Tourism came to Altea in the 1950s, yet in contrast with many stretches of the overdeveloped Costa Blanca, especially nearby Benidorm, the town has retained its Spanish identity and character. There are two primary districts, which include the largely commercial beachfront and the picturesque casco antiguo, or the original old town, with its labyrinthine cobblestone alleys and whitewashed houses.
phone: +34 965 844 114address: Carrer Sant Pere, 14Offers free town maps, hiking maps, and brochures, and can book walking tours and other excursions.
phone: +34 900 720 472address: Carrer de la MarTram Alicante (el Trenet) operates a light rail train connecting all major settlements along the coast between Dénia and Alicante, with the exception of Xábia. The travel time from Alicante, which is easily reached from the rest of Spain by high-speed Renfe trains, is just under two hours, with a changeover in Benidorm. For travelers with smartphones, there is a helpful official app (iPhone and Android) with a route planner and timetables. A single journey costs €1.35-7.15, depending on distance. Guide dogs and small pets in carriers are permitted.
phone: +34 966 423 066address: Mundo Marino Altea, s/nFrom May through September they operate a catamaran/ferry route from Calpe; in May, June, and September departures are twice daily on Wednesdays, while in July and August departures are twice daily on Wednesdays and Sundays. A round-trip ticket costs €15, and the journey lasts 50 minutes.
Llorente Bus routes 027 and 028 both travel to the northern beaches of Platja del Cap Negret and Platja de l'Olla.
Església de la Mare de Déu del ConsolAt the highest point of town, near the site of the former castle. Its two blue- and white-tiled domes are considered to be the town's emblem.
Torre de BellaguardaA reconstructed 16th-century watchtower. It is accessible from the street via a short staircase.
Fundacón Eberhard Schlotterphone: +34 965 842 857address: Carrer Costera dels Matxos, 2Established in memory of German painter Eberhard Schlotter who lived and worked in Altea until his death in 2014 and housed in a 17th-century residence, the foundation has a permanent collection of the artist's works and hosts rotating temporary exhibits. It also is a venue for workshops and concerts, and has a small giftshop.
phone: +34 914 015 195address: Pont de Moncau, 14The small museum has a permanent exhibit of works by local painter Juan Navarro Ramón (1903-1989), with two other rooms used for temporary exhibits.
address: Carrer Noray, 1The first Russian Orthodox church built in Spain is a striking replica of a wooden 17th-century Russian church. It was completed in 2002 from entirely Russian construction materials, mostly from the Urals region, and using only Russian labor.
Festivals and cultural events
El Castillo de la Olla
Moros i CristiansThe annual Moors and Christians festival has become very popular in recent years.
phone: +34 966 881 924address: Carrer d'Alcoi, 18A venue for a range of performing arts, including theatre, dance, and music. Well-known musicians who have performed here include José Carreras, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Julio Iglesias.
BeachesThe beaches closest to town, and , are generally stony. , also stony, is a bit further north, but is worth visiting for its good selection of chiringuitos (see description below in 'Eat') and can be visited with Llorente bus 027. Dogs are permitted on (near the Hotel SH Villa Gadea). The nearest sandy beach is , just south of Altea and easily reachable by Llorente buses 010 or 031, or by tram.
Street marketRather large market. No food, only clothing, hardware etc...
Mercadillo de frutas y verdurasaddress: Av. de la NucíaA weekly street market with local fruits, vegetables, nuts, olives, and other food products, with many organic products.
Mercat Municipaladdress: Av. L’Alt Rei En Jaume I, 4 (main entrance)The town's main market is a good place to pick up fresh fish, produce, and meat, and has an onsite delicatessen and bakery.
Panadería el Petenerophone: +34 965 840 601address: Carrer la Sèquia, 13Operating for more than 100 years, this baker is especially well-known for its coca a la llumà. It's best to arrive early before they run out, or to reserve the day before. They can also make on request a non-traditional vegetarian version without the blood sausage and bacon.
La Taberna Rojaphone: +34 965 044 548address: Carrer del Portal Vell, 25This popular tapas place is especially known for minxto, a specialty of the Alicante region typically served with aioli. All seating is outdoors on a pleasant terrace.
Chiringuito El Crancphone: +34 965 843 439address: Platja de l'Olla, s/nA popular chiringuito directly on the beach which serves a range of traditional Valencian dishes and drinks – the paella is especially recommended. Reservations by telephone only.
phone: +34 865 673 259address: Carrer Major, 2Serves authentic Indian cuisine with friendly service, and has a very pleasant rooftop seating area with great views of the old town and the harbour. Tip: if you prefer the food spicy, rather than less spicy as Spaniards generally prefer, request so when placing your order. Reservations are required for rooftop seating.
phone: +34 865 675 368address: Carrer Concepció, 12Known especially for hamburgers and veggieburgers, all meals here are made with organic, locally-sourced ingredients, and there are many vegetarian and vegan options. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially in summer.
phone: +34 965 840 633address: Costera Pont del Montcau, 13Operated by a French chef, serves very creative dishes.
Restaurante Ca Mezquidaphone: +34 965 841 383address: Carrer de Cuesta de las Narices, 40The well-regarded restaurant serves Moroccan cuisine with a selection of Moroccan wines, and has a few vegetarian options.
phone: +34 966 880 484address: Carrer Sant Pau, 1Serves classic regional dishes including such specialties as coca a la llumá and espencat, a Valencian-style salad. Reservations can be made by telephone or online.
phone: +34 965 842 078 (reservations can be made after 17:30)address: Carrer Major, 5Probably the most well-known restaurant in Altea, serves French-inspired Mediterranean cuisine in a very pleasant courtyard.
phone: +34 965 840 800address: Carrer Sant Pere, 28A beachfront modern hotel with an onsite restaurant, bicycles available for rent, free parking (reservation required), and free Wi-Fi. All rooms have sea views. Pets permitted for €10+/night.
phone: +34 689 627 562address: Carrer Alba, 10A small boutique hotel with an onsite bar, spa and sauna, outdoor pool, bicycle rental, and free Wi-Fi. Parking €15/day (reservation required), pets permitted on request.
phone: +34 966 883 183address: Partida Plà del Castell, 96Located in a 300-year-old converted Altean farmhouse and olive mill, the hotel also has a highly regarded restaurant, Almàssera de Guillem, which can accommodate special diets on request. Other facilities include an outdoor pool, fitness centre, and sauna. Free Wi-Fi and free parking.
phone: +34 902 453 015address: Partida de Villa Gadea, s/nLocated on the beach, with four onsite restaurants, an outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa, and free Wi-Fi. Parking €11/day (reservation required). All rooms have a terrace.
phone: +34 965 842 356address: Partida Cap Blanch 11Can accommodate tents, campervans, and caravans. Facilities include toilets and showers, an onsite bar-restaurant and shop, and self-service laundry. Pets permitted with prior notice.
phone: +34 965 845 946address: Ctra Playa Cap Blanch, 25Has spots for tents, campervans, and caravans, and also has bungalows and wood cabins for rent. Also has toilets/showers, laundry facilities, fitness centre and tennis courts.