Peñón de Ifac Natural Park, Calpe

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Must see · State Park · Hiking Trail
Get outdoors at Peñón de Ifac Natural Park, where the highlight is an impressive limestone outcrop emerging from the sea. Trek behind the outcrop to find a lagoon, where you can swim and watch the wildlife. Look closely for the rare plants and animals, including over 300 species of birds. While ascending the outcrop will award you with breathtaking views, keep in mind it’s a challenging climb and visitors should wear appropriate hiking shoes. Using our world travel planner, Calpe attractions like Peñón de Ifac Natural Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • When I visited it wasn’t busy so I was able to enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of nature without being overwhelmed by other tourists. As has been said in other reviews this walk should not be...  more »
  • *warning* this is a verry dangerious hike! First half is easy and van be done by anyone, after the tunnel you need to be experianced in mountain hiking! Dont go alone, wear hiking gear and dont wear.....  more »
  • Hiking to the top of the Penyon allows for amazing views of the city. As others have pointed out: the second part of the hike, after the tunnel, becomes much rougher. There are some short parts that.....  more »
  • Great but also partially difficult path with an awesome view from the peak. Good shoes and a basic fitness condition are a must. The full trip up & down with enjoying all the viewpoints takes approx. 4 hours. I would not recommend it to children under the age of 10, as you need to hike and climb over rocks with steep precipices and no securing.
  • Walked up to the top today - very hot, but worth it for the fabulous views and the welcome breeze at the top. YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE WATER. Seriously, don't be daft. You will sweat out a litre's worth in summer. Even ladies will 'glow' a litre🌡️. Once you go through the tunnel, it does become hard going: decent shoes (trainers) are definitely needed. Lots of hand-and-foot scrambling over rocky outcrops and the rock is slippery in places (polished by the feet of a thousand tourists 👣.) Chains are set into the rock to help out on the most challenging sections. There's very little shade from the tunnel to the top. There are posters saying no children under 16, but judging from the numbers of children doing the climb, everyone ignores the rule and it's just to avoid recriminations from the public in case of accidents. Our ten-year-old coped much better than some of the swimwear-attired adults😜. Views were amazing all the way along and particularly from the top. Definitely to be done, but do go prepared so that you enjoy it properly.
  • Beautiful views at the top. Would definitely suggest using shoes with very good grip as the rocks under foot are smooth and slippery. In especially tight passing points or steep sections chains are provided to grip onto. This being said it takes around an hour to get up and down and is well worth it.
  • Fantastic hike to the top of the rock. It's not for people who's bad at walking because the trail is quite challenging at times. Use good shoes, the rocks are very slippery. The reward awaits you at the top.
  • Climbing all the way to the top of the rock was easily the highlight of our entire trip to Spain! We spent a few days in Valencia and a few days on a road trip down the Costa Blanca - but this was easily the most memorable place for us - the insane views, the seagull paradise, the surprisingly demanding (and dangerous!) climb to the top - you won't forget it. And to think that we almost turned away when we saw those turnstiles (rotating bar gates)... We thought it was closed (and many other people too), but the entrance is in fact free and open! Just bring water and something sugary for the energy ;)

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