Altea is a very charming
community located along the coast, with 6km of beaches and
a beautiful beach promenade. It stretches up towards the
mountains where you find the "old town".
The community is rich in history, and there have been
finds in Altea la Vella and Cap Negret from the Iberian
folk from the 5th to the 1st century BC. Then came the
Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, after which the
town came under the Roman influence. In the year 711 began
the Arab conquest of Spain, which had a great influence on
trade, culture and language as well as religion. In the
year 1244 Jaume III captured Altea and it became Spanish.
By the beginning of the 1500´s, Altea was almost abandoned
because of pirates who constantly were plundering the town.
Because of this there was built a more protected town with
a double wall and a fort in 1607. They built two gates in
and a main gate called Portal Vell, which can still be
seen today. The wall was pulled down in the middle of the
Plaze de Iglesia is in the center of the old town, and
here you will find the famous church with the blue dome.
Originally from the 1600´s, it had to be rebuilt towards
the end of the 1800´s because of war. This church is a
must to see! Many cultures have had an influence on the
town's development through the centuries. Today there are
many artist that have settled here and they have
influenced this little town with the whitewashed houses,
narrow streets and a fantastic view of the Mediterranean.
Altea supports culture and the arts, and new attractions
are constantly being built. Here the university for music
and art is located as well. Altea offers water sports,
golf and other activities as well, and they celebrate over
20 Fiestas each year: