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Things to Do in Altea

Posted by First Estate on 21/02/2020
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Altea is one of the quietest places on the entire Costa Blanca. You should wear comfortable shoes for sightseeing and walking as the narrow streets of the town, winding along a steep hill, have many steps. They lead to the heart of the Old Town – Church of Our Lady of Consolation. Its patterned domes, lined with blue and white tiles, rise above low residential buildings and are the centre of tourist attractions.

In front of the church there is an observation deck called Mirador, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the highlands of the Sierra de Bernia, which reliably protects the town from bad weather. An elite residential complex Altea Hills is located on its slope. This town has its own port, elite yacht club and 9-hole golf club. Nearby you can see the ruins of the old Fort de Bernia, that was once a defensive structure defending the town against sea attacks. Another part of the town’s old fortifications are two watchtowers of Altea – the Torre de la Galera (XVII century) and the Torre de Bellaguarda (XVI century).

Of particular interest is the seaport Puerto de Altea. Nowadays, the Luis Campomanes Sailing School is settled here. At the port you can rent a yacht or boat, or go fishing, accompanied by a local team of fishermen.

More recently, already in this century, the only Russian Orthodox church in the entire country was constructed on the outskirts of Altea – the church of St. Michael. It was built using Russian materials and stylistically resembles the temples of the Arkhangelsk province of the XVII century.

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