Altea is without doubt one of the most charming towns to be found on Spain’s ‘White Coast’, located in the region of Alicante on the Costa Blanca. The town is just 11 kilometres north of Benidorm, yet the two resorts are worlds apart. Altea is similar to other Costa Blanca towns in that it has a new and an old neighbourhood. The old section is perched on top of a hill from where you will find really spectacular views.
All in all Altea is a pretty town, popular with both holidaymakers and those fortunate enough to be able to live in the area; it has a slowly growing community of multinational expatriates. History The name Altea derives from the Moors who conquered the region and named it Althaya, meaning health to all.
About town Altea has excellent amenities, however, if you want all-night discos and bright city lights on your holiday, give Altea a miss. This town is a holiday haven for the more discerning tourist who will be captivated by its medieval cobbled streets, its picture book old quarter and the delights of its palm-fringed seafront promenade.
The ascent to the old section along steep slopes and stepped streets reveals a broad horizon at every turn and extends along the entire La Marina region. The silhouette of the Peñon de Ifach on one side and the Helade range on the other, frame the view of the sea, with the ever present gulls sweeping low over the town.
Excursions Eight kilometres from Altea, heading inland, is Polop, a small town surrounded by orchards and pine groves, which is highly recommended for those who seek peace, quiet and cool summer nights.
From the Via Crucis which presides over the town, you can obtain superb views of the surrounding valleys, which owe their present appearance to the work of the Morisco farmers from many years ago.
Benidorm makes a great day out with its eclectic collection of bars, playgrounds and beaches and ferry rides to the Balearics can be made from nearby Denia.
Cuisine As with most of this region, traditional rice dishes are what you will find most on the Spanish menu. For international cuisine, Benidorm is just a short drive.
Climate Altea enjoys a privileged location and an excellent mild climate, with an average year round temperature of 18-20° C.
Altea is a really good choice for a holiday for couples and families, it lacks the frenetic pace of some Spanish resorts but has plenty of bars and restaurants, and a surprisingly good shopping centre. Singles might find it too quiet.
For the next year or so, the lagoon area at the western end of Altea is best avoided due to major work to dredge the lagoon and fill it in with sand. This work is noisy and smelly.
Costa Blanca reviews
Something for everyone, all those ex pats can't be wrong.
Amazing little town with so many beautiful restaurants. We particularly liked the area up by the Church. The water front was also nice but somehow felt a bit more commercialised and you did get hassled by people trying to sell you sunglasses, handbags etc which we really didn't like.
Altea has everything, the main town has many restaurants along the lovely beach, and great shopping. The tuesday market is a must. Then up in the old town it is really pretty, lovely shops and some evenings stalls in the square and music. We had three superb meals in the many restaurants 5* quality at reasonable prices. The service was superb and such a lovely atmosphere. It has it all.
Costa Blanca reviews
Along the coast are many lovely beaches, marinas, and coves, so something for everyone.