Visitors to the northern part of the Costa Blanca should not miss out on a visit to Calpe fishing port and marina. The fishing port and adjacent yacht marina in Calpe lies in the lee of the Penon de Ifach, the spectacular 600 metre high rock formation that overlooks the resort town.
The harbor retains its fishing tradition in stark contrast to the nearby luxury yachts, smart shops, boat chandlers and the waterside restaurant and bar of the Club Nautico.
Fishing vessels from the port unload their catches at the fish market where it is auctioned off in the afternoon.
The market is open to members of the public who are welcome to bid for the baskets of freshly caught fish and other seafood along with the trade buyers.
Nearby is an avenue of fish restaurants displaying mouth watering dishes of food fresh from the sea, a sight that fish lovers will find difficult to resist.
Adding to the temptation to indulge are the offers of a free glass of sangria or small fish delicacies in the hope that this will persuade passers-by to eat in their restaurant. Prices range from under €9 a dish to lobster at €55.
Most days you will see one or more fishermen on the quayside repairing their nets, just as they have done for centuries.
The yacht marina is open to everybody, whether it is just to walk round admiring the yachts and motor cruisers, shopping in the boutiques or having a glass of wine and a tapas while sitting in the sun watching the boats go by.
The yacht club, or Club Nautico de Calpe, also has a restaurant that is excellent value.
A stiff climb up the Penon de Ifach, which takes about two hours, makes a good start to a day out in Calpe.
The views are fantastic and well worth the effort and you will work up just the appetite to do justice to a plate of seafood at one of the port’s fish restaurants.
Follow that with a walk around the marina, stopping to look at some of the 600 boats at their berths, and finish off with a drink or more at the Club Nautico can make a truly memorable day out.
This is a favourite with the Spanish and foreign locals as well as with tourists and at weekends throughout the year the area gets extremely busy making parking nearby difficult.
If you must go on a Saturday or Sunday try and make an early start. If you have time to spare there are some great beaches close by to catch the sun and take in the holiday atmosphere.