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.
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.
Alicante El Altet Airport is the closest one. Alsa Buses  runs services from the airport to several destinations in the region, includying Altea (9.45 €, 1 h 30 minutes).
National road N332 or highway AP-7 (exit 64). Beware that AP-7 has several toll sections.
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  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.
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.
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.