Peaceful, narrow alleyways, whitewashed houses which in days gone by were protected by a solid city wall, an imposing church with its distinctive blue domes and impressive views of the coastline, revealing in the distance the Peñón de Ifach in Calpe.
Villa Gadea centre
A place filled with culture and beauty in which to breathe in the peace and quiet of its setting. A palatial townhouse built on the orders of Vicente Gadea which previously served as a UNESCO International Music Centre, attracting all manner of visitors.
On the coastline of the beautiful and bohemian village of Altea, one of the loveliest on the Costa Blanca, stands this unique building, in an unrivalled natural setting flooded with light, alongside both sea and mountains.
Since 1995, Villa Gadea has brimmed over with history and culture as one of the premier meeting points for artists and musicians, and the venue of numerous cultural events.
Some years ago it was a prestigious International Music Centre which throughout the year staged a range of performances featuring dance, music and theatre.
It was likewise home to the intriguing permanent collection of "Instrumentos Musicales del Mundo" ("Musical Instruments of the World") assembled by Carlos Blanco Fado, now to be found at the Palau de Altea.
Today a part of the building serves as the Local Police Station, and it therefore does not host as many cultural events although it remains a point of interest, while the palatial house itself is an unmissable sightseeing attraction.
Very nearby, meanwhile, during the summer months there is a beach bar, "Arrecife", where visitors can enjoy a snack or dinner while revelling in the amazing panoramic coastal views, which are truly spectacular above all at sunset.
Today's Altea is one of the key cultural centres of the Valencia Region. And the "Palau de Altea" is the flagship of this picturesque town.
Serra Gelada, one of the most distinctive of the coastal uplands in the Valencia region, is to be found between the bays of Altea and Benidorm.