Street of Altea old town.

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Altea Old Town

Top choice in Costa Blanca

It's an easy 10-minute stroll back from the beach to this tight-knit hilltop warren of whitewashed houses. It's visually very beautiful and, though the main street and plaza are very touristy, you can find some quieter corners. Three miradors give different perspectives over the coast.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

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7.04 MILES

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26.23 MILES

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