Climbing the Penon de Ifach in Calpe, Spain

Our Spain travels will be posted a little out of order but for good reason! Looking at these pictures from Calpe make me laugh and that's a good thing right now! So, when planning our Spain trip, I wanted to be on a beach that had beautiful elements...white sand, turquoise seas and stunning landscape. Well Calpe checked all of these boxes so I chose a nice little hotel on the beach. If you google Calpe you will more than likely see this limestone formation in a majority of the photos. In my research, I found out that the "rock", the Penon de Ifach, was actually a natural park and the rock could be climbed. So I marked it down on my itinerary for us to do and never thought much more about it. I mean...it really didn't seem that high and Van and I are young....of course we could climb it!



We took off Monday morning down the promenade to take a morning hike up the rock. As we got closer, the rock started to look a LOT bigger and more and more intimidating. And then there was the fact that Van had only brought golf shoes and flip flops....and he was wearing flip flops. No biggie right?


We arrived at the park and started up the path. The signs said that once you arrived to the tunnel portion of the path, children and those with improper footwear should turn around. The rest of the path would be extremely dangerous and difficult. I blew it off...like we got this..no big deal. Ok, well it was a big deal....it was the scariest climb I have ever taken! And Van, the mountain goat that he is, just climbed it with no concerns...in his flip flops!!


I actually have no photos of the "path" that we took because I couldn't hold my camera. The path was extremely rocky and slippery and just plain terrifying. My legs were shaking just about the entire time and I just focused on following Van the mountain goat.

Well, we made it to the top and it was totally worth it. The views were INSANE. You really can't even imagine how high it was. We could even see Ibiza from the top. We sat up at the top and took in the views and let our muscles rest.



Panoramic view

Cray cray mountain Goat
Our hotel is the black one in the upper left

Oh, and there were kitties living at the top of the peak. They were pretty cool and some came to greet the new climbers as they reached the top.




The climb down was easier but OMG my muscles were done when we reached the bottom. Luckily we found the perfect spot to park ourselves afterwards with a nice jug of sangria. I am so glad I stuck with the climb and completed it. The views and the feeling of accomplishment were well worth it. And so was the sangria :)

Travel Tuesday

-Jamie

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  1. What beautiful views! And even kittys at the top! I love going on hikes when I am traveling and getting to see places from different views.

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    1. It was so crazy...I felt like being that high up I should have been in an airplane! The views were incredible! We will definitely be seeking out more hikes like that :)

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  2. Oh wow, sounds like quite an adventure! I wouldn't have climbed it with flip-flops and even with proper footwear I probably would have backed out! The views are amazing though and that you could see Ibiza from there must have been really cool!

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    1. I almost did back out....but my husband made me keep going. I mean...he was in flip flops, I had to keep going!!

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  3. What breathtaking views!!!! x

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  4. Amazing!! Look at all of that view. Good on you for making it to the top. Flip flops though!? That's just crazy. The sangria at the bottom would have got me through ;) mmmmm

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    1. Yeah I was so scared for him but he acted like it was no big deal!

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  5. this looks so stunning. what a view! jealous! and yay, kitties! haha.

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    1. The kitties were the coolest part :)

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  6. Wow I also didn't realise how massive the rock was in the first picture until there were pictures of people and of the view from the top! that is such a cool experience though! Looks like you had a fantastic day as well :)

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    1. Yeah...it didn't look that big....until we were right up on it and then things got scary :)

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  7. Wow what incredible views! I love to get up high when I travel but you guys definitely took that to another level :) Awesome work!

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    1. Thanks!! I was so scared but I'm glad we stuck with it :)

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  8. Going up to see a new place from above is always an experience! And, cats at the top?? I can't believe they live there!

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    1. I know right? They seemed perfectly content high above the rest of the world :)

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  9. Kitties are known climbers. ;)
    These are awesome pics by the way. The view is stunning! The sangria is a great reward too! ;)

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    1. Thanks! It's hard to take a bad picture in Calpe :) I know cats like to be high above things....but these kitties take it to the next level!

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  10. Very nice Post ! we are working in www.facebook.com/calpetouristinfo for more info about Calpe :D

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  11. These photos are so beautiful, Jamie! We're taking our first trip to Spain this summer and checking out parts of the Andalusia region. I can't wait!!

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    1. Can you take me with you!!?? You will love it....it was so gorgeous! We cant wait to return.

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