Peñon de Ifach Calpe
Information on the Peñon de Ifach Calpe, a stunning rock formation.
Costa Blanca Attractions - Peñon de Ifach
Peñon de Ifach - Rising from the sparkling blue Mediterranean sea, the precipitous rock formation called Penon De Ifach (Penyal d'Ifac) watches over the bay of Calpe. One of the most famous sights along the Costa Blanca coastline, Spain, Penon De Ifach is now a protected Natural Park.
In former times the rock was used as a watchtower - an excellent vantage point to spot attacks from Berber pirates and warn the surrounding community. Nowadays Penon De Ifach is a peaceful refuge for many plant and bird species and though it is a popular destination for tourists, there is a limit put on the number of people allowed to climb the rock at any one time (so arrive early during the busy months). There is a walking trail which takes you all the way to the summit by way of a tunnel constructed in 1918 to make the climb easier, but be warned, although the walking is reasonably easy on the lower slopes, it becomes very tricky beyond the tunnel. The summit of Penon De Ifach (Penyal D'Ifac) offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and makes it well worth the effort of the 330m climb to the summit.
Some rare bird species can be seen on the rock including Audouin's gull, Eleanora's falcon and the peregrine falcon. There are also many species of wild flower including one rare orchid species found only on Penon De Ifach.
Penon De Ifach can be easily accessed from the CV 746 at Calpe which branches off the main coast road - N332. Also close by is the AP-7 motorway, via junctions 63 or 64.
Whilst you are visiting Penon De Ifach do not forget a trip into Calpe, formerly a medieval fishing village, now a major tourist destination due to its fine sandy beaches and fantastic water sports facilities.