El Peñon de Ifach
A well-known landmark of Calpe is the 332-metre high rock El Peñon de Ifach, which dissects the coastline. In 1987, the rock was declared a nature reserve and today it contains a wealth of fauna and flora. Discover more here!
From rock to nature reserve
El Peñon de Ifach is a limestone rock that has been naturally connected to the mainland over the years. This connection was caused by breaking rocks and erosion. This natural wonder contains a rich collection of rare plants that can only be found on this rock. In addition, it is a regular destination for many birds. At the foot of the rock there is a lagoon that is especially popular with flamingos. There is also a marsh with an area of no less than 45 hectares.
Popular with tourists
Since its inception, the Peñon de Ifach has been claimed by nature. Long ago the Iberians and the Romans thought about including this location in the military strategy. But this turned out to be less than favourable. In the 15th century, walls were built around the village further inland, of which only the “Torreón de la Peça” has survived.
Only in 1918 did change occur. It was decided to drill a 50-metre tunnel through the rock to make the visit easier. Not much later, the Peñon de Ifach developed into a tourist attraction.
Ready for the climb
It is definitely worth exploring the rock. We would advise you to get some information at the start in the visitor centre (Penyal d’Ifac Aula de Naturalez). It is also a good idea to bring some water, because there are no food and drink outlets on the way.
Once you are ready to start, you only need to determine your route, depending on your level and/or condition. But each route offers a beautiful experience and fantastic views.