North of Benidorm, south of Calpe, against the Mediterranean Sea, is the town of Altea. The old Altea or el Casco Antiguo de Altea is located against the hill. When entering the old city you immediately imagine you are in an other world. In El Casco Antiguo you can enjoy a certain peace and quiet although it can be quite busy here in summer. You are surrounded by a maze of charming, narrow, authentic, Spanish streets. We can describe the houses as immaculate white with balconies decorated with flowers and plants.
The best way to discover Altea is to wander through the maze of different streets. In the 18th century the houses were mainly used by the many artists, writers and painters. They had their artisan workshops, studios, shops, galleries and restaurants here. Today, you will still find plenty of artisan stalls, small fashion shops, souvenir shops, handicraft shops and especially many cozy terraces and restaurants. Strolling through Altea is pure enjoyment. At the highest point of the Casco Antiguo on the Plaza de la Iglesia is one of Altea's best known and most striking buildings, the Església de la Mare de déu del Consol d’Altea. The two domes with blue tiles stand out from almost anywhere in the city. They form an excellent landmark that makes getting lost in this city impossible. Construction of the current church began at the end of the 19th century. The inhabitants of Altea financed the construction. In the square in front of the church you will find a market, the Muestra de Artesania, in the summer months and during the Semana Santa, with around 20 stalls selling artisanal goods.
Those who want to visit this characteristic Altea can find parking at the station located next to Carrer la Mar. There is also a large parking lot on the Camí Vell d’Alacant.