Flights to Altea
The town of Altea is situated in the province of Alicante, in south eastern Spain, on the Costa Blanca. This coastal town is very popular with tourists as it offers the atypical Spanish whitewashed buildings, making it a very pretty town.
Flights to Altea come to the Alicante Airport (airport code: ALC), located about 60 kilometres away from the city. There are regular bus and train routes for the trip. Iberia offers a 1-stop flight to Altea from South Africa, with a connection in Madrid, but British Airways has a 2-stop route with transfers in London as well as Madrid. Virgin Atlantic also has the same flight to Altea as British Airways. Most flights are around 20 hours long, when coming from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions of Altea:
Like most other towns and villages on Spain’s coast Altea has been a popular destination since the 1950s when its beautiful whitewashed buildings began to attract visitors from overseas. Today these buildings and the quaint town streets remain very popular, and when combined with the great Spanish weather and beaches you can see why Altea is so popular.
Altea’s old town is where you’ll be able to take all those quintessential photographs and it’s beautiful by day or night. There are narrow streets, laid out in what can only be described as a haphazard layout, but then that’s part of the appeal!
The old town was fortified after being recaptured by Christian Spaniards in the 1200s, and so there are many historical buildings still to be seen here. As you wander the little streets you’ll catch glimpses of the sea and the bay, and you should look out for some of the main sights, such as Altea’s churches. There’s the blue and white domes of Our Lady of Solace (La Mare de Deu del Consul) which seem to sparkle in the sunlight thanks to their glazed ceramics.
Many tourists enjoy wandering the maze-like warren of streets during the daylight when you’ll benefit from a certain amount of shade from the sun. You can check out some of Altea’s restaurants during this time and decide on where you would like to eat later in the day. The only challenge is remembering which street the restaurant was on!
Outside of the old town Altea still has plenty of character and appeal. The town has a great micro-climate because it’s protected by bluffs to the north, so a walk along the palm-lined esplanade along the seafront is very nice. The beaches are also great for this reason as they’re protected from the stronger winds making sunbathing and swimming a relaxing experience.
When you fancy exploring further afield you’ll find that Altea is well placed to see some of the other major towns and cities along this coastline. Benidorm, for example, is only 12 kilometres distant.
When Should You Visit?:
The Costa Blanca region of Spain is renowned for lovely weather anyway, and when you add in the effects of Altea’s microclimate this is somewhere you can visit throughout the year. Beaches are best in the summer when average highs are around 26C in July. Winters are mild and great for sightseeing as the average high is still a pleasant 15C.