Altea is a town
located in the province of
north of Alicante
on the section of Mediterranean
coast called the Costa Blanca.
At present, the economy of Altea is based on tourism, which started to
grow in the 1950s because of its good weather, beaches and the labyrinthine
streets with whitewashed house-fronts that characterize the town. Altea is
protected on the north by the bluffs of the Serra de
Bèrnia, creating an especially mild microclimate. Its seafront
esplanade is planted with palms.
This maze of cobbled narrow and
crooked streets with glimpses of the bay is one of the better features of the
town. Other sights include the church of La Mare de Déu del Consol
("Our Lady of Solace"), easily identifiable by its picturesque blue
and white domes, tiled with glazed ceramics. There are numerous quaint
restaurants near the church, some with a view over the Mediterranean. Note
that, if visiting by car, you will need to park several blocks away from the
church area as the immediately surrounding area is either off limits to cars
and/or the streets are so narrow and steep (or have stairs) that cars cannot
Altea has also its own small
village called Altea la Vieja where you will find more than 10 bars and
restaurants e supermarkets, a bakery, a flower shop, a bank, a newspaper shop,
in one word everything you need in your day to day life.
Altea is located at 71 kilometers
from the airport of Alicante and 47 kilometers from its city center, Valencia
is at 100 kilometers, and a 20 minutes drive is sufficient to enjoy the nightlife
and the numerous attraction parks of Benidorm.