VISITORS are again flocking to the Peñon de Ifach which dominates much of the Costa Blanca skyline.
The reopened path to the summit, 332 metres above sea level, was closed 15 months ago after being declared unsafe, particularly the section after the tunnel.
The regional government’s environment department has spent €40,000 on widening the path from the tunnel to the peak and chain handrails have been fixed to the tunnel walls and cliff-face to help hikers negotiate the often slippery path.
This upper section after the tunnel is barred to children but despite this, flip-flop wearing families with small children are ignoring the regulation as well as another warning instructing hikers to use adequate footwear.
By noon on the day that it reopened 1,540 people had climbed the Peñon and a total of 3,000 had made it to the top by nightfall. Much to the surprise of those reaching the summit – deserted for 15 months – they found a family of four cats living there.
While the Rock of Gibraltar – another Peñon in Spanish – might have its apes, Calpe’s not only has cats but also a Pokemon apparently captured at the very top by a delighted gamer.