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Self-Catering Holiday Rental Accommodation in Altea, Costa Blanca, Valencian Community, Spain

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Altea - a coastal town located in the province of Alicante, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. At present, the more important economic factor of Altea is tourism, which started to grow in the 50s because of its good weather, beaches and the beauty of its streets.  One of its places of tourist interest is the church of La Mare de Déu del Consol, easily identifiable by its picturesque blue domes.
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Altea - a Tranquil Vacation Alternative   by Ray Walberg

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The Costa Blanca area on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Spain is a hot spot for travelers to and from Europe. Ever since the concept of the Costa Blanca was developed by the British European Airlines as a way to spotlight this beautiful area and the airline's new flight from London to the Alicante Airport, the Costa Blanca region has been a successful player in the tourism game. Millions of people flock to the south of Spain from all over the world yearly, and particularly from Great Britain, Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

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Town Square with Streamers in Regional Colours, Altea, Alicante, Valencia, Spain, Europe
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Altea is a city located to the north of the very popular tourist area of Benidorm and to the south of Denia. It is an historic city filled with blue mosaic tile domed churches, whitewashed houses and tranquil natural surroundings. It is a beautifully landscaped region, with quaint shops and restaurants, and peaceful beaches. The climate is also mild year round, thanks to the bordering mountains that block the northern winds and warm Mediterranean Sea breezes.

It is considered a well-placed village, very respectful of its natural environs. It is a getaway for many of Europe's so called elite traveling class, from the artists to celebrities and writers. These elites enjoy the old neighborhood surrounding the church with international and local cuisine served in the restaurants. Even the most modern part of the town located at the foot of the town's hill has been built with respect to a less modern age of architecture.

Altea is a pedestrian town. The streets are small and intricately laid out in fabulous mazes. The Mestre la Musica Street is a good starting point. It is a small stone street surrounded by stone houses and leads up to the entrance of the walled village. Mayor Street is where the church is located. The church, called the Church of the Virgen of the Consolation, was constructed in 1910 and is the center of all the cultural activity in the town.

The blue mosaic tiles on the dome of the church were all handpainted and the ornately decorated interior of the church gives it a very Mediterranean feel. There is a very bohemian-chic market filled with crafts from local artisans located here from Easter to September in the square. There are also a few remains of a castle that was once located here as well.

The public fish exchange on the docks in Altea also provide a source of free entertainment everyday around 6 o'clock in the evenings. At this time, the fishing boats come in and the local restaurant owners haggle with the fishermen in Valencian. Altean restaurants benefit from the weather as well, with many fresh ingredients available year round.


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Villa Costa Blanca, Altea, Costa Blanca
This impressive Villa is set high up in an exclusive resort. It faces south and enjoys fabulous views of the Bay and the vast Mediterranean Sea.  Light and spacious in design with a relaxing and airy interior with a neutral colour scheme and high quality furnishings.  The villa has glass windows that go from the ceiling to the floor, and doors which face directly to the sea and allowing sunlight to illuminate through into the villa. Three level villa, with all the rooms laid out in an unbroken line of descent providing excellent views. Luxurious bathrooms. The bedrooms are clean and light.  There is a wooden terrace surrounding the villa (coastal side) leading to and surrounding the large "horizon" pool, which appears to drop away into the sea. There is a standalone cottage which also has a nautical theme with its sundeck shaded by a kite-like structure not unlike the sail of a yacht.
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Latest update: October 1, 2012