Altea is one of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Blanca. It is nestled on a hill, from where you can see its coastline full of small white houses and cobbled streets that lead to the sea. This beautiful town awaits us to show us its charms. Let's tour the lovely Altea.
The beauty and charm of Altea
Altea is located in the Valencian Community, in the province of Alicante, very close to Benidorm. It is located in the middle of the bay that goes from Morro de Toix to the Sierra Helada, which gives it that air of a calm and marine town.Altea - Andrzej Kubik
Among the steep streets stand out its white houses, color that breaks with the green of some plant, the fuchsia of a bougainvillea, the turquoise blue of the sea and the blue domes of its church.
In addition, its more than 6 kilometers of coastline, which alternate between cliffs and small coves, they give stretches of beach on flat land that are a beach paradise.
What to see in Altea
1. Church of Our Lady of ConsueloChurch of Our Lady of Consuelo - holbox
The main church of Altea is crowning the old town or «El Fornet». It is well known because its two large blue domes are the symbol of the locality. They are known as the "Domes of the Mediterranean."
If you walk through the cobbled streets that go up to the square you will find picturesque restaurants, bars, craft shops, art stores and much more.
2. The old town or "The Fornet"The Fornet - Andrzej Kubik
The old town matches the church of Consuelo to give us some spectacular images. It is one of the most beautiful areas of Altea. The game of white with colored details and the blue domes of the church is a difficult picture to forget.
3. Castle Square
The Plaza del Castillo is one of those lovely places that you can not miss the Altea. If you go in summer you will see on the balconies of the houses that access this square are filled with paintings by artists, in what is known as "balconadas".Altea - EsSueno
At the bottom of the square there is a viewpoint that offers stunning views of the coast. It can be seen from the lower part of Altea to the Natural Park of the Sierra Helada and even, Benidorm and Alicante.
The promenade is ideal to enjoy a walk with a pleasant sea breeze and fantastic views of the bay. In the place there are numerous terraces with restaurants and bars that offer the opportunity to taste the gastronomy of the area delighting in this charming place.
5. Ports and Yacht Club
Altea has 4 ports, but the best known is from the Yacht Club. In this enclosure there are two ports: the fishing, which belongs to the Generalitat, and the sports and private, called Nautical Club.Port - Werner Wilmes / Flickr.com
The Yacht Club is one of the most important and most beautiful because numerous yachts and larger ships can be seen. Although it is a private and closed area, its beauty can be appreciated when strolling through the fishing port.
Other private ports of Altea are the port of Campomanes and the Mar y Montaña marina, although a bit hidden, is a very nice place to stroll.
«The sea is a forgetfulness, a song, a lip; the sea is a lover, faithful response to desire. »
- Luis Cernuda -
Beaches of Altea
1. The Pot
La Olla is a beautiful gravel beach that has basic services such as surveillance and showers. It is small and secluded, but one of the busiest.
In front of it emerges an islet of 500 meters known by the same name. They say that when the cold rages in the town there is an area where the water boils, hence its curious name.
2. Cap Blanch
It is the largest beach in Altea, in the route it is increasing its width until joining the Albir beach in Alfaz del Pí that belongs to the municipality of Alfaz del Pi.Albir beach - holbox
3. Cap Negret
Beautiful gravel beach where the sea is usually a bit rough. It is located in the urban center. It is easily accessible and reaches Cal de Soyo, a small black stone cove. It is very busy for being a quiet beach.
4. The Mascarat
This beautiful beach is located under the Sierra de Bernia. Here is the Campomanes Marina and is adjacent to the neighboring city of Calpe.
5. La Roda
Made up of gravel and sand, This beach is located in the town center of Altea. Its easy access makes it one of the busiest. It has all the basic services such as showers, toilets, flag and surveillance.