Social distancing required on Peñon de Ifach

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LOCAL LANDMARK: Not all visitors keep anti-Covid rulesPhoto credit: Calpe town hall

CALPE’S Local Government Board agreed at their latest meeting that the Peñon de Ifach needs tighter health and safety controls.

The Calpe landmark is also a national park and the Generalitat will be asked to call a meeting of its board of governors as soon as possible.

The park management needs to ensure that all anti-Covid measures are complied with, and the official maximum-capacity respected, the Local Government Board decided.

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Calpe town hall has taken this step following numerous complaints from residents and tourists regarding lack of control inside the Peñon de Ifach site.

People have been seen inside the park at night, while during the day crowds frequently exceed the legally-permitted maximum. Many visitors fail to wear facemasks even though social distancing is not possible on many sections of the route up to the top of the Peñon.

The Local Government Board, which is also concerned about the amount of litter inside the park as well as the bad state of the car park and a building on the Peñon’s north face, also agreed to ask the regional government to tackle these problems.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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