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Discover the Charms of Altea

Posted by Stephanie on 26/01/2024
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Between the sea and the mountains lies a small paradise on the Costa Blanca, a beautiful destination, Altea. A village where time stood still. Altea is also known as the dome of the Mediterranean. The picturesque surroundings are a thousand pleasures, its white houses, cobbled streets and breathtaking views transport you to another world for a moment.

With its unique charm, rich history and beautiful nature, Altea promises an unforgettable experience for those seeking an authentic taste of Spain. Read on to find out more about what to do in Altea.

A glimpse into Altea’s history

Altea has a rich history that goes back a long way. Wander through the old town centre, known as “Casco Antiguo”, and discover the picturesque cobbled streets and traditional whitewashed houses. The historic centre consists of a collection of picturesque squares, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture, sip a “café con leche” and enjoy the relaxed Spanish atmosphere.

If you are not familiar with the area, parking can always be a difficult task, to make it easy for you, here is a parking close to the town centre.

📍 Parking old town centre (Vila d’Altea)

Sights

One of Altea’s most iconic landmarks is the Church, “Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Consuelo”, also known as the “Blue Dome Church”. This stunning piece of architecture dominates the city’s skyline and is a must visit for its architectural design and stunning panoramic views. El Mirador de los Cronistas de España is undoubtedly the most famous and most visited viewpoint in Altea. Located next to the church square, it is the highest viewpoint, admire the picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains.

See inside the church in 360º

Throughout the centuries, painters, sculptors and other artists were present in Altea, therefore many artistic influences can be found. Today, many art studios are still present in the village, the charming locals opening their doors daily to display their beautiful artworks, and this also on Sundays.

Check out RICO&NUÑO, they are located in the alley leading to the church square. See their paintings on Instagram!

Beaches of Altea

Altea is blessed with some of the Costa Blanca’s most beautiful beaches. From sandy beaches to hidden coves, with more than 6 kilometres of coastline to discover, there is a beach for everyone’s preference. Playa Cap Negret and Playa de la Roda are popular choices and offer a perfect place to soak up the sun and take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters.

Playa de la Roda has a pleasant promenade with all kinds of shops, ice cream parlours, restaurants and cafés. You can do various water sports here. The beach has an average width of 20 metres and is composed of pebbles, sand and rocks. This beach is also accessible to people with limited mobility. It has a lifeguard station, parking spaces, toilets, showers, parasols and sun loungers are available for hire.

📌 TIP: This beach has a blue flag.

The blue flag is a sign of quality and is awarded to beaches that meet certain environmental and safety standards. A Blue Flag beach offers clean and safe facilities, good water management and environmentally conscious practices. It recognises the efforts of local authorities to maintain high levels of sustainability and safety.

L’Olla is a 1 Km long beach with pebbles and rocks. Opposite the beach you will find two rocks: L’Illeta and L’Illot. The beach has a first-aid post, toilets, a restaurant, car park, showers and sports facilities.

Nature

For nature lovers, a visit to the Sierra de Bernia is a must. The mountain range that separates the Marina Alta and Marina Baixa regions and where we find castle ruins and a golf course. This natural park offers hiking trails with breathtaking views of the coastline and the opportunity to explore the region’s diverse flora and fauna. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a memorable adventure through this picturesque landscape.

There are several hiking trails for both novice and experienced hikers. If you choose to climb the Sierra de Bernia, you will be rewarded with a view of the Mediterranean Sea that many travellers will envy.

Gastronomy

No visit to Altea would be complete without enjoying the local cuisine. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of local wine or a refreshing sangria. We recommend the following:

Restaurant L’Olleta

📍 Partida la Olla 25, Villa Gadea Urbanizacion, 03590 Altea

Enjoy the beautiful view of the sea, amazing location and very tastefully decorated. Especially in the evening there is a magical atmosphere with lights hanging between the palm trees and the moon shining on the sea. Mediterranean restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

Xef Pirata

📍 Carrer de l’Angel 22, 03590 Altea (‘’old town centre’’)

Delicious tapas in a casual setting. A cosy and small, typical Spanish restaurant. Try the local cuisine in Altea’s old town centre.


Café Vlaanderen

📍 Calle Sant Pere 9, 03590 Altea

Belgian owner, former football player Nick Descamps has recently opened the doors of this beautiful, cosy establishment on the coast in Altea. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, it is a great place for a night out.

Café Vlaanderen is open from Thursday to Sunday, from 9:30 am.


La Cena by Nola

📍 P.º del Mediterraneo 20, 03590 Altea

Summer vibe, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The decor is very nice, with attention to detail! Mediterranean restaurant with a top location on the promenade of Altea! La Cena by Nola can be found in several locations, such as Albir, Moraira, Calpe, Benidorm and El Campello.

QVO helados artesanos

📍 Carrer Major, 19, 03590 Altea (‘’old town centre’’)

Do you like ice cream as much as we do? What could be better than cooling off with artisanal homemade ice cream or sorbet in the heart of the old town. Do you have your kids along? They are already looking forward to this! 🍦

Open daily from March to October, from 1pm.

Market Altea

The market (“Mercadillo”) is on Tuesdays. Altea’s Tuesday market is one of the largest markets on the Costa Blanca and is a popular attraction. The offer includes fresh local produce such as fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, a large selection of olives, olive oil, cheeses, meat and fish, and delicious local sweets, cakes and pastries.

The market is open from 08:00 to 14:00.

📍 Market Altea

Buying property in Altea

Buying a holiday home in the area can be a good investment. Known for its beautiful coastline and picturesque views of the Mediterranean, Altea offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere, making it an ideal location for a second home. The region enjoys a mild climate all year round, making it a pleasant place to be in any season. Moreover, Altea is well connected to major cities and airports, making travel easy for residents and visitors alike.

According to this, the property market in Costa Blanca has something for everyone, from cosy apartments to luxury villas. Whether you are looking for a holiday home or a potential rental property, buying a second home in the Altea area offers the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the region while potentially benefiting from a strong property market.

Final thoughts

In short, Altea is a hidden gem on the Mediterranean that offers a unique blend of culture, nature, and rich history. Explore the authentic streets of the old town, soak up the sun on the idyllic beaches or taste the local cuisine.

Whether you want to invest in the Costa Blanca’s promising property market, buy a second home or simply explore its cultural offerings, Altea is a destination not to be overlooked. With its favourable climate, easy accessibility and welcoming atmosphere, Altea truly captures the essence of the Spanish lifestyle.

Popular destinations that are also worth visiting; Calpe, Villajoyosa and Benidorm.

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