Altea is a town in Alicante with lots of charm, mountains, and sea, and the best part is the historic old town and its square. To reach the Plaza de Altea, the best bet is to head up the “cuesta de las narices,” a hard 25-minute hike or a rather stress-free five-minute car ride. Unsurprisingly, I recommend going up in car. You can park in the free parking lot in Palau, but the ascent is worth it.
You can access the plaza through different streets, all of which invariably lead to the square. You can see the church dome from a mile away. The charming part begins in the streets themselves: they’re pedestrian-only, cobblestoned, and have a selection of stores offering clothing, jewelry, art, and the “balconadas,” art exhibits put on by local students of the prestigious Altea Fine Arts School.
Once you’re in the plaza, you can enjoy the artisan booths, artists, and various viewpoints where you can see the entire town of Altea: the seawalk, the port, the Albir and Olla beaches, and above all enjoy a wonderful sunset which turns the entire sea spectacular colors. In other words, it’s amazing. Once you’ve seen the square, the best thing is to head down one of the streets on the other side of the church and end up eating in one of my many good restaurants you’ll find there.
If you want to finish the day up right, you can also stop and have a drink in one of the bars on the square. During summer, the square is always full of life but I’d recommend going in June when it’s less full of people. It’s one of my favorite places in the entire Costa Blanca.
That's all that you can visit in this nice little town. The day I visited it had a flea market, the reason I went there is because I was told it was very nice. It's at the foot of the church and sells cheap farm products of very good quality (from surrounding farms). Well the rain showed up and I could only see a few stalls that decided not go home at the first hurdle. I stopped for coffee in a little bar that was right on one of the corners of the square. It's always a pleasure to meet indigenous people!
This is one of the most important places in Alicante, particularly for the bonfires during the San Juan festival. It is a very central square, and the highlight is its beautiful fountain, a symbol of the city. The horse monument at the fountain is in the expressionist style, inspired by nature. Daniel Bañuls was commissioned to sculpt this work of art, which has become its own right in one of the most popular in the city. During the week, the traffic here can be a problem, but it's still worth going to take some pictures and admire the spectacular fountain. Definitely one of the best places in Alicante.
In the town of Alcoy, near Plaza de España the Plaza "De Dins" is a pleasant place to enjoy a few beers, a good plis-playot , an ice-cream, good ..... (you know). Highly recommended in summer or for the festival of San Jorge.
Although the place is renovated today with touches of the twentieth century, it has a lot of stories as one of the oldest places. There was always lots of flower stalls, with people coming from across the province. It was a clandestine meeting point for couples back in the last century, when dating was a complicated arduous task. For the visitor the city is a breath of fresh air as the wind blows here thanks to the proximity to the river. The wind carries into the narrow streets. And then there were two posts of flowers aptly named, "Place of Flowers".
The Plaza de la Glorieta is one of if not the most important places in Elche. Located in the city center, this iconic square is a part of history of the people of Elche. Since its creation in the late 18th century, the square has experienced numerous renovations, the last taking place in the late 1990's.
La Glorieta is also a popular point of celebration among supporters of the Elche football team. The last great success (in 1999 after earning a spot in the 2nd Division), brought together more than 20,000 fans in the square and adjacent streets. The victories of the Spanish team at the World Cup also filled La Glorieta with revelers.
Nowadays, the square is open to the public 24 hours and there are many shops and cafes. Corredora St., home to all kinds of celebrations (Moros y Cristianos, Christmas, Palm Sunday, etc.), passes right by the plaza.
In the center of the square, there is a fountain topped by an angel from Misteri and a copy of the famous Lady of Elche.
The Glorieta de Orihuela has several zones: the fountain at one end, the bandstand in the middle, and the park area with swings etc. The esplanade in a great space to stroll along or sit for a while on the benches to relax. As a curiosity, note that it was remodeled in 2003 but is still dedicated to Franco, and was erected in 1977.
This is one of the most graceful spots in the village of Novelda. In the parish of San Pedro, it is a meeting place and a wonderful place to sit and watch the people of the village of Novelda. Without doubt, the most comfortable and fascinating place around.
The tourist town of Orihuela was declared a historical-artistic site of interest in 1969, and this plaza has come to be called "the jewel in the crown". From one of its corners or from the center you can see that, here, much attention has been paid to beautify the architectural treasure.
In a city as monumental as Orihuela, additional reforms like this need to be done, to leave the plaza spotless. For example, if they reformed other places in this town as well as they did this place, it would make this town among the most beautiful in this country. It is located in the heart of the Old Town, which you'll get to after a pleasant and flat walk without difficulty, since almost all directions tend to go in or out of here ...
It's what we all know as Plaza del Ayuntamiento but here it's also called "plaza vieja" as the town hall was built here in 1696 that once was the Lonja water. On one side is the parish of St. Peter (built between the XVI and XVIII centuries). The bell tower isn't terribly old as it was built on the former at the beginning of the XX century. In the square's center stands a statue of one of the city's favorite sons Jorge Juan and Santacilia, mariner, mathematician and one of Spain's most complete scientists (XVIII century).
This is a tiny square which must have been renovated not long ago because I remember that years ago it was old and abandoned. Now, the picturesque building, with its red and white facade, dominates the small square. The square is the junction of several small and narrow streets that are worth walking down. But first you must sit and try one of the fine buns from Alonso's bakery, located in a corner in the basement of an old house.
It's basically the town square. It's where all the old men meet, where the processions start and where the town hall holds all of its events. Here you can see the council members sprucing the place up for the "desfile de cabos" which is like a celebration of the "Moors and Christians" which is held later. Here you can engage in conversation with the people of Crevillente, who are shocked to see foreigners taking pictures of their town. The imposing white facade and the large size of the church gives the square a bit of grandeur.
This iconic square is located close to the village hall. Right next to the village hall there is a viewpoint from which you'll get a sense of where you are. After enjoying the sights, a visit to the plaza, which is only a couple of minutes walk and you must stop to enjoy the 221 water falls whose noise floods the entire square. The horseshoe shape helps prevent the sound of water escaping. This is a quiet place surrounded by several shops with character in the village, among them a bakery that makes luxurious ensaimadas.