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.
The remains of what was the Roman baths of Calpe are located on the beach of the Arenal-Bol.. The remains are currently excavated and protected by a wooden railing that seamlessly integrates itself right there into the lovely landscape.