The symbol of Calpe and one of the symbols of the White Coast is undoubtedly the famous Peñón de Ifach (Ifach rocky outcrop). An enormous rock that comes into view from the beach town is a very important natural reserve. Visitors can do several things: simply enjoy it from afar (which is the most common), or solicit permission to enter the natural park and enjoy its immensely varied vegetation and animal life.
If you've ever wanted to scratch "go swimming in a Roman bath" off your bucket-list, the Baños de la Reina (or, "The Queen's Baths") in Calpe in Spain's Costa Blanca might just be a good option. I say might because, despite the name, these natural swimming pools along the coast were not actually Roman baths. Don't get me wrong, Calpe did have Roman baths, the remains of which can be found at the northern end of the beautiful Playa de Arenal-Bol, Calpe's main beach. However, the swimming pool-like structures jutting out into the blue Mediterranean waters were actually fish firms used for making the Roman fish sauce "garum," for which Spain was famous during the Roman era.
Semantics aside, the Baños de la Reina are stunning. If you walk the seaside promenade from Playa de Arenal-Bol towards Playa Cantal Roig (in the direction of the ever-present monolith, the Peñon de Ifach), you'll find a rocky coastline with various square pools which fill up with seawater and create idyllic little natural pools. These pools are shallow so they're perfect for going with kids (though the little ones might prefer the open spaces of the beach), but I'd also say they're great for couples looking for a romantic and paradisiacal spot away from the flocks of tourists which crowd Calpe's main beaches, especially during summer. For me, the Baños de la Reina were without a doubt one of the most amazing spots I found in Calpe...a perfect mix of ancient history and gorgeous crystal-clear water that can only be found in the Mediterranean.
Super-cool boats, great atmosphere and a lot of people. The pity was that the carrier was far away. There were a lot of lines to do everything from boarding a boat to getting into a simulator. Anyway very nice, I hope you leave here more times.
I am a citizen of Alcoyano and I photographed this pretty bridge but I decided to take some photographs in a completely different way, something more artistic, and where the bridge stayed in the background. Incidentally I encourage and invite people to come to Alcoy, is a beautiful city with many bridges and beautiful architecture in the downtown area. People usually visit for the festival of San Jorge de Moros y Cristianos, an international tourist attraction that is a pure spectacle (if you're interested search for videos on youtube).
Umberto Masetti (May 1926 - May 2006) was an Italian motorbike driver, twice world champion in 500cc in 1950 and 1952. He competed in several races here in Denia. The statue is a work by the Cuello forge -Federico and Jaime Cuello - donated by Classic Motor Club Denia.
The province of Alicante and its wetlands are full of history. The Tibi reservoir is considered the oldest in Europe, and I believe that the Elche reservoir is considered the first arched dam in Europe (built by the Romans).The truth that it is surprisingly interesting.
Access is easy: as you get close you can choose to picnic in the grassy area or continue straight to the reservoir. The picnic area lets you access a small channel and see the waterfall there.
There are lots of fossils and strange rock formations that have been carved by centuries of water. I really recommended it!
The reservoir itself is also fun. It's 22m. deep and 100m. wide from shore to shore and it quite surprising when you see it. You can climb a ladder in the rock and arrive at the upper part of the reservoir.
This is one of the most unique nativity scenes that I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. It incorporates typical things from the town, such as the salt, the towers and Havana. It has many small details and moving parts. It occupies the entire southwest corner of the Constitution Square and when the sun sets and the lights come on, it is even more beautiful.
The Lady of Elche is one of the most universally recognized and celebrated works of Iberian art. It is a bust made of sandstone from local mines that still has traces of paint when it was discovered. It measures 56 centimeters high and was found in La Alcudia although it is currently housed in the National Archeological Museum in Madrid.
Built between 1828-1838 it was the first major public work in Alcoy and it improved communications. The bridge was named Maria Cristina (as a tribute to Maria Cristina Bourbon Dos Sicilies, fourth wife of Ferdinand VII). The bridge is medievalist in style and combines the use of rough blocks of stone and fine limestone. Its maximum height is 27 meters above the Riquer riverbed, at the point where you start heading to Tints.
This village of Roman foundation, which reached significance in Arab times, has some structures of great importance, such as its ancient castle, in perfect condition. Just outside, on the promenade of Puça, are the remains of an aqueduct of the XVI century and, on a mound, the chapels which give a good view of the area. Alicante Cottages http://www.Toprural.Com/comunidad-valenciana/casas-rurales-alicante_bd-es-03.htm
This casino was built in 1888 as 'the world's most expensive destination' and is now a kind of club for the richest people in town. They are reluctant to allow you to take any pictures inside and old and outdated standards remain, such as the rooms for men and women separately, which in our day, is a bit surprising. Anyway, stroll through the outdoor facilities, which are free and very nice. Here, sit on any bench and below, grab a bite to eat in various shadowy corners and you can almost certainly enjoy the good Mediterranean climate which prevails here. A highlight is the beautiful temple, an example of C20th iron architecture.
This is perhaps a place that many people don't notice, but I took my good Arrocito and I enjoyed a swim at the beach, which by the way was a treat. It is very close to Alicante, where you can see many little things that maybe you are interested in. Worth going in summer.
The Partida dels Tints appeared in this area around the XIX century, at the mouth of the river Riquer where the first construction began for hydraulic facilities for textile mills of Alcoy. The wealth of water sources in the area were used by industries for dyeing fabrics, etc. The factories have moved so this river area has been restored and transformed into a walk. Although I recall fireplaces scattered throughout the canyon reminiscent of the city's industrial history.
In 1958, American film producer Samuel Bronston came to Denia to shoot a movie. It was quite an event, lasting four months, and hundreds of residents participated as extras, dressed as soldiers, sailors or pirates. In 2008, to celebrate the 50th anniversary, the statue of Captain Jones, like a Playmobil model in bronze, two metres high, was inaugurated by the local artist Jose Luis Saldanya.
This original steel structure can be seen in the middle of a roundabout at the beginning of the road to the marina. It was made by Valencian sculptor Andreu Alfaro, and represents the sun's rays, which aren't exactly lacking in this Alicante town.