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61 reviews of Altea

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One of my favorites

Altea is a town in Alicante with lots of charm, mountains, and sea, and the best part is the historic old town and its square. To reach the Plaza de Altea, the best bet is to head up the “cuesta de las narices,” a hard 25-minute hike or a rather stress-free five-minute car ride. Unsurprisingly, I recommend going up in car. You can park in the free parking lot in Palau, but the ascent is worth it.

You can access the plaza through different streets, all of which invariably lead to the square. You can see the church dome from a mile away. The charming part begins in the streets themselves: they’re pedestrian-only, cobblestoned, and have a selection of stores offering clothing, jewellery, art, and the “balconadas,” art exhibits put on by local students of the prestigious Altea Fine Arts School.

Once you’re in the plaza, you can enjoy the artisan booths, artists, and various viewpoints where you can see the entire town of Altea: the seawalk, the port, the Albir and Olla beaches, and above all enjoy a wonderful sunset which turns the entire sea spectacular colours. In other words, it’s amazing. Once you’ve seen the square, the best thing is to head down one of the streets on the other side of the church and end up eating in one of my many good restaurants you’ll find there

If you want to finish the day up right, you can also stop and have a drink in one of the bars on the square. During summer, the square is always full of life but I’d recommend going in June when it’s less full of people. It’s one of my favourite places in the entire Costa Blanca.
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Enchanting coastal town in costa blanca

I have to admit that I have a rather limited experience with Spain's ultra-touristy Costa Blanca, but from what I've seen, Altea is one of the most charming and beautiful towns in the area. Although it's located only 20 minuted from the high-rise resort complexes and tour groups of Benidorm, Altea still retains its quiet fishing village feel and its white-washed buildings, incredible views, and flower-lined cobblestone streets make it one of the most enchanting and romantic destinations in the area.

The village itself it perched upon a seaside hill and topped by a historic church and its iconic blue domes. And while that means lots of hills and endless stairs, it also means that you'll be able to enjoy amazing unspoiled views of the coast at basically every turn. The city was orginially a fishing village which became a magnet for artists and bohemians and has since become home to a higher-end clientele, both Spanish and international. This means that the town offers a lovely mix of traditional restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and cocktail bars, all the while maintaining its authentic village feel.

If you can, try to rent an apartment in the old town at the top of the hill. Yeah, you'll have to walk a bit to get to the tram station or the beach, but the views and atmosphere are worth it. The old town at night is especially enchanting as the old-fashioned street lamps flicker on and the plazas fill up with candle-lit outdoor cafes spread out among the bougainvilleas and palm trees.

To get there, head to Benidorm and then catch the Benidorm-Denia tram (line 9) and you'll arrive in less than half an hour. All in all, if you're looking to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city or just spend a romantic weekend at the coast, Altea is one of your best options in Costa Blanca.
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Fall in love with altea

The first time I visited Altea, I wanted to stay there forever. Despite being so close to Alicante, I’d never been there and when I finally did, I fell in love.

The stone streets, the white houses, the flowers flowing off the balconies, the church that shines in the distance, the atmosphere of harmony and peace…what else can I say about Altea? I could stay there forever, because I was enchanted from the moment I set foot there.
Silvia del Moral
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An incredible town

One of the few jewels of the Mediterranean that hasn´t been taken over by the massive tourist demands. It´s true, each day there´s more tourism in the area and during the summer everything is packed, but it´s a special place with a certain charm to it. The crystal-clear water and its main square are more than enough worthy of the visit themselves. It´s also a great place to eat. The town´s full of high-quality restaurants and cafes for grabbing a drink.

Looking down on the town from afar is also spectacular.
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I keep going back

This small and cozy costal town on the Mediterranean is one of my favorite places. Fortunately, the heavy tourist traffic it receives (especially during the summer) hasn´t affected its character.

There are great restaurants throughout the town´s old quarters, as well as cafes and bars for having a drink. In the main square you can find ¨La Mascarada,¨ one of the most original bars, as it´s decorated with masks from all over the world!
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