DISCOVER ALTEA: WEATHER, THINGS TO DO, PHOTOS, PROPERTY AND MORE
Thanks to the General Plan in 1982, the Mediterranean-coastal town of Altea is one of the most beautiful villages of Spain. These regulations were a measure to protect the architecture of the old town and obliged every house to be painted in white and banned buildings with more than 4 floors.
IT'S STUNNING - A REAL PICTURE POSTCARD TOWN BY THE SEA
This decision, enforced year after year is what has made Altea one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. However, not only its beauty and its Mediterranean atmosphere, but also its weather and friendly people make everyone, who visits it, fall in love with Altea.
Is Altea Worth Visiting? Is Altea a good place to spend a few days of your holidays? Well, Altea is less than 45 minutes from Alicante airport and we definitely think so. Stay with us and keep reading to understand why we love this place so much!
FIRST OF ALL WHERE IS ALTEA?
Altea is a coastal village located in the province of Alicante, Spain. It is 58 km north of the city of Alicante and 132km south of Valencia.
It only takes 10 minutes’ drive from Altea to Benidorm, and regrettably vice versa, 45 minutes from Alicante airport to Altea and 90 minutes’ from Valencia airport.
There are direct bus transfers and regular bus services from both airports and a touristic train that goes all along the coast from Alicante to Denia. You can book direct with Beniconnect, a very reliable service is provided. However, the best way to get to Altea and discover the area is definitely by car.
ALTEA, A MEDITERRANEAN COASTAL TOWN – WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?
So what’s the weather like in Altea? Should I bring a jacket if I travel in November? Can I go for a run in shorts during February?
The particular location of Altea, with the Serra de Bèrnia in the north, creates also a unique microclimate with approx. 300 days of sun a year, low rainfall and an average temperature of 18ºC.
This makes Altea, Spain a perfect destination at any time of the year. Likewise most coastal villages of the Costa Blanca, Altea has typical Mediterranean weather, with mild winters and warm sunny summers tempered by the sea breeze.
The coldest months are January and February with an average maximum temperature of 14ºC and a minimum of 11ºC. During March and April maximum temperatures are 18-21ºC and minimum 12-14ºC.
However, for most of our visitors, the best period to visit Altea is from May to October. The temperatures during these months vary from a maximum 22ºC in May to 29ºC in August and a minimum from 17ºC in May to 25ºC in August.
Therefore, the answer is yes, you should bring a jacket in November or you will have to buy one here, as temperatures go from 15ºC to 11ºC; and you can go for a run in shorts in February on a sunny day.
THINGS TO DO IN ALTEA
Altea is not only a sun-and-beach destination it is much more so keep reading if you wish to know more about Altea.
Restaurants and Bars in Altea.
Gastronomy in Altea is good, really good. We invite you to try and discover for yourself the wide offer of bars and restaurants.
However, if you do not know where to go, we can also make you some suggestions since in our opinion, these restaurants cannot be missed when visiting Altea; the essentials are responsive taste buds and a healthy appetite!
In the old town: La Capella (Traditional Spanish Food), La taberna del Xef (Gastrobar, tapas), El Castell (Italian food) or El Racó (Spanish food and tapas). There are many bars and restaurants with panoramic roof terraces.
We invite you to discover them, go up, have a drink or dinner and enjoy the amazing views of the bay of Altea.
At the seafront: Hotel San Miguel (Traditional Spanish food and paella), Pizzeria Claudio (Italian food. Best pizza in town!).
L’Olla: Ca Joan (the “Meat Temple”, one of the best restaurants in Altea if you like meat and gourmet food), Restaurante los Jazmines (Traditional Spanish food and paella). Restaurante l’Olleta (Traditional food and beach bar).
In this area, during the high season, there are several “chiringuitos” (Restaurants at the beach), which are always an amazing experience with the best locations and views.
There are many in the area: Chiringuito Arrecife (Traditional Spanish food, paella and tapas), Chiringuito El Cranc (Traditional Spanish and seafood) or Chiringuito Porto Senso (A tapas bar in an idyllic place at the marina Porto Senso!)
Altea la Vella: Restaurante Ca Toni (Traditional Spanish food), Bar d’Herme (Tapas and BBQ in summer)
Its 8km of coast offers the locals of Altea and its visitors several quiet beaches with clear water and a wide offer of water sports services. First thing you need to know is that Altea beaches are pebble beaches.
Therefore, we strongly recommend that you bring a pair of sandals with you. It has two main advantages: it is cleaner than sand beaches and they are not overcrowded during the high season.
The seabed of the bay of Altea is also a paradise for lovers of snorkelling and diving. In fact, it is part of the Serra Gelada Natural Park.
There are several beaches in Altea for you to choose. In the centre, we find l’Espigó and La Roda; in the south, Platja de Cap Blanch, between the Marine of Altea and the Platja de l’Albir (L’Alfàs del Pi).
Cap Negret and L’Olla in the north, between Algar river and the Marine Luis Campomanes and platja del Mascarat at the marina Luis Campomanes.
You will also find some small beaches, which are called “Calas”, such as Cala Punta del Mascarat, Cala del Soio (Of volcanic origin. It is located next to El Portet, in l’Olla) or La Solsida (A nudist beach).
Don’t miss “tardeo” in Altea (Nightlife enjoyed in the afternoon during weekends.) every Sunday afternoon during the high season in Cala Mascarat and other pubs in the area of l’Olla and marina Greenwich.
Altea Old Town
Altea is considered the most beautiful village of the Costa Blanca and its old town has a lot to do with this, with its narrow pebbled streets that lead up to the church square.
Go for a walk along its narrow streets and discover its beautiful corners and hidden squares with stunning views of the bay of Altea.
The old town is even nicer in the evening, this is the perfect time to have a walk, go shopping and have a drink or dinner in any of its many bars and restaurants.
You will find lots of small shops to buy clothes, jewellery and art and crafts of all price ranges.
Don’t miss the Mostra d’Artesania, an art and crafts market that takes place at the church square every summer since 1983.
Nightlife in Altea is quieter than Benidorm’s nightlife but it has something that makes it different, especially in summer time.You can go out for a drink to any of the many bars along the promenade at the seafront or to the old town.
Another good option in summer is also the area of l’Olla where you will find several “chiringuitos” on the beach and some nice bars to have a drink with live music. In the old town, there are some emblematic places:
AlteArte (Cosy place with an art gallery and the best mojitos!), bar la Plaza, with live music every Friday. Last but not least, we strongly recommend Bar la Mascarada with a nice atmosphere, the best cocktails in town and a panoramic terrace.
Please, note that all bars in Altea close at 03.00am. However, if it is too early for you to go to bed you can go clubbing to Benidorm.
It is only 10 km away from Altea and it takes around 15 minutes’ from Altea to Benidorm by taxi. There is also a regular bus service to Benidorm (Line 010) that takes less than 19 minutes.
Altea Golf Club – Don Cayo
Altea Golf Course is located on the lower slopes of the Serra de Bèrnia, at only a 5 minute drive to the village of Altea la Vella, 10 minutes to Altea and only 15 minutes to Calpe and Benidorm. It is a beautiful golf course with impressive sea and mountain views.
The facilities of this golf course include a restaurant with a terrace and a professional golf shop. Altea Golf Club is a par 72 course of 9 holes although it can also be played as 18 holes.
It is suitable for all levels of golf players. If you like playing golf you can do it here as visitors are welcome. For more information, please click on:
*Extra!!* Fireworks Castle in L’ Olla Beach. Castell de L’Olla.
The Castell de L’Olla is a fireworks display that takes place on the closest Saturday of the festivity of Saint Laurence, which is celebrated on 10th August. Over the years, this festivity has become one of the most famous fireworks events of the Costa Blanca.
Nowadays, more than 50.000 people come to watch and enjoy this pyro-musical celebration by the sea.
At midnight, the fireworks are launched from platforms in the water, which gives the impression that they come right out of the sea, reflecting in the water and increasing the magic.
This festivity has more than 30 years of history and each year brings together even more boats that come to see the fireworks from the sea.
HOTELS AND APARTMENT RENTAL IN ALTEA
In Altea, you’ll find all types of accommodation of all price ranges, you can book a room in a large resort by the sea with a pool (Hotel Cap Negret and Hotel SH Villa Gadea), in a small hotel at the beach front (Hotel Altaya or Hotel San Miguel).
Or you can opt for a small charming hotel in the surroundings of the old town, such as Hotel el Tossal, Hotel Boutique la Serena (Adults only) or Hotel Ábaco.
There is also a wide offer of rental apartments and private villas for rent. For camping lovers, there are two campsites in Altea: Camping San Antonio and Camping Cap Blanch.
Look at rental and vacation websites such as airbnb, booking.com, Tripavisor, Hotels.com or Trivago.
Marina Greenwich – Puerto Deportivo Luis Campomanes (Mascarat)
So called because it is directly below Greenwich in South London, the Prime Meridian.
Marina Greenwich is situated between Altea and Calpe, surrounded by beautiful cliffs. It has easy access to the motorway A7 and is near the popular residential area of Altea Hills.
It is the only marina in the world located on the Greenwich meridian.
543 moorings (max. length 30m, max draught 6m) give it a capacity for large boats and luxury yachts.
It offers a wide variety of services and facilities for customers and visitors.
It is also a good place to go and relax when you visit Altea. Here you will find some nice restaurants, such as Restaurante Club Náutico, Bay Club or and Restaurante Sergio Clásico.
This is also a good place to have a drink in a beautiful place with fantastic views. You can try Macao Lounge Bar and El Bar. Enjoy!
Altea La Vella
Altea la Vella is a small village situated at the foot of Sierra de Bèrnia.
It is surrounded by several residential areas, such as Sierra de Altea Golf, Santa Clara, El Paradiso or Alhama de Candela.
And it’s only a 5 minute drive to the golf course Don Cayo.
Altea is quiet and beautiful with steep narrow streets around Santa Anna Church. And also a great base for the walking routes of the Sierra Bèrnia.
Altea also offers all the services for daily life, such as pharmacy, bank, supermarkets, bar and restaurants. If you want to try delicious Spanish food, you are in the perfect place to do so! Here you have some options: Restaurante Ca Toni, Restaurante Mallol or Bar d’Herme.
PROPERTY FOR SALE IN ALTEA
There is a wide variety of properties for sale in Altea, both new and repossessed properties.
Want a small apartment or a premium villa in Altea? Choose your area: -Altea (Altea centre, frontline, old town).
Or alternatively Altea la Vella, l’Olla, Mascarat, Serra de Altea, Altea Hills and La Galera.
You can surf the local estate agencies or contact a property expert, such as Search and Survey Spain.
We will provide you with independent advice and will guide you through the process when buying a property in Spain.
You finished your holiday in Altea, liked it and want more.
Maybe thinking of buying a villa or apartment in Altea then read on?
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