Altea holidays – The prettiest resort on the Costa Blanca
This charming beach resort has long been a favourite with discerning Spanish holidaymakers. A series of attractive beaches and small coves is complemented by a picturesque hill town with a famous blue-domed church, narrow cobbled lanes, pretty squares and a sophisticated yachting harbour. Add beautiful surrounding countryside and you have a considerably more interesting destination than many of the more tourist orientated resorts on the Costa Blanca.
Altea has a deserved reputation for its quality dining, classy shops, art and crafts galleries and highly reputed dive schools. The palm-lined Passeig Maritimo is a world away from the brashness of Benidorm but the famously lively UK favourite is just 20 minutes along the coast. Altea is ideally placed for excursions to beauty spots like the Jalon Valley and the lovely clifftop village of Guadalest. An ideal resort for couples and families wishing to combine beach relaxation with genuine Mediterranean charm and character.
When to go to Altea
An exceptionally sunny climate ensures Altea is open for business for most of the year. Spring is particularly recommended. The weather has not reached its hottest and you will find plenty of space on local beaches. Spring is also the best time for excursions into the mountainous interior. June and September are considerably quieter than July and August. The town is popular with Spanish holidaymakers in peak summer but never feels crowded. There is an attractively laid-back holiday atmosphere in late summer. Altea is genuinely alive in the winter months thanks to its reputation for fine dining and quality accommodation.
The weather in Altea
The Mediterranean coast of Spain delivers reliable beach holiday sunshine during an exceptionally long season running from early spring to mid autumn. July and August see long days of uninterrupted sunshine and average highs around 30º. Summer evening temperatures are a comfortable 20º. June and September are equally sunny and just a couple of degrees cooler. Idyllic sunbathing weather typically continues through October. Wonderfully mild winters enjoy an average 5-6 hours a day of bright sunshine. Even January and February regularly see daytime highs around 17º. Our favourite time is spring. You can expect 20º as early as March, when the surrounding mountains are an absolute delight.
Getting the best deal to Altea
An early search is especially recommended if you plan to visit in July or August. Altea has many loyal visitors returning year after year. Early booking means you have a better choice of hotels and apartments. Look out for great value holidays to Altea in June and September. The vast majority of Spanish visitors arrive in peak summer. For low prices combined with wonderful weather try spring and early autumn. Our email newsletter is a great way to keep up with late deals and last minute holiday bargains. Take a look at our present best deals and consider close neighbours like Albir and Calpe.
Airport and transport need to know
Package holidays to Altea will usually include a flight to Alicante Airport (ALC) or Valencia Airport (VLC). Both are major Spanish airports with plenty of shops and restaurants.
Alicante is the most convenient arrival point and is especially well served from the UK, with year-round flights from London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham. Cheap summer flights from regional airports like Liverpool, Newcastle, and Cardiff. Flight time to Alicante and Valencia is around 2 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Alicante is about an hour. A taxi will cost about €80-90 (₤66-74). Official taxi fares are posted outside the airport. Direct buses run from Alicante city centre to Altea and cost around €5 (₤4) www.alsa.es/en/ Transfers from Valencia and Murcia (MJV) take 90 minutes.
A straightforward journey by motorway from both Alicante and Valencia. Within the resort there is a very good cheap local bus service to Benidorm and resorts like Javea and Denia.
The best beaches in Altea
Costa Blanca beaches are among the most popular on mainland Spain. The region offers plenty of variety and excels when it comes to well-maintained beaches, a friendly family-holiday atmosphere and easy access to shops, restaurants, nightlife and accommodation. Resort centre beaches have sunbeds and well-maintained toilets and showers. Most resorts have easy access to quieter coves with fewer facilities and fewer people. It is easy to get to neighbouring resorts on local buses.
Altea has a mix of small bays and longer beaches backed by attractive palm-lined promenades. Most are a mix of shingle and sand or small pebbles. Quiet coves offer seclusion even in the peak summer season. Water quality is exceptional.
Playa de Cap Negret is a well-equipped family beach stretching for two kilometres. This runs into Playa la Roda, where you will find the widest choice of seafront bars and restaurants. A choice of watersport specialists offers well-reputed courses in diving, sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing. There is a good choice of cafes, bars and restaurants close to the beach. Playa Cap Blanch is equally spacious and is also popular with watersports fans.
A number of small coves offer a more natural environment. Try the unusual black pebble beach of Cala del Soio or pretty L’Olla beach near Altea la Vella. Coves like La Solsida and La Galera offer peaceful sunbathing.
Altea holidays can easily include the superb beaches of neighbouring resorts. Playa de Racó in Albir is a spacious 600m stretch of fine shingle ideal for quiet sunbathing. There is an area for beach games, a couple of playgrounds and plenty of sunbeds for hire. Benidorm has two of the very finest beaches in Spain. Both Playa Levante and Playa Poniente are tremendous beaches with plenty of entertainment and an inexhaustible choice of restaurants and bars.