Altea on the Costa Blanca, Spain
Altea is a holiday and seaside resort on the Costa Blanca with about 20,000 inhabitants located between Cape Mascarat and Punta de la Bombarda. The old town of El Formet, with many sights, art galleries and bars and restaurants that still retain the traditional Mediterranean ambience, is situated on a steep slope directly behind the beach. The narrow streets with white houses are more reminiscent of southern Spain and are untypical for the region. They gave Altea the name the "white city".
The most striking building is the Nuestra Senora del Consuelo church at the highest point of Altea's old town. Its blue domed roofs are a nice contrast to the otherwise snow-white houses.
The large church square is the centre of town. Here you will find some nice cafés, street musicians and artists and have a great view of the sea, the beach and the town of Altea including the small station for the narrow-gauge railway. The whole old town is car-free with lots of flowers in the streets, which are lovingly tended, adding to Altea's charm.
Altea has two major harbours. The sports and yacht harbour Puerto Deportivo Luis Campomanes in the northeastern district of El Mascarat, and south of the city centre the Puerto de Altea , which houses the fishing harbour and the yacht club Club Náutico de Altea, among other things. There are hundreds of boats here, most of them smaller, and no expensive yachts like in the port of Alicante. Numerous trawlers and fishing boats go out to sea every day. In addition, there are several large aquacultures in the sea where fish are bred. So there is a wide range of fresh fish and seafood on the seafront.
On its 8 km coastline, Altea offers wonderful pebble beaches, coves and cliffs with crystal clear and calm waters.
The varied promenade behind the beach is, like the whole town, well-kept and varied. Small green areas alternate with restaurants and cafés next to the shore path.
In addition to a wide range of nautical activities, Altea has a golf club located in the middle of the Sierra de Bernia.
Although many thousands of tourists spend their holidays here in summer, it is much quieter in Altea than in the neighbouring and mega holiday resort of Benidorm. Altea is more popular with older tourists. The town is especially popular with German holidaymakers, and many Germans live here - most of them pensioners who spend their retirement here.