With long stretches of sand and traditional tapas bars around every bend, nothing says Mediterranean Spain like a holiday to Calpe.

Wall to wall appeal

Nested on Spain's east coast in between two striking rock formations, this Costa Blanca hotspot aims to please in far more ways than one. Not only does is there natural beauty everywhere, it's also chock-a-block with diverse bars, restaurants, shops and culture – all fronted by a Blue Flag award-winning beach.

Palm-lined paradise

Calpe's spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches. Playa del Arenal's the largest, featuring soft sand and gentle turquoise waves. Just around the corner's smaller Playa Levante, and between them both is Cala El Raco's wild cove – for those that prefer to mingle with marine critters over sightseers.

Look lively

Right on the edge of Costa Blanca's liveliest resorts, Calpe's a fun-seeker's dream. Drive 30 minutes north to Denia and you can catch the ferry to Ibiza – global go-to for unforgettable wild nights. Drive 30 minutes south and you'll arrive at the buzz and bustle of fun-for-all Benidorm.

At a Glance

  • Stake out a patch of sand on sun-kissed Arenal Beach
  • Take a daytrip to Ibiza
  • Swim over submerged Roman ruins