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How to get there: Drive on the N-332, and turn to Calpe by the sign. In Calpe follow the signs for Park Natural del Penyal d'Ifach. Leave your car in the parking place by the entrance of the park, and walk to the information center of the park. (Roadmap of Marina Alta)

Distance: 1h30min/5km

The zigzagging route to the top of the Ifach rock departs behind the nature reserve's facilities (Centro de Información del Parque Natural) (75 m). It is easy to follow, but in some places difficult to walk, especially after the tunnel. Rails and ropes help to negotiate the way through slippery bedrock and stones to the summit.

There are two lookout spots before the tunnnel. You can see the bay of Altea, Sierra Helada, la isla de Benidorm, Villajoyosa, Alicante and the cape of Santa Pola (south); Sierra de Aitana, Cometa, Oltà, Mascarat, and in the front Morro de Toix (west); Montgó and the cape of Moraira (north); and when the weather is clear Ibiza (east). Naturally you have fine views also over the the town of Calpe, its harbour and beach.

The 30 meters long tunnel (10min) (200 m) crosses the wall from west to east. Vines, flowers and grass pop out from the cracks of the entrance wall.

When the path forks (20min) (235 m), go right, if you want to continue to the top (40min) (332 m), where the panorama encompasses all the great peaks and the coastline all the way to Alicante.

Bear left, if you want to visit a projection of the east face of Ifach. It takes five minutes to reach the tip of the projection with views to the cape of San Antonio behind the tip of Moraira and to the last foothills of the Peñon. Here you can observe the sea gulls from a short distance. Large colonies breed and raise their young on the rocks. You can watch them resting on the cliffs, gliding low on the sea and swooping down into the water.


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