The beautiful tourist town of Altea is located in the Marina Baja region, on the Mediterranean coast of Altea Bay, south of Calpe and north of Alfas del Pi. What separates Calpe from Altea is the long Sierra Bernia mountain range
The city is the official cultural capital of the Valencian Community. It is very quiet and cosy. In addition, Altea has always attracted bright and creative people e.g. in the mid-20th century there was a whole colony of artists, authors and musicians who turned the city into a bohemian place.
There is a large number of art galleries and craft workshops with ceramics and jewellery here. And at its cultural centre, Palau de Altea, where Monserrat Caballe and Rostropovich performed, concerts of great orchestras, opera and pop stars from all over the world, as well as exhibitions and theatrical productions are planned.
Altea has a faculty of Fine Arts at the Miguel Hernandez University in Elche.
Moreover, the city named one of its cars ''Seat Altea'' after itself. The name of the city probably comes from the Greek ''Althaia'', which means "I heal", or the Arabic word a aláya (watchtower).
During Muslim rule, Altea belonged to Denia Taifa until it was conquered by Christian troops in 1244 under the command of Jaime I of Aragon.
The 18th century in Altea was marked by an agricultural, fishing, commercial and demographic boom. However, in the 19th century, official and commercial life moved to the city centre by the sea.
Altea differs from the rest of the Costa Blanca with its pebbly beaches and narrow streets with white houses covered with tiled roofs. Cobbled lanes on the slopes of the Old Town lead to the Catholic Church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo, which has become the symbol of Altea. Its white and blue dome is often called the 'dome of the Mediterranean Sea'.
The watchtowers of Bellaguard and La Galleria (16th-17th centuries) have been preserved to this day.
The first Orthodox church built in Spain, the Temple of the Archangel of San Miguel, is also located in Altea. It was built with the money of parishioners living in Altea Hills - one of the residential areas with the highest purchasing power in Altea.
In addition, property in the city is bought mainly by the British, Germans and Scandinavians. Altea attracts lovers of silence and privacy.