Totally remodelled, top-floor designer apartment in Altea's casco historico.
- english, french, spanish
About Barbara Drake
Barbara is an international film production designer and set decorator. She is a published interior and landscape designer who is particularly interested in drought tolerant projects. Peter, her partner, is a journalist who has spent several decades working as a foreign correspondent.
Barbara Drake purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Barbara Drake chose Altea
I was attracted to Altea by its historic reputation as a life-enhancing community [historians dispute whether the word Altea is derived from the Greek word for good health, althaia, or its Arab equivalent, attalaya]. The area has a rich history, marked by Iberians, Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Muslims and Spaniards. Altea became a town, officially, in 1279. It garnered an artistic reputation from the 1960s, and is recognised as the Cultural Capital of the Autonomous Community of Valencia. The town has a strong musical character, hosting, among other arts institutions, a music conservatory and a museum of ethnic music. The Palau de Altea sits 1,000 and holds dance, music and theatre shows and is within walking distance, as is a small amphitheatre. It is also a fiesta town, climaxed in September by the Moors and Christians pageant. An eco fair is held a few minutes walk away in October. An artisan fair, the Altea Handicrafts Fair, is held in the Historic Town every July and August. Protected by the Sierra de Bernia to the north, the community is blessed by sea breezes, airy light, mild temperatures and a dry climate. It is a bonus that Altea, which has a cosmopolitan blend of Spanish and foreign residents, retains a vibrant artistic. cultural, community and regional identity, with close links to the surrounding countryside and the Mediterranean Sea.
What makes this Apartment unique
Many, not least of which is a totally remodelled apartment. Also dramatic views of the nearby mountains as well as quick walking access to Altea's historic town, new shopping areas, tramway and bus stations, plus lively esplanade, port and beach. Altea has retained its Spanish flavour and remains a vibrant community with links to the surrounding countryside. There is no private parking, although cars can be parked either on the street below the apartment, on adjacent streets or in a free public park at the end of the street. The municipal covered market on Altea's main commercial street, the Avenida del Rey Jaime 1, sells fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, wine, cheese, flowers and other essentials. A weekly street market is held on Tuesday mornings on Avenue de la Nucia, a few blocks downhill. Hiperber, our local supermarket, is on Camino El Ponet. A convenience store, A Totes H'Ores, is found nearby on the Placa de la Creu. The nearest organic, or "bio," shop, Supersano, is on Calle Pont de Montcau. Our local bakery, Panificadora, at 31 Calle Pintors, serves good coffee. As do the Eucalypt and La Picaeta De Lolo on Avenue de la Nucia. Avenida del Rey Jaime has several cafes. Most are busy in the morning before the siesta kicks in. There is a Carrefour hypermarket outside Benidorm, about ten kilometres away. Carrefour can be accessed by tram. Car rental is available in Benidorm. Beniconnect operates a shuttle to Alicante airport or station, the terminal for a high-speed AVE train service to Madrid.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:12
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
No smoking, parties or events. Please respect our neighbours.
Security deposit: you may be charged up to €300 for any damages.
Guests must sign Rental Agreement before allowed access to property.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Known since ancient times, Altea was once a Moorish community, Althaya, meaning "health to all," so called because of the pueblo's location on a hill, cooled by sea breezes, above the Mediterranean inside a wide, sweeping bay. Shielded by the Sierra de Bernia to the north- as viewed from the apartment - Altea lies in a rain shadow and is blessed with a mild microclimate that averages 18C year around, while summer temperatures can be far warmer. This may account for Altea's clear light and spectacular sunsets, which can be viewed from the apartment's balcony. Today, the Old Town, or Casco Antiguo, remains a labyrinth of whitewashed houses with terracotta tiles, cobbled streets, lanes and alleys, crowned once by a castle and now by the signature blue-tiled cupolas of an imposing church, Our Lady of Consolation, and a plaza popular with diners. The Old Town is within walking distance of the Mediterranean and a palm-lined seaside promenade overlooked by shops, restaurants and bars. The newer part of town, which includes Altea's main shopping street, Avenida Rey Jaime, and two stations on the local tramline - north to Denia and south to Benidorm, where travellers can board another tram to Alicante - is one block back from the N332 and two blocks back from the Mediterranean. Ave Jaime 1 hosts a covered food market, which sells wine, fruit, vegetables, meat, olives, cheeses and catch from Altea's fishing port. Altea, like neighbouring towns, has a bustling weekly street market. The town retains a strong Spanish character with many small, locally owned businesses and bars and no fast food chains. The siesta remains sacrosanct. During the 1950s Altea became a popular destination for artists and writers - painter Juan Navarro Ramon is the most famous son - and the town is regarded as the Valencian region's cultural hub. A large foreign presence gives Altea a cosmopolitan feel. The University of Culture and Fine Arts is a short walk from Calle Santa Teresa, as is the local library and a new concert hall. There are several small museums. Fiestas, such as the annual Moors and Christians festival (thought to be the best of the towns participating), remain a major cultural element in Altea and the wider region. The campo, or countryside, dotted with small-holdings that grow citrus, olives, figs and loquats, is close by, while community allotments provide green, organic spaces within the municipal area. The Sierra de Bernia soars to 1,130 metres and offers some of Europe's most spectacular mountain and valley walks [best in the cooler months], as well as mountain biking, while quiet country roads wend through countryside, sometimes terraced for farming by the Moors, wilderness and quiet villages. Dramatic views of the Mediterranean can be seen from the N332, while marinas and beaches offer aquatic access for sailors, swimmers, windsurfers and divers.
There are 5 beaches in the Altea Bay - Play de Cap Blanch, Playa de la Roda, Play de L'Espigo, Playa de Cap Negro and Playa de L'Ollo. The closest to the apartment is Playa de La Roda which has pebbles and sand and is good for swimming. There are volleyball nets on the beach.
There is a hospital in Benidorm, 15/20 minutes by car . There are two water parks in Benidorm.