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Altea Beaches

Altea has six kilometres of pebble beaches interspersed with coves and cliffs (including a popular naturist beach). At the foot of the old town on the hill you'll find the main shopping street of Avenida del Rey Jaime I which runs parallel to the attractive palm fringed seafront esplanade, the Passeig Maritimo.

Both these areas are a hive of activity. The avenida, which forms part of the national road between Alicante and Valencia, has some excellent clothes, shoe, furniture and leather shops. The esplanade is a great place to buy your English national daily newspapers (now printed daily in Madrid) and settle down with a "café con leche". Enjoy the views over the bay and just people watch!

This is a particularly attractive seafront promenade with plenty of bars and restaurants yet it never becomes over run with tourists (unlike the neighbouring resort of Benidorm).

Adjacent to the old town you'll find one of the two main beaches Playa la Roda which is a mixture of sand and pebbles. The most popular beach also sand and pebbles is Playa de Cap Blanch, located to the south of the town and stretching to the next resort of Alfas Del Pi.

Playa de Cap Negret, to the north of the town, is a shingled beach ending in a small cove called the 'Cala del Soio', distinctive for its black pebbles. L'Olla is another popular pebble beach opposite a small island of the same name.

The northern end of Altea Bay is at 'Mascarat point' where you'll find the shingled coves of La Barreta, La Solsida and La Galera. The southernmost point is the port's breakwater that marks the boundary with of Alfàs del Pi at Bombarda point.

Altea has two high quality water sports centres, EL Club Nautico de Altea and El Puerto Deportivo Luis Campomanes (also known as Greenwich Marina). Activities on offer here include diving, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, water skiing and local boat cruises.

The Luis Campomanes harbour is home to some of the most magnificent cruisers and yachts you've ever laid eyes on. There are plans to expand this already impressive harbour into what the locals hope will be one of the best sports marinas in the Mediterranean.

Altea is the start and finish point for one of the Mediterranean's most important sailing events, The Two Hundred Milles A2 which takes place in the winter and involves a round trip to the island of Ibiza and back.

The local waters also provide a treasure trove of marine life and rock formations to delight divers of all abilities. The sea is clean and visibility often exceeds 20 metres. Dive from a boat near the Luis Campomanes marina and you'll discover an intricate maze of shallow water grottoes, winding tunnels, narrow crevices and caves.

A dive of between nine to 17 metres will reveal an underwater world bursting with life walls of sea anemones, gorgonians, octopus and an infinite variety of fish. This dive site is perfect for beginners and qualified divers alike because of its accessibility and depth.

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