I have to admit that I have a rather limited experience with Spain's ultra-touristy Costa Blanca, but from what I've seen, Altea is one of the most charming and beautiful towns in the area. Although it's located only 20 minuted from the high-rise resort complexes and tour groups of Benidorm, Altea still retains its quiet fishing village feel and its white-washed buildings, incredible views, and flower-lined cobblestone streets make it one of the most enchanting and romantic destinations in the area.
The village itself it perched upon a seaside hill and topped by a historic church and its iconic blue domes. And while that means lots of hills and endless stairs, it also means that you'll be able to enjoy amazing unspoiled views of the coast at basically every turn. The city was orginially a fishing village which became a magnet for artists and bohemians and has since become home to a higher-end clientele, both Spanish and international. This means that the town offers a lovely mix of traditional restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and cocktail bars, all the while maintaining its authentic village feel.
If you can, try to rent an apartment in the old town at the top of the hill. Yeah, you'll have to walk a bit to get to the tram station or the beach, but the views and atmosphere are worth it. The old town at night is especially enchanting as the old-fashioned street lamps flicker on and the plazas fill up with candle-lit outdoor cafes spread out among the bougainvilleas and palm trees.
To get there, head to Benidorm and then catch the Benidorm-Denia tram (line 9) and you'll arrive in less than half an hour. All in all, if you're looking to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city or just spend a romantic weekend at the coast, Altea is one of your best options in Costa Blanca.
Guardamar greatly surprised me. Aside from the dunes where you can spend house looking out at the sea and reflecting on life, there’s a marvelous park full of birds, picnic tables, and walking trails. I love it!!!
Nestled at the foot of the Serra Gelada Natural Park, is the Albir beach, lapped by turquoise waters, with small hidden coves, like La Mina, El Metge and Amerador, that invite visitors to a little more privacy. Every July, the town pours in to see its film festival, that has it's own "Walk of Fame" by the sea.