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The Costa Blanca
Altea is not only the beautiful quiet village tucked in the mountains of Bernia and Aitana. Altea is not just this rebellious sea that rises little storms with the pebbles of its beaches. Altea is the silence in the narrow streets when the heat of the afternoon rages. Altea is the night of August with the spilling tears of St. Lawrence and the beaches of La Olla explode in fireworks. Altea is the scent of jasmine, the arrogance of the palms, the carob strength, the wisdom of the olive trees... the color of bougainvillea.
Altea are the concerts in their chapels and Palau, the Xirimía and the Dulzaina of its fiestas, the walking over its cobblestone streets and languishing in their viewpoints over the bay, ranging from the rock of Ifach to Sierra Helada.
Altea is, also, the surrounding villages, as L'Alfas del Pi, a former refuge for the inhabitants of the area from attacks by Barbary pirates, that extends from the mountains to the beaches of Albir offering visitors the chance to practice water sports or hiking. And the Villajoyosa, with its fishing quarter with a thousand colors. Or Finestrat at the foot of Puig Campana, with the hermitage Del Remei, built on a Moorish castle.
Altea also is walking in a Sunday morning Altea through the outlet market (mercadillo) in La Nucia, after visiting its antique laundry and Renaissance church. And, close to La Nucia, you find Polop which over decades fascinated and fascinates artists, and remembers all and each one of the province towns in its pinturesque fountain with 221 pipes.
Just 8 kilometers away, Benidorm, worldwide known by its huge sand beaches and by being the city where the fun doesn't distinguish between night and day.
And also Callosa den Sarria, laborious and agricultural city, that contains the church of San Juan from the XV century which is dedicated to the Virgin of the Injuries.
And, at last but not least, Guadalest, with only 150 inhabitants, receives more than 2 million visitors per year. At the foot of its little historical center, jailed inside a rock, you'll find the Guadalest dam, which collects waters from the mountains of Serella and Aixorta. You get into the town through a tunnel in the rock, on which stand the ruins of the castle and the church's bell tower. It's worth visiting the casa de Orduña, an interesting and beautiful mansion from XVIII century, that contains within its walls the museum, the parish church and the fortress.