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“Walk to the top of the Peñon de Ifach (if you dare)”

Parque Natural de Penyal D'Ifach
Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Calpe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Peñon de Ifach is a large rock, located between the Calpe beaches. As you walk up the slope, before you begin the walk to the top of the Peñon, you have a chance to visit a museum documenting the natural parc. The walk is quite pleasant, with excellent views on Calpe and the mountains in the background - until a tunnel excavated in the rock. There is a rope to help you in the tunnel - the rock is slippery and it's easy to fall and get hurt. The problem starts after the tunnel where the walk continues on the same slick rock as in the tunnel but, inexplicably, there is no rope to help you and, worse of all, there is a sheer drop to your left. After that exposed passage, the rest of the walk is easy and the views worth the effort. For the adventurous, the Peñon has some sheer walls which attract lots of climbers. If you don't feel like walking up the Peñon or climbing it, you can walk at the bottom, along a nicely arranged walk - start near the marina, on the right hand side of the Peñon. Bird watchers will enjoy the birds nesting and swirling all around the rock. To protect the birds, walking and climbing up the Peñon is not allowed during the nesting season.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Climbing the rock is a challenge. I only got up the steep hill to the entrance but my husband assures me it was worth the climb. He went as far as the tunnel but thought beyond that looked too tricky. (Age appropriate attraction) Great views of Calpe. Lots of gulls with their little ones.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

An amazing hike, with a reward at the top. But very challenging, once you get past the tunnel. It's slippery soapstone all the way up, dangerous even on dry days. And when I went (in May) it was nesting time for the seagulls, and they were very aggressive, attacking and diving at me. It made a tricky climb even more dangerous. The view from the top was spectacular!

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Beautiful area, that can accomodate all. At the base is aflat wide paved walk.Lovely plants. Takes about 30minutes, then you have to turn around and retrace your steps. Then you can walk up to the summit. This is in 2 parts. The first is a steep climb through pine trees and open spaces and has beautiful views of Calpe.It ends at a tunnel ,which is extremely slippery because the rock floor is as slippy as ice !
The next part is a climb up to the summit, which we did not do, but is more challenging.
Wear sensible footwear [not flip flops]and take water if hot.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

The views from the top of the peñon de ifach are something special. The paths are well indicated, I would advise appropriate foot ware and cloths and a small touch wouldn’t go a miss. I would advise against good too early in the morning as the paths can me damp, plan the trip to make sure you are back at the bottom before night fall.

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