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A l t e a    Crowning the Mediterraneanvalencia

 

Scenery

Scenic variety is one of the surprising features of Altea. The coast is flanked by tallalt lands cliffs, at whose feet the clear water washes fine, sun-bleached pebbles. To the north the Bernia sierra comes to an abrupt end at the Mascarat, Barra and Solsida cliffs, overlooking small, quiet coves.

Behind these are the wider and busier beaches of La Olla (facing two tiny islands, la Illeta and L’Illot) and Cap Negret, separated from the former by the Frare cave, El Portet and the Soio cove. Next to the town are the beaches of La Roda and Cap Blanch. To the south, the Gelada sierra closes off the bay, crowned by the Altea lighthouse. The river Algar crosses the municipal area to water the verdant fruit orchards.

Urban routes

To get acquainted with Altea, you should leave your watch behind and roam the streets at your leisure. Along the coast is the seafront esplanade adorned with palm trees flanking the café and restaurant terraces. Further in is the commercial part of town, with its market, Town Hall, Post Office, shops and banks. From here on, the streets lead up to the Vellaguarda barrio and the Plaza de la Cantarería, presenting an ancient, reconstructed watchtower.

What to do? 

alt freizBrowse over the local craft articles in the stalls of the Plaza de la Iglesia, or in the market held every Tuesday in the seafront barrio. 

Enjoy the sea breeze and the soft sounds of the waves while tasting a refreshing ice-cream on a café terrace along the esplanade. 

Explore the local country pathways on foot or by bicycle and see the hermitages of Santa Bárbara, Sant Roc, Sant Antoni, Sant Lluís and Sant Tomás.

 

 

Fiestas

During the last week of September, Altea celebrates its major fiestas, dedicated to the Moors and Christians. With an initial “announcement”, successive  “embassies” between the opposing factions and countless parades through the streets, Altea is filled with music, masks and gunpowder for an entire week. Religious acts, processions , pageantry, dances and concerts enliven the atmosphere, and the whole town seems to take part. During the rest of the year, the merriment continues with the Plantà de l’arbret de Sant Joan, marking Midsummer Night, the San Pedro sailors’ fiesta, the fiesta de Santa Ana and Cristo de la Salud in Altea la Vella  and other villages, and a fireworks display called Castell de L’Olla in August.

 

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