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“Altea is authentic, with lots of flavour, and places where the waves of the transparent sea are a delight,  and with observation points that leave you speechless.” That’s how the versatile journalist Mamen Asencio describes her home town. A lovely landscape, powerfully Mediterranean, with the aroma of orange blossom, and the site since 2007 of the first Russian Orthodox church built in Spain. With a 17th-century look, the so-called Temple of the Archangel Michael boasts material brought directly from the frigid Ural Mountains. A Russian promoter chose this peaceful town in Alicante to erect this striking building on a plot donated by the town hall, and today it attracts an equal number of the faithful and the curious. Where? Urbanización Altea Hills.