Altea is one of the most picturesque places on the Levante coastline despite the fact that some of the more recent buildings have slightly damaged the special beauty and charm of this Mediterranean village. Alicante city is a half hour drive from Altea and Benidorm is just ten minutes away.
Altea used to be considered as a the 'hippy centre' of the area attracting a large international community of artists and musicians. Nowadays, tourism has overtaken cultural activity although a small number of artists still live in the old part of the village.
Altea is full of little white houses built on top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean. One of the prettiest views of the village can be seen from a new promenade built from Albir beach (in the village Alfaz del Pí) to Altea port.
There is a church at the top of the village which you can reach by going up the steep, narrow lanes. When you get to the top there is a small square with a several bars and restaurants, very popular with both locals and visitors, next to the church. There is a viewing point in the square with spectacular views over Altea bay and the Mediterranean.
the old part of the village there is
a small port, a pleasant promenade and
a sandy beach with a playground for
children. For those who prefer a more
peaceful atmosphere you can reach a
small beach with white pebbles and crystal
clear water a short walk away along
the Albir promenade.
Altea, like Alfaz del Pí and
Benissa, has a large number residents
from other parts of Europe (mainly Germany,
the United Kingdom and Nordic countries).
However these villages have retained
their originality while at the same
time welcoming the new residents and
their influence on cultural activities
and gastronomy as well as the changing
Monuments and interesting places in Altea
Fiestas in Altea: On the 15th August there are fireworks from Castell de L'Olla, and 'Moros and Cristianos' fiestas at the end of September. Also on the 16th July the 'marineras de la Virgen del Carmen' fiestas.
Altea: Hotel Meliá
Altea Hills Resort (*****): This
is a luxurious hotel located on the
mountainside with spectacular views
over the coastline. Next to a golf course
and near a marina. Well equipped with
55 bedrooms, 48 junior suites and 1
Melía Villa Gadea (*****): Excellent hotel with wonderful views over the Mediterranean sea, Thelasso Spa and good restaurant. See photos, reviews and and book online
For more reviews of hotels near Altea see Hotels in Benidorm
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