A Day Trip to Altea: The Spanish Santorini
Altea is one of the most charming, quaint towns and jewel of the Spanish “White Coast”, Costa Blanca. Nicknamed the “Santorini of Spain”, it has become a popular place for travellers where the blue and white tiled dome (“Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Consuelo”) set amongst the whitewashed houses has become iconic for this part of Spain.
It’s beauty appeals to many visitors looking for picturesque scenery and a tranquil escape. You can find yourself strolling around the many family-run Artisan shops in the Old Town before heading down to relax on the beach.
HOW TO GET TO ALTEA
Altea is located in the southern part of the Valencian community and in the province of Ali Canté. This makes it easily reachable by car, tram or taxi from both the North and South. For instance, you could head North of Ali Canté to reach Altea by car in approx. 45 minutes (33 miles). From Valencia, head south to reach Altea by car in approx. 90 minutes (82 miles).
Although it’s towards and just 6 miles (20 minutes) from Benidorm, it couldn’t be more different. Altea offers a traditional Spanish experience with historic buildings, ancient walls and stunning views.
WHEN TO VISIT ALTEA
In the summer, Spain can get quite hot – we visited during mid-August and it reached 33-degrees! So if you are visiting during peak summer, we recommend exploring Altea in the morning to avoid getting too hot as it’s quite an incline to the viewpoints. In Autumn/Winter, expect more pleasant, cooler weather and a more peaceful vibe as there are less visitors.
EXPLORE ALTEA’S OLD TOWN
The Old Town offers a taste of traditional Spain with its narrow cobbled streets and white houses, cafés and shops leading up to the central square. The greenery and flowers add a pop of colour to the whitewashed buildings, narrow passageways and archways overall enhancing the towns appeal.
It’s no surprise that Altea has become one of the most photographed towns in the Ali Canté coast that has inspired artists and painters for decades.
ENJOY VIEWS OVER ALTEA & THE COAST
By climbing the steep stairway, you can enjoy sweeping views of the Mediterranean ocean and bay of Altea. There are many view points on your way to the peak where you can stop, enjoy the view and take photos for memories. Although it’s quite steep in places, it’s largely accessible for most.
You can even take a pit stop to enjoy a light lunch and cool down in one of the locally-run cafés before heading down to the coast to rest on the sand.
TRAVELLING DURING COVID-19
Also, for those of you wondering about travel to Spain during COVID, it wasn’t bad at all! Everything was open as normal – you just have to wear face masks when out in public, including in the street. As it’s so hot outside, this can take a bit of getting used too, but after a day or so, it just becomes normal.
So, don’t let it stop you exploring beautiful places like Altea or other European gems such as Vienna this summer.
Have you visited Altea before? We definitely recommend it – don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @travellinguru_ and #travellingguru when you get the chance to explore this lovely town! 🙂