ALTEA

Altea is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and charming towns on the Mediterranean. With its superb location between Benidorm and Calpe, it has access to 2 international airports that facilitate the arrival of thousands of tourists to its shores every year. Manises airport in Valencia is approximately 150 km away, and Alicante-Elche airport is less than 60 km away.

Its climate is unbeatable, with average temperatures of 22 degrees. Short, mild winters and hot summers attract thousands of visitors all year round.

This pretty postcard town, with its characteristic whitewashed houses adorned with plants and flowers, nestled neatly in the steep, narrow, cobbled streets, presided over by the blue and white tiled dome of the church in the Plaza de la Iglesia, make it one of the most photographed municipalities on the Alicante coast. It has inspired artists and painters for decades, and over the years, many have been unable to tear themselves away from this beautiful resort, and taken up permanent residency here.

The best way to explore the old town is on foot. Amble around and enjoy the wonderful mix of bustling cafes, local craft shops, jewellery stores, and numerous pottery and art galleries. The views of the Mediterranean coast from the top of the Casco Antiguo (Old Town) are spectacular, and from here you can pop in to explore the inside of the church to see its colourful stained glass windows and Baroque style decoration.

Every Tuesday two local street markets take place. Popular with both local residents and tourist, many come to buy the fresh locally grown produce. Seasonal fruits, vegetables, and flowers are on offer along with traditional products of the region. This market is located on Philharmonic Street, while the market selling such items as clothing, costume jewellery, leather goods, handicrafts etc, takes place along the Camino del Algar. Both run from 08.00h to approximately 14.00h.

The three main stretches of beach in Altea are Cap Blanc, La Roda, and the newly inaugurated Espigo. All of which are pebbled and provide lifeguards during the high summer season. You'll find in Altea, it's clear, sparkling turquoise coloured waterfront is a complete alternative to the busy beaches of nearby Benidorm. It is THE ideal place to relax and spend a pleasant family day.

Altea is a good place to practice water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and paddle surf among others, with places along the beach where you can hire the equipment by the hour. Volleyball nets and childrens play areas are also available and free of charge.

If its food and drink you´re after, you will be spoilt for choice. Altea has every type of bar or restaurant desirable be it, set up above in or around the church square or one of the very many all along it's beautiful promenade. Altea really does make a great day or night out for everyone and It is only a short ride away on the number 10 bus from Benidorm!
 
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