This is a pretty town, popular with both holidaymakers and those fortunate enough to be able to live in the area. The town is just north of Benidorm yet, the two resorts are very different. Altea has a new and an old neighbourhood. The old town is probably most famous for its church and traditional white walled houses with medieval cobbled streets and where you will find spectacular views, fine restaurants and the famous blue roofed Church rich in history just waiting to be explored. Altea old town is also fantastic to while away a few hours in its art and craft shops where you will be sure to pick up a bargain. The name Altea derives from the Moors who conquered the area Althaya, meaning health to all. The beach area is very pretty with a long promenade lined with bars and restaurants and an amazing view. The beach here is pebble and sand and always popular. Walk through the shopping district with independent boutiques and shoe shops as well as jewelry and gifts. This town is a haven for those looking for history, visit the harbor each morning and watch the fishing boats returning with all the fresh fish of the day and sold to the sea front restaurants.
Market day in Altea is on a Tuesday where you will find fresh local fruit and vegetables as well as clothes, leather goods and souveniers. Take one of the many buses and visit the other nearby towns and attractions or take the train from Altea station where a beautiful coastal route will take you to the towns of Benidorm, Villajoyosa, Altea, Calpe and Denia. This town is a haven for those looking for history and if you enjoy painting or drawing this is one place to add to your itinerary and capture the delights on canvas.