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Altea (Valencian: [alˈtea], Spanish: [alˈtea]) is a city and municipality located in the province of Alicante, Spain, north of Alicante on the section of Mediterranean coast called the Costa Blanca.

Altea
Skyline of Altea
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Coat of arms of Altea
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Altea is located in Spain
Altea
Altea
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°35′55″N 0°3′7″W / 38.59861°N 0.05194°W / 38.59861; -0.05194
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
ProvinceAlicante
ComarcaMarina Baixa
Government
 • MayorJaume Llinares Cortés (2015) (Compromís)
Area
 • Total34.43 km2 (13.29 sq mi)
Elevation
61 m (200 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total21,995
 • Density640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Alteà
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
03590
Official language(s)Valencian
WebsiteOfficial website

At present, the economy of Altea is based on tourism, which started to grow in the 1950s because of its good weather, beaches and the labyrinthine streets with whitewashed house-fronts that characterize the town. Altea is protected on the north by the bluffs of the Serra de Bèrnia, creating an especially mild microclimate. Its seafront esplanade is planted with palms.

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HistoryEdit

The Iberian coastal settlements at the mouth of the Algar river in the wide Bay of Altea were later joined by a Greek marketplace, named Althaia.[2]

During the Moorish domination the land around Altea belonged to the Taifa of Dénia until it was recaptured by the Christians in 1244 under James I of Aragon. The town was quickly fortified, and walls were erected to enclose what is now known as the "old town" from outsiders.

Main sightsEdit

This maze of cobbled narrow and crooked streets with glimpses of the bay is one of the better features of the town. Other sights include the church of La Mare de Déu del Consol ("Our Lady of Solace"), easily identifiable by its picturesque blue and white domes, tiled with glazed ceramics. There are numerous quaint restaurants near the church, some with a view over the Mediterranean. Note that, if visiting by car, you will need to park several blocks away from the church area as the immediately surrounding area is either off limits to cars and/or the streets are so narrow and steep (or have stairs) that cars cannot pass.

EducationEdit

Altea shares a campus of the University Miguel Hernández.

Twin towns - sister citiesEdit

Altea is a founding member of the Douzelage, a unique town twinning association of 24 towns across the European Union. This active town twinning began in 1991 and there are regular events, such as a produce market from each of the other countries and festivals.[3][4] Discussions regarding membership are also in hand with three further towns (Agros in Cyprus, Škofja Loka in Slovenia, and Tryavna in Bulgaria).

  Altea, Spain - 1991
  Bad Kötzting, Germany - 1991
  Bellagio, Italy - 1991
  Bundoran, Ireland - 1991
  Granville, France - 1991
  Holstebro, Denmark - 1991
  Houffalize, Belgium - 1991
  Meerssen, the Netherlands - 1991
  Niederanven, Luxembourg - 1991
  Preveza, Greece - 1991
  Sesimbra, Portugal - 1991
  Sherborne, United Kingdom - 1991
  Karkkila, Finland - 1997-2016
  Oxelösund, Sweden - 1998
  Judenburg, Austria - 1999
  Chojna, Poland - 2004
  Kőszeg, Hungary - 2004
  Sigulda, Latvia - 2004
  Sušice, Czech Republic - 2004
  Türi, Estonia - 2004
  Zvolen, Slovakia - 2007
  Prienai, Lithuania - 2008
  Marsaskala, Malta - 2009
  Siret, Romania - 2010
  Rovinj, Croatia - 2016
  Asikkala, Finland - 2016

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ Althaia, with an implication of curative power, was the name of several nymphs in Greek mythology, and of the mother of Meleager.
  3. ^ "Douzelage.org: Home". www.douzelage.org. Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  4. ^ "Douzelage.org: Member Towns". www.douzelage.org. Archived from the original on 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2009-10-21.

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