Altea is located in the south of Calpe and about 15 km north of Benidorm. The Alicante airport is just 45 minutes driving through the AP7, and Valencia airport 1h and 20 minutes away.
The town of Teulada-Moraira is located within 30 minutes by car, and Benidorm is quite close – just 20 minutes via AP7.
Altea has a population of around 23.780 in total, and in summer time it increases up to 50.000.
The old town of Altea has a real authentic Spanish style, and on the streets you will find small designer shops and where you can see popular artists.
On the narrow streets with picturesque white houses, orange trees and geraniums you will find painters, potters and many other kinds of traditional craftsmen.
One of the must see places in Altea is the The Virgin of the Consol church with its fantastic blue roof. The church is perched on a hill and can be seen for miles around.
Plaza de la Iglesia is a special place to have an aperitif and then going down you will see the Carrer Major with numerous artisan boutiques, gift shops, local crafts, jewelers, potters and art galleries.
Nowadays, the economy of Altea is based on tourism, which started to grow in the 1950s because of its good weather, beaches and the labyrinthine streets with whitewashed house-fronts that characterize the town.
The town offers a lot of activities, adventures and experiences on the beach such as sailing, snorkeling, diving or mountain routes. Also, the municipality offers cultural activities such as concerts, exhibitions, markets and much more.
For shopping, there is a market every Tuesday. It is one of the most popular places, where you will find bargains, clothes, accessories, fresh vegetables, fruits and everything you need.
Altea its specific gastronomy with traditional or author cuisine, vegetarian or international restaurants, taverns, tapas bars, rustic or designer restaurants, most of them with panoramic views. There are dry rice dishes, and rice with broth or soup. One of the most popular dishes is Paella Valenciana. There are also cocktail bars with different styles where you can enjoy the good Spanish wine.