Spain’s sun-drenched Costa Blanca is perhaps best known for its boozy, loud resorts and thriving British expat communities. But there’s a quiet side to Costa Blanca, a place where you can kick back and relax without tunes bursting out of every bar lining the beach. Altea is that place, and while it is definitely a much more peaceful resort, it’s still close enough to the thriving nightlife should the need to bust a move arise.
This postcard town is a unique blend of old and new. The Old Town’s winding cobbled streets are bursting with medieval charm and there are many Arab architectural feats around from the ancient Moor conquest. Many viewpoints can be found in the hilly centre, with panoramic views of the azure Mediterranean. It’s worth walking the length of the Marina to find artisan boutiques, vibrant cafés and delicious restaurants. The walk connects the Old Town with the beach resort on the other side of the main road. The coast stretches for six kilometres, meaning there’s plenty of room for golden stretches of beach, rugged clifftops and hidden coves.
Families from all walks of life will enjoy staying in this peaceful resort. The beaches offer a great selection of water sports as well as safe, sheltered shores for the little ones to enjoy. But couples will also fall in love with Altea’s romantic atmosphere. Evening strolls before dinner in the Old Town – also known as El Fornet – are the perfect way to work up your hunger for a tasty Spanish feast. And if you fancy dancing the night away afterwards, Benidorm is just a stone’s throw away.
Goodtime guys and gals will want to stay in neighbouring Benidorm. The resort is famous for its colourful nightlife and huge beaches, but that’s not all there is to the Costa Brava hotspot. Its history dates back to the fourteenth century, and its beaches all hold the coveted Blue Flag award – meaning they are guaranteed to be pristine. There’s also more to the nightlife than British pubs and tribute bands, with plenty of sophisticated cocktail bars and elegant clubs to party in style.
Denia is a culture vulture’s paradise. History lovers will fall in love with this jewel of the Costa Brava Crown. A picturesque village nestled on the northern edge of Alicante, it’s surrounded by lush landscapes and the sparkling Mediterranean. Sightseeing includes stopping by the Castle, a fortress built in the eleventh century, and wandering down the Old Town’s cobbled streets, where elements of Moorish architecture blend with Christian influences. The beaches are also something to behold, with plenty of entertainment to ensure everyone has fun.
Self-confessed urbanites and passionate foodies will want to stay in Alicante. The city may not be as famous as modernist Barcelona or fast-paced Madrid, but it has just as much to offer when it comes to culture, history and fun. Plus, a number of golden beaches lie at its feet so you can both soak up the local culture and work on your tan! It’s the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, a vibrant city break and even a dynamic family holiday.
Relax on the beach
Altea’s coast stretches for six kilometres and is home to an array of beautiful beaches. La Roda beach is the most central, but the wealth of amenities nearby La Olla beach make it the most popular. Its name, which means pot, comes from the fact that when it’s cold a portion of the water starts to boil. Cap Negret is perfect for those looking to experience the natural landscape of the area, with volcanic sand offering a great bed to work on your tan. Cap Blanch is a must visit; the widest of all the beaches, it boasts white, fine sand and the bluest waters in the Mediterranean. There are also three nudist beaches.
Get your culture hat on
Bring your walking shoes and wonder around Altea’s bustling Old Town, a sprawling maze of whitewashed buildings lining narrow, cobbled streets. The many viewpoints offer great spots to catch some shades and take some snaps of the breath-taking vistas, while the iconic Church of the Virgin of Consuelo is a must visit. Altea is as recognised for its Moorish blue dome as it is for its peaceful array of beaches.
Nestled between the sparkling Mediterranean and the mountains, Altea Golf Club is just the place to kick back and relax by potting some hole, nine to be exact. The lush course is lined by palm and pine trees, a green oasis surrounded by striking nature.
Shop at the local market
Held every Tuesday morning, Altea’s local market is the perfect spot to sample some local produce and pick up a handcrafted artisan souvenir. It’s also a great place to people-watch and learn a little about everyday life in this picturesque village.
Costa Blanca cuisine
Mediterranean cuisine is all about using fresh ingredients in simple ways – enjoyed with a glass of wine or two. Costa Blanca is no different. Spanish classics like tapas and paella feature in every menu, but we recommend you try some of the local dishes for a delicious adventure. Our favourites include arroz al horno (baked rice), fideua (a fish soup with pasta) and some rosetones for dessert.
Altea’s restaurant scene has something to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. From hidden gems in the cobbled streets of the Old Town to lively eateries lining the beach, there are tasty delights for everyone.
Altea is a picturesque heaven offering a quiet spot to enjoy Spain’s rowdy Costa Blanca. Just a stone’s throw from Benidorm and close to Alicante, Altea is the perfect spot to kick back and relax.
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