• Instead of contemplating the sea from the shore line, why not admire the shore line from the sea?
  • Along the route you will see the sheer cliffs and bays of Campomanes, Altea, Albir, Sierra Helada & Benidorm.
  • Discover the fantastic marine life in the waters surrounding the Peñon de Ifach.
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Calpe1conlogoThe Peñon de Ifach in Calpe is the symbol of the Valencian Community and one of the smallest nature parks in Spain, covering 50.000 square meters and reaching a height of 332 meters.

Majestic and exceptionally beautiful, the Peñon is surrounded by various beaches with white sand and crystal clear water. Years ago, it was a reference point for mariners navigating in the waters of the Mediterranean. There are marvellous views of the coastline in both directions from its peak where you can experience nature at its best.

Hikers and nature lovers list the Peñon as a “must see” route as the impressive views of Calpe and the Mediterranean make the effort worthwhile.
The route of the lower part of the Peñon de Ifach is not difficult and can be completed by children.   The path is well preserved, with a slight incline and some steps.
Nature’s sound track accompanies you along the route from some of the 80 different types of birds and it is worth a reminder that during the nesting season in May and June, the gulls can attack to defend their young if you get too close!

The second phase of the climb is more difficult and if you are not used to hiking and mountain routes, it is not recommended.
You will come across a tunnel in the mountain and from here onwards the path is not asphalted. You will come across a tunnel in the mountain and from here onwards the path is not asphalted.  The ground is uneven and slippery.  The tunnel walls have thick ropes to help you pass through to the south side of the Peñon from where you can see Ibiza on the horizon.

  • From here to the peak the climb gets complicated, there is no path or track and it is very slippery.
    As with all hiking routes and mountain excursions, there are some rules to be followed and some recommendations that should be taken into consideration.  The Peñon de Ifach Nature Park recommend the following: 
  •  Wear adequate foot wear i.e. mountain boots or walking boots to avoid injury, (it is not advisble to wear flip flops or heels).
  • Bring sufficient water for the route as there are only water fountains at the bottom. Bear in mind that there are no vending machines selling drinks in the nature park

  • Be aware that once you have passed through the tunnel, it is not advisalbe to continue as the path is dangerous
  • Check the weather forecast, temperatures etc
  • If you plan to do the route alone, let someone know where you will be and the route you plan to take
  • In the summer, it is advisable to do the route in the morning, avoiding exposure to the sun during the hottest part of the day. Bring adequate sun protection, cream, hat etc
  • Ensure your mobile phone is fully charged. The number to phone in case of an emergency is 112.
  • Make sure you are not on the mountain at night fall.
  • Book you tour in advance over the phone if you are in a group of 15 or more.
  • Guided tours are available – check with park staff.

For more information about the nature park Peñon de Ifach and the red route consult:

http://www.parquesnaturales.gva.es/web/pn-penyal-d-ifac/ruta-roja-descripcion

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