Altea

The cultural capital of the Community of Valencia

The domes of the churches make one of the most beautiful panoramas in the Costa Blanca. Aim of many Berber pirates in the 16th century, the blue and white colors in the hill inspired many artists in the last decades, multiplying the number of art galleries and cultural centers in this town.

Plan your stay in Altea

Situated in a small hill, Altea is considered one of the most beautiful localities in the Costa Blanca. The gorgeous blue and white dome of the Virgen de la Consolación Church stands out in this small village, which is the perfect area to enjoy the essence of Altea (for instance, the village’s flea market is located here). Things to do in Altea will not take you more than one day, so you might want to visit the Ifach Crag or Calpe. Alternatively, some other surrounding areas that you could visit are Denia, Guadalest or Alcoy.

Since it is situated in a small hill, Altea must be visited on foot from the bottom because it is almost impossible to park in the village. You can go up through Portal Vell (name provided to the entrance’s arch of the walled enclosure), Salamanca or Mayor Streets, finding the typical whitewashed blue houses together with their roofs made of Arab tiles and their black grills.

In the village’s peak, we find the Church Plaza, which is the liveliest spot in the village: the flea market, music events, and religious and secular celebrations make it a fun place to visit. There is also a balcony from which you can have the most amazing views of Altea. The Virgen de la Consolidación Church (1910), known as “Aribba (Up) Church”, which is the main monument of the village. We highlight the church’ symbolic domes of glazed blue and white grills whose famous drawings were elaborated by craftsmen. The building has three naves and the decoration inside is made with gypsum.

Next to the church, there is a castle from the middle ages built in order to enlarge the small village. Out of the fortified enclosure, we highlight the Portal Nou and the Bellaguarda Tower, rebuilt in the 16th century as a lookout to see corsairs -it has been declered an Asset of Cultural Interest.

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Typical street of Altea

The Schlotter Foundation is installed in a mansion from the 13th century, in the Tonico Ferrer Plaza. Oil paintings, watercolor paintings, and engravings among other art pieces are exhibited there. This foundation also organizes art exhibitions, concerts, conferences, theater series, and an art fair. In the new Cultural House, the Navarro Ramón Municipal Museum is located, which is named after the painter born in Altea in 1903. Another museum in the locality is the Fester Ancestral Home, devoted to the Moors and Christians Fair.

As far as the coast is concerned, you must visit Altea’s Fishing Port, in which a fishing auction is carried out every day. In the surroundings of the urban area, you will find the Palau Altea, a cultural center focused on conferences and a wide music and theater offer. The building also houses the Ethnic Music Museum, a collection of two thousand instruments collected by the musicologist Carlos Blanco Fadol (although it is currently closed). Another magnificent infrastructure is the School of Fine Arts of the Miguel Hernández University.

You will find Altea La Vella (the Old Altea) just a few kilometers away: we highlight in this old small village the Garroferet Fountain and the Santa Ana Church (1885)

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Practical data

Coordinates

38º 06’ 00’’ N, 0º 2’ 56’’ W

Distances

Alicante 55 km, Madrid 468 km

Altitude

61 m

Inhabitants

24 333 (2013)

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