Information & Facts
Don't miss seeing the church of Nuestra Senora Del Consuelo,
famous for its hand-painted blue tiles. Mountain tours into the
surrounding countryside can be arranged in town. There are golf
courses both north and south of town that accept day visitors. Boat
cruises, fishing and diving trips can be arranged in town, while
other activities on offer include horse riding, windsurfing and
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
Altea is quiet and traditional and not ideal for those wanting a
party scene close to town.
All the nightlife is in Benidorm, a short trip by bus or car up
the coast. Bar Plaza, on Altea's main square, has live music and
jazz on summer evenings.
Altea is unusual in that it has more local, paella-style
eateries than pubs. The Hotel San Miguel gets good reviews for its
food and has great views over the sea. El Castell in the old town
serves some of the region's best pizzas, while La Maja is the
perfect spot for a cooling cocktail or a stylish Mediterranean dish
after a long day at the beach.
Quaint local shops can be found around town. They are mostly
open until late at night, but closed for siesta in the early
afternoon. From Easter until September there is an interesting
market in the Altea town square - great for buying local produce
and gifts such as embroidered linen, leather goods, pottery and
olive oil. The Altea market is open on Tuesdays and has become
known as one of the larger markets on the Costa Blanca. Visitors
wanting a bigger shopping experience should head to either Benidorm
or the Sunday market at La Nuncia, just north of Altea.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).