Spain is a country that uniquely combines the rich cultural heritage, the charm of old castles and cities and the modern infrastructure of the Mediterranean coast resorts. Annually hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world arrive here to spend an unforgettable vacation. In this paradise corner before the guest opens a huge number of opportunities to get vivid impressions of the trip. You can get maximum for the period of your stay at the resort only by renting a car. This will not lose a minute of precious time and choose the route yourself, setting priorities.
A bit of history
Altea (Altea) - a small town on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The first settlements in this area appeared before our era. For many centuries, this territory changed its owners over and over again, until in 1244 it was conquered by King Jaime of Aragon. The final entry into the Kingdom of Spain occurred after the official status was granted in 1279. Once a small fishing settlement has now turned into an elite resort on the most popular coast of the Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante, an integral part of the Valencian Autonomous Society.
Being in Altea, it is difficult to believe that Spain is one of the leaders in Europe in terms of population density, because the number of townspeople in this town does not exceed 25 thousand. All the buildings of the city are low (up to 4 floors), painted in a dazzling white color, and above the city majestically towers its main attraction and shrine - the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose bright blue dome is visible from afar. It is for this whiteness that the city is often called the "white corner of paradise".
Another bright feature is the inexhaustible love of the townspeople for art. The attention of tourists is represented by a huge number of galleries, museums and exhibitions. Moreover, it is here that the faculty "Fine Arts" of the University of Miguel Hernandez in Elche is opened.
The ancient architecture is organically intertwined with modern infrastructure: in the town you can easily find both a historical monument, and a fashionable boutique, a new office or restaurant.
The legend of a woman who deceived death
The locals like to tell the guests the legend of the beggar Miseria, who received as a gift for her hospitality from St. Antonio a special gift - the ability to punish a thief who climbed her tree for pears: you can climb, but you can not get off without her permission. According to legend, one day she deceived death, forcing her to climb a pear and letting go down only after the latter swears not to come to her until she herself summons.
What sights are worth seeing?
As mentioned above, the main highlight of the village is the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary or, as it is also called, the monastery of the "Barefoot Carmelites" in the quarter of La Oia, not belonging to ancient monuments, but serving as a pilgrimage site.
Here, the only Orthodox church of the Archangel Michael, built on the donations of the Russian-speaking part of the local residents, was built on the entire Spanish land.
One of the evenings should be devoted to a visit to Palau Altea, where all sorts of cultural events are held in the form of concerts, performances or exhibitions. Bohemian meetings attract not only tourists, but also local residents.
To look at the lights of the night city and stock up on souvenirs for relatives and friends, tourists can, walking along the embankment, stretching along the coast for many kilometers.
The streets of the old city
The old city, located on the top of the mountain, attracts with its narrow streets, small shops, a cafe with national cuisine and observation platforms, from where you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area. The best time for such a walk is the evening, when the wind brings coolness from the sea.
As in any resort, a large number of hotels opened, with the joy of hosting hundreds of thousands of tourists a year. Before you decide on a particular institution, you should carefully read the reviews of those who have already stayed there for the rest. As a rule, vacationers are satisfied with the service and the spirits of the Spaniards. With the end of the season, most hotels are temporarily closed, as the flow of tourists noticeably thinens, but some still continue their work.
Season in this area, as on the entire Mediterranean coast, lasts from May to September. A hot summer in a humid climate with daytime heat and evening coolness invariably attracts lovers of sunbathing on the beach. In the summer, the thermometer's column rises to 35 degrees, and in winter it does not fall below 15. These are ideal conditions for those who want to wait out the harsh Russian winter in "warm regions. This is a real paradise with snow-white sand and clear blue water, a resort area that includes everything that a person dreams about when he collects a suitcase on the sea, an edge that he will certainly want to return to.