THE TRAM, WHICH WAS TRAIN. FROM ALICANTE TO ALTEA

I was surprised to see signs directing to the tram line, since I haven’t seen tram nowhere around the city. It turned out that you can buy “tram tickets” to get to the nearby pueblos or villages like Benidorm and Altea. In reality these tram lines function like our intercity or shuttle  trains. So we boarded the tram in the middle of Alicante to go to very beautiful little town they call pueblo or village. To get to our destination, we had to change lines like in London’s subway, i.e., we hopped out at Benidor. As says our friend Wikipedia : prior to the 1960s, Benidorm was a small village. Today it stands out for its hotel industry, beaches and skyscrapers, built as a result of its tourist-oriented economy. According to the 2013 census, Benidorm has a permanent population of 73,768 inhabitants, ranking as the fifth most populous town in the Alicante province.  The unique skyline formed by its numerous tall hotels and apartment buildings, which is unlike any other on the Costa Blanca (White Coast) Urban Age project, bears witness to the fact that Benidorm has the most high-rise buildings per capita in the world. I took some pictures of these scyscrapers on our way back. In the middle of a day they looked better, but are still impressive enough.

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What do you think? As for me I wouldn’t like to have vacations here. The only advantage of this urban region is it’s good weather anf proximity of the sea. At Benidorm we changed lines and hopped in the tram that went to Altea. It was something altogether different. The town is very pleasant to the human eye. Everywhere there are flowers, plants, artesan shops, little restaurants ond small businesses. Here you see the most beautiful cat of Alicante province; they are slimmer, more gracious maybe than Latvian cats; they are closer to Egyptian cats in my opinion:

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Couple ideas for window design:

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An idea for clock design:

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Eye catching flowers:

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and scarecrows:

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Altea

is a town and municipality located in the province of AlicanteSpain, north of Alicante 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. Its seafront esplanade is planted with palms.

This is what you see, as soon as you  alight the tram”

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You can go straight up the hill.

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If you go up, you’ll encounter  the church of La Mare de Déu del Consol (“Our Lady of Solace”), easily identifiable by its picturesque blue and white domes, tiled with glazed ceramics. There are numerous quaint restaurants near the church, some with a view over the Mediterranean. Note that you will need to park several blocks away from the church area as the immediately surrounding area is either off limits to cars and/or the streets are so narrow and steep (or have stairs) that cars cannot pass.

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Entrance into the church is for donations

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An idea for restaurant interior.

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You can refresh yourself right away like these kids.

Or you can go downhill to the beach and the sea:

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To get back to Alicante you have to do the same in reverse. The roundtrip ticket for one adult costs around 8 euros, and trip lasts one way almost two hours, but it is easy to plan since lines are interconnected.

 

 

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