Small coves, traditional dinners on the waterfront, and souvenir-shopping in the picturesque old town. Holidays to Altea showcase a different side of the Costa Blanca.
Costa Blanca’s quiet side
Even though there’s only a small mountain separating Altea from the Costa Blanca’s loudest resort, Benidorm, the two towns couldn’t be more different. Altea lives life at a much slower pace – neon-lit nightspots make way for seafront tapas bars, and you’ll find traditional restaurants in lieu of Brit-style pubs and fast food joints.
Thanks to an eight-kilometre-long coastline, Altea’s beach scene gives you a number of options. There are big beaches, quiet coves, and bays backed by cliffs, all carpeted in a mix of sand and shingles. You’ve got the Blue Flag-flying Roda Beach near the old town, and the black-stone Cap Negret Beach, which is great for watersports. And there’s Playa de l’Olla, which hosts one of the biggest fireworks displays in Spain during the summer.
If you fancy upping the ante a little, bustling Benidorm is less than 20 minutes’ drive down the road. In these parts, the beaches are bigger and livelier, and the after-dark scene is second-to-none. Go for dinner in the old town, before seeing in the small hours to the sounds of live tribute acts.
- The shingle beach is about 6km long, with some areas having scenic cliffs. The main beach is to the south of the town, running all the way to the town of Albir at the southern end of the bay.
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