Located on Spain’s stunning white coast, or Costa Blanca, Altea is one of the most charming towns in Alicante. Although Altea is a neighbour of Benidorm, the two resorts are worlds apart. The mature portion rests on top of a hill where you can gaze across out of the coastline and admire the spectacular views. Not forgetting the impressive blue and white church with its tiled dome roof, so stunning it is one of the most photographed landmarks of the whole area. Visiting the old town is definitely a must-see when in Altea. The cobbled streets are packed with classy restaurants and an interesting formation of shops offering elegant local crafts, paintings and gifts.
As exciting as the old town of Altea sounds, you can't forget about the newer part of Altea, with its pebbled beaches along the promenade and the marina. Nothing says holiday quite like taking a gentle stroll to the beach and fine dining at one of Altea’s much loved restaurants, accompanied by the serene backdrop of the painted horizon. What more could you want from your 2017 holiday?
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 30m
When to go
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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, holidays in Altea will surprise you with something you may have missed. Experiencing the many excursion are a highlight, whether you’re looking for action and adventure, or a glimpse at spectacular scenery. Make your way through the mountains of Costa Blanca with guided tours and the historical village of Guadalest while admiring the picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a small town known as Polpop, a great place for those looking to enjoy the quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
Fancy being a bit more adventurous? Enjoy a rocky ride along Costa Blanca, where you’ll find pro cycling teams climbing the mountainous ascents. The steep terrains provide the best cycling routes for the adrenaline fuelled with daunting descending and swift bends down the valleys of Guadalest and Jalon. A stroll across the 8-kilometre coastline in reach of scenic beaches, coves, and cliffs makes for a more restful venture. You’ll also find hiking trails and old castles just waiting to be explored. If you’re looking for a peaceful beach, Cap Negret provides soft white sands and warm aquamarine waters for a more relaxing experience.
Wine and Dine
Expect nothing short of the traditional Spanish dishes on your trip to Altea. For the ultimate in fine dining, savour the delectable dishes at La Costera, providing a variety of French, Mediterranean and European foods. The Mediterranean cuisine uses fresh ingredients for an authentic taste of Altea life.
Costa Blanca is no different, with its Spanish classics of tempting tapas and appetising paella featuring in every menu across the region. You’ll also enjoy pea soups, Croquetas and Empanadas just to name a few. While known for its savoury cuisine, you’ll also find the sweet side of Altea with desserts like Churros served with a delicious chocolate sauce and melt-in-your-mouth Spanish fritters, dusted with powdered sugar. For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll find patisseries on every street corner. Stop off at Pasteleria De Sabors, one of Altea’s most popular cafes. You’ll find pastries of all flavours, cakes, ice creams and snacks and beverages, the perfect complement to your holidays in Altea.
Struggling to find a family-friendly holiday? Altea is the perfect location to take the whole family for a much-needed break. Altea’s coast stretches for 6km and is home to a formation of beautiful golden beaches. Explore the Torrevieja beach located along Spain’s Costa Blanca coastline. Not only is it one of the most eye-catching beaches for breathtaking views, there are many fun adventures for the whole family to enjoy.
Beautiful parks offer a great spot for gentle strolls and museums to explore. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit Albir Garden Resort, one of the best sport complexes in Europe. You’ll enjoy hours of entertainment at Aqua Park, with plenty of slides and pools for all ages. The resort also provides gardens, playgrounds and soft play areas for children, while adults can enjoy the luxury of the spa for a much-needed break. With plenty of entertainment opportunities from boat excursions, bike rides and souvenir shopping along the cobbled coast, you won’t have to worry about children losing interest. You’ll find restaurants serving your traditional Spanish dishes alongside favourite British flavours to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters.
Action and Adventure
You can never run out of things to do when holidaying in Altea. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or fancy something more laid-back, Altea has plenty to offer. Cycle through the mountains north of Costa Blanca for an adventurous escape or for a more relaxed ride,travel to the Alicante region of Spain. You’ll find a variety of water sports such as surfing and water skiing for those who enjoy the wet and wild attractions, as well as boat excursions over tranquil waters for a more relaxed adventure.
Altea hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, with spectacular firework displays, complimented with music that runs throughout the whole town for the annual fiestas. Altea is the ultimate location for one of the biggest firework displays in Europe held at Castell de l’Olla. You can admire the colour and explosion of bright lights on the beach front or for a different perspective, enjoy from afar while adrift on boats to hire.
Life's a Beach
If you’re looking for a destination with the perfect beach, Altea is the place. Whether you’re drawn to water sports, family fun or just a day of calm relaxation, you’ll have plenty of choice. Why not visit the small coastal town of Jávea, one of the most eye-catching beaches that lives along Spain’s Costa Blanca? Jávea’s coastline stretches for 20 km providing breathtaking views over the landscape. Not only a top spot for family memories but also for romantic nights with your other half, surrounded by its natural beauty. Enjoy the soft sands, clear blue skies and calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. If you’re feeling adventurous, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing and kayaking are among many of the activities on offer.
If you continue down the Costa Blanca coastline, you’ll come across Torrevieja, a golden stretch of sand lined with plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars all serving a variety of snacks, beverages and authentic Spanish dishes.
When it comes to nightlife in Altea, there's something for everyone. Whether you enjoy hopping from bar to bar for cocktails and conversation or dancing the night away at the liveliest hotspots in town. The promenade offers a great variety of lounge bars, restaurants and taverns for a relaxing evening. You’ll also find a number of bars hidden within the narrow streets of the town, providing musical acts and live entertainment. The most established bars can be found near the church in Plaza Mayor where you can grab refreshing cocktails as you listen to jazz, soul and cuban music to really get into the Spanish spirit. Enjoy the twilight hours at the Cocoon disco, a small temple mainly dedicated to hip-hop and house music. If you're thirsty for more, take a walk to La Mascarada, a two-storey pub with traditional decoration and music playing on each floor.
Looking for a romantic getaway? Holidays in Altea won’t fail to fuel the passion. With its perfect location, choice of hotels, apartments and villas, there’ll be a perfect location to suit your fancy. Hotel Tossal d’Altea is the perfect location for a romantic rendez-vous, equipped with a swimming pool, outdoor bar and a sun terrace with shaded areas for long lazy days lounging in the heat of the sun. Hotel Tossal d’Altea is designed to give you that authentic Spanish feel to really set the mood. It has all the facilities you need to experience the most comfortable and relaxing stay, with gorgeous views of the countryside and a restaurant that serves a buffet platter all day.
Why not walk hand in hand down the winding streets of Placa del Castell, where you will find nearby bars overlooking the sea? Enjoy cocktails and conversation as the ocean waves serenade the evening.
Even though Altea is situated close to Benidorm, perfect for party-goers, Altea is a world apart regarding it’s culture.
There are two main areas to visit in Altea, those that are situated along the beach and the Old Town. Altea’s culturally infused Old Town is a maze of narrow cobbled streets filled with interesting and traditional Spanish buildings, perfect for those in search of culture. A staple of beauty, there are many viewpoints, perfect for those holiday pictures to remember. Why not visit the iconic Church, The Virgen del Consuelo, dominating the squares on Costa Blanca coast? You can easily lose track of time here while enjoying the cinematic views over the Mediterranean blue.
Wanting to explore more? Visit the beautiful blue and white tiled church dome in Altea’s old town, known as the iconic monument of the Costa Blanca. Altea is the ideal spot for those in search of culture, so don’t miss out.