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Facts

Inhabitants 23780
Level above sea 61 meters
Nearest airport Alicante
Distance to airport 71 km
Distance to beach 150 meters
Max. temperature 35 C
Min. temperature 12 C


Altea

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.




Map of Altea

Reviews for Altea

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Based on 163 reviews.

   
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08 October, 2014

City review

lovely beatifull touristic but in a nice way. not too crowded

Coast review

lovely large beaches and small ones too
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24 September, 2014

City review

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.

Coast review

Beautiful coastline
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12 August, 2014

City review

The pity is the stone beach ; children do not like them.

Coast review

It is a nice area in which we have stayed in different places .
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29 July, 2014

City review

Nice city.

Coast review

Beautiful coast.
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18 July, 2014

City review

Great city, with lots of variations

Coast review

There is for the moment no Sandy beach.
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18 July, 2014

City review

Very good and quiet.

Coast review

Coast was wonderful.
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03 July, 2014

City review

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.

Coast review

Along the coast are many lovely beaches, marinas, and coves, so something for everyone.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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22 June, 2014

City review

Just so relaxing but plenty to do typical Spanish town .

Coast review

Loved it .
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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13 June, 2014

City review

One of the best villages in Spain.

Coast review

can be stoney but still some good clean beaches
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22 May, 2014

City review

Nice city with old town

Coast review

Costa Blanca, nice area, but lots of "stone" beaches
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06 May, 2014

City review

Beautiful!!! All the little white housesare so cute!!

Coast review

Visit Valencia, also a nice place!
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22 April, 2014

City review

Great variety of bars and restaurants. Good shopping. Beautiful scenery.

Coast review

Great promenade in altea. Beautifully clear sea.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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05 April, 2014

City review

Nice old town with all the amenities. More real and friendly than the more tourist-oriented towns and cities.

Coast review

Not as tourist/commercial as the Costa del Sol, and not quite so many sights within driving distance.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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01 March, 2014

City review

Very lovely Spanish fishing village, nice proximity to Calpe, Benidorm and lots of other small towns> traffic can be busy in the summer.

Coast review

Excellent beaches
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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22 January, 2014

City review

Altea is a nice village with a nice beach area

Coast review

Ok
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08 October, 2013

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Very nice

Coast review

Quite windy
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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03 October, 2013

City review

En meget koselig og rolig by.

Coast review

Nydelig
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22 September, 2013

City review

Beautiful resort with very good restaurants and bars with great food at great prices.

Coast review

Clean and tidy.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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21 September, 2013

City review

Very small city, good for one, perhaps 2 days trip.

Coast review

No sandy beach in this exact location
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20 September, 2013

City review

Lovely, beautiful, clean and would most definitely go back.

Coast review

Didnt visit there, chose to go to Calpe which was lovely
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12 September, 2013

City review

Great authentic Spanish town

Coast review

Splendid
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05 September, 2013

City review

Beautiful place with lots of restaurants.

Coast review

Lovely area.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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05 September, 2013

City review

Nice city

Coast review

Fine
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02 September, 2013

City review

nice place if you don't have young children beach was 40 min drive cost loads in taxis to travel to entertain young persons but people friendly and they would help best they could.

Coast review

beach was clean and the sea warm and family orientated plenty to do.
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01 September, 2013

City review

The location of this bungalow was not anywhere near the city. Due to the location we did not get to see Altea.

Coast review

If i had to return, I would recommend the resort of Albir. A beautiful beach with many places to eat fine cuisine along with friendly local hospitality.
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18 August, 2013

City review

Altea old town is quite charming in the evening, very family orientated and a relaxing place to have dinner and then a nightcap in the town square. If your then on a Saturday evening then you may be lucky enough to see a Spanish wedding in all its glory.

Coast review

I don't especially like the beaches in the area, in the summer they are very crowded as is to be expected in the peak season.
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12 August, 2013

City review

Altea is a very beautiful small town with a historic part which makes it attractive not only for its beaches and sea. Everything is just few steps away.

Coast review

Good climate, a lot of places to see. Liked it more then Tarragona.
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12 August, 2013

City review

Altea is a nice small town.

Coast review

great coast line loved it!
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07 August, 2013

City review

It is kind of a town with too narrow streets and complicated traffic. But on the whole it is ok.

Coast review

Costa Blanca is a place for everyone's taste - rocks and sandy beaches, clean waters, picturesque landscape. It is perfect for vacations (and for living, I guess).
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29 July, 2013

City review

Nice little city.

Coast review

There is something to see.
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16 July, 2013

City review

Fantatic.

Coast review

Excellent.
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27 June, 2013

City review

I love Altea. Stunning views great shops and resaurants.

Coast review

Parts are very nice other parts are overcrowded.
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25 April, 2013

City review

Quaint white washed town with lively bars and restaurants

Coast review

Something for everyone
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17 April, 2013

City review

This is a very beautifull ancient white village, totaly different to benidorm

Coast review

Superb!
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05 April, 2013

City review

As I said, Altea is exceptional because it has escaped the ugly over-development of many towns on that coast, and is still an authentic Spanish place, with a picturesque church and old town, and just enough cafés and restaurants to give you a wide choice without being overwhelmed by a commercial circus atmosphere. This means the tourists are a bit more staid than those who go for the disco-club atmosphere of Calpe, but for a quiet relaxing time, appreciating the local culture, this is fine.

Coast review

Altea does not have fine beaches like Benidorm, as they are a mixture of stones and sand, but for walking along the coast it is great. The esplanade continues all the way past the harbour and along a marine drive to the next village of Albir, so you can walk for a good hour in one direction beside the sea. Benidorm in one diection and Calpe in the other have both fine beaches and night life and crowds of people if you want more action.
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02 April, 2013

City review

Enjoyed Altea . Thought the prom and old town were lovely. Busy national road was perhaps a down side as it splits the town from the prom.and there is heavy traffic. We stayed just off the road out of town near the small port of L'Olla .As soon as you move away from the road it is lovely and quiet. Don't expect wild night life here.Benidorm is around the corner and its worth a visit.Leave the car and take the train.It only takes 5 minutes. The beach is wonderful and the old town almost makes you forget the Las Vegas style highrises! L'Olla , near Altea is a quiet relaxing place. Suits us!

Coast review

There are great places to visit. One of the best is Denia. It has a lovely feel and good shops. You can also go inland to the Fonts D'Algar and Guadalest. Really good scenery -mountains and villages. Valencia is not far away either. Brilliant!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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01 April, 2013

City review

City centre is very nice!

Coast review

Nice
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25 March, 2013

City review

Beautiful

Coast review

Great coast
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31 October, 2012

City review

Clean, friendly & quiet

Coast review

no words can describe the beauty
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19 October, 2012

City review

This is a little piece of heaven. Wide ranging views from the wide walk ways by the sea extending for miles along the bay. good restaurants, charming whitewashed old town winding up to the top of the hill with small interesting boutiques and a church in the square. Lovely people, peaceful and great for families.

Coast review

Love this coast, so accessible from the UK flying to Alicante. Plenty to do, walking in the hills, swimming at Fonts D'Algar in cold clear mountain water. Benidorm with it's sandy beaches nearby with benidorm Palace and nightclubs if you want them. Good value for money and a micro climate that has little rain and a lot of sunshine.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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01 October, 2012

City review

Beautiful traditional Spanish town

Coast review

some great beaches
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17 September, 2012

City review

Both old and new town, with plenty of history. Beaches very clean and partly sandy. Parking mostly free and available. Along the beach promenades more than enough restaurants etc., for all tastes.

Coast review

Plenty of other beaches in a reasonable distance, all clean some sandy some rather pebbly! Sun shades and beach loungers available.
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08 September, 2012

City review

prefect

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relaxing
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17 June, 2012

City review

Proper Spanish town - very pretty and good facilities

Coast review

Like this area - once you get past Benidorm, lots of nice towns to visit.
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12 June, 2012

City review

Ik vond het een heel gezellige stad.Je had het oude centrum en de mooie promenade aan zee.Je had twee mogelijkheden beiden even gezellig.

Coast review

Mooie kust met mogelijkheden naar verschillende mooie cala's zoals moraira en albir.Ook het achterland was prachtig.
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09 May, 2012

City review

Altea is an Excellent city a very Spanish town with plenty to see and do, surrounded by a beautiful coastline and mountains. Good food and a variety of resturants to eat in. The local people are very friendly and very accommodating. The area is not overly busy with tourists in the summer months.

Coast review

Excellent
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28 April, 2012

City review

We stayed in Altea La Vella, a village close to the main town of Altea, it is a wonderful area and the old town is stunning, lovely cobbled streets, a beautiful church and lovely shops and restuarants many with panoramic views.

Coast review

A beautiful coast line, a lovely drive from Altea to Denia. Lots of lovely coves and places to explore.
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28 April, 2012

City review

Beautiful village with most friendly people!

Coast review

Lovely clean and scenic.
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06 April, 2012

City review

The old town of Altea is beautiful its a wonderful sight of an evening. The shops are great with many unusual things to buy. There are many places to eat a great choice.

Coast review

Plenty of great sandy beaches and warm water
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02 April, 2012

City review

Visiting the old town of Altea is like taking a step back in time, very relaxing.

Coast review

The limestone cliffs are great.
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24 March, 2012

City review

very nice town.

Coast review

nice area
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24 October, 2011

City review

Lovely city

Coast review

Costa del Sol is better
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03 August, 2011

City review

Nice balance of beach and old town.

Coast review

Near to many great places to visit. Lovely scenery.
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11 April, 2011

City review

A good location for a relaxing holiday. Has good tourist facilities without the crowds. Excellent base for exploring the Costa Blanca via car. Also, there is an excellent train service between Alicante and Denia that takes in the coastline and is worth a go (it is air-conditioned).

Coast review

Clean and clear water. Beach can be a bit stony, but there is also plenty of sand. Beach facilities and adjacent bars/restaurants are good.
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28 March, 2011

City review

great area lots to see and friendly people

Coast review

excellent
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12 January, 2011

City review

A quiet and genuine town near good restaurants and right by the sea. Not so touristic which we appreciate.

Coast review

I have friends here and this combined with a variety of things to do makes it a nice area to visit.
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27 December, 2010

City review

We know it rather well and still like its people, the buildings and area. For us the place for culture, nature and relaxation.

Coast review

Great place to be, enough to see, nice restaurants, great nature and as quiet or entertaining as you would like.
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