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Ancient Gibraltar. Calpe was one of the Pillars of Hercules at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea.


(Placename) the ancient name for (the Rock of) Gibraltar


(dʒɪˈbrɔl tər)

1. a British crown colony comprising a fortress and seaport located on a narrow promontory near the S tip of Spain. 29,934; 1? sq. mi. (5 sq. km).
2. Rock of. Ancient, Calpe. a long, precipitous mountain nearly coextensive with this colony: one of the Pillars of Hercules. 1396 ft. (426 m) high; 2½ mi. (4 km) long.
3. Strait of, a strait between Europe and Africa at the Atlantic entrance to the Mediterranean. 8½–23 mi. (14–37 km) wide.
4. any impregnable fortress or stronghold.
Gi•bral•tar′i•an (-ˈtɛər i ən) adj., n.
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Noun1.Calpe - location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of SpainCalpe - location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Europe - the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use `Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles
Pillars of Hercules - the two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar; according to legend they were formed by Hercules
Gibraltarian - a native or inhabitant of Gibraltar
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Charrington was seized at his house in Calpe, Spain, on Tuesday by a joint strike force of British and Spanish investigators who were shot at before he was overpowered.
Karen Durrell, 41, disappeared soon after moving to live in Calpe, near Benidorm.
This consultation relates to the award of a contract for services regarding technical operations and operations garbage aquatic facilities of Calpe.
Before moving in with her he lived at Natalie's apartments in Calpe, on Spain's Costa Blanca.
Heroin addict Durant, in a letter sent to the Mirror from his cell on the Costa Blanca, admitted he ate parts of the divorced mum at his flat in Calpe.
Contract notice: Control group for the purchase of fuel and oil for the towns of calpe and savigny, and paray juvisy
A 20-minute hop further down the road and we're in Calpe, a bustling resort under the shadow of the brooding Pinon de Ifach.
Now his ex-wife Irene and son David have flown to Calpe in Spain from their home in Belgium to lead the hunt.
Calpe has grown up on family fishing businesses and fresh fish is still served up in the town's many restaurants.
The body was found on salt flats in the town of Calpe, near Alicante.
Q CAN I get public transport from Alicante airport to Calpe, preferably by coach or bus?