Altea is a coastal town in the province of Alicante Valencian Autonomous Community in Spain.

Altea had with an area of 34.4 km ² on 1 January 2013 24,333 inhabitants. The Mediterranean city lives mainly from tourism of the Costa Blanca, whose development began in the 1950s here. Altea is the Fine Arts Faculty of the University Miguel Hernández Elche. The city is a member of the Association Douzelage cities.

  • 3.1 Structures
  • 3.2 Nature and Leisure


Geographical Location

The city is situated on the bay of Altea, between the Cape Mascarat the north and the Punta de la Bombarda in the south, at the mouth of the Rio Algar in the Mediterranean Sea. The mountain range of the Sierra de Altea Bernia bordered to the Interior from back. The city consists of two urban centers (Altea and Altea la Vieja on the Mediterranean about a kilometer inland ), and numerous designated as urbanisaciones residential areas in the vicinity of both centers.

Neighboring communities

Counter-clockwise ( from the north starting ) adjoin Altea: The comarca of Marina Alta, the communes d'En Sarria Callosa, La Nucia and L' Alfas del Pi


It was founded by Iberians and Romans. After the Moorish rule was the Reconquista in 1244 by James I of Aragon and the place was surrounded by a city wall, the remains of which can still be seen today in part. In 1279 the award of the city was right.

Culture and sights

Altea is considered as a cultural region of Valencia. Over the years, many artists, musicians and writers have settled in the city. Thus, the city hosts the Villa Gadea, a cultural institution that has been recognized by UNESCO as an international music school site. Furthermore, the art center Casa de Cultura and the concert and cultural Palau Altea are in the city. In the Costera dels Matxos 2 domiciled a permanent exhibition of German painter and graphic artist Eberhard Schlotter.


Worth seeing the church of La Mare de Deu del Consol (Spanish: Nuestra Señora del Consuelo ) with its domes of blue and white tiles. It forms the center of the surrounding Old Town.

Nature and Leisure

Along the approximately 6 km long bay of Altea extend several beaches with numerous inlets and coves. Mention may be made here: La Olla, Cap Negret, El Mascarat, La Roda and the Cap Blanch. La Roda this is the most visited beach section as it is immediately adjacent to the beach promenade of Altea. The city also has a Sports Palace, a 9- hole golf course and two major ports, the Puerto Deportivo Luis Campomanes, a sports and marina in the northeastern area of ​​El Mascarat, as well as the Puerto de Altea to the south of the city center, among other things, the fishing port and the yacht club Club Nautico de Altea houses.


Besides tourism, Altea has an important fishing port with 24 trawlers and an annual income of around 2,370 t. Also in the waters of the municipality there are two large mariculture where bream, perch and eagle fish are bred. Agricultural products of Altea are especially citrus fruits, almonds and Japanese loquats, which are marketed under the protected designation of origin " Níspero de Callosa d'En Sarria ".


The city is accessible via the AP-7 motorway (exit 64). The national road N-332 Valencia - Alicante also performs Altea. The line L9 of light rail connecting Alicante Altea Benidorm and Denia with the cities. There are also bus services to the surrounding area.

Associated with Altea personalities

  • Eberhard Schlotter ( born 1921 ), painter and archaeologist
  • Gerd Woll Even (1944-2012), long-time citizens
  • Karl -Ludwig Sauer ( * 1949, 1978/1979 ), Freelance artist


View from the old town to the sea