All About ALTEA
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Altea is without doubt one of the most charming towns on the Costa Blanca North. It’s old town is packed full of character and the impressive church with its blue and white tiled dome roof has to be one of the most photographed landmarks of the area.
The N332 splits the town in half. On one side are the sandy and pebbly beaches which are backed by the long promenade and the marina. On the other side of the road is the old and new town. The tram station and busy Tuesday morning market are both to be found in the new town.
The impressive church overlooks whitewashed buildings and a bustling square, filled with quality restaurants and cafes that encourage you to linger over lunch. Inside the church is flooded with light through the glorious stained glass windows and the murals and sculptures on display are equally beautiful.
Back outside look at the bell towers and you’ll notice that one of the three, destroyed in the Spanish civil war, has been left as a symbolic reminder of the destruction that conflict causes.
The cobbled streets, filled with wrought iron balconies overflowing with flowers, urge you to explore. Wander by the stylish shops selling handmade pottery, jewellery and other artifacts and you can see the old walled town has a unique charm.
The many small art galleries reflect that Altea was a haven for artists because of the fabulous light experienced here and along with the artisans, writers and musicians they gave the place a bohemian feel.
The Old Town Square at Altea
Finally don’t miss the opportunity of a photograph of the views. From the church square you can enjoy the vista of the sweeping bay, the mountains and a distant Benidorm with its high rise buildings.
Places of interest and ideas of things to do in Altea
- Old Town: steep cobbled streets packed with character, restaurants and shops.
- Market: large Tuesday morning.
- Church: Nuestra Senora del Consuelo with famous blue and white tiled dome.
- Beaches: sandy and shingle beaches.
- Promenade: long beach front with great selection of bars and restaurants.
- Marina: at southern end of town.
- Tram Station: for tram south to Benidorm and Alicante or north to Denia.
Ideas of places to twin Altea with day or night
- Enjoy a morning wandering around the old town of Altea, exploring its cobbled streets and popping into the craft and gift shops. There are lots of characterful restaurants for lunch, then take a walk down to the beach and a stroll along the promenade.
- Spend the morning in the hustle and bustle of the large street market, which is held every Tuesday near the new town. Then jump on the tram and visit Denia for a bit of lunch before enjoying the return journey back through the beautiful scenery of the Costa Blanca North.
- Visit the tourist magnet that is the nearby Fonts del Algar waterfalls, afterwards head to Altea for a walk along the long beach front promenade and a filling menu del dia at any of the lovely restaurants which line it.
Parking: is in the car park and is free
From here: walk down to the port, turn left and walk away from the boats for the sandy beach and promenade.
Altea Market Large Tuesday Morning
Altea Tram Station
From here: there is only one platform which is used by the trams going north and south. Buy your tickets on the tram.
It is very pretty and scenic and a great place to eat or drink.
The beach of Altea is over 5 km long and is divided into the stoney Cap Negret beach to the north of Altea, followed by the La Roda beach next to the old town and the largest beach the Cap Blanc to the south which blends into the coast of Albir.
Altea and the hills surrounding
Some kilometers away from Altea you will find the mountain area of Sierra de Bernia which reaches up to 1130 mt high hills. From that area you will have a nice view on the Altea area and the coastline. All around Altea there is a huge construction boom happening over the past years. Not so much along the coastline but more in the hills surrounding Altea.
Main Fiestas in Altea
The fireworks of Castell de L’Olla, in August, and the festivities of Moors and Christians, in late September.
Moors and Christians schedule of events for 2018 15th – 25th September
Saturday 15th September
20:30 Coronation of the Fiesta Queens at the Palau d’Esports Vila d’Altea.
Sunday 16th September
11:00 Flower Offering Parade from the Plaza Jose Mª Planelles to the Iglesia del Consuelo.
Friday 21st September
13:00 Official announcement of the fiesta with ringing of the church bells and the firing of rockets.
18:00 Spectacular Entra de la Murta Parade Route: Aparcamiento Facultad, C/ Benidorm, Avda. de la Nucía, Pl. La Creu, Pont de Moncau, Avda. Jaume I, and Pl. dels Sports.
20:00 Parade of the Music Bands from the Plaça de la Creu to the Pont de Moncau then onto the Plaça Jose Mª Planelles.
21:00 Presentation of the flags, followed by the pasodoble Ida y Vuelta.
22:00 Inauguration of the barracas for partying in the Cami de l’Algar car park.
00:00 Entrance Parade of the Moors and Christians starting from the Avenida La Nucía along Plaça de La Creu, Pont de Moncau, Avda. Jaume I, finishing at C/ Garganes.
Saturday 22nd September
08:30 Diana by the Christians, early morning parade of the Moors along Av. la Nucía, Av. València, Llavador, La Séquia, C/ Pont de Moncau, Av. Jaume I, C/ Garganes, Passeig Mediterrani, C/ Gabriel Miró finishing in Pl. José Mª Planelles.
13:00 Embassy of the Moors in the Plaça de l´Esglèsia.
20:00 Spectacular Entrance Parade of the Moors along C/ Filarmónica, C/ Pont de Moncau, Av. Jaume I, C/ A Llargues, finishing at the Plaça dels Esports.
Sunday 23rd September
14:00 Spectacular Mascleta (day time rockets and firecrackers) from the Parking del Paseo Mediterráneo.
20:00 Solemn Procession in honour of Stmo. Cristo del Sagrario and San Blas along the usual route.
00:30 Grand Firework display.
Monday 24th September
08:30 Diana by the Moors, early morning parade of the Christians along Costera dels Matxos, C/ Portal Vell, C/ Sol, C/ Alacant, C/ l’Empedrat, C/ La Mar, Passeig Sant Pere, Passeig Mediterrani, C/ Gabriel Miró finishing at Plaça José Mª Planelles.
13:15 Christian Embassy in the Plaça de l´Esglèsia.
20:00 Spectacular Entrance Parade of the Moors along: C/ Filarmónica, C/ Pont de Moncau, Av. Jaume I, C/ A Llargues, finishing at Plaça dels Esports.
Tuesday 25th September
16:30 Parade of the Collection of the Flags along Calle Llavador, Avenida Comunitat Valenciana, Calle Generalitat Valenciana, Calle Garganes, Avenida Jauma I, Pont de Moncau to the Sede de la Associació de Moros i Cristians Sant Blai in Casal Fester, where the fiesta hymn and the pasodoble Ida y Vuelta are played.