Up the coast road between Benidorm and Calp (Calpe), one of the prettiest churches in the Valencian Community, the Nuestra Senora del Consuelo with blue domes contrasting with whitewashed walls, sits atop the highest ground. From nooks off the square there are panoramic vistas of the Ifach at Calp, the towers of Benidorm, the Sierra de Bernia mountains of the interior, and far across the Mediterranean Sea. There are also terrace cafes on the square and artisan shops along the ajacent streets. At sunset a large flock of bright-feathered "Palomas" comes noisily home to roost in the large tree to one side of the square.
For Altea lodgings check out the Hotel Tossal d’Altea (Partida Plà del Castell, 96; 34 966-883-183; Hoteltossalaltea.com), 22 rooms near the the Old Quarter on site of old olive oil mill, balconies with panoramic views, terrace, swimming pool and gym, internet, restaurant, breakfast.