Historic centre of Calpe
Calpe is a town surrounded by culture with a small but charming old quarter which conceals countless treasures, since thanks to its strategic position Calpe has over the years been settled by numerous civilisations, as reflected in the town's architectural remains.
There are plenty of sights to be seen here, from the ancient 15th-century church in Calpe's square, curiously tucked away inside the modern parish church, the Plaza de los Marineros; the 14th-century Peça Tower; an eclectic range of museums dedicated to comics, collectors' items... and of course the distinctive buildings designed by Ricardo Bofill, with their wonderful panoramic views of the Calpe coastline.
Another joy is to stroll along the cobbled alleyways which combine tradition and creativity, full of colour with their deceitful trompe-l'oeils and flower-laden balconies.
Narrow streets where stone is the common theme of the ancient buildings which make up the beautiful town centre of Jávea. A tour of the modest cottages and palatial townhouses of various eras and styles, including Gothic, Neoclassical and Modernist, discovering the stories which lurk around every corner of a thoroughly Mediterranean town.
The El Arenal district of Jávea is unquestionably one of the main focal points for tourism. It is home to “Playa del Arenal” a beach of wonderfully fine sand skirted by a promenade running along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Here there are dozens of fashion boutiques, bars and excellent restaurants serving the famous rice and fish dishes of the Bay of Jávea.
There can be no doubt this is one of the most distinctive buildings in the beautiful town of Jávea. The Fortified Church of San Bartolomé, built in the Gothic Isabelline style, has been declared a "National Artistic Monument", and a visit is a feast for the eyes, as are the surrounding buildings in the traditional local "tufa" undressed stone, with their Mediterranean feel.