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Altea, Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 26, 2023

Summary: People describe Altea, Spain as a picturesque, Mediterranean coastal town with a charming old town, stunning beaches, and a laid-back atmosphere. Expats love the relaxed lifestyle, the friendly locals, and the stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. The weather in Altea is mild and sunny, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500 to $700 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost around $700 to $1,000 per month. The approximate population of Altea is around 20,000 people.

Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Altea?

"My policy costs 1017 Euros or about $1109 annually. It can also be paid monthly through a bank deduction. There is no co-pay, which is the requirement for the Spanish visa, so most treatment is included, but not prescriptions or outside consultation," said another expat in Altea.

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What do I need to know before moving to Altea?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Altea, they said:

"Be methodical and organized. Have a time-line with goals. Seek input from people who have made similar moves. Test drive the town and neighborhood before committing to a long-term lease or purchase. In Spain, for example, there are numerous vacation rental apartments, homes, villas, etc. where you can stay for several weeks or months (at far cheaper rates than most hotels) to get a feel for the area you are considering," remarked another expat in Altea.

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How do I find a place to live in Altea?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"I first rented in Casco Antiguo, scenic old town. I was glad I did, as the noise and vibration of the twice hourly tram travelling though a tunnel nearby my place, led me to move to another area in Casco Antiguo, just near the heart of the action. I suggest you go to the place you are considering at various times of day to check out things like noise, neighbors and neighborhood, etc," explained one expat.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Altea?

"In Casco Antiguo, the old whitewashed buildings are joined together, often with more than one floor. The apartments or "pisos" range from studios to very large, multi-storied places. Mine is a spacious 3 bedroom with a full galley style kitchen, and the washing machine is in its own room, as opposed to its typical placement in the kitchen. I am pleased to have air conditioning during the hot, humid summer. I was surprised to learn that air con is not very common. Glad I asked for it," added another person living in Altea.

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What is the average cost of housing in Altea?

If you are thinking about moving to Altea, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"My rent is 400 Euros per month, plus about 40 for electricity and 5 for water. My mortgage in the Central Coast of California was $4000, granted for a larger house, but an equivalent size home on the edge of the Altea with land, would still be far cheaper than my home in California," said another person in Altea.

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What should I bring when moving to Altea?

People living in Altea were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"After almost three months, I am still waiting for my third and final box to clear the Spanish postal service and customs. It has been so long, I can't even remember what items are in it. Besides those three boxes, I only brought two suitcases, so I brought very little. I was surprised I could not find US size wash cloths in Spain. And I would have brought quality zip-lock plastic bags. They are practically useless here," explained one expat.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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