Altea, everything you need to know about the Spanish Santorini

August 29, 2023

altea sculpture beach letters sign

Altea is a coastal town bathed by the Mediterranean sea in the region of Alicante, Spain. A gorgeous white washed old town and warm turquoise waters make it the perfect summer destination. So much so that people have started calling it "the Spanish Santorini".

Perched over a hill, Altea is a balcony to the Mediterranean with white houses and a prominent blue dome from the church. These picturesque features make it one of the most beautiful towns in Alicante and Spain.

altea sierra view bird's eye mirador

If you have traveled to Alicante, you have probably heard of Benidorm, the #1 coastal town in Spain. Altea is just a stone's throw from Benidorm and much less crowded.

altea spain old town

Let's take a closer look at everything Altea has to offer.

What to do in Altea

Altea has served as inspiration to many artists. As soon as you reach the old town you can understand why. The narrow streets, the clobblestones, the perfectly preserved architecture make Altea the most charming town.

The church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo is located at the top and can be seen from anywhere in town thanks to its white and blue domes. Needless to say, you have the most spectacular views of the bay and the sea from this spot.

Altea's sea promenade is the perfect place for a relaxing walk and do some retail therapy. Don't forget to get an ice-cream, they are typical of Alicante and, trust me, they are not your average ice-cream, the quality is amazing!

A trip to the Mediterranean is not complete until you go for a swim! In Altea there are several beaches: playa de la Olla, playa de Roda and playa Cap Blanc. A little bit further is Cap Negret, more secluded and with mountain range views.

Tip: visiting Altea with kids

Altea's old town is the highest spot in the village. The cobblestone steps to reach it make it almost impossible to get there with a stroller. If you are visiting Altea with a baby, be sure to bring a carrier.

altea old town shop

altea old town sea turquoise

altea church nuestra señora consuelo

Where to eat in Altea

There are many dining options in Altea. We had lunch at La Capella, a beautiful rustic restaurant with an ample terrace that offers gorgeous views of the town. They serve excellent quality Mediterranean food and classic rice dishes so popular in the are such as paella.

altea restaurant food capella

What to see near Altea

Right next to Altea you can find a spectacular Orthodox church made of wood. St Michael's Russian Orthodox Church was built in 2007 to be a copy of a 17th-century church in Russia. Its materials were imported from the Ural Mountains and put together by Russian craftsmen. The church is located about half way between the towns of Altea and Calpe and is open to the public. Entry is 3€.

altea saint michael russian orthodox church

North and South of Altea you can find other interesting coastal towns such as:

  • Benidorm with its unbelievable skyscrapers
  • Calpe and Peñon de Ifach, an impressive rock that you can climb
  • Villajoyosa and its colorful highly instagrammable houses

I hope you enjoyed this quick guide about Altea. If you have any questions, leave them on the comment section below.

Looking into other Mediterranean destinations, check out these blog posts:

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altea landmark old town beach


  1. I fell in love with Barcelona with we visited in 2017. I would love to come back and visit Alicante, Althea and Benidorm, like you recommended on this post. I've read a lot about Bilbao and Ibiza, so those are on the list too :-)! So many places to visit ....

  2. Amazing. You’ve introduced me to a place I have never heard of, and now want to visit. Thank you so much.


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