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Altea is a town and municipality located in the province of Alicante, Spain, north of Benidorm on the section of Mediterranean coast called the Costa Blanca. At present, 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.

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    Altea, Spain is located in the province of Alicante. The regions stretch of beach is part of the legendary Costa Blanca on the Mediterranean Sea. The most striking thing about this village located just 15 kilometers, or almost 10 miles north of the massively popular tourist party haven of Benidorm, is the peaceful vibe that permeates throughout the region. Most of the buildings have maintained the quaint old world style of the past, in stark contrast to the sky scraping hotels so popular along the Costa Blanca.


    Both summer and winter seasons in Altea are very pleasant, thanks to the warm Mediterranean air that is kept in the area by the Serra Bernia mountains that also keep out the northern winds. The view, as well as the real estate market in this area is very good. The close proximity to the Alicante Airport makes it very convenient for tourists from all over Europe, especially Great Britain and Germany and there are many new apartments and hotels available in this area, but so far the tranquil relaxed air has been maintained.

    Altea provides many unique attractions in the area. The church Nuestra Senora Del Consuelo is rather famous for its hand painted blue mosaic tiles that adorn its dome and was built in 1910. It is considered a lovely example of Mediterranean style and has a very ornate interior. The neighborhood that surrounds the church is very beautifully landscaped. Many of the both year round and part time citizens of this area are Spanish and foreign artists, writers and other celebrities.

    Altea streetThe shopping area is very quaint and quite adorable. The hours of operation for local shops are typically between 10 in the morning and 9 at night, with a break from 2 til 4 or 5 in the afternoon. The best way to navigate the streets of Altea is on foot. There are not many places where a large tour bus would ever be able to pass, and the mountain walking tours are quite beautiful. There are companies that specialize in private and guided tours that can be part of an all-inclusive holiday package that you can specially request in Altea, Spain.

    There is a fabulous bohemian style market in the square in Altea. The local merchants and craftspeople sell their items here from Easter until September during the year. Golf is another very popular and practical sport to enjoy in Altea, due to the year round beautiful weather. The Altea Golf Club is a popular destination for many golf enthusiasts.

    For nightlife or faster paced living, take a quick trip to Benidorm. The bars and parties are all just a few miles away, and you can be back in peaceful Altea after a great night out for a very inexpensive taxi ride.

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    Altea Festivals (Fiestas)


    The Spanish are famous for their festivals (fiestas), and the town of Altea has them in abundance. There are many fiestas throughout the year, some larger than others. Most are a colourful and vibrant affair, lasting well into the evening and night; some last as long as a week.

    Altea Festivals (Fiestas)

    The Spanish are famous for their festivals (fiestas), and the town of Altea has them in abundance. There are many fiestas throughout the year, some larger than others. Most are a colourful and vibrant affair, lasting well into the evening and night; some last as long as a week.


    Many of the festivals in Altea correspond to a particular period in the town's history. Here we list some of the more popular (and typically the larger) fiestas to look out for:-

    June 24th is host to the Feast of San Pedro and La Virgen de Carmen. This is a semi religious fiesta with Christian undertones but essentially celebrates the summer solstice. This involves yet more fireworks, eating, drinking and dancing.

    In the last week of September the "Moros y Christianos" (Muslims and Christians) fiesta commemorates the expulsion of the Moors from Altea in the 13th century. Many locals celebrate the festivity by way of donning often elaborate costumes and parading through the town streets.

    The New Year or Nochevieja is typically celebrated on the 31st of December in the town's main square, which overlooks Altea bay.

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