''Sweet sweet burn of sun and summer wind.''

K.D. Lang

Arguably the most iconic town in Marina Baixa, Altea’s whitewashed Casco Antiguo is renowned throughout Spain, and the blue dome of the old quarter’s church, Nuestra Señora del Consuelo, regularly takes pride of place in Costa Blanca promotional campaigns.

Altea is a Mediterranean dream. You have a genius layout that sees the urban town area hugging the coast with a steep ascent up to Altea Old Town where you’ll encounter a complex of centuries-old whitewashed casa de pueblos dripping in pink and red bougainvillaea. 

So important is the look of the Old Town, residents were recently supported to the tune of 500 euros to help paint their own home!

Altea Old Town and Church.

Equally, the seafront is a special place to sit and bask in the sun, viewing a vast expanse of deep blue sea while enjoying an aperitif. You will find a recently upgraded, pedestrian-friendly promenade lined with a mixture of cafés, lounge bars and a diverse range of restaurants. With multiple beaches and coves along Altea’s 6km coastline, the town offers everything you need for a top-tier vacation. However, nestled between Calpe and Benidorm, it also provides an excellent base to explore the rest of Marina Baixa.

No matter where you are staying, visiting Altea has always to be high on your itinerary. Better still, book yourself into one of its small boutique hotels or homely B&Bs and make Altea your holiday home for a week or two.

Check out our Altea Mini-Guide for more inspiration.

Pretty street Altea Old Town.