Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Altea, Spain, on the Costa Blanca Coastline

Costa Blanca
Altea, Spain

Altea, alfons el Penyal D'lfac

foto: Rafa Perez

postmarked on 11/11/2011 with two Spain stamps

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the building with the dark roof is: Church of our Lady Consolation of Altea

the large 'rock' in the background is:  Penon de Ifach (rock of Ifach)

Altea is a town and municipality located in the province of Alicante, Spain, on the section of Mediterranean coast called the Costa Blanca.

At present, the economy of Altea is based on tourism, which started to grow in the 1950s because of its good weather, beaches and the labyrinthine streets with whitewashed house-fronts that characterize the town. Altea is protected on the north by the bluffs of the Serra de Bèrnia, creating an especially mild microclimate.