Guide to Altea
Altea is a traditional coastal resort located on the North Costa Blanca coastline in Alicante. It’s a haven for a relaxed holiday with plenty of great pebbly beaches, cultural architecture and an array of local leisure facilities. Altea is a little gem on this desired coast and is known for its beautiful church and its traditional market squares selling local produce. The area of Altea is 34.43 sqm, not a small fishing village anymore but not as big as some of the other coastal resorts retaining its charming traditional old town quarter plus the beaches and port area are not overcrowded. The promenade overlooks Altea Bay it has 6km of stunning coastline offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. The two main beaches are Playa de Cap Blanch and Playa de la Roda if you stroll along the coast you will find smaller beaches and hidden coves just waiting to be explored. Alicante is just 52.1 km away and takes around 55 minutes to drive there.
The closest airport to Altea is Alicante airport with daily international flights, it is only 68 km to the centre of Altea via shuttle bus, hire car or taxi transfers. The climate is typically Mediterranean with around 3000 hours of sunshine per year it’s the ideal location for families, couples and groups of friends to enjoy a holiday in the balmy sunshine.
Anyone who loves to delve into the culture and history of an area will be delighted in Altea as
there are castles galore, some have been restored and some are ruins however the history of the fortresses is captivating. The Blue Domed Parish Church is striking and in the old town it’s the main focal point, take a stroll along the cobbled narrow streets and you can’t miss the beautiful blue dome. It’s surrounded by whitewashed houses brought to life by colourful splashes of bougainvillaea climbing up their walls. Festivals and Fiestas take place all through the year celebrating a variety of occasions. Visit the Russian Orthodox Church in the hills its interior is absolutely stunning and on your visit if you are lucky you may hear the haunting singing of the priests. To complete your spiritual quest a trip to the Church Monastery of the Barefoot Carmelites is a must see. History and Art lovers will revel in a visit to the museums exhibitions of Spanish painters and musical instruments. In addition, there are numerous craft workshops with handmade jewellery, trinkets, ceramics and pottery.
Around 13km from Altea is the Fuentes de Algar Natural Park; with mountains and waterfalls where you can take a dip in the shallow waters. Just 20 minutes from Altea is a Theme Park it’s a good family day out and makes a nice change away from the pool or beach. The Yacht Club is a super place to stop for a drink after a stroll around the marina, the views of beautiful boats against the backdrop of the Med is tranquil and calm. If you want sports then head to one of the many golf clubs in the area or if water sports are your passion there is everything from waterskiing, Jet Ski, scuba and snorkelling, kayaking and canoeing to name just a few or take a boat trip around the bay. Hiking and biking is a great way to see the picturesque coastline.
A great range of cafes, bars and restaurants are plentiful in idyllic settings in the old town and at the marina. Tuck into local traditional cuisine of Paella and of course international dishes, the nightlife offers a relaxed and laid back atmosphere.