Altea is a charming town located in the province of Alicante between Benidorm and Calpe.
She has had the honor of being recognized by many personalities from the world of song, art and politics as one of the most beautiful places on the Costa Blanca and even Spain. .
A nook between sea and mountains, giving an almost symbolic image of the Costa Blanca.
From the 60s-70s, its tranquility and its light seduced painters and artists.
Altea stands out for its charm, quality beaches and history.
With the blue and white dome of its parish church, the municipality extends to the sea. Small and beautiful coves and beaches stretch along the coast, impressing with the same white and captivating charm of the city itself . The climate is mild and pleasant all year round.
Altea is divided by the N-332 road, with the beaches and marina on one side, and the old town and the new town on the other side.
Altea, in the footsteps of the old town
The upper part of the old town was built in the 16th century to protect against attacks. A castle dominated the hill, where is now the Plaza de la Iglesia (Church Square).
The climb to the old town is quite steep, so take your time. Do not forget that you are on vacation! Take a breath while enjoying the scenery.
In terms of architectural or visual beauty, one could say that it is a Mediterranean-Byzantine blend that recalls the typical landscapes of the Greek islands. It perfectly matches blue colors, especially cobalt blue, with white. The streets of the old town are narrow and charming, illuminated by small lanterns giving it a special charm.
Feel free to stroll through these cobbled streets and you will have the pleasure of discovering surprising shops, galleries, craft workshops and many restaurants of great qualities.
Remember to book because Altea is a city that attracts many tourists all year round.
My advice :
Start the visit of the old town by the Place de l’Église.
On this historic square stands the Church of the Virgin of Consuelo (Iglesia de la Virgen del Consuelo). This magnificent church has two beautiful domes covered with blue and white glazed ceramic tiles.
The place also offers a beautiful panoramic view of the sea and the mountains. Ideal for some souvenir photos.
Altea, the blue pearl
Along its 8 km coast, Altea offers a wonderful diversity of beaches, coves and cliffs.
Here are some not to be missed:
-The partly wild coves of Barreta and Solcida, with their translucent waters and small pebbles or the wide and peaceful beach of Cape Negret at the mouth of the Algar, not to mention the beach of La Roda with its shops, restaurants and shops. bars and restaurants.
Finally, after the fishing port and marina, is the wide beach of Cape Blanch, where it is easy enough to park. It is also an area of bars and restaurants that borders the beach of Albir, at the end of the municipality of Altea.
Ideal to stop for a drink and enjoy some tapas.
Altea, a unique marina
The Marina Greenwich is a beautiful marina located on the outskirts of Altea, in an easily accessible place, in a natural setting of great beauty between sea, mountains and small coves. It is an ideal place for a walk.
Why the name of Marina Greenwich?
The marina is located on the meridian 000º 00 ’00’. The only port in the world located at this point
Altea, a popular market
Located near the sea on the North side of Altea, near the Algar and the railway, the Altea market is easy to reach. If shopping is on your list, you will find a market open daily on the Costa Blanca, but Tuesday’s market in Altea is one of the most popular. Ideal for costume jewelry, belts, leather wallets, rings, bracelets, tablecloths, shoes, clothes, Spanish nougat, ceramics or any other gift to take away. And after the market, go to the seaside for a latte, a glass of wine or tapas for a full and successful day.
Without a doubt, Altea is good to live. Without hesitation, give yourself a few days to visit the little pearl of the Costa Blanca. You will not regret it.
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