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. Ven a España !!! Visit Spain !!!
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.
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)
Virgen de la Consolación Church
It is possible to find all types of hotels in Altea. Villa Gadea is a high class hotel facing the sea and it is fitted with 202 big and comfortable rooms. It has some other attractions such as an exclusive spa. Tossal d’Altea is a hotel located in a privileged area and which offers perfectly equipped rooms and luxury facilities such as a celebration halls. La Serena is a small establishment that has ten individual luxury rooms that will not let you down. Ábaco is placed in an old bakery from the 18th century whose facilities and services are highly valued in Altea such as a small room to hold intimate events. Cap Negret is located on the seafront line and it is more convenient for families, offering services such as a pool, a terrace, a disco, a restaurant, and animation services. Finally, San Miguel is an establishment with a vast amount of professional experience, offering 24 perfectly equipped rooms and many other first quality services such as a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine.
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Altea’s gastronomy is one of its main attractions. It has inherited the salazones and canned fish such as melva, anchovies and salted tuna from the Phoenicians. Stews are also quite traditional here: both fish (fish cruet) and meat stews. Besides, you should try vegetables and fruits from the region such as Valencian citrics with PGI, loquat from Callosa d’en Sarría with certificate of origin. Rice is a must in Altea too: swelling rice, grilled, sweet, empedrat -with beans and cod- and the classical paella with anchovy. Finally, Altea is well known by its wines: from Alicante, Valencia or the Cantueso.
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There is a wide variety of restaurant options in Altea. La Capella is a restaurant fitted with two dining rooms and a terrace, featuring dishes with fresh products from the region which you will read in their attractive menu that includes meat, fish, rice and other specialties from the region. La Costera is another famous option in the village; it offers a menu influenced by French cuisine but rooted in Mediterranean recipes. Sabor elaborates international dishes with autochthonous ingredients. Oustau offers traditional food blended with modern techniques. Next to it, La Table is a restaurant specialized in French dishes employing fresh products offered in an original and attractive menu. L’Olleta is a beach bar with exclusive installations and Mediterranean cuisine. Tapas is a good option to eat in Altea, a locality fitted with first quality establishments for tapas: among them, we highlight Bocaíto, (traditional food), Tapas Gastrobar, Xef Pirata and AlteArte (tapas and mojitos). If you are looking for a big restaurant that allows to you hold big events and celebrations, we would encourage you trying La Campaneta (situated in a house from the 19th century offering tailored menus).
Finally, we present you a list of hotels where you can spend the night in Altea as well as some restaurants and bars you shouldn’t miss!
NB: Some of the links provided will lead you to websites in Spanish.
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