can sit and relax whilst watching as the boats go by.
- The Calalga cove is a small, mostly sand cove that can be reached from the promenade of the Levante or La Fossa beach. Many of the locals like to go there seeking peace and tranquillity. But not only that, it is well known that on windy days this beach is generally calmer.
-The Cantal Roig beach is a sand beach that is actually right next to the main harbour. It is 200 metres long and approximately 20 metres wide in most areas. Being next to the harbour means easy access to bars, restaurants and parking. There is also a small souvenir market nearby.
There are other great beaches and coves in Calpe, but mainly due to a lack of environmental education and information of services these beaches have not been awarded the Blue Flag. Many beautiful beaches can be found near Calpe in Altea or Benidorm, just to name a few.
There are also nudist beaches on the Costa Blanca, 3 of which are just a ten minute drive from Calpe. They can be found between Altea and Calpe, and all three are pebbled beaches.
From large sandy beaches full of entertainment to small pebbled coves where all you can here are the waves and your thoughts, Calpe has just about all you need when comes to beaches and sunbathing. Sunbathing is an all-year-round sport here on the Costa Blanca, as we enjoy over 2800 hours of sun every year. So why not come to Calpe and have a great holiday in the sun whilst staying in one of our villas, you won’t regret it.