Top Things To Do And See In Altea

Find the small, charming town of Altea located just a few miles away from the lively holiday destination of Benidorm. Characterised by its whitewashed house fronts, narrow cobbled streets and stunning beaches it attracts many artists and photographers and is a must visit on your holiday to the Costa Blanca. Although Altea is small, there is plenty to see, discover the pick of the best things to do here.

Explore Altea's Old Town

Altea Old Town

You cannot visit Altea without taking a stroll through the picturesque maze of cobbled streets in the Casco Antiguo - Old Town. Admire some of the architecture dating back to the Moorish occupation of Spain, with whitewashed houses and of course the unmissable blue and white domed church in Plaza Iglesia overlooking the sea. It's worth exploring the inside of the church to see the impressive stained glass windows and baroque style decoration.

The best way to explore the old quarter is by foot, be sure to stop at the 'miradors' on the way up for spectacular views of the Mediterranean coastline. With a wonderful mix of bustling cafes, artisan shops, local crafts, jewellers, potters and art galleries, rent an apartment in Altea and get lost in the labyrinth of the Casco Antiguo.  

Wander Through Altea's Markets

Altea Fruit and Veg Market

Every Tuesday, Altea becomes a vibrant hub for some of the largest street markets on the Costa Blanca. Popular with locals, tourists and those living in surrounding towns, they flock to get their pick of the freshest quality fruit, veg, flowers, plants and traditional products from the region. Located on Calle Filarmónica, this street market is from 8.00 am to 14.00 pm.

At the entrance to the town on Camino del Algar, you will find Altea's second Tuesday street market. A myriad of brightly coloured stalls selling clothes, costume jewellery, leather items, handcrafted products and much more. This market also takes place between 8.00 am and 14.00 pm, but don't worry there is plenty of time for you to explore both. 

As one of the most popular things to do in Altea, the magical atmosphere of these markets attracts many visitors so make sure you get there early to find somewhere to park as well as to pick up the best bargains. 

Relax On Altea's Beaches

Altea Beach

From lively stretches of sand to tranquil coves, you will find a beach to suit your taste in Altea. The waters on the Costa Blanca are famously calm, crystal clear and a glittering turquoise. Altea's urban beaches are a stone's throw away from the town and easily accessible via the long boulevard, lined with shops, bars and restaurants. These beaches have all the facilities and are perfect for a family day out at the beach. 

Some of the coves or 'Calas' can be a little harder to get to, but once you do it is well worth it. Ideal for the ultimate day of relaxation and perfect if you prefer to be away from the crowds in a setting of natural beauty. 

Family Activities In Altea

Altea Paddle Boarding

Get out onto the open water with your family and visit La Bocana watersports and adventure centre in Altea. They offer water sports for all interests and for children as young as six years old, from diving to kayaking, and for something a little different, strengthen your core by combining paddle boarding with pilates. Located in the centre of the Bay in Altea, between the island of La Olla and the Morro de Toix / Mascarat. 

Some of the beaches in Altea are brimming with activities and facilities for children such as Playa Cap de Blanc and Playa del Albir, with volleyball nets, football goals and climbing apparatus. If your family fancies a break from the beach, head to Terra Natura, the local zoo. With over 200 different species of animal, children can get up close and make contact with some of these animals.

Waterparks are always a firm family holiday favourite, not situated in Altea itself but just outside of the town is Aqualandia. With a wide selection of rides and entertainment, it is one of the best waterparks on the Costa Blanca. Spend an adrenaline filled day here, parents can sunbathe whilst children have endless fun whizzing around the park. 

Visit A Russian Orthodox Church

In a seemingly random location, the Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa San Miguel Arcangel sits in the Altea hills. Slightly hidden behind trees and just off of the main road, many drive past missing this spectacular piece of architecture. It was the first of its kind to be built in Spain, construction only began in 2002; the structure, iconography and gold work reflects a 17th-century Russian Orthodox church. 

The church can be visited every morning and in the early evening at weekends, if you happen to drive past and it is closed, you can still grab a glimpse from the gates and admire the gold domes glowing in the sun. 

Hike Up The Sierra Helada

The Sierra Helada is a five-mile-long mountain and natural park with unparalleled views overlooking the Mediterranean. Reaching 439 metres above sea level and not to be undertaken lightly, depending on the route you choose, some parts can be rocky and strenuous. Unearth secret coves along the way and admire the flora and fauna unique to this coastline. 

If you are staying in Altea, there is also a small train station. Take an excursion to the neighbouring towns such as Denia, Benidorm or Alicante and discover more of what the Costa Blanca has to offer.