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AlteaSpain

This charming historic town near Benidorm offers a relaxing beachfront with sparkling coves, markets and cafés serving sangria.

Whether you come for the Moorish-influenced food, exhilarating watersports or celebrated Spanish-Christian architecture, you will have plenty to choose from in Altea. This bohemian town is a great place to stay for a few nights or to visit during an explorative daytrip of the Costa Blanca.

Altea is much quieter than nearby Benidorm and offers a slice of Spanish history and many art galleries. With whitewashed houses perched on a scenic hill and cobbled streets weaving down to the blue Mediterranean Sea, Altea’s streetscape is actually one of its biggest attractions.

Stroll through the town to see heritage buildings and galleries around every corner. In the Poble Antic (Historic Quarter) soaring walls rise to the highest point of the town, the bell tower of the parish church called The Virgin of Consuelo. Explore the labyrinth of streets and catch glimpses of the beach and the distinctive blue-and-white dome of the Our Lady of Solace church.

Quench your thirst at the several cafés and restaurants that line the city’s best lookout points. Be sure to sample some sangria; Altea’s traditional recipe is a delicious combination of wine, fruit and herbs.

The Altea market in the old town is the place to go for fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Other local markets near the Altea sports center sell traditional Spanish dresses in bright colors and have musical stalls, adding to the festive atmosphere.

The palm tee-lined beach is never far away. Go for a swim or take your pick from the available watersports, from serene paddleboarding to adrenaline-charged wakeboarding. Book a snorkeling or scuba-diving tour to the coastline’s coves to enjoy one of the world’s most lively marine environments.

Altea is only a 15-minute drive northeast of Benidorm by car. The town can also be reached by bus or train. Note that the old town square and wider area around the church is for pedestrians only. Be sure to pack protective footwear and a mat or foldable chair, because Altea’s beach isn’t as sandy as the others on the Costa Blanca.

Top hotels in Altea

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
SH Villa Gadea
SH Villa Gadea
5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £91 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Situated in Altea, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Altea Harbour and Cap Negret Beach. Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa San Miguel Arcangel Altea and Altea ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (585 reviews)
Lovely hotel

"Lovely room with great views. Reception staff very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

SH Villa Gadea
Hotel Cap Negret
Hotel Cap Negret
4 out of 5
Carretera Nacional 332, Km. 159, Altea, Alicante
The price is £89 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Nestled on the beach, this Altea hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cap Negret Beach and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Albir Beach. Altea Harbour and Altea Market are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (246 reviews)

"Great facilities, and especially catering for cycling enthusiasts. Free shuttle to Altea town centre every hour, and only a few minutes walk from the tram that goes to Benidorm or Denia."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Hotel Cap Negret
Pierre & Vacances Altea Port
Pierre & Vacances Altea Port
3.5 out of 5

Located in Altea, this beachfront residence is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of playa el mascarat and Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa San Miguel Arcangel ...

3.8/5Good! (38 reviews)

"Lovely views and a good location. Parking was a bit challenging some nights. Often smelt of sewage in the apparent after taking a shower."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2019

Pierre & Vacances Altea Port

Top Holiday Rentals in Altea

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pierre & Vacances Altea Port
Pierre & Vacances Altea Port
3.5 out of 5

Located in Altea, this beachfront residence is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of playa el mascarat and Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa San Miguel Arcangel ...

3.8/5Good! (38 reviews)

"Lovely views and a good location. Parking was a bit challenging some nights. Often smelt of sewage in the apparent after taking a shower."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2019

Pierre & Vacances Altea Port
Town House Mont Verd
Town House Mont Verd
Calle Verde 2 -14, Altea

Situated in Altea, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Club de Golf Don Cayo, Altea Harbour and Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa San Miguel Arcangel Altea. Albir ...

Town House Mont Verd
Pierre & Vacances Altea Beach
Pierre & Vacances Altea Beach
3 out of 5

Offering direct access to the beach, this Altea residence is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of playa el mascarat and Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa ...

4.4/5Excellent! (81 reviews)

"Re the apartment - We loved the big balcony with superb views. We enjoyed having a shower and a jacuzzi bath. We liked the quiet location and being near to The Greenwich Marina. It was very convenient being able to order at the Reception a baguette delivered each morning Re the area - We loved the ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019

Pierre & Vacances Altea Beach

Top things to do in Altea

Mundomar Benidorm Entrance Ticket
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Mundomar Benidorm Entrance Ticket

£23
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Guadalest & Algar Waterfalls from Benidorm
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Day Trip to Guadalest & Algar Waterfalls from Benidorm

£20
Per adult
Aqualandia Benidorm One Day Ticket
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Aqualandia Benidorm One Day Ticket

£31
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Terra Natura Zoo
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Terra Natura Zoo

£25
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Alicante at Your Pace Full-Day Excursion
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Alicante at Your Pace Full-Day Excursion

£35
Per adult
Private Transfer from Altea La Vella to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport
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Private Transfer from Altea La Vella to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport

£114
Per adult

Reviews of Altea

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good 33.333333333333336%
3 - Okay
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Nov 2019

Altea is a nice old town with many shops. The promenade is full of restaurants that look out over the sea

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Oct 2019

You need a car as the property is outside Altea.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

13 Sep 2019

Not really a holiday resort more a working town but a good base for walking or cycling. Beaches not suitable for young children or sea swimming as they are not sand they are pebbles.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Aug 2019

Central Altea was too far to walk to from the hotel (2km) in the heat and no pavements to walk on. Used train and it was an excellent area with lots of good bars and restaurants and a great promenade.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Jun 2019

Great for relaxing weekend away. Would need to hire car and explore further a field if there for longer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jun 2019

Altea old town is beautiful. Plenty of very good restaurants.

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