CALPE JOINED neighbours Teulada Moraira at ‘MEDSEA’ – the first international water sports trade fair – this weekend at the Institucion Ferial Alicantina, Alicante.
In line with new Department of Tourism strategies, Calpe attended ‘Velofollies’, a specialist cycling trade fair in Kortrijk, Belgium in January to further promote the city as a cycling destination and now the goal is to promote its offering of water sports.
Its geographical situation and fantastic microclimate means Calpe is a top contender for endless water sports such as sailing, diving, rowing and wind-based water sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddle surfing.
The richness of Calpe’s seabed attracts those interested in diving, fishing and underwater speleology and even new sports such as ‘psicobloc’ – a form of solo rock climbing that relies solely upon the presence of water at the base of a climb to protect against injury from fallings from the generally high difficulty routes.
Councilor for Tourism, Jan Van Parijs said: ‘Calpe has three nautical clubs and a wide range of companies dedicated to nautical leisure and it is precisely this range of facilities and services that we want to make known.’
The Mayor also announced: ‘We will continue working on the request for marine reserve funds for the Rock of Ifac to allow us to regulate diving and anchoring at the base of the natural park and protect the marine environment in this area.’
Also promoted at MEDSEA were the Vina Maris Wineries – the third underwater winery in the world located in front of the Morro de Toix – where there are close to a thousand aging bottles submerged at about 25 meters deep. Vina Maris offers underwater excursions to visit the winery, collect one of the bottles and enjoy it on the boat afterwards!