The 10 best things to see in Altea

We have chosen the most beautiful places to see in Altea, one of the most beautiful villages on the Alicante coast, known as the Costa Blanca. Let’s get started!

Panoramic view of the Altea Church Square

What to see in Altea: Church Square

What does Altea mean? The word comes from the Greek Althaia, which means “the one who cures”. Well, here you can either heal your soul or cure yourself of stress.

Altea (formerly known as the Dome of the Mediterranean) is a beautiful Mediterranean town in the province of Alicante and one of the best villages on the Costa Blanca. It is an example of Mediterranean architecture, and a very entertaining place where we can have a great time on our vacation.

 

⚖ Town Hall Square

It is the best known square of the place, a meeting point from which it will be easy to get anywhere else. In the town hall square we can find a variety of shops and establishments, so having a coffee there is a tradition.

It will allow us to observe closely how the lifestyle of the neighbors there is.

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⛰ Sierra de Bernia

The Sierra Bernia is a natural site with a height of 1129 meters. This massif is basically made up of limestone that dates back to the Oligocene and Cretaceous periods.

Needless to say, it is one of the most impressive places to see in Altea: its incredible cliffs, idyllic views and varied natural spaces make this place a very important spot not to be missed.

One of the best things you can do in Alicante is a hiking route through any of its mountains.

Its approximate length is 9km, and it extends from the Río Algar, through the ravine of Mascarat until it reaches the Sierra del Ferrer.

 

Sierra Bernia Forat

View of Altea – Benidorm in the background from the Forat de Sierra Bernia by @diegonbaron

Altea – forat de Bernia Route

From this position we can see from left to right Sierra Helada, the Island and the skyscrapers of Benidorm.


🏠 Altea la Vella (Old Altea)

Altea la Vella es una pedanía de Altea, un lugar apartado de la ciudad principal que puede suponer un remanso de paz para todos aquellos que buscan alejarse un poco del bullicio del día a día. According to the data of the INE of 2012, it has only 583 inhabitants.

It is located at a distance of 3.5 km northwards from the town of Altea and only 3km from the Sierra Bernia.

If it is possible, it is worth visiting the city during the Cristo de la Salud festivities (facing February), or the Santa Barbara festivities (held on December 4th).

Altea town is another place to fill the list of What to see in Altea.

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🐚 Altea Bay, a treasure of Alicante

The third point of interest of this list is a small bathroom located in the middle of the Mediterranean coast. It is considered a key entry point between the municipalities of Altea and Alfaz del Pi.

Many tourists decide to rent a holiday home to have a great time, or to buy it directly to repeat as many times as they want.

The bay of Altea extends to the river Algar (covering a distance of 12.2km).

As a curiosity, near the coast of the Bay there are two islets with some tourist importance: La Olla and La Pila.

view of the sea of Altea, the bay

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🏖 Promenade and viewpoint

The seaside promenade of Altea is a very quiet place to walk near the sea and enjoy the most beautiful views of the city. From here you can feel all the flavour of the Costa Blanca (both in the environment, and through the numerable restaurants located at the foot of the coast).

You can’t really enjoy Altea if you don’t visit the promenade when the sun goes down: according to the tourists, this is the most magical time of the day.

Viewpoint of the Altea seafront promenade

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💒 Old Town

If there is one basic thing about Altea to see in a day, that is its historic centre. The historical center is made up of a succession of whitewashed houses, streets and paved streets, doors, windows and squares that will make us travel back in time to a quieter, more leisurely moment. By the way, climbing means that the houses are covered with lime to give them that white color and to absorb the heat, as in many places of the Mediterranean.

Getting lost in the old town of Altea is a very pleasant experience: it is not about walking or visiting, but simply getting lost and getting to know everything that does not appear in the guides, or that is not so easy to find.

Walking without a fixed plan, without an established direction, makes us disconnect from the hectic pace of life we lead.

view of the old town of Altea, village streets

Nuestra Señora del Consuelo Parish

The symbol of the town that crowns the old town. Although there are vestiges of temple constructions from the 15th century, it is in 1854 when the Chapel of the Holy Christ of Altea was inaugurated. In the picture it is the smallest construction with the blue dome. Then it would be used as a “mould” to take the proportions of the Church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo, which in the photo is the big parish with the blue dome.

In the old town of Altea you have the street that you see in the photograph, carrer de San Miguel. Many paved streets to make your feet delight. High heels are not the best option here. Check your footwear if you are going to visit these streets full of craft shops.

Church of Altea

SEE THE INTERIOR OF THE CHURCH IN 360º

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Craft Shops

You can find many artistic disciplines and unique objects. We recommend that you look for the Mostra d’Artesania d’Altea, which takes place once a year and where you can find the next ones:

  • local ceramics
  • leather
  • wood
  • jewellery
  • wool toys
  • flower craft
  • puppets
  • paper and cardboard
  • marine decoration
  • paintings by local painters

List of Craft Shops in the old town:

  • Abraxas: handicrafts and collector’s items.
  • for Aromes: natural soap and cosmetics shop.
  • Luzía Workshop: steel and tissue paper to create unique objects.
  • 8m2: objects designed in silver and other materials.
  • Boutique la Eugenia: different jewellery

 

Walk the streets with more charm

Write down several streets to get lost:

Taste the Gastronomy in the Restaurants of Altea

You can find numerous restaurants to taste the gastronomy of the Valencian Community or avant-garde cuisine in this area:

  • The Pirate Xef
  • Stromboli
  • Restaurant Oustau
  • L’Airet d’Altea

 


🔭 Mirador Cronistas de España

Near the Church Square we will find the viewpoint of the Chroniclers of Spain. From the viewpoint we will have an incredible panoramic view of Altea and its bay, from Calpe and Altea Hills to Benidorm. A must if we visit the old town.

 

panoramic view from the Cronistas de Altea viewpoint (Alicante)

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🎆 L’Olla Fireworks

The L’Olla fireworks of Altea is one of the most awaited events of the whole year? but we’ll have to wait until August to enjoy them.

It is a tradition that has been repeated for more than 30 years in honor of San Lorenzo and is held in the Playa de la Olla. We will find an incredible firework display that many have described as the most spectacular of any part of the Mediterranean.

view of Altea during the fireworks display at Playa de L'Olla Altea in August


🎭 Moors and Christians in Altea

In Altea many fiestas are held throughout the year, but those of Mores and Christians are without doubt the most popular. One of the most colourful parties to be seen in Altea. In them we will be able to enjoy the legendary parades of Mores and Christians, of activities as varied as motorcycles and barraques. In addition, religious celebrations such as the “Offering of Flowers in Honor of the Virgin of Consolation”, “La entrà de la Murta”, processions, etc.

The most important days in which the Moors and Christians are celebrated in Altea are from 20 to 24 September in 2019.

 


🏝 La roda beach

If you are wondering what to see in Altea in the summer, don’t hesitate to visit its incredible beaches. However, you should know that the vast majority are made of stone. This means that they are not as comfortable as the sandy beaches we are used to. As a tip, you can go with a hammock or beach chair and forget about any discomfort.

The great advantage of these beaches is that they are not as crowded as other places of the Costa Blanca. La Roda Beach is one of the most famous beaches.

view of La Roda beach in Altea

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List of beaches in Altea

  • The Breakwater
  • Cap Negret Beach
  • The one in the Roda
  • Solsida Beach
  • Mascarat Beach. With a bar to eat.
  • The Pot
  • La Barreta de Gualda, near the Campomanes marina.

Other nearby beaches and coves

These beaches and small coves of crystalline waters are attached to Altea and belong to the town of Alfaz del Pi:

  • Albir Beach
  • Cap Blanch
  • Metge Cove
Panoramic view of Albir beach with pebbles

Panoramic view of Albir Beach with pebbles

Port of Altea and Nautical Club

In this port you will find boats of all nationalities, not only from Spain. If you want to eat the best fish and rice dishes, enjoy the Altea Yacht Club Restaurant.

photo of the port of Altea with boats

 


🕍 Visit to the Russian Orthodox Church

You can also take advantage of your visit to Altea to visit the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Michael the Archangel. Constructed almost with wood.

The only problem it presents is access: there is no footpath. By this we mean that if you want to get there you will have to go by car.

Russian Orthodox Church St. Michael the Archangel in Altea

Russian Orthodox Church St. Michael the Archangel in Altea

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PS: We leave you this extra advice…


🍹 The Garden of Senses

In a place a bit apart, you will find this peculiar and different place. Have a nice time drinking something, disconnecting from the world. You deserve after a hard walk in Altea a little bit of relax.

Garden of the Senses, a must see in Altea

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How to get to Altea in 5 minutes

Well, we’re done with this marvel of the Comarca de la Marina Baixa. These are the main sites to see in Altea – Alicante. Make a list of all of them so you don’t miss anything important.

As extra duties we will tell you to go for a walk in Altea Hills and you will still see mansions and the Galley Tower.

Remember to take a look at our bungalows or our Barrel Houses for couples’ breaks, “wink, wink!”.

And if you have money left over, buy a house in Altea Hills! And if you want more tourist information after our post, we recommend you visitAltea.es .

Oh, and above all, make sure you enjoy yourself!