Altea has reclusive, quiet fishing village atmosphere, despite increasing tourism and Benidorm not far away. The resident tourism in Altea increases daily, exclusive residential areas on the hillsides and pleasant winter temperatures together with a wide gastronomic choices, are attractive to Northern Europeans.
Altea old town is situated on a hilltop near the sea and has over time become something like a bohemian place where many artists settle down. Altea is a typical Spanish whitewashed town. Take a stroll up to the old church, the Virgen de Cosuelo, and wander among the narrow cobbled alleyways. The views are stunning. The nearby hamlet of Albir, a few kilometers away and Benidorm’s skyscrapers on the horizon.
Altea has many cultural activities and many festivals throughout the year. The coastal bays surrounded by smooth rocks and lukewarm water are hard to resist. High in the mountains, 10 km up, there are the beautiful waterfalls of the Fuentes del Algar with natural rivers and pools. Here it is quiet and cool even on a hot day.
Altea has several nice pebble beaches with excellent snorkeling opportunities around the beautiful bays and natural beaches of Mascarat north of the city. La Hoya is an exotic beach with authentic buildings and several beach bars. The city has a beautiful pebble beach with a promenade lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. The promenade leads to the neighboring resort of Albir.
An area with incredibly smooth and reliable climate, 320 days of sunshine a year but the summers are mild compared to the rest of Spain. Therefore it is unusual that the temperatures here reach the extreme heat experienced in the rest of the country in July and August.
Calpe has quickly developed into a tourist resort, like the other small fishing villages on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The small town is well connected with its associated tourist locations such as Valencia, Benidorm, Denia and Alicante. For those who want a holiday with excursion possibilities then Calpe is a dream. One of the most popular excursions are the so-called ‘lemon train’ or lemon Express. In Spanish it is called Limon Express. It is a full day excursion through the countryside and citrus groves. The train stops at many small interesting places.
Calpe’s reputation refers to the many traditional festivals that are celebrated throughout the year and the varied gastronomic possibilities on offer. Seafood is the most famous but the meat dishes and sweets are equally typical.
Calpe is a village with a very romantic feel, perhaps because of the huge rock that stretches out over the sea, known as the Penon de Ifach. This towering rock seems to explode out of the mountains near Calpe, with such gigantic proportions that it almost does not seem real.
There are two churches of Calpe, close to each other and in the center of the city, and there is also an archaeological museum that gives a good perspective of Spanish history in the area. All in all this makes Calpe unique, not just a tourist destination like any other.