Spain has incomparable landscapes for its variety, which means that citizens can choose their idyllic destination to live and another totally opposite for vacations, also leaving others for sightseeing just a few kilometers away by car. This palette of settings means that some precious areas go unnoticed and one of those towns, although it is becoming more and more fashionable, is Altea, a town on the Costa Blanca in Alicante that admits comparisons as daring as with a Greek island like Santorini, considered an authentic paradise worldwide.
Altea is not even the most common holiday destination in the province of Alicante, surpassed until recently by Benidorm, San Juan or the capital Alicante itself, but in recent times it has gained tourist prominence not only for sporadic day visits, but also for as a vacation destination. And is not for less.
Altea has become a destination for people of all kinds, the bohemians being the most prominent when it comes to describing the virtues of an area of the town with an old town with a Muslim layout, where the cobblestones do not hide the constant ups and downs of a town on the slope that becomes, by this mere fact, something even more charming if possible. Full of stairs, touring its streets is not an easy task, but the result is more than satisfactory.
What to visit in Altea
In the old town we can visit Calle de San Miguel, full of shops and whitewashed houses, until we reach the neuralgic area of the center, Plaza de la Iglesia. At the highest point of Altea town is the Church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo, with some very outstanding domes made of ceramic material and blue and white colors that, together with the houses of this second color, amaze and are reminiscent of Santorini.
Next to the Plaza de la Iglesia is the Mirador de los Cronistas, from where we can see the coast and in it the Bay of Altea, also an outstanding place in this beautiful town. Thus we enter the sea locations and the heights, but with views of the entire town and the sea we have the Peñón de Ifach, an obligatory stop in Altea.
The beaches of Altea
Altea is a town with a fishing tradition and is another of the elements that increase its charm. The Portal Vell, next to the Portal Nou, on Calle Mayor, have been preserved since the 17th century in a walled enclosure that ensures outstanding visits to the town in the province of Alicante. We cannot leave without visiting and taking a walk along the Paseo Marítimo de Altea, an unbeatable place to relax and finally, if we talk about beaches, we highlight two urban ones, La Olla and Roda. The Cap Blanc beach is the last of the urban ones and as for the most rustic ones, there is Cap Negret, which has views of the mountains.
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