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day trips, Altea

Head back in time in this charming old village

Meaning 'health to all', Altea is a world away from mass tourism. The town is situated on a large bay with an expansive beach and a modern marina. To uncover Altea's real charm, however, you'll have to stroll into the old town and be prepared to climb!

The grand Virgen del Consulo church overlooks whitewashed buildings and a bustling square, filled with good quality restaurants and cafes that encourage you to dawdle over lunch. Inside the church you'll find murals and sculptures of fine art on display, all lit up by the sunlight streaming in though its glorious stained-glass windows.

Altea's charming cobbled streets are filled with wrought iron balconies almost all overflowing with flowers. By day and by night in the Summer months you can discover small art galleries there, many offering free entrance, and stylish shops selling handmade pottery and jewellery. In actual fact Altea is a haven for artists of all types - painters, writers, musicians - all giving the town a bohemian feel.

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