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Holidays in Altea, Costa Blanca, Valencia, Spain
Altea is surrounded by the Sierra de Bernia mountain range, which tower over 1100 metres high. It is a lively town with a generous stretch of the Costa Blanca beaches. Alike many towns heritage in Spain, it is built upon the foundations of a fishing village. The town centre's beautifully blue domed church lies amongst the restaurants, bars and shops. As the perimeter expands the marina, the harbour, the promenade and the people lie in ready status to serve the tourist a memorable visit. Getting to Altea is accessible from Alicante airport. A hired car can be made available at the time of booking your ticket. Speak to your travel agent or airline company you have or are going to buy your tickets from. Another option is the Shuttledirect service, which can be booked in advance. There are other transport companies, besides them, that also operate from Alicante.

There are quite a few beaches along this stretch of Costa Blanca. The two major ones: Playa la Roda and Playa de Cap Blanch are a mixture of sand and pebbles and are within convenient distance to the local amenities. Playa de Cap Negret is a shingled beach that ends in a small cove. There are three more coves to visit at the northern end of Altea Bay. The temperatures here are generous, June and July are very warm with autumn offering some of the highest. Rainfall is very infrequent and hardly occurs during the tourist seasons. A strong recommendation from the local tourist boards is to keep out of the sun during the hours of 12 noon to 3pm. Occasional sea breezes are a welcome respite.

Altea's historical heritage originates predominantly from the Greek and Roman settlements. The harbour was ideal for these conquerors and the trade that came to and fro helped the town to prosper. The name of Altea originates from Greek and means "I heal". Muslim intervention helped improve the production techniques of industry such as the town's heritage of dried salt fish. The town also has firearms displayed that were used to fire upon the pirates who raided the town.

The marina and harbour today still prosper. Half of the berths are privately rented but that still leaves the other available for the boat owner. Boats can also be rented, with or without a captain. The Club Nautico de Altea has a year round approved sailing school and can offer introductory and advanced courses. There is also a dry dock with well-equipped facilities.

The bars and restaurants, offer excellent food. Seafood and rice are the main ingredients in the local diet here, delicacies such as paella and arroz a la banda. However, if you want a taste of something more international, French and Chinese restaurants can also be found and enjoyed. The town also has a host of shops that cater well for locals and tourist alike. Crafters, such as potters, painters and other artisans can be seen working within their studios.
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The Author writes for Holiday Home Rentals who have a selection of Villas in Altea and Apartments in Altea which can be rented direct from their owners.
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