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All About ALTEA

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.

GETTING TO ALTEA FROM BENIDORM CATCH THE NO. 10 BUS. anywhere along the Avenida Mediterraneo COST 1.60€pp

Or the Local Tram

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.

The impressive church (Nuestra Señora del Consuelo) 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.

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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.

A must see is the famous Mirador Cronistas de Espana, this is also know as the viewpoint of the Plaza de la Iglesia and from here you get the most amazing views of Altea the bay and port. a great photo opportunity day or night.

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.

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There are many small art galleries  which reflect that Altea was a haven for artists due to the fabulous light experienced here and along with the artisans, writers and musicians they give Altea a lovely bohemian feel.

The Old Town Square at Altea

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.

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Ideas of places to twin Altea with day or night

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

head to Allbir for a walk along the long beach front promenade and a filling menu del dia at any of the lovely restaurants which line it.

Altea Marina

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  - 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.

Beaches

News - 24th May 2021 -  The massive project to refurbish and modernise the seafront of Altea has now started.  This work will continue for the next 12 months and will have a direct impact on 29 businesses along the front,  steps have been taken with the project to allow them to continue working as much as possible.

Below is an artists impression of what the new sea front will eventually look like.

Altea new promenade

The beach of Altea is over 5 km long and is divided into the stony 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.

Cap Blanch Altea

Altea and the surrounding mountains

A short distance from Altea you will find the mountain area of Sierra de Bernia which reaches up to 1130 mt high, from that area you will have views of the Altea area and the coastline.

Main Fiestas in Altea

June - Sant Antoni, San Juan

The famous Tree Festival this is generally held at the beginning of San Juan, the village men find a large poplar tree, drag it through the streets to the main square in the old town (to show their masculinity), once the tree is in the square it is then erected and tied to nearby buildings and the men take it in turns to climb the tree to see who can get the highest.  A fun festival where looks of wine is drunk.

July - Sant Pere, Sant Jaume and Santa Anna,

August - Sant Roc, Sant Llorenç, Sant Isidre, Sant Lluís The fireworks of Castell de L’Olla,

Altea Fireworks

September - Sant Tomàs, Moors and Christians - The Moors and Christians festivals are a spectacle of noise, colour and tradition, with spectacular costumes, marching processions, battle re-enactments and fireworks. It celebrates the centuries old battles between the Moorish invaders and the Christians, and is a must see for visitors and residents alike.   

23rd-27th September 2022 Schedule of events, please note these have been translated from Spanish to English.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd

13.00 OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF HOLIDAYS with ringing of bells and firing of mortars.

18.00Traditional “ENTRADA DE LA MURTA”, by the Christ Commission, with the participation of the Colla de Dulzainas, Sonats Batucada d'Altea, the Grup de Danses Bellaguarda Tradicions, Bandeta Jove d'Altea, animation "Butterflies" and much more. Route: Avda. de la Nucía, Pl. La Creu, Pont de Moncau, and Avda. Jaume I.

20.00 ENTRANCE OF MUSIC BANDS, from the Plaza de la Cruz to the Plaza Jose Mª Planelles, and then IMPOSITION OF BANNERS AND HOLIDAY PROCEDURE, by by D. Jordi Borja i Sanz, from the Filà Templaris, at the end of the Proclamation, all the bands will perform the pasodoble “IDA Y VUELTA” by the Altean composer Francisco Pérez Devesa, under the direction of the master director of the SFA Symphonic Band Mr. Rafa Garrigós García. Then "les filaes" will go in a parade to their respective party venues.

23.00, Opening of the FESTERA ZONE in the Basseta-Centre car park, which will have activities during all the festivities.

00:00 (Saturday morning), “ENTRADETES”. Concentration of the Filaes de Moros y Cristianos and the Commission of Christ, to start "les entradetes" on Avenida La Nucía, with the following itinerary: Plaza de La Cruz, Pont de Moncau, and Avda. Alt Rei En Jaume I.

00:30 (early Saturday morning), TUMBALEA REVOLUTION, the largest community of young people at the national level visits us, made up of the best animation team, a spectacular voice, the dj's of the moment, and the guest DJ NÉSTOR GARCÍA, in addition to gifts, special effects , costumes merchandising and many more surprises, in the festive area located in the Parking Basseta-Centre.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th

08:30  DIANA CRISTIANA, with the following itinerary: Av. la Nucía, Av. Valencia, Llavador, La Séquia, C/ Pont de Moncau, Av. Jaume I, C/ Garganes, Passeig Mediterrani, C/ Gabriel Miró and Pl. José Mª Planelles.

11:30 ALARDO AND SHOOTING. Concentration of Festive Charges and Filaes in the Plaça de la Creu, to go up to the Plaza de la Iglesia.

13.00 MORA EMBASSY AND SURRENDER CHRISTIAN, in the Plaza de la Iglesia.

20.00 Spectacular MORA ENTRANCE, with the following itinerary: C/ Filarmónica, C/ Pont de Moncau, Av. Jaume I, C/ Raspall, ending at Plaça dels Esports.

00:00 (early Sunday morning), Performance by the great LA PATO ORCHESTRA, in the festive area located in the Basseta-Centre car park.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th

08.30 AWAKENED, by the Christ Festival Commission.

11:30 PARADE. Concentration in the Plaza de José Mª Planelles of Authorities, Queen of parties and her Court of Honor, Festive Charges, Festivities Commission of the Stmo. Cristo del Sagrario, Federation of Moors and Christians Sant Blai, accompanied by the Colla de Dulzainas, the Music Band of the Sant Blai Federation, and the Music Band, to go in procession to the Parish Church of Our Lady of Consuelo.

12:00 SOLEMN MASS IN HONOR OF THE HOLY CHRIST OF THE SACRED, in the Temple Parroquial of Our Lady of Consuelo, officiated by Francisco Bernabé Alfonso, and sung by the Choir of the Altean Philharmonic Society. At the end, a performance by the MUIXERANGA DE LA MARINA BAIXA in the Plaza de la Iglesia. After the act, parades of all "les filaes", positions, Federation board, Festival Commission and authorities to go in a procession to the Basseta-Centre car park.

14.00 Spectacular “MASCLETADA” from the Basseta-Centre Parking, by the Vulcano Pyrotechnics.

19.30PARADE. Concentration in the Plaza de José Mª Planelles of Authorities, Queen of parties and its Court of Honor, Festive Charges, Festivities Commission of the Stmo. Cristo del Sagrario, Federation of Moors and Christians Sant Blai, accompanied by Colla de Dulzainas, the music bands of the Federació Sant Blai, and the Band of the Altean Philharmonic Society, to go in procession to the Parish Church.

20.00SOLEMN PROCESSION in honor of Stmo. Cristo del Sagrario and San Blas, by the usual itinerary.

00:30  (early Monday morning), Great CASTLE OF FIREWORKS, on Avda. Juan Alvado, in charge of the Vulcano Pyrotechnics.  never seen before and voices of great recognition in a spectacular night, in the festive area located in the Parking Basseta-Centre. At the end of DISCO-MÓVIL.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th

08.00 DIANA MORA, with the following itinerary: Costera dels Matxos, C/ Portal Vell, C/ Sol, C/ Alacant, C/ l'Empedrat, C/ La Mar, Passeig Sant Pere, Passeig Mediterrani, C/ / Garganes, Avda. Jaume I and Plaça José Mª Planelles. 11:00 a.m., PARADE. Concentration in the Plaza de José Mª Planelles of Authorities, Festivities, Queen of Festivities and her Court of Honor, board of the Federation of Moors and Christians Sant Blai, Commission of Festivities of the Christ of the Tabernacle, accompanied by Colla de Dulzainas, the Music Band of the Sant Blai Federation, and the Bandeta Jove d'Altea, to go in procession to the Parish Church of Our Lady of Consuelo.

11:30 SOLEMN MASS, in honor of San Blas, Patron Saint of the Federation of Moors and Christians and of the Villa de Altea, in the Parish Church of Our Lady of Consuelo, officiated by Miguel Cano Crespo, and sung by the Choir of the Altean Philharmonic Society. After the liturgical celebration, reading of the new Christ Commission 2023.

12:00 ALARDO AND SHOOTING. Concentration of all “les filaes” in the Plaça de la Creu, to go up to the embassy, ​​in the Plaza de la Iglesia.

13.00 CHRISTIAN EMBASSY AND SURRENDER MORA, in the Plaza de la Iglesia. After the act, parades of all "les filaes", positions, Federation board, Festival Commission and authorities to the Basseta-Centre car park.

14.00 “EXTRAORDINARY MASCLETADA” on the occasion of the declaration of the Major Festivals of Altea as FESTIVALS OF TOURIST INTEREST OF LA C.V., from the Parking Basseta-Centre, by Pirotecnia Tamarit. 8:00 p.m., Spectacular CHRISTIAN ENTRANCE, with the following itinerary: C/ Filarmónica, C/ Pont de Moncau, Av. Jaume I, C/ Raspall, ending at Plaça dels Esports.

00:00 (early Tuesday morning), MACRO DISCO-MÓVIL, in the festive area located in the Basseta-Centre car park.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th

08:30 AWAKENED, by the Fiestas del Cristo Commission.

11:30 PARADE. Concentration in the Pl. José Mª Planelles of Authorities, Queen of festivities and her Court of Honor, Festive Charges, Festival Commission of the Stmo. Christ of the Tabernacle, Federation of Moors i Cristians Sant Blai, accompanied by the Colla de Dulzainas and the Bandeta Jove d'Altea, to address entourage to the Church-Convent of San Pedro and San Francisco.

12:00 MASS FOR THE DEAD AND ACTION OF GRACIAS, in the Church-Convent of San Pedro and San Francisco, sung by the Parish Choir. After the Mass, the imposition of medals will take place to the new Festivities Commission of the Stmo. Christ of the Tabernacle for 2023. At the end of the act, PASACALLE of Authorities, Queen of festivities and her Court of Honor, Festive Charges, Festivities Commission of the Stmo. Cristo del Sagrario, Federation of Moros i Cristians Sant Blai, and new Commission of Fiestas del Cristo 2023 from Plaça del Convent, Pont de Moncau, Av. Jaume I, ending at Plaça José Mª Planelles.

16.00 CHILDREN'S AFTERNOON, with games, workshops and snacks, in the Basseta-Centre car park.

16.30 “TORNADA DE LES BANDERES”, with parade from C/ LLavador, Avda. Comunitat Valenciana, C/ Generalitat Valenciana, C/ Garganes, Avda. Jaume I and Pont de Moncau, to the headquarters of the Federation of Moors and Christians Sant Blai in the Casal Fester, each Filà depositing the flags and ending with the interpretation of the Festero Anthem, the pasodoble "IDA Y VUELTA".

19.00 GREAT CHILDREN’S MUSICAL “OGRO EL MUSICAL” tribute to SHREK, in the Basseta-Centre car park.

HISTORY

Like many of the fishing villages along this coast, Altea goes back many centuries. It has been settled by Iberians, Greeks, Romans and Muslims, and then eventually the Christians when it was captured in 1244 by James I of Aragon.

All these civilizations were especially drawn to Altea because it is where the mouth of the River Algar (which further inland feeds the popular Algar Waterfalls) meets the sea and this provided plenty of fresh water for sailors and fisherman, and the town prospered by producing dried salt fish.

But life was far from the idyllic town you see today; in the 17th century, increased pirate attacks caused a decline in the population and economy. Furthermore, its privileged position so close to the sea meant that for centuries whenever there was bad weather the waves crashed into the front line buildings and the inhabitants literally had to leave the doors open and let the waves crash through their homes. This was eventually solved quite recently in the 1970’s by the building of a dyke. But, although this protected the buildings it took away the town’s beach – and even worse, over the years the lake ‘el charco’, (the puddle) created on the inside of the dyke generated bad smells and was generally considered unhealthy, in 2016 the external dyke was removed, the lake dredged and the whole area replaced with an artificial beach. This acts as a break water so the buildings are still protected, but is far more useful for the locals and this new attraction has also done wonders for tourism.

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