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Altea Nightlife

Altea's wealth of bars, street cafes and excellent restaurants mean you will never be short of somewhere to go in the evenings. The bars stay open until the early hours in the summer months or until the last person is ready to leave. No stringent licensing laws here! You'll often find live entertainment in the bars, especially during high season so check for details in the local English language paper, the Costa Blanca News, and look out for advertising posters around the town.

This is not disco land but if the bright city lights and a walk on the wild side are what you (or your teenagers!) are after then big, brash Benidorm is only a 10 minute drive down the road. Here you'll find clubs which accommodate thousands and which throb all night long. Many of them have stunning laser shows and international DJs. Benidorm has everything when it comes to Nightlife from ballroom dancing to raunchy sex shows and a thriving gay scene.

For a good family night out try the Benidorm Palace yes, there are topless dancers but it's all in good taste. You get a first class international cabaret show here, accompanied by a very decent dinner, all for an extremely reasonable price. Local agents in Altea will arrange tickets and transport.Another excellent family night out is the Castillo de Conde de Alfaz, just down the road at Alfas Del Pi. Here you'll be treated to a stunning display of horsemanship and medieval jousting accompanied by a "medieval" meal (i.e no knives and forks!). Round off the evening with a visit to the terrifying "mad monks" dungeon beneath the castle.

The impressive new Palau de Altea offers a variety of cultural evenings and entertainment. Check either there or with the tourist information office (on the seafront esplanade) for details of concerts, ballet, opera, flamenco and other shows.

The tourist office will also be able to provide you with details of any fiestas taking place during your visit. Altea has regular fiestas throughout the year, one of the biggest being the Moors and Christian parades at the end of September. This is a fiesta honouring the Christian battles against the Moorish invaders whose legacy is still very much in evidence throughout this region of Spain. The streets become a riot of colour, bands, processions, parades and, most of all, noise!

If you're visiting in high season, the summer fiestas to look out for are:

  • feast of San Antonio which takes places from June 11th 13th at Cap Blanch
  • the San Juan fiesta on June 24th at El Fornet
  • the feast of San Pedro and la Virgen del Carmen in Calle St Pere
  • the feast of San Jaime at Cap Blanch
  • the feast of Santa Anna held in July in Altea la Vella
  • the feast of San Lorenzo from August 1st 15th at Castell de l'Olla

If it all sounds a bit too sombre and religious for a holiday, worry not. The Spanish really know how to give their saints a great birthday party!

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