Altea | The pearl of Costa Blanca

Posted by on June 24, 2014

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Altea in Costa Blanca is like a small  left by the waves on the Mediterranean. With its good food, beautiful architecture, perfect weather and great peace, it has as much to offer as any other place in Spain you would go – if not more. This small coastal town in the province of Alicante has become, over the last two decades, one of the most iconic attractions of the place. The combination of beautiful weather throughout the entire year, small beaches, well-preserved old town, good food and quiet people are the keys to success.

Altea

Altea

It is best to leave the car at the promenade and explore the town on foot. The beach is pebbly and that is something to consider for those seeking fine white sand. However, the views of the Sierra Frost on the south, Calpe and the stately rock northward will compensate you reflexology massa ge that will be like a blessing for the soles of your feet.

Altea

Altea

The streets that ascend to the top of the small hill of Altea are the arteries of people. The best time of day to roam around is the sunset time. With a cloudless sky that gets at first orange and then violet, the small white houses one the cobbled streets lead you to small viewpoints out of nowhere. Several restaurants and bars have terraces and the temptation to sit and have a drink while you watch the slow flow of life for Altea is something that will captivate you, making you to give in and do just that.

Altea Steps

Altea Steps

On top of the hill there is the most emblematic building of Altea: the parish Church of Our Lady of Comfort. Its two domes dominate a cobbled square from which part a labyrinthine network of narrow streets that are home to romantic restaurants to delight couples or bars with good performance for those who are still involved in the search for that special person.

The Church of Our Lady of Comfort

The Church of Our Lady of Comfort

The old Altea lived mainly on fishing and agriculture but today tourism is the main source of income and you can notice that just walking the streets. Almost 60% of the population are foreigners. German and English have chosen this part of the Costa Blanca as a retreat. However, Altea is a place for people of all ages and this will be apparent the moment you get there.

Altea

Altea

Altea photos by: Baz Richardson, Russ David, Felipe Gabaldón

For more on Spain check: A walking tour in Barcelona | Spain, A weekend in Madrid | Spain, Seville the real heart of Spain

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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