Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain

Map of the town of Altea in Spain

Try starting your visit from the highest point of the town, and that will be from the square in front of the church called "Nuestra Señora del Consuelo“, an extravagent monument with cupolas covered in glazed white and blue tiles. You also get a good panoramic view of the surrounding countryside from here of the mountains and Bay of Altea.

Altea, a lovely fishing village not destroyed by skyscrapers, because local law forbids building more than a certain height. Because there are only a few hotels Altea has kept clear of the mass tourism on the Costa Blanca. During the summer month every night on the small plaza in the old centre there is a handicraft market. All around the plaza are bars and restaurants.

You can then walk down from the church plaza through narrow cobbled lanes of the old quarter, past craft shops and galleries and top class restaurants. Stepped narrow streets and alleys with a stone clad surface in the Vellaguarda district lead you down to the business centre of the town. As you descend, you will be rewarded with views of the Peñon de Ifach towards Calpe on one side and the Helade range on the other.

Eventually you get onto the Pont de Moncau which leads to the Plaza del Convento on the N332. At the foot of the hill you will find the sea promenade and the Avenida del Rey Jaime I, the commercial street. Playa de Cap Blanc, the main beach, is located to the south. Every Tuesday there is a market on the sea boulevard.

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