Altea old town

Address: Altea, Altea, 03590, Spain

- Free


A knee-aching wander through ancient cobbled streets.

The old town of Altea is one of the most picturesque historic villages on the Costa Blanca, with its steep cobbled streets and brightly white painted houses. The walled town dates back to the 17th century, and despite being one of the most popular places to live in the area, with the subsequent restorations, it still has the feel of an ancient fisherman’s village. Many of the streets still bear the tiled plaques (rejoletes) that illustrate their names. Parts of the town go back even further, such as 14th century Bellaguarda, and examples of all the styles of Spanish architecture since that date mix harmoniously in the bougainvillea-filled narrow streets.
Life takes place in the square below the blue-domed Iglesia de Virgen del Consuelo, at the top of the hill, with its cafes, restaurants, shops and viewing points over the bay.

Value for money

Expert tips

The streets are very steep, so don’t try them in high heels.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing