Altea, the Jewel of the Costa Blanca
The beautiful town ofAlteais situated nine kilometres north of Benidorm and it is built on a hill overlooking theMediterranean sea. Its ancient white houses line the tiny winding streets that lead up to the magnificent church which dominates the town’s skyline. A picture postcard vision ofSpain, Altea is so far removed from the modern skyscraper skyline of Benidorm.
Along the streets leading up to the church you will find many boutiques and artisan shops specialising in arts and crafts, jewellery and designer clothing. Surrounding the imposing blue domed church is the magnificent Plaza which comes to life each evening and is home to many bars and upscale restaurants and is truly the centre of Altea nightlife. Around the Plaza there are also many spots to take in the breathtaking scenery of the town below, the Mediterranean and the mountains.
Altea’s beautiful sea front promenade which extends all the way down to the port is landscaped with palm trees providing much needed shade during the Summer months. Here you will find many of Altea’s cafés and restaurants all of them offering “alfresco” dining.
Altea also has a thriving market which takes place on Tuesday mornings all year round and is one of the largest in the area.