Calpe is a seaside town well known for its blue-flag beaches, azure waters, warm weather and the emblematic Penon de Ifach, which characterises its coastline. With all of these beautiful natural attractions, you can be forgiven for thinking that Calpe is a sleepy little town, perfect only for relaxation
While relaxation is certainly high on the to-do list in Calpe, this town is anything but sleepy and no matter what time of year you visit, there is bound to be something for you and the whole family to get up to. From incredible restaurants and pubs to yoga classes, dance studios and of course famous festivals, these are just some of the awesome Calpe events to keep your eye on in 2016.
Spain is renowned for its famous fiestas, festivals made to celebrate the unique culture and heritage of the country and its past. Calpe may be a smallish town, but that doesn’t mean that the people there don’t celebrate in the same manner as the rest of Spain. Throughout the year you will find festival-goers flocking the streets to take part in parades, listen to live music and fill Calpe’s streets with festival fever.
These are some of the best Calpe events and festivals to attend in 2016:
- Three Kings Festival/Reyes Margos: A festival that takes place on the 5th of January, which is particularly popular with the little ones. A celebration of the Three Kings’ arrival at Jesus’ bedside, the Kings parade on a float through the streets handing out presents to kids big and small, who eagerly anticipate this day all year. This awesome festival is perfect for a whole heap of family fun.
- Carnival: One of the most festive fiestas takes place on the 19th of March. Residents dress up in crazy costumes and take to the streets in a kaleidoscope of colours. Great music, delectable food and plenty of wine make this one party you don’t want to miss.
- Fallas: From the 16th to the 19th of March, sculptures made from wood, cardboard and paper are built all around the town and then on the 19th they are burnt to the ground. The burning symbolises the start of spring on St Joseph’s Day, and the festival is of course accompanied by live music, dancing bands and copious amounts of wine.
- La Virgen del Carmen: The 16th of June is a day of celebration for the fishermen of the town as they honour their patron saint. The procession ends on the quay where they place the icon into the boat waiting for her and drive it off in a flurry of beautiful fireworks.
- La Virgen de las Nieves: At the peak of summer, Calpe’s town folk hold mass, go to processions, dance in the streets, have a mini running of the bulls, let off fireworks and party into the early morning. This is all in celebration of their patron saint and is one of the most festive Calpe events.
- Beer Festival: At the end of October/beginning of November, Calpe turns into a veritable Oktoberfest and you can expect great German beer and cuisine, folk shows, parades and firework displays. The festivities last four days and you are going to want to dance as much as possible to burn those calories after this celebration.
These are just some of the biggest festivals held in Calpe every year and a more detailed list can be found on the Calpe Online website. If your holiday doesn’t fall around any of the festivals then don’t get too worried, as there are tons of Calpe events every day that will be more than enough to keep you busy.
Everyday Calpe events to keep you busy on your holiday
Don’t worry if you’re missing out on Calpe’s festivals. There are pubs, cafes, yoga classes, dance studios and children’s events to keep the whole family busy while you are on holiday in Calpe.
- Flamenco Classes: Every Monday at 16:30 - 17:30 at Marcia’s Dance Studio and Stage School. Learn the beautiful art of flamenco dancing and wow your friends or family when you get home and show off your new skills.
- Zumba Latin Dance Class: Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 at Marcia’s Dance Studio. Get fit and learn the sexy style of Zumba at the same time.
- Karaoke night and live music: Thursday and Saturday at Pachito’s Bar. Wow the crowd with your particularly beautiful (or awful) singing prowess every Thursday, or leave it to the professionals and sip wine to live music on Saturdays.
- Calpe Folk Club Night: Monday at 20:00 - 23:30 at Calpe International Folk Music Society. Come out for a night of folk, jazz, poetry and dancing till all hours of the morning in this fun and festive weekly Calpe event.
- Little Stars Mums and Tots Group: Friday at 10:00 - 11:30. Centro Christiano de Calpe. Bring your toddlers (under three) for arts, crafts, breakfast and playtime, and ensure that you get some bonding time with the little ones during your holiday.
No matter what time of year you visit, there is sure to be a Calpe event to suit everyone in the family. In fact, investing in a holiday home in Calpe could be the perfect way to make sure you are around for the most famous Calpe events.
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