Altea is without doubt one of the most charming towns to be found on Spain’s Costa Blanca, located in the region of Alicante. The town is just 11 kilometres north of Benidorm, yet the two resorts couldn’t be more diverse. Altea is similar to other Costa Blanca towns in that it incorporates both new and an old neighbourhoods. The old section is perched on top of a hill from where you will find really spectacular views.
All in all Altea is a pretty town, popular with both holidaymakers and those fortunate enough to be able to live in the arean and is growing because of its large community of multinational expatriates.
The name Altea derives from the Moors who conquered the region and named it Althaya, meaning health to all.
Altea has excellent amenities, however, this town may not be the place to visit for all-night discos and bright city lights on your holiday. This town is a holiday haven for the more relaxed tourist who will be enamored by its medieval cobbled streets and the delights of its palm-fringed seafront promenade.
Eight kilometres from Altea, heading inland, is Polop, a small town surrounded by orchards and pine groves, which is highly recommended for those who seek peace, quiet and cool summer nights.
From the Via Crucis which presides over the town, you can obtain superb views of the surrounding valleys, which owe their present appearance to the work of the Morisco farmers from many years ago.
Benidorm makes a great day out with its eclectic collection of bars, playgrounds and beaches and ferry rides to the Balearics can be made from nearby Denia.
As with most of this region, traditional rice dishes are what you will find most on the Spanish menu, however for international cuisine, Benidorm is just a short drive away.