The Spanish coastal town of Altea is famed for its picturesque old town- Casco Antiguo- atop a hill with lovely views of the blue Mediterranean Sea.
It is popular with visitors and mainly European ex-pats; however, it still retains a strong local feel.
Beaches in Altea
Playa la Roda is the main beach of Altea. It is located at the foot of the historic old town and is a mix of sand and pebble with clean blue water.
It drops down to the water suddenly, so isn’t really suitable for swimming for very young kids and those with mobility issues. Sunbeds and parasols can be rented during the season. The main attraction on this beach and the adjoining and larger Playa de l’Espigó is the great cafes and restaurants on the beachfront.
A recently completed widening of the promenade with cycle lanes and tree planting makes this a great beach for sunrise runs and sunset strolls.
Casco Antiguo, as it is known locally. Its pretty, narrow cobbled streets with white houses leading up to a central square with the blue domed church.
It’s a bit of a steep walk- about 15 minutes stopping for photos- however; you can get a taxi to the square and take the easier walk down.
Restaurants in Altea
Altea is not a town that is short on great places to eat and drink!
In the old town, you can eat in the square in front of the church; however, in our experience, there are better options on the side streets. On the beachfront, you can enjoy a wide range of cuisines, including Italian, Thai, Mexican, Japanese/ Peruvian, and of course, Spanish.
Here are a few of our favourite restaurants and cafes in Altea:
El Rey has a great location on one of the nicest parts of the beachfront and is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the whole of Alicante. Tacos and ceviche washed down with a well-made Michelada hit the spot. The huitlacoche quesadillas, lamb mixiote and coctel de camarones are all excellent choices too.
Near the plaza, at the top of the hill, La Claudia has one of the best sea views in Altea from the terrace. service is friendly, and the Mediterranean-style food is excellent. On a recent visit, we loved a prawn carpaccio starter and cod with cuttlefish bolognese main course.
La Greda has one of the best value brunch/ lunch options on the beachfront in Altea. Lots of healthy options with tasty salads like mango and shrimp and friendly service with the sound of the waves on the beach in front of you!