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Altea

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Altea is a mediterranean town at the Costa Blanca, Alicante. Besides its more than 8 Km of beaches, Altea is well-known for its old town, one of the nicest ones in the area, a maze of cobbled narrow streets with glimpses of the bay.


Understand[edit]

Since the 60s the main economic sector of Altea has been tourism, both from occasional visitors and permanent residents. It's located in a busy route between Benidorm and Calpe. Unlike the overcrowed beaches of the neighboring towns, Altea gravel beaches are usually calm, even in summer, as more people prefer the thin sand beaches from neighboring towns.

Apart from the center of the town, where the promenade, the port and the old town are located, there is a district called Altea la Vella ("The Old" Altea), 3.5 Km away, between the sea and the mountains. Its inhabitants are proud of their food and friendliness.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Alicante El Altet Airport is the closest one. Alsa Buses [1] runs services from the airport to several destinations in the region, includying Altea (9.45 €, 1 h 30 minutes).

By train[edit]

Altea is a stop in the Alicante Tram system [2], line 9 from (Benidorm to Denia. Its the same zone than Benidorm (ticket 1.35 €).

By bus[edit]

Altea is a stop in Llorentebus [3] lines 10 (Benidrom - Altea la Vella) and 20 (Benidorm - Guadalest). Normal ticket from Benidorm costs 1.50 €.

Alsa [4] connects Altea with other destinations in the region like Alicante or Murcia and further to Valencia and Madrid.

By car[edit]

National road N332 or highway AP-7 (exit 64). Beware that AP-7 has several toll sections.

Get around[edit]

The main sights and places of interest are close enought to walk, being less than 20 minutes along the promenade from the old town to the port.

Still Llorentebus [5] has two lines going throught Altea: Line 10 connects Altea la Vella with the center and the port (and going further to Benidorm), and the minibus of line 27 connects Altea center with Altea la Vella.


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The tourist information is located in the ground floor of the Town Hall, in Plaza José María Planelles 1. Its opened Monday to Friday from 9 to 14 hours.

  • The Old Town, known locally as El Fornet, with its narrow and paving streets and the Church of Our Lady of Olace (Valencian: La Mare de Déu del Consol; Spanish: Nuestra Señora del Consuelo), its the pride of the alteàns.
  • In Altea la Vella stands out the Calvari, a zig-zag of chapels and cypresses up the hill; and the Church of Santa Ana. In summer there are free guided tours around the district.
  • The Paseo Marítimo is a long promenade ideal for a walk along the sea.


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Altea has 8 Km of relatively quiet beaches, but the gravel may be less appealing than the sand beaches of other towns in the Costa Blanca.

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