Altea holidays will take you to the East coast of Spain; it could be just what you need for something a little bit different. Located on Spain`s Costa Blanca, Altea is a relaxing, more traditional alternative to the livelier Benidorm, which is just a 10 minute drive away. The town was originally named Althaya by the Arabs, meaning “health to all”. The past presence of many civilisations here (Greek, Phoencians and Romans to name a few) have left their mark and make Altea the town it is today. Altea has an abundance of craft shops, art studios and a generally more laid back feel. Altea has retained its feel of “typical Spanish village” and even now is known for the local fishermen who can be seen casting their nets out to sea at dawn. Altea is most famous for the blue-domed church of “Virgen Del Consulo” in the main Plaza which attracts many tourists. If you enjoy haggling, then the local handicraft market and quaint shops will be right up your street. Time your holidays in Altea right and you could experience one of the famous fiestas, a definite must see.
Wander through the cobbled streets of the old town, high on the hill, in search of a local restaurant serving traditional delicacies, or opt for international cuisine served widely in the new town. One of the most popular restaurants is El Negro in the old town, which serves Argentinian steak washed down by a glass or two of vino!