An unspoilt gem on the Costa Blanca
Chic Altea has a lovely range of places to eat out - either with fine sea views, frontline restaurants, or in the cobbled streets of Altea's old town. For a small town, there is a huge choice - from international and vegetarian cuisine to tapas bars, cocktail bars, and artisanal ice-cream shops. It’s the perfect place for sampling Costa Blanca seafood and its wonderful variety of rice dishes, including paella of course.
Golf in Altea
Altea is home to the oldest golf course on the Costa Blanca and, most certainly, one of the most picturesque. It is situated on the lower slopes of the Sierra Bernia mountain, so you can enjoy far-reaching mountain and sea views as you play or dine in the restaurant.
Altea Natural Treasures
Altea has a beautiful coastline with pretty little coves sitting alongside longer stretches of pebbled beaches. You can enjoy fabulous views across the bay and over the Sierra Helada natural park.
Altea's old town is an icon of the Costa Blanca with its twinkling blue-domed rooftops and white buildings dominating the skyline. It’s a fair climb up the pretty, narrow cobbled streets to the stunning Plaza de la Iglesia square, home to wonderful shops and restaurants as well as the magnificent neo-Baroque-style Parròquia de Nostra Senyora del Consol church.
Altea's Water Sports And Adventures
Altea is the perfect place for practicing water sports such as sailing, diving, kayaking, surfing, and jet-skiing. On dry land, you can practice many sports from football to gymnastics at the magnificent Palau d'Esports sports pavilion. Altea is a paradise for cyclists who can enjoy the challenge of steep, curvy climbs into the mountains or a more gentle ride along the coast. You can also go trekking or hiking in the Sierra de Bernia and Sierra Helada mountains or the Peñon de Ifach rock at Calpe.
Altea hosts one of the finest and biggest firework displays in Europe. The Castell de l'Olla celebration is held each August with a magnificent display of light, gunpowder, and music watched by around 50,000 spectators in their boats and on the beaches.
Like other Costa Blanca towns, Altea hosts many fiestas throughout the year as well as outdoor concerts and art exhibitions. It is proudly known as the cultural and artistic capital of the Costa Blanca, so it's no wonder Miguel Hernández University chose Altea for its Faculty of Fine Arts.