Its origins date back to the Medieval Islamic period. However, the first documented mention of the town comes in 1251, when the boundaries were marked out and water distribution took place. In 1327 it was granted a town charter by Doña Buenaventura de Arbores, widow of Don Pedro de Xérica, although its history was more or less overshadowed by that of the Vall de Crist monastery up until 1835, year in which definitive monastic secularization took place.
It has fertile agriculture, small industries and construction-based services. It is also a summer tourist resort.
What to see
Highlights include the Plaza Mayor, where the Town Hall is located, the Parish Church of San Miguel Arcángel, the Primitive Church, the walled enclosure and the medieval "Portalico" located on Clemente Serrano Street and the vicinity of the Municipal Park, which has a campsite, swimming pool and sports center.
Located between the Valle del Palancia and the foothills of the Sierra Calderona mountain range, Altura has a mild Mediterranean climate with frequent water shortages in summer. Altitude: about 400 m above sea level.