Property for sale in Altea, Alicante, Valencia, Spain
The Altea area guide
Things to do
Positioned on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean, Altea is a picturesque, tranquil town and municipality on Spain’s Costa Blanca. It’s located to the north of Alicante, just on the other side of the Sierra Helada from Benidorm.
This sleepy town is known for its whitewashed architecture, pebbly beaches, and resort facilities. Although the modern section of town is comparable to any other Costa Blanca resort with tourist offices, recreation and bars, the old town up on the hill is a well-preserved warren of traditional buildings and cobblestone streets.
Altea boasts a number of quaint restaurants near the old town square and Plaza de la Iglesia, as well as an enviably mild microclimate due to its sheltered location. The town’s seaside promenade is lined with palm trees, ideal for a pleasant stroll to soak in the views of the sea.
Altea’s quaint old quarter is well worth a wander to soak in the atmosphere from its quirky, crooked streets. From here you’ll be able to see the bay, as well as the blue tiles and colourful ceramics of the ‘Church of Our Lady of Solace’. Mainly pedestrian, these charming old town streets are quite narrow and dotted with orange trees, art galleries and interior design shops, lending the town a bohemian feel. Stroll through the old town and stop at a terraced café to enjoy views of the sea below.
The town’s harbour and marina are also worth visiting, with colourful fishing boats and tempting restaurants lining the promenade. Altea’s beach stretches for over 5km in length, but it’s quite pebbly which makes it better for strolling than sunbathing. Sandy beaches are found just down the coast in Benidorm, easily accessible by tram.
Places to eat
Altea offers a wide range of cuisine, influenced both by traditional Spanish techniques as well as the influx of international residents. As a result, you’ll find Chinese, Indian and Greek options alongside your tapas bars.
Some of the nicest eateries are located in the old quarter while others are beachside. Most cafes and restaurants in Altea offer al fresco dining to some degree, whether it’s a seaside table or a garden terrace.
Don’t miss out on the freshly baked macarons and other pastries at the Pasteleria De Sabors, or visit El Meu for traditional dishes like seafood paella and a charming, family-run atmosphere. International options include the vegetarian-friendly Greek fare at Sirtaki, as well as the fragrant curries at Himalaya Tandoori Restaurant.
The commercial area of Altea is in the town centre, located near the Main Square and Town Hall. However, you’ll find another shopping district in Altea’s old town, with a number of interior design shops. You’ll be able to pick up vibrant works from local sculptors and painters that are no doubt inspired by the landscape here.
The road between Altea and nearby village Albir presents further shopping opportunities, including toy shops, car dealerships, electrical goods, and home design or furniture shops. This is a good area for practical household purchases, with plenty of enticing bars and restaurants where you can sit and rest after your shopping spree.
Altea’s weekly market is one of the largest in the Costa Blanca, held every Tuesday. There are great bargains on jewellery and clothing here, and you’ll be able to find Spanish-made leather goods, pottery, and hand-embroidered linens tucked in the stalls.
Getting there & around
Alicante Airport is the closest international airport to Altea, with regular buses running services into town. The journey is approximately 1.5 hours, with bus fares costing just under 10 euros. Motorists can take the N332 national road or AP-7 toll road from Alicante to Altea.
Llorente Bus operates the number 10 bus every 15 minutes to and from Benidorm, while Alsa operates bus routes to Alicante, Murcia, Valencia, and other stops throughout Spain. Altea is also a stop on the Alicante Tram system, situated on line 9 from Benidorm to Denia. Once in town, you can walk to most sights as it takes just under 20 minutes from the port to the old town.
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