Penyal D'Ifac


Calpe Attractions - Penyal D'Ifac

Penyal D'IfacRising from the clear blue Mediterranean sea, the precipitous rock formation known as Penyal D'Ifac watches over the bay of Calp. One of the most famous sights along the Costa Blanca, Spain, Penyal D'Ifac is now a protected Natural Park.

In former times the rock was used as a watchtower - a perfect vantage point to spot attacks from Berber pirates and warn the surrounding community. Nowadays Penyal D'Ifac is a refuge for many plant and bird species and though it is a popular spot for tourists, there is a limit put on the number of people allowed on 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 ascent easier, but be warned, although the walking is fairly easy on the lower slopes, it becomes very tricky the higher you get. The summit of Penyal D'Ifac offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area and makes it well worth the effort of the 330m climb.

Some rare bird species can be spotted on the rock including Audouin's gull, Eleanora's falcon and the peregrine falcon. There are also many species of wild flower including one orchid species found only on Penyal D'Ifac.

Penyal D'Ifac can be easily reached via the CV 746 at Calp which branches off the main coast road - N332. Also close by is the AP-7 motorway, turn off at junctions 63 or 64.

While you are visiting Penyal D'Ifac do not forget a trip into Calp, originally a medieval fishing village, now a major tourist destination due to its fine sandy beaches and superb water sports facilities.

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