This small, picturesque & historic, coastal town has around 24,000 inhabitants and is located directly between the more modern beach resorts of Benidorm and Calpe. Altea is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in the Costa Blanca. Its picture-postcard old town is one of the most photographed on the Alicante coast and has inspired artists and painters for decades.
The old town is a labyrinth of white-washed houses and narrow, cobbled streets, crooked stairways and covered alleyways decorated with colourful plants and flowers. Probably the most famous image of Altea is the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Consuelo, a beautiful church whose domes are decorated with typical Levantine blue tiles that can be viewed from anywhere in the city.
Its 8 km coastline is dotted with magnificent sandy beaches and crystal clear waters with hidden coves among the cliffs of the rugged Sierra de Bernia such as Playa de Ronda and Playa Cap Blanc in the town centre, Playa L'Olla or Cap Negret further north and the beautiful beaches of Albir and Mascarat just to the South. In addition Altea is home to the Marina Greenwich, the only Yacht Club in the world located directly on the Greenwich Meridian 000º 00 '00'. Altea also has a beautiful fishing harbour and a beautiful seafront promenade with a great choice of restaurants, bars, and ice cream parlours.
It is located just 60 km from Alicante and 90 km from Valencia and can be accessed by 2 international airports, Valenia (Manises) 150 km, and Alicante within 55 km.