Altea

Altea is a town and municipality located in the province of Alicante, Spain, 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 pass.

 

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.