Limiting rent, preserving heritage in Calpe

Calpe Old Town Credit: Randi Hausken, Flickr

In recent years and even months, the old town of Calpe has been registering a large increase in short-term real estate sales by tourists.

With the summer season being the busiest for the municipality, visitors continue renting out apartments which could have been used by residents.

The local Tourism Councilor, Marco Bittner, held a debate with Calpe´s business and social sectors to consider a limit on permits for holiday apartments in the old town.

He argued that as a “result of a silent invasion,” Calpe has only been gaining short-term and has been losing its “historical heritage.”

Yet, with tourism being a driving force of the town´s economy, Bittner argued, a balance should be achieved between the visitors and residents, improving the living conditions of both.

The local government is now developing limitations on real estate sales in the old town but the increase in tourism continues throughout Calpe.

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Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.

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