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This page is all about the town of Altea on the Costa Blanca coast of Spain.

It contains useful Altea tourist information for people intending to visit or holiday in Altea.

Altea is one of the best places to visit on the Costa Blanca . It has retained it’s beauty and charm unlike many other former fishing villages.

Altea is located south of Calpe and about 15 kilometres north of Benidorm . This makes it a great location to live or visit.

Altea cathedral

Altea has a quiet charm yet is close to bigger more vibrant towns with good shopping and nightlife.

Other towns nearby are La Nucia, Polop, Callosa d’En Sarria, Albir and Alfaz del Pi.

In this tourist guide to the tourist resort of the town of Altea on the Costa Blanca coast of Spain we help visitors who are planning a trip with useful and practical advice on many tourism related subjects such as airport transfers to Altea, car hire , accommodation, hotels, hostels, apartment to rent, villas to rent, Altea map , sightseeing, weather, where to go, where to stay, travel information and what to see and do in Altea.

To make the best of your visit and holiday we cover everything you need to know about Altea. We also have photos, picture galleries, views, videos and webcams of Altea .

Altea has a population of 20,000 but in the summer tourist season this swells to 50,000. The name Altea comes from the Greek: Altahia (I heal) and from the river Algar (the river of the health). Numerous groups of people settled in Altea, including the Iberians, Greeks, Romans and Moslems.

Altea prospered due to it’s strategic importance because the city lies in the vicinity of the mouth of the river Algar. Altea harbour was perfect for supplying the sailors and fisherman with fresh drinking water.

Under the Greek and Roman leaderships, the region became an important trade centre. Many factories sprung up producing dried salt fish.

The production was also improved by the Arabians however Altea was hit badly at the beginning of the 17th century due to attacks by pirates, what led to a dramatic decline of the population numbers and the guns to fight the pirates off are displayed in the town.

Sights and Attractions

Altea is famous for the landmark church of Nuestra Senora del Consuelo or Virgen del Consuelo with its fantastic looking blue roof. This is set up on a hill and can be seen for miles around.

The old town part of Altea is set on a steep hillside and the streets are littered with small designer shops and is popular with artists.

Amongst the narrow streets with their scenic white houses, orange trees and geraniums you’ll find painters, potters and many other traditional craftsmen’s studios.

There is a real authentic Spanish feel to Altea town, often missing from others on the coast.

The harbor and marina of Altea are also noteworthy. It is very pretty and scenic and a great place to eat or drink.

The beach of Altea is over 5 km long and is divided into the stoney Cap Negret beach to the north of Altea, followed by the La Roda beach next to the old town and the largest beach the Cap Blanc to the south which blends into the coast of Albir .

Bars and Restaurants

Altea is a large popular tourist resort with many bars, pubs and restaurants. Altea restaurants worth visiting include the Xef Pirata – Gastro Bar, La Bruschetta, La Costera, Asasor El Torreon de Paula, Tribus, El Perro Negro, La Maja, Inigo Fusion, Restaurante El Paso, Sabor, Oustau de Altea S.L., La Capella, El Bodegon de Pepe, Bar Villa, El Pescador, El Rancho de Laura, L’Espigo Restaurant, El Patio, La Claudia, Chez Pierre, Restaurante Creative, El Cranc, San Miguel, La Tomaca Blava, Stromboli, Restaurante El Olivo, Il Giardino D’Altea, El Bar Norning Glory, Planesia, Pizzeria Claudio, AlteArte, Al Faro, Ca Joan, Rascals, Akropolis Taberna, Menjador Almassera, Tossal Roig, Las Terrazas del Don Cayo Golf, El Chiringuito, El Italiano, Darsena Altea, L’Obrador, Il Timone, Restaurante Bienvenido S.L., Restaurante Casa Vital, Ca Toni, Club Nautico de Altea, La Tableria, Restaurante Mallol, Eric Lanneau, Tuti Frutti, Club Nautico, La Dolche Vita, El Charco, El Negro de Altea, Restaurante El Pi del Senyoret, Syberite Restaurante, MR.X, Morena, Diferens, Cocoroco, Los Jazmines, Llimera, La Vienesa, La Glorieta, Mendoza Gastronomia Colectiva S.L., Mariano Jesus Tellez Carlos, Junji Hu, Jesus Xabier Ernest Labarta, El Gaucho, Internacional Chinese Restaurant, Christal de Altea, El Sueno de Altea, El Predicador, Escortel Catalan, Flamingo, Mexalfas SL, Meson Altea, Monte Molar, Ole Ole, Pipperment, Catharina Van de Werf, Costa de Altea, Diego Ripoll, Dukes, Guillermina Jimenez Guzman, Hexagon Hispana SL, Cap Blanche, Carbonera, Restaurante El Faro, Casa Calero, Teteria Jardin de los Sentidos, Veronica Wendtland, Restaurante Arroceria, Yong Heng Hu, Senses, The Show Business, Ca Mezquida, Casa Gallego, raconet, Restaurante El Negre, La Terraza, Sultanas csp, Tartana Puerto Sl, Restaurante La Bodeguilla del Bierzo, Restaurante Luna Rossa Scp, Pizzeria Sandro, Bing Chen, Bellaltea, Bar rte Granada, Bar El Tio Raul, Bar Carlos, Azpiorts Benidorm SL, Antonio Maria Martinez Cabot and Angela Perez Grau.

Calle típica Altea, Alicante

Along Altea’s yacht harbor you will find the beaches of Pueblo Macarat. Unusually for the Costa Blanca this is not your typical sandy beach but primarily pebble. Despite this, Altea offers so much ambience that it just doesn’t matter, this is definitely a place worthy of visiting.

Altea is surrounded by mountains making it is a very scenic place. The Sierra de Bernia reaches up to 1130 metres. Altea Hills is one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive place to buy property on the Costa Blanca. Other developments near to Altea are Horizonte, Urbanisation la Foia Blanca, Urbanisation Santa Clara, Urbanisation El Paraiso, Altea Hills, Altea La Vella, Urbanisation Sierra Altea, Urbanisation Tossal del Molar, Urbanisation Villa Gadea, L’Olla, La Galera, Urbanisation Jardines Alhama and Pueblo Mascarat.

Altea Tourist Information Office (Oficina de Turismo)

Altea Tourist Office Address: Calle Sant Pere 9, 03590, Altea. Telephone: +34 966 783 442 or +34 965 844 122 Email: [email protected] Website: https://www.altea.es

Altea Tourist Office Address: Plaza José María Planelles 1, 03590, Altea. Telephone: +34 965 844 114 Email: [email protected] Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 15:00 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:00 h.

Nuestra-Senora-del-Consuelo

Town Hall: 965 841 300; Local Police: 965 845 511; Guardia Civil: 965 840 525; Fire Brigade: 965 854 080; Club Nautico: 965 841 591; Culture Center: 965 842 853; Post Office: 965 840 174.

List of Hotels In Altea

At the entrance to every Altea hotel will be a plaque showing the hotel rating according to the Spanish tourist board. This is in the form of stars with a one star Altea hotel being the most basic hotel standard in Altea to a five star Altea hotel being of the highest possible standard.

One star hotels in Altea are of a very basic standard. This will be the cheapest hotel accommodation in Altea. Expect a dated decor and possible uncomfortable bed although the hotel room should be clean. Expect your Altea hotel room to not have on-suite bathroom but a bathroom in the hallway which will be shared by other Altea hotel guests. A one star Altea hotel will have no facilities such as telephone or internet access. Our advice is to check the room first before you commit to staying.

Example of a one star hotel in Altea:

Hotel San Miguel * Address: C/ Mar, 65, Altea Telephone: 965 840 400

Two star hotels in Altea are still of a basic standard and again will offer few facilities (if any). Again, if possible we recommend checking out the room before you make your hotel booking. However two star hotels in Altea will be of a clean standard and safe so depending on your budget they are good value for money.

Example of a two star hotel in Altea:

Hotel Altaya ** Address: C/ Sant Pere, 28, Altea Telephone: 965 840 800

Three star hotels in Altea are the most popular choice of Altea hotels as they offer clean, safe accommodation while being affordable to most people. Facilities in your hotel room will include basics such as telephone, hairdryer etc. The three star Altea hotel may have a swimming pool for your use, a gym and internet access but do check if these hotel facilities are essential to you.

Examples of a three star hotel in Altea:

Hotel Cap Negret *** Address: Partida Cap Negret, 7, Altea Telephone: 965 841 600

Hotel La Galera del Mar *** Address: Urb. La Galera del Mar, Altea Telephone: +34 965 841 046

Four star hotels in Altea are of a very high standard with many facilities available to you such as swimming pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, restaurants, breakfast should be included in the cost, parking, internet access etc.

Five star hotels in Altea are the most luxurious standard of hotel possible and of course the most expensive. Expect the highest standards of service and quality. Most five star hotels in Altea will have additional health facilities such as health and spa centres.

Example of a five star hotel in Altea:

Hotel Melia ***** Address: Urb. Altea Hills, C/ Suecia – Altea Telephone: 966 881 006.

Altea's coastline

Guide to Altea Hostels

A really cheap alternative to staying in an Altea hotel is to book into an Altea hostel. Be advised that these hostels are very basic accommodation traditionally sought out by student travelers and backpackers on a budget.

Some hostels in Altea will require you to sleep in a room with other guests and share bathrooms. In some cases there will be a strict time that you have to be in. Needless to say – staying in a Altea hostel is the cheapest form of accommodation you can find in Altea.

We recommend these Altea hostels:

Hostal Galera del Mar Address: C/ Tortola, 7, Altea Telephone: +34 965 841 046

Hostal El Travador ** Address: Ctra. N-332 km 132, Altea Telephone: +34 966 882 490

Hostal Paco ** Address: Avda. Jaime I, 74, Altea Telephone: +34 965 840 541

Hostal El Fornet * Address: C/ Beniarda, 1, Altea Telephone: +34 965 843 005

Pension La Mar Address: La Mar, 82, Altea Telephone: +34 965 843 016

Altea Camping Sites

Cap Blanch Playa de Cap Blanch, 25 – El Albir Telephone: +34 965 888 748

Miami Pda. Cap Blanch, 1 Telephone: +34 965 840 386

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Reader Interactions

Sandra Meigh says

August 15, 2017 at 9:11 am

Are the shops open on Bank Holidays ie August 15th.

Gill Beale says

January 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm

I would love to visit the old town and Church, but I have heart problems and would not be able to climb the steep steps. Is there any way of getting there by taxi or public transport please?

Margaret Mary says

December 12, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Yes. You can get a taxi from the rank just off the main shopping street in Altea. Avenida Jaume 1. It is left after the covered food market. It only takes a few minutes ant the driver will give you a card for coming back. If you are nervous about speaking Spanish on the phone one of the cafe owners will ring for you. The local Altea taxi firm is 966810010. It is definitely worth doing, Enjoy it. Margarita l

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Altea, Spain – Your Ultimate Guide to Altea

What to see and do in altea.

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Altea, a picturesque coastal town in Spain’s Valencian Community , is a must-visit destination for those in search of Mediterranean beauty. Nestled on Costa Blanca’s breathtaking coastline, Altea is a captivating blend of tranquillity, historic allure, and stunning natural beauty. With its narrow, cobble-stoned streets, whitewashed houses, and the radiant blue of the Mediterranean, Altea is a destination that promises a memorable holiday.

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Discovering Altea: An Overview

Located along the Costa Blanca, Altea is a charming seaside town known for its relaxed aura, stunning historical architecture, and vibrant local culture. Altea’s old town perched on a hill offers a scenic view of the coastline, while the newer neighbourhood exudes cosmopolitan charm.

Altea Beach - Costa Blanca

Altea’s economy thrives on tourism, which blossomed in the 1950s owing to its pleasant climate, beautiful beaches, and labyrinthine streets lined with whitewashed houses. The town’s seafront esplanade is adorned with towering palms, offering a perfect backdrop for leisurely strolls.

The town’s name, Altea, traces its roots back to the Moors who named it “Althaya,” translating to “health to all.” As you delve into the heart of Altea, you’ll find yourself captivated by its medieval cobbled streets, enchanting old quarter, and the serene seafront promenade.

Getting to Altea

By Air: The closest airport to Altea is Alicante-Elche Airport. From there, you’re just an hour away from this coastal gem. Hop on a direct bus or rent a car for a scenic drive that’ll have you swooning over the coastal vistas.

By Train: For those coming from nearby Spanish towns, the TRAM light rail service connects Altea to cities like Denia and Alicante. Imagine a journey where the views of the sea meet lush orchards – it’s pure magic!

By Road: If you’re on a Spanish road trip (lucky you!), the AP-7 motorway is your fastest path. Take the Altea exit and let the journey lead you to serendipitous encounters.

If you’re eager to experience Spain’s Costa Blanca through the eyes of a local, then the N332 is your perfect route. This coastal road offers an alternative to the AP-7 motorway, granting travellers a more intimate glimpse of the region’s stunning coastline and charming towns.

Navigating the N332 to Altea: Starting from Alicante in the south, follow the signs for Valencia on the N332. This iconic road meanders parallel to the coast, taking you through postcard-perfect towns like Villajoyosa and Benidorm. As you drive, savour the sea breeze and the ever-changing tableau of beaches, cliffs, and coves.

After passing Benidorm and the towering Sierra Helada Natural Park, you’ll soon spot signposts guiding you towards Altea. And just like that, you’ll arrive in this coastal haven!

This route is not just about reaching your destination; it’s a journey that invites you to stop, breathe, and immerse in the region’s beauty. Perhaps a detour to a hidden beach or a coffee break in a roadside café?

So, dust off that road map (or, you know, update your GPS 😉), roll down your windows, and let the N332 introduce you to the soul of the Costa Blanca. Here’s to the open road and the adventures it brings!

Things to do in Altea

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Embark on a Catamaran Cruise

There’s something spellbindingly beautiful about the gentle swish of the Mediterranean waves and the allure of Altea’s coastline, and there’s no better way to soak it all in than aboard a catamaran cruise.

Why Altea? Beyond its enchanting old town, Altea boasts a shoreline that’s a tapestry of hidden coves, dramatic cliffs, and shimmering turquoise waters. A catamaran, with its dual hulls and expansive deck, offers stability and space, making it the perfect vessel to witness these wonders.

Setting Sail: Step aboard, feel the sun-kissed wooden deck beneath your feet, and let the sails catch the wind. Whether you choose a morning cruise to witness the sun rising over the Sierra de Bernia or a sunset voyage to bid the day adieu, every moment is poetry in motion.

Dive In: One of the joys of a catamaran cruise is the ability to anchor in secluded bays. Dive into the crystalline waters, snorkel amidst vibrant marine life, or simply float and let the Mediterranean cradle you.

Savor the Moment: Many catamaran cruises in Altea offer delicious Spanish tapas and refreshments on board. Picture this: sipping on a glass of chilled cava, tasting fresh olives, all while the horizon paints a masterpiece.

Tip: Look for local operators who offer small-group or private cruises. This ensures a more intimate and personalized experience.

Visit Campomanes

Campomanes Altea

Ah, Altea, with its mosaic of historic lanes and azure coastline! But if you tread a bit off the well-trodden path, you’ll uncover the chic, serene marina of Campomanes (also known as Marina Greenwich). This exquisite nook is a tribute to luxury, nature, and nautical elegance.

Why Campomanes? Located just a stone’s throw away from the heart of Altea, Campomanes offers a refreshing blend of luxury and tranquillity. It’s a world where sleek yachts anchor beside traditional fishing boats, under the watchful gaze of the verdant mountains.

A Nautical Dream: For the sailing enthusiasts, Campomanes is paradise. With its state-of-the-art facilities, it’s an ideal spot to moor your boat or charter a yacht for a day out on the Mediterranean waters.

Culinary Delights: The marina is flanked by a selection of gourmet restaurants and breezy cafes. Treat your taste buds to fresh seafood, sip on Spanish wines, and relish the panoramic sea views. It’s a gastronomic journey you won’t soon forget!

Exploration on Foot: Stroll along the marina’s promenade, feeling the gentle sea breeze and soaking in the sun . The surrounding cliffs and coves beckon for exploration, and you might just stumble upon a secluded beach perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

Tip: If you’re visiting in the evening, the marina illuminates with soft lighting, creating a magical ambiance. It’s a perfect spot for a romantic evening or a quiet moment under the stars.

Explore Altea Old Town

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There’s magic in every cobblestone step, every white-washed façade, and each archway of Altea’s enchanting Old Town. Rising proudly over the Mediterranean coastline, this historic heart of Altea is a delightful blend of Moorish legacy, artistic charm, and Spanish hospitality.

Why Altea Old Town? Beyond the beaches, Altea’s true soul lies within its labyrinthine Old Town streets. Winding their way up the hill, they lead to awe-inspiring views and capture the essence of centuries past.

Historic Elegance: The crowning jewel of the Old Town is the iconic blue-domed Church of La Mare de Déu del Consol. As you approach its pristine steps, the panoramic vistas of the sea and surrounding region leave an indelible imprint on the heart.

Artistic Vibes: With its history as a haven for artists, every corner of the Old Town tells a story. From art galleries showcasing local talent to the vibrant hues of bougainvillea against white walls, Altea’s artistic spirit is palpable.

Culinary Adventures: Nestled within these historic streets are myriad cafes and restaurants, offering a taste of the Mediterranean. Savor traditional tapas, fresh seafood, and local wines, all while overlooking the twinkling lights of Altea below.

Nighttime Magic: As the sun dips below the horizon, the Old Town transforms. Soft lighting, the sound of live music, and the chatter of evening patrons lend a mystical aura to this ancient enclave.

Tip: Wear comfortable shoes. The allure of Altea’s Old Town is best enjoyed on foot, navigating its meandering streets and hidden alleyways.

Trek to the Sierra Helada

Sierra Helada

Lace up those hiking boots and fill your lungs with the invigorating scent of Spanish nature! Just a whisper away from Altea’s coastal charms lies the Sierra Helada Natural Park – a rugged paradise that promises sweeping views, diverse flora, and a trekking experience like no other.

Why the Sierra Helada? Stretching grandly between Altea and Benidorm, Sierra Helada boasts of soaring cliffs, hidden coves, and trails that dance with the whispers of the Mediterranean wind. It’s a captivating blend of land and sea, high peaks and deep blue waters.

Paths Less Travelled: Diverse trekking routes cater to both novices and seasoned trekkers. Whether you’re tracing the coastline, climbing to the highest peak, or meandering through fragrant pine forests, every path unveils a new perspective.

Views to Remember: Reach the summit and let your gaze wander! The panoramic vistas of Altea’s white-washed buildings, the shimmering coastline, and the expansive sea will etch a memory forever. And if you’re early enough, the sunrise from here is nothing short of magical.

Nature’s Wonders: The park is a sanctuary for a rich array of flora and fauna. From aromatic herbs to birds of prey soaring in the sky, Sierra Helada is a testament to the Mediterranean’s natural bounty.

Tip: Pack some essentials – sunscreen, water, a hat, and a camera. The sun can be fierce, and you’ll want to capture every breathtaking moment.

Visit the Torre de la Galera

Torre de la Galera

Whispers of history, panoramic sea vistas, and a tale of vigilance await you at Altea’s Torre de la Galera. This ancient watchtower, perched gracefully on Altea’s coastline, offers a captivating glimpse into the town’s storied past and maritime heritage.

Why the Torre de la Galera? Built in the 16th century as a defence against pirate invasions, this tower stands as a testament to Altea’s resilience and strategic importance. Its name, which translates to “Galley Tower,” evokes images of old-world ships and sea-faring adventures.

A Journey Back in Time: As you approach the tower, it’s easy to imagine the lookout guards, their eyes scanning the horizon for approaching ships, their hearts filled with duty and determination. The very stones seem to resonate with tales of bravery and bygone eras.

Stunning Surroundings: Set against the backdrop of the shimmering Mediterranean, the tower offers breathtaking views. Whether you’re capturing a sunrise, watching the boats drift by, or simply losing yourself in contemplation, the scenic beauty is unparalleled.

Easily Accessible: Nestled between Altea’s bustling center and the tranquility of the Sierra Helada Natural Park, the Torre de la Galera is easily accessible, making it a must-visit for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike.

Tip: Wear sturdy shoes and carry a camera. The terrain around the tower can be uneven, and you won’t want to miss capturing its rustic charm and surrounding beauty.

Relax at Altea Beaches

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Golden shores, gentle waves, and the embrace of the Mediterranean sun – Altea’s beaches are the stuff of dreams! With a coastline that stretches and winds, every cove and bay in Altea offers a unique slice of paradise.

Why Altea’s Beaches? Beyond the town’s historic allure, Altea’s beaches are a testament to nature’s grandeur. From expansive sandy stretches to secluded white pebble coves, there’s a spot for every kind of beach lover.

Playa de La Roda: Located near the old town, this beach is a favourite among locals and visitors. Its promenade, lined with cafes and eateries, allows you to indulge in Spanish delicacies with the sea just a stone’s throw away.

Playa de Cap Blanch: Stretching southwards, this beach offers plenty of space to lay down your towel and bask under the sun. With its calm waters, it’s perfect for a refreshing dip.

Playa de Cap Negret: A mix of pebbles and sand, this beach offers a tranquil ambiance. As the sun sets, the silhouette of the nearby marina and the glimmering lights of Altea make for a mesmerizing view.

Hidden Gems: Altea’s coastline is dotted with intimate coves. Venture off the beaten path and you might just discover your personal haven of tranquillity.

Tip: While Altea’s beaches are wonderful throughout the day, there’s something magical about the early mornings. The soft glow of dawn, the sound of lapping waves, and the promise of a new day – pure bliss.

So, whether you’re seeking a sun-kissed tan, a splash in azure waters, or simply a space to relax and rejuvenate, Altea’s beaches beckon. Let the rhythms of the Mediterranean lull you into a world of peace and pleasure.

Visit the Orthodox Russian Church

Altea Orthodox Russian Church

Nestled amidst the scenic backdrop of Altea, the towering domes and glistening gold of the Orthodox Russian Church stand as a testament to architectural splendor and spiritual tranquility. This unexpected gem offers a serene escape, merging Slavic spirituality with Mediterranean beauty.

Why the Orthodox Russian Church? This church, officially named the Church of the Archangel Michael, is more than just a place of worship. It’s an architectural masterpiece, handcrafted entirely out of wood, without using a single nail. It offers a unique blend of traditional Russian design against the picturesque backdrop of the Costa Blanca.

Architectural Majesty: At first glance, the church’s gleaming golden domes, intricately carved wooden exteriors, and ornate icons transport visitors straight to the heart of Russia. It’s a slice of Moscow amidst the palm trees of Altea.

A Sanctuary of Peace: Step inside and the world seems to pause. The serene ambiance, accentuated by the glow of candles and the fragrance of incense, offers a haven for reflection and spiritual connection.

Surrounding Beauty: The church’s gardens, adorned with vibrant flowers and well-manicured shrubs, offer a peaceful spot for contemplation. The distant views of the Mediterranean further amplify the church’s ethereal aura.

Tip: Even if you’re not particularly religious, a visit to the Orthodox Russian Church is worth it for the artistry alone. Remember to dress modestly, respecting the sacred nature of the site. The Church is open to visitors on weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

So, in the heart of Spain’s coastal paradise, embark on an unexpected journey of faith, art, and heritage. The Orthodox Russian Church in Altea invites you to explore a confluence of cultures, where east meets west, and spirituality meets the sky.

Dining in Altea

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Altea, with its rich tapestry of history and culture , serves up an equally vibrant culinary scene. From humble tapas bars to elite dining establishments, this charming town offers gastronomic experiences that titillate the palate and warm the soul.

Why Dine in Altea? Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Altea’s diverse geography is mirrored in its cuisine. Fresh seafood, local produce, and a medley of Mediterranean flavours come together in dishes that celebrate both tradition and innovation.

Budget Eats:

  • Tapas Bars: Dive into local culture by visiting one of Altea’s many tapas bars. Bar Tomás is famed for its delicious ‘patatas bravas’. These little bites, paired with a cold beer or sangria, promise an authentic taste of Spain without breaking the bank.

Mid-Range Delights:

  • La Costera de Altea: A charming spot that offers a modern twist on traditional dishes, all while overlooking the marina.
  • Ca Joan: Craving meat? Their grill serves up some of the juiciest steaks and lamb chops in town.
  • Columbus 1492: Set amidst the enchanting backdrop of Altea’s port, Columbus offers a diverse menu that beautifully marries land and sea. Their seafood paella is a crowd-favorite!

Luxurious Indulgences:

  • Crown of India: Elevate your dining experience with gourmet Indian dishes, combined with mesmerizing views of Altea’s bay.
  • Oustau de Altea: Located in the heart of the old town, this restaurant offers refined Mediterranean-French cuisine in a romantic setting.

Local Dishes to Try:

  • Arroz a la banda: A traditional rice dish made with fish stock, often accompanied by alioli sauce.
  • Espencat: A roasted vegetable medley, usually featuring peppers, eggplant, and garlic, bathed in olive oil.

Dining Spots: From the atmospheric alleyways of the old town to the breezy promenade by the beach, Altea offers diverse dining locales. Whether you’re looking for a cozy café, a family-friendly eatery, or an intimate spot for a candlelit dinner, Altea has you covered.

Tip: Altea’s dining scene is vibrant and ever evolving. It’s always a good idea to reserve a table in advance, especially during the peak tourist season.

Where to Stay in Altea

SH Villa Gadea in Altea

Whether you’re seeking luxurious pampering, a cozy nook, or an affordable yet comfortable spot, Altea has a plethora of accommodation options. Here’s a curated list of where to stay, catering to various budgets:

Budget-Friendly Stays:

  • Hostal Fornet: Located in the heart of the town, this quaint establishment offers clean, basic rooms with the bonus of being steps away from Altea’s main attractions.
  • Altea Town House: A charming bed and breakfast, it provides guests with a cozy ambiance, typical of Spanish townhouses, without breaking the bank.

Mid-Range Comfort:

  • Hotel Tossal d’Altea: Housed in a former olive mill, this hotel perfectly captures the spirit of Altea. With a swimming pool and an in-house restaurant, it offers a delightful balance of comfort and value.
  • Cap Negret Hotel: Beach lovers will appreciate this hotel’s prime location, right by the sea. Rooms offer stunning sea views, and the establishment boasts modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay.

Lavish Luxuries:

  • SH Villa Gadea: For those looking to indulge, this 5-star hotel offers opulence at every turn. With sprawling pools, a spa, and gourmet dining options, guests are treated to a world-class experience amidst panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
  • Hotel Boutique La Serena: Tucked away in the old town, this adult-only boutique hotel promises serenity and luxury. Its intimate setting, complete with a spa and rooftop pool, offers a secluded haven for relaxation.

Stay Local: For longer visits or those seeking a more home-like ambiance, consider renting one of the many apartments or villas available. Sites like Airbnb or local real estate agencies can offer gems that provide both authenticity and comfort.

Tip: No matter where you choose to stay, always check for reviews, and consider booking in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Altea is not just a destination; for many, it becomes a feeling, a memory etched into their being. And having the right place to call ‘home’ during your stay can make all the difference.

How Long to Spend in Altea

Although Altea is small, it offers enough attractions to make a half or full-day trip worthwhile. However, those planning a longer stay can combine sightseeing with relaxation, spending time at the beach, lounging by the pool, or exploring the local culture. But how long should you spend in this Mediterranean gem? Let’s break it down, and if you’re thinking of an extended stay, we’ll highlight some nearby treasures too!

A Brief Getaway: 1-2 Days – Ideal for those on a whirlwind tour. Dive into Altea’s heart with a stroll through the Old Town, a visit to the iconic blue-domed church, and a relaxing evening by the beach. This quick stay will give you a taste, but it might just leave you yearning for more.

A Balanced Stay: 3-5 Days – Perfect for immersing in all of Altea. From exploring every nook and cranny of the town to dedicating a day for the beaches and another for a trek to Sierra Helada, this duration allows for a deeper connection with the locale.

Extended Exploration: 1 Week or More – Altea might be compact, but its allure is vast. An extended stay not only lets you experience the town’s rhythm but also provides ample time to explore nearby attractions.

Nearby Gems for Extended Stays in Altea:

Benidorm

  • Calpe: Just a short drive or tram ride away, Calpe offers a blend of sandy beaches and historical monuments. Don’t miss the Peñón de Ifach, a massive limestone outcrop offering panoramic views.
  • Guadalest: Nestled in the mountains, this picturesque town is famed for its castle and stunning reservoir views.
  • Benidorm: Looking for lively nightlife and bustling beaches? Benidorm, a major Costa Blanca hub, is just around the corner and is only 15 minutes away and can be reached by bus, tram or taxi. Its skyscraper-filled skyline contrasts with Altea’s low-rise charm.
  • Fuentes del Algar: A series of natural pools and waterfalls, it’s an ideal spot for a refreshing dip amidst nature.

Tip: Even if you have a fixed itinerary, leave a day or two unscheduled. Altea has a knack for unveiling hidden gems when least expected.

Ultimately, the duration of your stay in Altea is a personal choice, guided by interests and time constraints. But one thing’s for sure: every moment in this coastal paradise will feel timeless.

What to Pack for Altea

When packing for Altea, think Mediterranean comfort with a touch of style. Lightweight, breathable clothing is essential for the warm days, while a light jacket or shawl might be needed for cooler evenings. Remember your swimsuit for those inviting beaches and a pair of comfortable walking shoes for exploring the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Sun protection is a must, so pack your sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunblock. Lastly, don’t forget a camera or smartphone to capture the breathtaking landscapes and charming local scenes. Whether you’re lounging by the sea or dining in a hillside café, being prepared will make your Altea experience seamless and memorable.

What is the Weather Like in Altea?

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Altea, located on Spain’s Costa Blanca, enjoys a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Here’s a brief overview of Altea’s weather:

Spring (March to May): Spring sees a gradual rise in temperatures, making it a delightful time to visit. The landscape starts to bloom, and there’s less tourist traffic compared to the summer months. Average temperatures range from 15°C to 23°C (59°F to 73°F).

Summer (June to August): This is the peak tourist season, with long, sun-drenched days. Beaches are bustling, and the town comes alive with various events and festivities. Temperatures can soar, with averages between 25°C and 33°C (77°F to 91°F), but occasionally they might reach higher, especially in July and August.

Autumn (September to November): Fall is another pleasant time to visit Altea, with mild temperatures and fewer crowds. The sea remains warm enough for swimming at least through September. Average temperatures during these months hover between 18°C and 26°C (64°F to 79°F).

Winter (December to February): Winters in Altea are mild compared to much of Europe, making it a popular escape for those seeking a warmer winter retreat. There might be occasional rainfall, but snow is rare. Temperatures generally range from 12°C to 18°C (53°F to 6°8F).

Additionally, thanks to its coastal location, Altea often receives sea breezes, which can be particularly refreshing during the hotter months. It’s always a good idea to check the forecast closer to your visit to ensure you pack appropriately for the weather conditions.

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Altea offers a serene and scenic destination, perfect for those who enjoy a slower-paced holiday away from bustling tourist hotspots. With its enchanting old town, beautiful beaches, and rich history, Altea offers a unique Spanish holiday experience that will leave you with fond memories. So why wait? Pack your bags and set out to explore Altea, the tranquil paradise on the Costa Blanca!

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10 Best Things to Do in Altea, Costa Blanca

Are you looking for the best things to do in Altea? This guide includes them all.

First of all, Altea is a beautiful small town in the Valencian Community, close to Benidorm and Calpe. 

During my time in Costa Blanca, I travelled to a few towns near Alicante, and Altea really impressed me. Its whitewashed buildings, cobblestone streets and breathtaking views of the coast and Calpe makes Altea worth visiting.

Whilst the town isn’t home to many attractions, wandering its picturesque streets, visiting its church, and soaking up its relaxing atmosphere are the main activities to do in this charming town.

If you want to make the most of a day in Altea, check out these 10 fantastic things to do in Altea and its surroundings, as well as tips to help you make the most of this beautiful town. 

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10 Things to do in Altea, Costa Blanca

1. wander the old town.

Cristina wearing a red dress with flowers walking down a street in altea old town, alicante, spain.

Wandering the old town of Altea is an experience. Get lost in its streets and contemplate the Moorish architecture, cobblestone streets and whitewashed buildings with hanging plants and bright bougainvillaea flowers.

The streets in Altea are very picturesque, and you can spend some time leisurely walking and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere of this place and its coastal views and taking pictures.

Its whitewashed and cobblestone streets reminded me of towns like Frigiliana in Malaga, my hometown, but it also has some of the characteristics you would find in some Greek islands.

The old town is also home to boutique shops that sell unique gifts like pottery and ceramic objects, jewellery, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating, and art galleries that are worth stopping by.

In addition to this, if you’re passionate about taking street photos, here is a list of the prettiest streets in Altea:

  • Carrer Major
  • Carrer Salamanca
  • Carrer Santa Bárbara
  • Carrer Sant Miguel
  • Carrer Bonavista

2. Visit Nuestra Señora del Consuelo Church

The altar of Nuestra señora del consuelo church, in Altea, Eastern Spain.

Located in Plaza de la Iglesia, in the old town of Altea, Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Consuelo is an emblematic building that you can’t miss during your visit to Altea.

It’s considered a Bien de Interés Cultural , which can be translated as good of cultural interest, since 2013.

This religious building dates back to the Modern era, as part of it was built at the beginning of the 17th century next to the town fortress. However, the actual church was built in the 19th century and refurbished in 1980 and has a Neoclassic and Modern architectural style.

Its facade is to admire, and its two domes made of blue and white mosaic tiles are one of the elements that make this church unique, and you can find the church simply by seeing these domes and getting closer to them. You don’t even need Google Maps.

Apart from seeing it from the outside, I recommend visiting its interior because it’s beautiful too. The church entry is free.

3. Enjoy its viewpoints

A coastal view from one of the viewpoints in altea, spain.

When you visit the old town of Altea, you’ll be able to enjoy scenic coastal views from any point of the town because of its location.

However, there are a few viewpoints you don’t want to miss as they offer the best views in Altea. These viewpoints are:

  • Mirador de Portal Vell . It’s the most beautiful viewpoint, which offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and Peñón de Ifach, a natural park situated in Calpe.
  • Mirador de la Plaza de la Iglesia . On one of the sides near the church square, you’ll find this impressive viewpoint which overlooks the coast, Calpe Rock, and you can also have a glimpse of Benidorm on a clear day. This viewpoint is also known as Mirador de Los Cronistas.

4. Walk on the beach promenade

A photo of the beach promenade in altea, spain.

Despite the old town of Altea being the highlight of the town, you don’t want to miss its beach promenade either. It goes all the way from La Roda Beach to Albir, and it’s a beautiful place to enjoy a romantic or family walk and watch the sunset.

The paseo marítimo is also home to many restaurants and bars where you can sip a drink or enjoy a meal.

If you visit it on a Sunday, you’ll see many families with kids and dogs around the promenade.

5. Hit the beach

a view of la roda beach in altea

Costa Blanca has excellent golden sand beaches where you can relax and easily spend a day. However, this isn’t the case in Altea. The beaches of Altea have pebbles, so you’ll need to get some good shoes to walk on the shore.

The main beach is Playa La Roda which is the nearest to the old town of Altea. It’s a tranquil pebble beach with a beautiful promenade.

Other beaches in Altea are:

  • Playa Cap Blanc
  • Playa del Cap Negret
  • Playa de la Olla

6. Go on a Catamaran Cruise

Another experience to add to your day trip to Altea is going on a catamaran cruise. It’s an excellent way to get a different view of the town and its surroundings while relaxing.

This 1.5-hour catamaran cruise is perfect to unwind with a loved one and watch the sunset while sipping on a glass of cava.

📌 Book this catamaran cruise here

7. Go to the market

A cobblestone street with boutique shops  in altea, spain.

Altea holds a street market every Tuesday (except on bank holidays), so you’ll hundred per cent come across the market if you visit the town on a Tuesday; however, if you love street markets, then try to visit this town on this day of the week.

The market takes place on Camí de l’Algar Street, and it has over 300 stalls with local fruits and vegetables, clothes and accessories, flowers and much more.

It’s open from 8 am to 2 pm.

8. Visit the Russian Orthodox Church

Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa San Miguel Arcángel is the most unique place in Altea because no one would expect to see anything like this in the middle of Costa Blanca.

This beautiful wooden Orthodox church was mostly built with Russian materials, and it’s considered the first Orthodox church in Spain.

It’s worth visiting because of its uniqueness, and it’s also free to enter. However, you’ll need to drive to access this church as it’s located on the outskirts of Altea, more specifically in Altea Hills, on the way to Calpe.

9. Casa Cervantes

It’s very easy to miss this building when you walk around Altea, but it’s worth seeing. It’s on Santa Barbara Street, one of the prettiest streets in Altea.

This house was built by Francisco Martínez in the 20th century. He was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and all his work, so he decided to build this beautiful Neo-Mudéjar building.

The best way to recognise this emblematic building is by paying attention to the buildings as you walk Santa Barbara Street. Also, the house has an inscription that says “CERVANTES”.

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10. Go to Sierra Helada Natural Park

A view of Sierra helada natural park from a pebble beach in Altea, Spain.

If you love hiking and exploring natural parks, Costa Blanca is home to numerous hiking and walking routes that will amaze you, and Parque Natural de Sierra Helada is one of the best places to do so.

The park offers a combination of breathtaking mountain and sea views that you can contemplate from its 300 metre cliffs and other points. Keep your eyes open to spot beautiful fauna and flora as well as coves among other natural features.

The most popular walking route is Serra Gelada Walk, a moderate to difficult 8-kilometre route that goes all the way from one side to the other side of the park. Panoramic views, amazing cliffs and crystal-clear water are a few of the reasons to go on this trail.

Where to eat in Altea

Xef pirata – gastro bar.

The bar at Xef pirata restaurant in altea, spain.

The historic town of Altea is home to a few restaurants and bars with a view; however, if you’re up for eating in a modern restaurant with delicious food, Xef Pirata is an excellent option.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated – brick walls, bright paintings and an elegant bar on the first floor. Its atmosphere makes you feel cosy and happy. 

They serve Spanish and international tapas with a twist. My friend and I ordered patatas bravas which were presented similar to a meatloaf, fried fish tacos which were my favourite dish, and mini burgers with mushroom sauce. 

All the dishes were full of flavour and nicely decorated.

Most tapas are good to share between two people, but you will need at least 4 to be satisfied. 

The portions aren’t big, but every dish is worth the money.

A close photo of a modern twist on patatas bravas.

📍 Address :  Calle de l’Àngel, 22, 03590 Altea, Alicante, Spain

Opening times :

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30 pm to 1 am

Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 pm to 1 am

What to do near Altea

Day trip to benidorm.

Benidorm is one of those places you either love or hate. Some people consider it tacky, while others love its atmosphere. The truth is that Benidorm used to be a quiet fishing town until the 20th century, and after that, there was a massive boost in tourism, which many think affected the reputation of this town.

If you’re British or an expat living in the UK, you’ve probably heard of many people talking about Benidorm and its TV show. Although you’ll hear mixed reviews about Benidorm, the best way to find out if it’s for you is to visit it for a day.

Some of the best things to do in Benidorm are to explore its old town, where you’ll find San Jaime y Santa Ana Church, go to Balcón Mediterráneo viewpoint, hit Playa del Levante, or visit its theme park Terra Mítica or Terra Natura Zoo .

🚗 How to get to Benidorm from Altea : The fastest way to get to Benidorm is by car. The car journey is 20 minutes. Will you be using public transport? You’ll need to get the train to Benidorm, which takes approximately 15 minutes.

Day trip to Villajoyosa

Colourful houses in villajoyosa, spain-

Villajoyosa, also known as La Vila Joiosa, is a beautiful town near Benidorm. Its colourful buildings, golden sand beaches and delicious chocolate are some of the main reasons you should add Villajoyosa to your list.

The town isn’t very big, but you can either spend half or a full day exploring it. You won’t need more than that, except if you plan to relax on the beach and visit its surroundings.

Some of the things you don’t want to miss on a day in Villajoyosa are discovering its picturesque old town, home to colourful houses and emblematic buildings like its town hall, walking on the promenade, visiting Villajoyosa Museum, which is the perfect place if you want to learn about the history of the town, and, if you have a sweet tooth, head to Valor Chocolate Museum .

Villajoyosa is a hidden gem in Costa Blanca, but it’s become more popular among Spaniards because of the filming of a Spanish series called Alba .

🚗 How to get to Villajoyosa from Altea : The most convenient and quickest way to get to Villajoyosa is to drive. The car journey is only 25 minutes. If you rely on public transport, you’ll need to get the train to Benidorm and take the Alicante-Luceros train at Benidorm station. The train journey takes approximately 55 minutes.

Day trip to Alicante

alicante promenade

Alicante is an excellent day trip from Altea if you want to visit a city and have a full day packed with activities. There are many things to do in Alicante in a day – from visiting museums and historic buildings to tasting the local food.

Santa Bárbara Castle is a must-see attraction in Alicante. At the top of Mount Benacantil, you’ll find this 9th-century castle that takes you back to three different historical periods. In addition to learning about the castle, you can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the city, the coast and the mountains.

After visiting the castle, make your way to the port to eat a traditional paella, and then continue exploring the historic centre of Alicante (Santa Creu area), home to the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and museums like Gravina Museum of Fine Arts MUBAG and MACA Contemporary Art Museum of Alicante.

Last but not least, walking on Explanada de España (Passeig Esplanada d’Espanya) is peaceful, and its huge palm trees and beautiful tiled floor make it so picturesque.

🚗 How to get to Alicante from Altea: The fastest way to get to Alicante is by car. The car journey is 45 minutes. If you plan to use public transport instead, you’ll need to get the train to Benidorm and take the Alicante-Luceros train at Benidorm station. The train journey takes approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Where to stay in Altea

Hotel ábaco.

This charming 3-star hotel is in the neighbourhood of Bellaguarda, very close to the old town, restaurants and attractions.

The building used to be an 18th bakery, but it became a hotel in 2004. Hotel Ábaco offers 18 cosy rooms with beautiful touches and antique-style furnishings. All of them have comfortable beds, ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, TV, WiFi and minibars.

One of the best things about the hotel is its rooftop terrace, which offers views of the town and a tranquil atmosphere. But that’s not all; they also offer other services like massages and experiences.

📌 Check out availability and book your stay at Hotel Ábaco here

SH Villa Gadea

If you’re looking for a hotel resort near the beach, SH Villa Gadea is your best option. This 5-star hotel has everything you need.

The hotel has over 200 rooms which range from standard to premium. However, no matter which room you book, you will find comfortable beds, ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, TV, WiFi, a safe and a balcony.

For a romantic experience, you’ll love the Premium Room, which includes a jacuzzi on a terrace that overlooks the coast.

In terms of facilities, SH Villa Gadea has 4 restaurants and 2 bars which serve anything from local to international food, 3 swimming pools, a gym, and a spa.

📌 Check out availability and book your stay at SH Villa Gadea here

How to get to Altea

From alicante.

There are two ways to travel to Altea from Alicante. The first option is to drive to Altea, which will take you 45 minutes if you go via AP-7, a toll road. If you don’t want to pay the toll, drive via AP-7 and A-31, which is a bit longer (1 hour and 10 min).

The second option is to take the train. There isn’t a direct train that goes from Alicante to Altea, so you’ll need to take the train to Benidorm and change trains in Benidorm.

The good thing is that you don’t need to wait long to get the train from Benidorm to Altea because they’re scheduled to leave a few minutes after the Alicante to Benidorm train arrives. 

From Benidorm

Travelling to Altea from Benidorm is very easy. You can either take the train or drive there. The car journey is 20 minutes.

If you opt for the train, there are regular trains that take you to Altea in only 20 minutes.

When to visit Altea

No matter the time of the year you visit Altea, you’ll love visiting this picturesque town. However, if you want to avoid crowds, consider visiting Altea off-season, either in spring or autumn. Although you’ll still find tourists because it’s one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, you’ll have a more tranquil experience.

Summer in Altea is amazing for hitting the beaches and soaking up the lively atmosphere in the evenings, but it isn’t the best time for sightseeing because of the heat and crowds. July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F).

Winter in Altea is quieter than other seasons, especially in January. However, it’s the coldest month, with an average maximum temperature of 17°C (62°F) and a minimum temperature of 8°C (46.4°F).

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Frequently asked questions about Altea

Is altea worth visiting.

Yes, Altea is worth visiting for many reasons: its picturesque streets, numerous viewpoints that overlook the Mediterranean Sea, its church and its lovely beach promenade.

Which is better, Altea or Villajoyosa?

Both towns are unique in their own way. Altea is much prettier than Villajoyosa and offers stunning coastal views, but if you have time, visit both places. It’s very easy to visit Altea and Villajoyosa in one day.

Conclusion on things to do in Altea

Altea is one of my favourite towns in Spain, and although it isn’t a town packed with historical monuments, there are enough things to do in Altea in a day. It’s also a good idea to visit one of the nearby towns I mentioned above on the same day. 

If you have questions about visiting Altea, email me or leave a comment below. I’m always happy to help. 

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Alicante Spain

Altea in Spain, one of the most beautiful cities along the Costa Blanca with about 15 000 inhabitants can be reached using the AP7 highway. About 15km north of Benidorm and just south of Calpe , Altea is one of the view villages which maintained most of the former fishing village flair of the past times. Famous for its church Nuestra Senora del Consuelo or Virgen de Consuelo with its fantastic looking blue roof. One of the view places along the Coast, Altea center still gives you this kind of spanish village look.

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The city of Altea feels a little bit divided due to the passing of the national road N-332 which separates Altea a little bit from its beach and harbor area.

Altea and its Village look

Beside the road you will find shops and Altea car hire offices. Altea, along with the church, the most attractive place around Altea is its harbor with many nice restaurants and bars.

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Altea and the hills surrounding

Some kilometers away from Altea you will find the mountain area of Sierra de Bernia which reaches up to 1130 mt high hills. From that area you will have a nice view on the Altea area and the coastline. All around Altea there is a huge construction boom happening over the past years.

Not so much along the coastline but more in the hills surrounding Altea. Therefore, many construction companies and Altea real estate firms have come up with developing areas around the hills of Altea. Some of the buildings around the mountains are used for Altea hotels and Altea apartments.

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Map of Altea along the Costa Blanca

Finally, to me, Altea is a worthwhile visit. Due to the mild Altea weather conditions even in summer, the city is a must on every tour around the Costa Blanca. Either visiting Altea town itself or the Altea hills surrounding it, you will love it.

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Altea is located on the Costa Blanca Coast, the White Coast, between Benidorm 11 kilometres, and Denia

Altea is dominated by it's beautiful land mark church located on top of a steep hill surrounded by quaint "Old Town" houses in very narrow streets.  Many of these houses have been changed into restaurants and bar cafes.

In it's early tourist days in the early 1960,s attracted many artists, musicians, writers and craft craftsmen leading to Altea having a Bohemian atmosphere .

Now a days Altea attracts the usual mix of tourists looking for a relaxed style holiday, but it has kept some of it's Bohemian  past with the many arts & craft shops & studios selling beautiful paintings, drawings, crafted goods in wood, metal, ceramics and other materials.

Altea Old Town & Church on the Hill

Some of the dramatic views from locations near the church.

Panorama from Alteaa Old Town

See the fantastic view from the viewpoint (Mirador) 60 metres from the church

Altea Steep street

Bars & Nightlife in Altea

There are plenty of bars, bar cafes & tapas bars in Altea many with entertainment, especially in high season, and usually open until the early hours. These bars are more suited for family 0r older couple holidays. The younger 18-30 element looking for all night discos head for Benidorm only 15 minutes away by car or Taxi. There is also a bus & tram service to Benidorm  First tram back is approx. 6am & bus 7:15am not a big problem if you are an "all nighter" followed by a coffee or snack..

La Mascarada bar

La Mascarada bar Description

The Mascarada bar run by it's owner Captain Kurt is a well known cocktail & Champagne bar in a great location and has a unique maritime memorabilia atmosphere.

La Mascarada bar Location

  • Located in the Old Town Church square
  • Bar La Mascarada,  Plaza de la Iglesia,  Altea,  03590, Costa blanca,  Spain

See Location of La Mascarada bar on our Altea Map  

Barvilla Beach Cafe

Barvilla Beach Cafe Description

Beach bar cafe with live music in Summer. The bar also puts on special events

Barvilla Beach Cafe Location

  • Playa de la Olla area of Altea
  • Beach 40 metres

See Location of Barvilla Beach Cafe on our Altea Map

Sands Bar Altea

Sands Bar Description

The sands bar is air conditioned and styled in modern designs. The bar is more up market

Cocktails, long drinks, beer, spanish wine & more refreshing drinks

Open Saturday - 5pm to late with live music on Thursdays from 9pm for 2 hours and music at other times

Sands Bar Location

  • Near Altea Marina
  • Calle San Pere 44 Altea  03590, Costa Blanca, Spain

See Location of Sands Bar on our Altea Map  

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The main shopping street is the Avenida del Rey Jaime I, but throughout the old town's narrow and often very steep streets are a scattering of fabulous arts and crafts shops that are well worth a visit.

Altea Hotels & Altea Apartments

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Altea Tram Station

Altea Tram Stations formerly Altea FGV Train station. Line

There are 2 tram stations suitable for the town centre of altea.

and a further 2 for the Altea District

  • Altea Tram Station . For the Central & south west area of Altea
  • Garganes Tram Station . For the Central & north east area of Altea
  • Olla de Altea

All these tram stops are on Line L9 Denia - Benidorm .  Change trains at Benidorm to continue to south & Alicante

See Location of Tram stations on our Altea Map

On route from Altea Bus Stop to Church

The main bus service is run by Llorente Buses

Bus route:10:  Benidorm - Altea

Every 15 minutes at daytime peak period

A limited number of these buses continue through Altea to Altea la Vella, which is further north, inland and on higher ground

Bus route:20:  Benidorm - Altea

1 bus per day in each direction. This service allows you 2 hours to look round Guadalest

See Location of Bus Stops on our Altea Map

Airport Transfers

The most convenient method of getting to / from the airport & your hotel or apartment.  More information Airport Transfers

Altea Roads

Altea is a bit of a bottleneck and traffic jams often occur along the main coastal road through the town.  Plans for a bypass road have been passed.

Beaches in Altea  & Altea Sea Front

Plaja de la roda.

Plaja de la Roda - Altea beach

Located Immediately to the north east of Altea marina and the main beach of Altea

Playa de Cap Blanch

Playa de Cap Blanch - Altea to Alfas del Pi beach

  • The nearest beach to most of Altea town
  • A massive beach that stretches from 500 metres south west from Altea Marina and stretches down the coast  to L'Alfaz del Pi beach

Playa de l´Espigó, pebble beach

  • The wearing of footwear creates a more comfortable walk.
  • The largest of Altea's beaches & most northerly

Playa de Cap Negret

  • The furthest beach to the northern section of Altea town
  • A sand, shingle & pebble beach located just north east of Altea and the river, RIU Algar. 
  • The beach ends in a small black pebble cove named Soyo Creek.
  • Approximately 1.5 kilometres x 12 metre wide & full services

L' Olla beach

  • A popular beach located further up, north east, the coast opposite L' olla island, The beach is a mix of sand,rock , pebble & gravel in different areas
  • Just under 2 kilometres long with car parking next to the beach
  • Further along the coast is the harbour. Port de Mar i Muntanya

La Solsida beach

  • Naturist beach located between the harbour of Port de Mar i Muntanya & Campomanes Harbour also known as Greenwich Marina .
  • The beach is very rocky
  • about 4 kilometres north of Altea

Barreta beach

  • Immediately west of Greenwich Marina
  • about 4.5 kilometres north of Altea

Mascarat beach

  • Immediately east of Greenwich Marina

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Church Nuestra Senora del Consuelo or Virgen de Consuelo

Altea restaurants.

being a fishing town with a fish market it is not surprising that most of Altea's restaurants offer fresh fish & shellfish on there exquisite menus.

Restaurants are scattered throughout the town and tend to be concentrated around the square next to church on the hill, the steep narrow streets leading to this square, The Marina area & the sea front.

We have listed some of these restaurants below.

D' els Artistes Restaurant

Restaurant d' els Artistes

D' els Artistes Restaurant Description

  • The very atmospheric restaurant owned by Roland Broggi & Helen Van Esch offers delicious and beautifully presented French cuisine prepared by Roland to excellent standards.
  • The D' els Artistes has a slightly raised terrace.

D' els Artistes Restaurant Location

  • Altea old quarter.
  • In the Church Square.
  • Overlooks the picturesque church .
  • Plaza de la iglesia, 6. 03590 Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain.

Telephone : 965 841 269

See Location of D' els Artistes Restaurant on our Altea Map  

El Negro de Altea

El Negro de Altea Restaurant Altea

El Negro de Altea Description

Specialising in flame grilled meat & fish to high standards with stunning views from the terrace.

The Blue Guide .    BMW .    Michelin Guide .

Open for Diner only & closed on Mondays

El Negro de Altea Location

  • Altea old quarter
  • Located in a narrow steep street with steps leading from the Church square in the direction of the sea front.
  • 60 metres from the Church
  • Calle Santa Barbara, 4, 03590. Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain

Telephone : 965 841 826

See Location of El Negro de Altea on our Altea Map

Oustau Restaurant 

Oustau restaurant

Oustau Restaurant Description

The restaurant is in a 200 year old building, part of the fortified town wall of Altea.,Both the Oustau's service & food are good

International & French Cuisine

The 3 rooms of this restaurant are very characteristic with neatly set out tables but are slightly overcrowded. The restaurant also has a terrace.

The Blue Guide

Open for Dinner only Tuesday to Sunday (every day in summer high season) 7:30pm to Midnight

Oustau Restaurant Location

  • 50 metres from the Church & Square
  • C/ Mayor nº 5 - Altea, , Costa Blanca, Spain- Tel. 96 584 20 78

See Location of OuBeachesstau Restaurant on our Altea Map  

Raco de Toni Restaurant 

Raco de Toni Restaurant

Raco de Toni Description

The bull fighting decor gives an Intimate atmosphere in this comfortable restaurant with traditional cuisine.

The skillfully prepare meals have good flavour in this family run restaurant

Raco de Toni Location

  • Located near the marina
  • Calle del Mar 127 (zona del puerto) E - 03590 Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain

See Location of Raco de Toni on our Altea Map

El Gaucho Restaurant

El Gaucho Restaurant

El Gaucho Restaurant Description

El gaucho restaurant location.

  • 70 metres from the Church
  • On the opposite of the street & a few door lower down from the El Negro de Altea
  • Santa Barbara, 5. 03590 Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain

See Location of El Gaucho Restaurant on our Altea Map

Sybarite Restaurant 

Sybarite Restaurant

Sybarite Restaurant Description

  • International Cuisines

Sybarite Restaurant Location

  • Located in a small picturesque square at the bottom of Calle Mayor with the junction of Calle Salamanca
  • This square is between the Church 120 metres away, & The bus stop
  • Plaza Tonico Ferrer N12, 03590 Altea, Spain

See Location of Sybarite Restaurant on our Altea Map

Altea Palau  Belles Arts

This is a new arts centre built to the rear of the town

Altea Tourist Information Office

The tourist office is located on the sea front

Altea Tourist Information Office, Carrer Sant Pere, 9.  03590

Telephone: 965 844 114/22

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A white, cheerful and cosmopolitan town that surprises visitors at every step. Its old town is one of those places that deserves more than one visit, so you will never get tired of visiting it. You will find countless places to visit. Have a look to our Highlights of Altea, these are our suggestions for places of Altea that you can’t miss.

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Altea Old town

You cannot miss a visit to the Old Town, considered one of the most beautiful of our coasts and one of the most important Highlights of Altea. This part of the town has magic, a place with charm that can be felt walking through its narrow, steep streets, white houses adorned with colorful flowers . A place to get lost, enjoying many shops, craft shops and restaurants. You cannot miss a visit to Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Consuelo that along with  Mirador de Cronistas , form one of the most photographed Altea spots.

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El Jardín de los Sentidos

If what you like is the nature and seek some peace and quiet we recommend, without a doubt, this Jardín de los Sentidos. A wonderful exotic garden with over 3000m2 of tropical plants coming from all corners of the planet, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Madagascar, a place to walk, get lost, and observe many birds. It has beautiful grounds where you can enjoy amazing breakfasts or tea and delicious homemade cakes.

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Cronistas Viewpoint

Located on the top of the Old Town next to Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Consuelo Church , is the best viewpoint of the city and from where you can enjoy the best view of Altea, the vast sea up to the Parque Natural Serra Gelada. A very entertaining ride with countless terraces, restaurants, craft stands and animation. Both day and night, walking through the old town to the viewpoint is one of the most charming itineraries that can be performed in Altea.

Parque Natural Serra Gelada

For those who enjoy being surrounded by nature, you will find a small piece of paradise here . A few kilometers from Altea there is Parque Natural Serra Gelada , a beautiful mountain range that plunges into the sea abruptly creating extraordinary landscapes. Hiking enthusiasts can take different routes to enjoy this natural environment along the coast and discover its secrets.

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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Consuelo

Located on the top of the historical quarter of Altea rise these majestic two towers full of blue tiles visible from anywhere in the city. Undoubtedly, one of the most photographed postcards of the city. This church is a beautiful architectural work of neo-baroque style with contemporary touches built on the foundations of an ancient temple, located in a charming neighborhood of typical Mediterranean narrow and steep cobbled streets full of flowers decorating the white houses.

Highlights of Altea Mascarat beach panoramic view

Mascarat  beach

Located behind the marina and within Parque Natural Serra Gelada we find this wonder of nature. You will fall in love with its natural landscape of great beauty , demarcating the Mascarat beach is a large vertical wall of limestone rock that juts into the sea forming one of the wildest and most beautiful corners of Altea. It has a bar, a restaurant and parking. In this area of Altea the seabed is rocky and seagrass meadows proliferate to make crystal clear waters which make it an especially perfect spot for snorkeling and diving.

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Altea Promenade

You cannot miss a tour of the promenade enjoying a pleasant sea breeze with wonderful views of the bay . In the summer it is a bustling place, there are many terraces, bars and restaurants, offering the opportunity to sample the rich cuisine of the area. It also has numerous shops, no doubt it will be one of the first Highlights of Altea you will visit.

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Marina Greenwich

It is the only marina in the world that matches the Prime Meridian 000º 00 ’00’ ‘. It is full of terraces and restaurants where you can rest and relax surrounded by luxury yachts and enjoy one of the most emblematic bays of the Mediterranean. A natural environment of great beauty amidst a beautiful mountain landscape, trees and small coves. Quiet, ideal place for walking and having a drink while enjoying the sea.

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Altea is a holiday resort on the Costa Blanca with about 20,000 inhabitants. The place is especially popular with German holidaymakers. Although in summer many thousands of tourists spend their holidays in Altea, it is clearly calmer here than in the neighbouring town and mega holiday resort Benidorm . Altea is rather popular with older tourists. Also many of the inhabitants come from Germany – for the most part pensioners, who spend their retirement here. The name of the city is world famous since Seat named a car model after her (Seat Altea). Altea has a beautiful old town with a towering church and narrow streets with snow-white houses.

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The old town is perhaps the most interesting on the Costa Blanca . The narrow streets with the white houses remind rather of southern Spain and are atypical for the region. The old town of Altea is located directly behind the beach and is full of sights. It is situated on a steep slope. The ascent to the church square with the church described below is worthwhile. On the one hand, the large square is the centre of the city. Here you can meet some nice cafés, street musicians and artists. On the other hand you have a great view from the church square to the sea, the beach and the city of Altea including the small railway station for the narrow-gauge railway .

The whole old town is free of cars. The steep alleys partly consist of steps, which are an insurmountable obstacle for motor vehicles. The many flowers in the streets, which are cared for by the residents with much love, increase additionally the charm of Altea. One gets the impression that Altea places more value on the preservation of the place and the culture than on money and commerce. Herewith, Altea stands in a pleasant contrast to the northern neighbour Calpe and even more to the 10 km south situated Benidorm, the biggest tourist place of Europe.

Our tip: Ride the catamaran off the coast of Alicante . Short cruise (duration 2 hours) with drinks etc. for only 32 euros. Great experience, we really liked it: More info and booking

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The most striking building is the church Nuestra Senora del Consuelo at the highest point of the old town of Altea. Its blue dome roofs are a nice contrast to the otherwise snow-white houses.

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The promenade behind the beach of Altea looks like the whole place maintained. It is varied. In some places, as in the picture above, there is a small green area next to the shore path, in other places there are restaurants and cafés. The restaurants are strikingly international – there is even an Argentine steak house and a Japanese restaurant. The beach itself is ok, although partly no sandy beach but pebbles.

The only less beautiful thing in Altea is the federal road that runs one block behind the shore and separates the shore from the old town. Otherwise, Altea is a perfect holiday resort on the Costa Blanca.

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There are hundreds of boats in the port of Altea. Mostly they are smaller ships and not expensive yachts – as for example in the port of Alicante.

Altea Top 10 Sights

Here are the 10 best tourist attractions in Altea, Spain.

Old town: The charming old town of Altea is a must-see. Discover the narrow streets, the white houses and the churches with their blue domes.

Church of Our Lady of Consuelo: Famous for its blue-tiled dome, this beautiful church is one of Altea’s most famous monuments.

Mirador de la Cruz: This viewpoint offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Altea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Palau Altair: This cultural center hosts numerous events, including music concerts, theatrical performances and exhibitions.

Altea Beach: Altea has several beaches, but the town’s main beach, La Roda, is the ideal spot for sunbathing and enjoying the sea.

Sierra de Bernia Natural Park: Located just outside Altea, this natural park offers hiking trails, panoramic views and the local flora and fauna.

Flux Foundation Museum: This contemporary art museum exhibits works by artists from Spain and around the world.

Place of the Ayuntamiento: Located in the heart of Altea’s historic center, this picturesque square is surrounded by historic buildings and restaurants.

Paseo Marittimo: This scenic promenade is ideal for a leisurely stroll and offers views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Altea coastline.

Casco Antiguo: Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic center of Altea is the perfect place to explore the city’s rich history and architecture.

Our tip: Catamaran trip off the coast of Alicante. Short cruise (duration 2 hours) with drinks etc. for only 29 euros. Great experience, we really liked it: More information and booking

Church of Nuestra Senora del Consuelo

Nuestra Senora del Consuelo is a beautiful church in the town of Altea, Alicante, Spain. This church is one of Altea’s most famous monuments and is easily recognized by its blue-tiled dome.

Construction of the church began in the early 20th century and was completed in 1910. A fine example of neo-Byzantine architecture, it features a unique interior design that combines traditional elements with modern touches.

The church is dedicated to Our Lady Consuelo and houses a statue of the Virgin Mary, said to have healing powers. The statue is popularly known as “La Mare de Déu del Consol” and is an important religious symbol for the people of Altea.

Besides its religious significance, Nuestra Senora del Consuelo is also a popular tourist attraction. Visitors come from all over the world to see the church’s beautiful blue dome and explore its impressive interior.

Sierra de Bernia Natural Park

The Sierra de Bernia Natural Park is a nature reserve in Alicante, Spain. Spread over 1,000 hectares, the park is known for its outstanding natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

The Sierra de Bernia is a mountain range that runs parallel to the Mediterranean coast. The highest point of the mountain range is the Bernia peak, which reaches a height of 1,128 meters above sea level. The park features a variety of ecosystems including Mediterranean forests, cliffs and alpine meadows.

Visitors to the Sierra de Bernia Natural Park can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing and bird watching. There are several well-signposted hiking trails that offer beautiful views of the park and surrounding countryside. Popular hiking trails are the Ruta de los Acatilados or the Cliff Route. Hikers can follow the coastline and enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.

The park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including eagles, vultures, wild boar, and several species of orchids. The park’s visitor center offers information, tours, and educational programs about the park’s flora and fauna.

Arrival Altea

By train : From Benidorm , Denia and Alicante (with a change at Benidorm) there are hourly narrow-gauge trains (similar to trams) to Altea.

The Benidorm city bus line 10 connects Benidorm and Altea approximately every 15 minutes during the day.

Altea is easy to reach by car : take the Altea exit on the coastal motorway and follow the signs to the city. There are parking lots all along the shore, but they are often occupied near the city centre. You can simply park a little further out (near the harbour, for example) and then walk into town.

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This NASA map shows the April 8 total solar eclipse path stretching from Texas to Maine. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout all 48 contiguous U.S. states.

A rare total solar eclipse will fill the skies from Texas to Maine on April 8, immersing people along its path into darkness. Millions are expected to travel to see the rare phenomenon and the American Red Cross has steps people should follow if planning a trip to see the eclipse.

Pack an emergency kit in case you get stuck in traffic or can’t find a place to stay . Include water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items including toilet paper, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information. Make a plan for where you’ll stay overnight, if needed.

Check the weather forecast ahead of time and plan accordingly .

Keep your gas tank full so you don’t run out while stuck in traffic.

Let someone know where you are going and the route you plan to take to get there.

Pick an easy to remember meeting location if someone gets separated from your group.

The eclipse will begin at sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, cutting through Mexico’s Pacific Coast at about 11:07 a.m. PT (8:07 a.m. ET) and then enter the U.S in Texas. The path goes through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Small parts of Tennessee and Michigan will also experience the total solar eclipse. The eclipse will then enter Canada and exit North America around Newfoundland, Canada. Full details from NASA are available here .

Some 31 million people living along the eclipse path will witness the rare total solar eclipse, while people in all contiguous U.S. states will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. Compared to the most recent solar eclipse in Aug. 2017, the viewing path for the 2024 total eclipse is wider and passes over more cities and densely populated areas. The upcoming eclipse is also expected to last twice as long, for about 4.5 minutes. The next opportunity to see a total solar eclipse cross over the U.S. after April 8 is more than two decades away on Aug. 23, 2044, according to NASA.

RED CROSS GETTING READY With so many people expected to travel to view the total eclipse, there could be major traffic issues and potential fuel shortages. Communication systems may also experience disruptions due to heightened demand. As part of our regular collaboration for large-scale, public events, the Red Cross is coordinating with local emergency management agencies along the viewing path to respond if necessary.

In addition to the five safety steps above, you should download the free Red Cross First Aid app so you’ll know what to do if emergency help is delayed and the free Emergency app for weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and safety steps for different emergencies. Choose whether you want to view the content in English or Spanish with an easy-to-find language selector. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

EYE SAFETY It is not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. Viewing any part of the bright sun through a camera lens, binoculars or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.

According to NASA, when watching the partial phases of the solar eclipse directly with your eyes, which happens before and after totality, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses or a safe, handheld solar viewer at all times. Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses. No matter how dark the lenses are tinted, regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing the sun. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the  ISO 12312-2  international standard. More information is available here.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org , or follow us on social media.

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See the Total Solar Eclipse’s Shadow From Space

Satellite images from NASA and NOAA showed the moon’s shadow moving across North America.

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Our Coverage of the Total Solar Eclipse

Anticipation and Anxiety Build:  Across parts of the United States, Mexico and Canada, would-be eclipse-gazers are on the move for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime event .

Awaiting a Moment of Awe:  Millions of people making plans to be in the path of the solar eclipse know it will be awe-inspiring. What is that feeling ?

The Eclipse Chaser:  A retired astrophysicist known as “Mr. Eclipse” joined “The Daily” to explain why these celestial phenomena are such a wonder to experience .

Historic Photos:  From astronomers with custom-built photographic equipment to groups huddled together with special glasses, here’s what solar eclipse-gazing has looked like for the past two centuries .

Hearing the Eclipse:  A device called LightSound is being distributed to help the blind and visually impaired experience what they can’t see .

Animal Reactions: Researchers will watch if animals at zoos, homes and farms act strangely  when day quickly turns to night.

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