Calpe has an ancient history, as it was chosen by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Moors as a strategic point from which to plant their Iberian settlements. The real-estate developers were the latest to descend upon it: much of Calpe today is overbuilt with high-rise resorts and urbanizaciónes. But the Old Town is a delightful maze of narrow streets and small squares, archways and cul-de-sacs, houses painted in
Mediterranean blue, red, ocher, and sandstone: wherever there’s a broad expanse of building wall, you’ll likely discover a mural. Calpe is, in short, a delightful place to wander.