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The name of Altea could come from the Greek Althaia, which means “I cure”, or the Arabic word aṭṭaláya that gives place in Valencian to the word Talaia

ALTEA CHURCH

The beauty of Altea lies in its varied and spectacular landscape where the spirit of the Costa Blanca surrounds us.Its coastline with beaches of clean and calm waters, walks full of restaurants and terraces for all tastes and pockets, passing its old town that with its white houses reminds us that it is one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean and where you can contemplate The Church of Our Lady of Consolation that crowns the top of the city with its tower and blue dome, a symbol of Altea.

In the interior, its landscape is mountainous what protects and pampers its climate, a tourist value that take into account its visitors.
Join us for this wonderful trip in photos by Altea and also includes the Club Náutico de Campomanes and the Russian Orthodox Church that so much admiration rises among its visitors.

The ancient village, also known as El Fornet, is one of the most beautiful areas of the city. Its narrow and pretty cobbled streets, its terraces and restaurants or its numerous viewpoints, have been and still are inspiration of artists and amazement of its visitors.

Church of Our Lady of Consolation

It is the best known church and has become one of the symbols of Altea. It emphasizes by its two domes that familiarly denominate The Dome of the Mediterranean by its great beauty and splendor.

History

The name of Altea could come from the Greek Althaia, which means “I cure”, or the Arabic word aṭṭaláya that gives place in Valencian to the word Talaia. Traces have been found in the Iberian and Roman term.

During the last phase of Muslim rule, Altea belonged to the taifa of Denia. It was conquered in 1244 by Jaime I of Aragon obtaining letter puebla in 1279.

In 1705 the Anglo-Dutch squadron that supported the Archduke Charles of Austria, headed by the Valencian general Juan Bautista Basset, landed in the bay of Altea, in the framework of the War of Succession, which favored the later takeover by the Austroconsists of Denia and Valencia . The eighteenth century marked an agricultural, fishing, commercial and demographic boom, ending the century with 5,000 inhabitants.

During the nineteenth century, official and commercial life moved to the urban center near the sea.

The village of Altea is located on a promontory near the mouth of the river Algar, north of the province of Alacant. But there is another town called Altea la Vella which still occupies the site of the old town, just three kilometers from the town center. Its origin dates back to the first millennium BC. N. E., But Roman and Muslim remains have also been found. The different civilizations still show their imprint in many corners of the term where the orchards, ditches, terraces of olive and almond trees maintain this millennial landscape.

After the fall of the Roman Empire and the Muslim and Berber colonization of the valleys of Algar and Guadalest, the whole territory was changed, but with the Catalan conquest in the thirteenth century and the decree of expulsion of the Muslims of 1248, The population will gradually decline over the next few centuries. Nevertheless a medieval project of repopulation without much success denominated Bellaguarda was developed, the rest of which have been surrounded by the urban nucleus of Altea. In the sixteenth century with the term virtually deserted, the construction of a fortified town of new plant is projected, which will fix its characteristic physiognomy.

Guided Tours: Altea La Vella. Every Thursday in July and August at 7:30 pm from Cura LLinares car park. And in september 3rd and 10th. Guided Tours Altea: Every Friday un July and agost a les 7:00 pm from Tourist Info (Altea’s Town Hall). And in september 4th and 11th. Please, don’t forget to book it in advance at the phone number 965 844 114 or altea@touristinfo.net

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