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Altea is one of the best places to visit on the Costa Blanca. It has retained its beauty and charm unlike many other former fishing villages. Altea is located south of Calpe and about 15 kilometres north of Benidorm. This makes it a great location to live or visit. Altea has a quiet atmosphere and is close to larger more lively towns with beautiful houses, good shops with plenty to buy and nightlife. Other cities nearby are La Nucia, Polop, Callosa d'En Sarria, Albir and Alfaz del Pi. Altea has a population of 20,000, but in summer tourist season this swells to 50,000. The name Altea comes from the Greek: Altahia (I heal) and from the river Algar (the river of health). Numerous groups of people settled in Altea, including the Iberians, Greeks, Romans and Muslims. Today, many northern Europeans are looking for properties for sale in Altea or Altea Hills. Altea is famous for the church of Nuestra Senora del Consuelo or Virgen de Consuelo with its fantastic looking blue roof. This is set on a hill and can already be seen from miles away. The old town part of Altea lies on a steep slope and the streets are dotted with small designer shops and is popular with artists. Among the narrow streets with their picturesque white houses, orange trees and geraniums you will find painters, potters and many other traditional craft workshops. There is a real authentic Spanish atmosphere in Altea city, often missing from others on the coast. The port and marina of Altea are also remarkable. It is very beautiful and beautiful and a great place to eat or drink. The beach of Altea is more than 5 km long and is divided into the pebble beach of Cap Negret beach in the north of Altea, followed by La Roda beach next to the old town and the largest beach of Cap Blanc in the south, which becomes the coast of Albir. Altea is a great popular tourist resort with many bars, pubs and restaurants. Altea restaurants worth a visit are the Xef Pirata - Gastro Bar, La Bruschetta, La Costera, Asasor El Torreon de Paula, Tribus, El Perro Negro, La Maja, Inigo Fusion, Restaurante El Paso, Sabor, Oustau de Altea SL, and La Capella to name just a few good restaurants.