Altea is located in Alicante in the Marina Baja area, which has a strong artistic and cultural element as it is home to the Miguel Hernández University Fine Arts faculty.
Altea will, without doubt, surprise you and it is more than likely that you will want to repeat the experience next summer. Thanks to Plusholidays, you will enjoy a quality experience, during which stress will stay in the office and not travel with you to the beach.
However, this town has a medium population density which is why it is not like other touristic destinations we offer (like Benissa), as it tends to be a bit more overcrowded. Mind you, there are many more entertainment options. It is worth weighing up the cons, although this is really the only one because, as for the rest, the area is lovely and the beaches to die for.
The local economy is driven by tourism, which is why this is such a warm and welcoming town, unlike other areas where they are less used to the arrival of tourists. All of this makes this an ideal place to spend your holidays. Agriculture and fishing are also important economic drivers so the area has a deep connection to nature as it partly lives off it.
Its beaches are, without doubt, Altea’s main attraction. For example, L’Espigo, which was renovated by popular demand in 1999, is a good beach. The refurbishment was required after the construction of a reservoir made it disappear.
La Olla is a charming beach with a special magic. Furthermore, 500 metres from the beach there is a small island. However, we do not advise trying to swim there unless you are an expert swimmer.
La Cap Negret is a different beach, pebbled and the water is especially clean and very calm, making it ideal for small children. Here, they can get used to the sea but with smaller waves. Finally, just to point out that the most crowded and popular beach is La Roda owing to its location in the town centre itself.
It should be noted that, homage is paid to one patron or another depending on the district. This allows for greater diversity when it comes to choosing what type of festivity you would like to attend. In June, for example, the festival of the Most Holy Trinity is famous in the Bellaguarda district. In July, the most celebrated festival is that of St. Peter.
Also of note are are the festival of St. Thomas and the patronal festival to honour the Holy Christ. As you can tell, all these festivals have a strong religious theme, but this does not mean there is not also a strong cultural element from a range of artistic fields. Altea has been home to many artists such as, for example, Benjamín Palencia, Ramón de Soto, Antonio Lago and Luís Frutos.
WWith respect to other places of interest, of particular note are the Monastery Church of the Barefoot Carmelitas, and the Galera and Bellaguarda Towers. The old town, better known as el Fornet, is one of the prettiest parts of the town and has numerous Miradores (vantage points) to enjoy the views. Finally, it is worth mentioning the seafront promenade, which you must visit and stroll along no matter what. The town also has a nautical club, the Altea Nautical Club.