Altea

Valencia Region, Costa Blanca, Spain

Alicante • Calpe • Denia

 

As you approach Altea either from the south coming from Benidorm or from the north from Calpe or Denia, the blue and white mosaic domes of the church of the Virgen of Consuelo welcome you letting you know you have arrived at one of the most beautiful and well preserved towns on the Costa Blanca. Even with the massive construction and expansion of hotels and restaurants the town’s enchantment and character have been preserved.  The town seems to have it all the year round mild climate, whitewashed houses, marvelous views of the sea and the tranquil atmosphere that you breathe when you are there is everything that anyone could ever dream of. 

The town sits on top of a hill from the square in front of the church, the center of all cultural activities; cobbled streets begin the descent towards the sea.  The most outstanding monument is the Church of the Virgen of Consuelo built in 1910 on top o f a very old and primitive parish.  The interior is very ornately decorated and the blue and white tiles on its dome were all individually hand painted.  In the lower parts of town is the commercial street of King Jaime I, the fishermen quarter and the port.  During the summer months in the evening there is an art and crafts market in the square.

The main beach is Playa de la Roda bordered by the promenade which leads to the port and a great variety of restaurants along the seafront.  Other beaches in the area are La Solsida (nudist beach) with beautiful views of the town, L’Olla a cove with a view of the Ifach Rock of Calpe and Cap Negret a long beach in the residential area  surrounded by pine and palm trees with a restaurant on the cove with some magnificent views.

If you are looking for a resort town but want to stay away from the crowds Altea is the place for you!

 

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