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Altea

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Landmarks · Beaches · Churches
Altea is a town and municipality located in the province of Alicante, Spain, north of Alicante 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. Altea is protected on the north by the bluffs of the Serra de Bèrnia, creating an especially mild microclimate. Its seafront esplanade is planted with palms.HistoryThe Iberian coastal settlements at the mouth of the Algar river in the wide Bay of Altea were later joined by a Greek marketplace, named Althaia.During the Moorish domination the land around Altea belonged to the Taifa of Dénia until it was recaptured by the Christians in 1244 under James I of Aragon. The town was quickly fortified, and walls were erected to enclose what is now known as the "old town" from outsiders.Main sightsThis maze of cobbled narrow and crooked streets with glimpses of the bay is one of the better features of the town. Other sights include the church of La Mare de Déu del Consol ("Our Lady of Solace"), easily identifiable by its picturesque blue and white domes, tiled with glazed ceramics. There are numerous quaint restaurants near the church, some with a view over the Mediterranean. Note that, if visiting by car, you will need to park several blocks away from the church area as the immediately surrounding area is either off limits to cars and/or the streets are so narrow and steep (or have stairs) that cars cannot pass.
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Landmark
Casco antiguo de altea
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Altea Beach
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Church
Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Consuelo
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Church
Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa San Miguel Arcangel
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Side trips from Altea

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Castle
El Castell de Guadalest Guadalest
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Beach
Playa Gandia Playa de Gandia
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Playa del Albir El Albir
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Waterfall
Fuentes del Algar Callosa d'En Sarria
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Mirador Cronistas de Espana
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Marina
Marina Greenwich
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Waterskiing / Jetskiiing
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Museums in Altea

Specialty Museum
Centenario El Trenet de la Marina
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Duration: 4 hours
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Art Gallery
Gallery Varga
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Museo Del Mar Altea
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Wildlife in Altea

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Rutes de Mar
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Altea

Castle
Castillo de Bernia
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