Charming and eminently inviting, Altea is one of the most authentic towns on the Costa Blanca. With more than three miles of coastline and a small town vibe, you'll feel as if you've been transported to a quieter time. An Altea holiday rental offers the perfect spot to take in all of the sites and sounds of this wonderful village on the Mediterranean.
The Greeks and Romans made this region a trade center and factories producing dried salt fish sprung up overnight. The Moors brought improvements to the agriculture and irrigation, harnessing the power of the Algar River, the city's main tributary. Unfortunately, Barbary pirates almost destroyed the town in the 17th century. Thankfully, Altea has survived and its unique charm and friendly locals with it. Stay at one of our Altea holiday rentals to see it for yourself.
Altea's Renaissance Area, high on a hill, boasts a variety of well-preserved buildings from the 18th century on. The most important site in town is the Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Consuelo Church with its iconic blue roof. The Middle Ages brought the Canterería Square Bellaguarda Tower to life and the Moli de Bellaguarda, a mill that supplied water to the town.
A bastion of art and painters, Altea is home to a variety of murals, much like Cannes in France. Stroll through Calle Salamanca or Il San Miguel and you'll find the works of Marc-Abel and Arturo García Paladini.
There are numerous spots in and near town to hike. The Blue Route hike takes you by the Guadalest and Algar rivers. Head to the Morro de Toix to see geological wonders or the Sierra de Bérnia for fresh air and scenic views of the region and beyond.
Altea's beaches are some of the region's finest, with secluded coves and crystal blue water. Cap Negret, La Roda, and Cap Blanc are all popular spots to sunbathe even if they are more pebbly than sandy.
With its easy-going vibe it will be hard to leave Altea. But the entire Costa Blanca region is at your doorstep, making day trips an easy idea. Dénia, the capital of the Marina Alta region, is nearby as is its myriad historic sites and natural wonders. Calpe and the Peñón de Ifach Nature Reserve, that iconic rock that draws the eye is only seven miles away. The exclusive former fishing village of Moraira is 21 miles away while Javea and its popular beaches are only 22 miles away.
Relax and unwind in one of our Altea holiday rentals in this quaint and tranquil town on the Costa Blanca.
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