Altea's long pebble beach and promenade is a favourite summer destination for visitors from throughout Spain and Europe. With 2 km of first line apartments facing the sea you will always find some of these properties for sale. Many of them feature wide sunny terraces with great views and are typically in the higher price range, but there again, you do get one of the best locations in the Mediterranean.
A more economical alternative could be an apartment in Altea town centre that is only three streets away from the sea front. Here you have a full range of shops, banks, and services on your doorstep and most of the local Spanish residents live here. Altea Old Town with it's popular church square is only 10 minutes walk away and the property here comprises cottages and town houses many of which have been renovated. They retain their traditional appearance and a fair number are always offered for sale although getting a parking here can be a problem. You will find them on the ancient pebble paved streets that lead up the the church square (Plaza de la Iglesia) and many of them have fine sea views from their roof terraces.
Altea's most recent major new development is the Altea Hills urbanization that has taken shape on the sunny slopes of the Sierra Bernia. It offers the finest views over Altea Bay and has a high quality infrastructure of roads with pavements, street lighting and facilities such as the five star Melia Altea Hills hotel and spa. It has become a favourite site for the construction of luxury villas and it has a direct access to the exclusive Luis Campomanes Sports Harbour.
The Puerto Deportivo Luis Campomanes is located directly on Greenwich meridain 00º00' and offers new village style properties beside the moorings in the harbour with higher rise apartments further back beside the cliffs. The nearby Pueblo Mascarat urbanization overlooks the harbour and also keeps the Spanish village theme with arches and terraces. Properties here often have good sea views and the area is being extended to include the new La Reserva complex on Calpe's Sierra de Toix.
Continuing along the coast road from Mascarat towards Altea you can turn off left to the La Galera del Mar urbanization or right to La Galera de las Palmeras. Galera del Mar comprises small villas and bungalows in very lush tropical gardens and Galera de las Palmeras has newer properties on a hillside overlooking the sea and is a very convenient location with quiet shady streets.
If you take the nearby motorway entrance and turn right before the toll booths you will arrive at the village of Altea la Vieja. This was the original settlement of Altea and is found beside the popular Don Cayo golf course and the Sierra de Altea urbanization. Properties here are for the most part large private villas with pools on wide pine forested streets. The Urlisa urbanizations comprise Urlisa I,II and III in their order of development with properties dating from the 1970's in Urlisa I to new developments of villas and bungalows in Urlisa II and III. About 1 km leaving Altea la Vieja on the right you will find the entrance to Alahama Springs, one of Altea's first urbanizations of private villas with pools.