Calpe is a very popular Costa Blanca town midway along the coast between Altea and Jávea. It is a genuine working town but with a large percentage of expat residents and is also a busy year-round tourist market. This particular area of Spain has one of the best climates for health, according to the World Health Organisation and the 300+ days of sunshine always make us feel better!

Shopping is sufficient for most every day needs with several large supermarkets and “sheds” although for larger purchases many go to Ondara or Benidorm. It does have a Specsavers branch on Av, de los Ejércitos in the town centre.

One of its claims to fame is the Colina Club just outside the town. The Club Colina Club Retirement Village nestles on the lower slopes of the hills surrounding Calpe on the Costa Blanca area of Spain.

The land was purchased by its British owners in the mid 1980’s and commenced business in 1991. One of the main reasons for it being built there was its stunning views.

Originally, it was purpose built for retirees, using a concept which had been popularised in Florida. The founder, Dr Graham Young, exhaustively researched what older people required in a specific location, where they could live out their later years. You can see the fruits of this, with the attention to detail in many areas, from the under floor central heating in all the apartments and Rest Home, to the heart-shaped swimming pool and palm trees.

The apartments are compact and easily manageable for the older person. An example of this is that all power sockets are at waist height to save bending.

There is a selection of one and two bedroom apartments, which are available for long-term rent and there are two one bedroom apartments, which are used exclusively for short-term rentals (such as for friends and family of residents) and for those who wish to try out the Colina Club, before committing to a long-term contract. Visit their website for more information.

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