Our accommodation Benissa

Discover the two sides of Benissa, its historic center with the Cathedral of the Navy and its charming coves.

  • Activities in Benissa
  • Natural Spaces
  • Parties and Events
  • Gastronomy
  • History and Heritage
Activities in Benissa

Les Bassetes Beach: Les Bassetes Bay is on the border between Benissa and Calpe. Its name is due to a bay with calm waters, with its Nautical Club of the same name built between 1969 and 1973. You can enjoy a day of activities and relaxation there. You will find its small Marina, a sailing school (Las Antipodas) where you can discover the Coast by kayak, catamaran, ... with or without a monitor, a diving center and 2 restaurants.

From this bay you can access the Ecological Walk to go to Calpe on one side or continue to Benissa / Moraira on the other. It has an area protected by the presence of a micro flora reserve that gives Les Bassetes a high ecological and environmental value.

Cala Pinets: Cala Pinets is a small cove of sand and rock only 20 meters wide where you will have to access it on foot via stairs. You will find there the well-known "Dead Sea" (Dead Sea and Black Rocks). "La Mar Morta" owes its name to a small shallow sea tongue protected by rocks that protect it from the waves. It is also suitable for the children's bathroom. Alongside the "Dead Sea" we have "Les Roques Negres", which are reddish-ocher rock formations, dive into its turquoise waters and explore the rich marine life! For its beautiful waters and views it is also one of the most published on social networks.

La Fustera Beach: It is a natural fine sand beach about 110 meters wide dominated by majestic Posidonia meadows. This beach is ideal for families, it has a playground for children and offers lifeguard service in high season. It has been awarded various distinctive environmental awards such as the Blue Flag and the Ecoplayas award. A few steps away is the "Cova de la Fustera", 10 meters high, where we can see a magnificent perspective of both the Benissa coast and the Peñón de Ifach and the "Casa dels Cents Vents" that houses the tourist office Tourist Info Benissa Playa. 

Natural Spaces

Ecological Walk: A magnificent route along the Coast that you can do by sections and with different accesses. It is a very beautiful route that starts at Cala La Calalga in Calpe and runs along the coast of the Benissa coast to Cala Pinets in Benissa. You will find some informative posters and you will enjoy beautiful views of the sea and the coastline of the Costa Blanca. It is an easy road with possibilities to stop at one of the viewpoints, inlets or even some points with small bars or restaurants. Thanks to the privileged climate we have on the Costa Blanca, you can enjoy this tour throughout the year.

Bernia Route (Can also be accessed from Altea): The Sierra de Bernia is the natural border between Marina Alta and Marina Baixa, its characteristic crest determines the image that we can see from Benissa heading south. On the route we will find the Font de Bernia (source), we will cross the mountains by the so-called “Forat” (natural hollow in the rock) and we will go along the southern slope until we reach the “Fort de Bèrnia” (fort) which was built in times of Felipe II to fight against the Moorish revolts. The duration is about 3 and a half hours and the route is 8 kilometers. The type of trail is circular and the degree of difficulty is medium-high, with a maximum height of 850 meters.

Molí del Quisi Route: Unique route where you will discover some of the functional buildings to remember the customs of yesteryear in Benissa. The old Pou d’Avall Washhouse where women washed clothes, the Hermitage of Santa Anna with its stone façade and the Molí del Quisi, an exceptional 15th century hydraulic construction in a dryland geographical area. The route takes about 3 hours with a total of 8.7 kilometers. Access is from the Iglesia de la Puríssima Xiqueta where you will find an information panel on the route.

Parties and Events

Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni: This Fair is held in January, it is one of the oldest in the Valencian Community, with at least 200 years of history, declared a Festival of Local Tourist Interest, it was for years the commercial center of the region . Fairground attractions, animal blessing, livestock fairs, medieval market, as well as a great diversity of cultural and sports activities await you during two weeks of fair.

Celebrations in honor of the Purissima Xiqueta: The Benissa festivities in honor of the Puríssima Xiqueta begin with a magnificent offering of flowers to the patron saint in an emotional act. As tradition marks, hundreds of benisseros and benisseras take to the streets to celebrate these traditions. The day before, the Coronation of the Queens of Fiestas takes place on Paseo Dolors Piera. On Sunday, the day of the Puríssima Xiqueta, a powerful mascletá will be held and in the afternoon the procession in honor of the patron saint. The festive week begins on Monday, with the celebration of the Riberers Day, with a new offering of flowers to the monument in honor of those who went to work the rice in the Ribera. The tribute gives way to a new mascletá, the parade of floats and the traditional song of la Salve and la Puríssima Xiqueta, followed by a concert.

Gastronomy

Wine Tourism: In Benissa you can enjoy the terraced landscapes of grapes making the Route to Molí del Quisi, as well as the BTT route, Muscat route to know the vineyards, being the production of Muscat grape one of the most recognized for the elaboration of Sweet wine. In Benissa, you can visit two wineries on demand; The Celler Joan de la Casa and the Uvas Cabrera Winery, where they can taste one of the sweet wines produced by Benisseras grapes. Although Benissa is located on the coast, it is still part of the Vall de Pop. That is why it is included in the Alicante wine route, a proposal to discover the wine tradition in the province that arises to promote the D.O. Alicante, which encourages the tasting of agri-food products and organizes various activities.

The Octopus: The traditional saying goes: "in Benissa polp i missa". In the gastronomy of this town, the octopus is the protagonist. In stew or cooked, octopus replaces meat in many dishes. The sea and the mountains make its cuisine a varied menu.

History and Heritage
 

The Cathedral of La Marina Alta: Església de la Puríssima Xiqueta: Among the things that we can see in Benissa stands out the church known as "La Catedral de la Marina" for being one of the largest churches in the region. This neo-Gothic church began construction in 1902, ending its construction in 1929. It is 35 meters high. Casas del Battle: In front of the Consell Room are the Cases del Batlle, so called because the mayor of the Villa de Benissa resided in them. It currently houses the Bernat Capó Municipal Library and the Espai d'Art Contemporani Salvador Soria (Tuesday to Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. / Tuesday to Saturday: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. / Holidays: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ), in which we find the municipal collection of works of the painting contest that bears the name of the deceased artist in Benissa.

Old Church Square: Around the Plaza del Portal we start the tour of medieval Benissa with the “Placeta de l’Església Vella” (Old Church Square). Being able to admire there the image of the old medieval church-fortress that Benissa had for centuries thanks to some tiles and a replica of the church's facade. They detail a massive construction that had to be God's house and the fortress of the Benisseros in the face of attacks by pirates who used to devastate the coasts of the Costa Blanca.

  • Activities in Benissa
    Activities in Benissa

    Les Bassetes Beach: Les Bassetes Bay is on the border between Benissa and Calpe. Its name is due to a bay with calm waters, with its Nautical Club of the same name built between 1969 and 1973. You can enjoy a day of activities and relaxation there. You will find its small Marina, a sailing school (Las Antipodas) where you can discover the Coast by kayak, catamaran, ... with or without a monitor, a diving center and 2 restaurants.

    From this bay you can access the Ecological Walk to go to Calpe on one side or continue to Benissa / Moraira on the other. It has an area protected by the presence of a micro flora reserve that gives Les Bassetes a high ecological and environmental value.

    Cala Pinets: Cala Pinets is a small cove of sand and rock only 20 meters wide where you will have to access it on foot via stairs. You will find there the well-known "Dead Sea" (Dead Sea and Black Rocks). "La Mar Morta" owes its name to a small shallow sea tongue protected by rocks that protect it from the waves. It is also suitable for the children's bathroom. Alongside the "Dead Sea" we have "Les Roques Negres", which are reddish-ocher rock formations, dive into its turquoise waters and explore the rich marine life! For its beautiful waters and views it is also one of the most published on social networks.

    La Fustera Beach: It is a natural fine sand beach about 110 meters wide dominated by majestic Posidonia meadows. This beach is ideal for families, it has a playground for children and offers lifeguard service in high season. It has been awarded various distinctive environmental awards such as the Blue Flag and the Ecoplayas award. A few steps away is the "Cova de la Fustera", 10 meters high, where we can see a magnificent perspective of both the Benissa coast and the Peñón de Ifach and the "Casa dels Cents Vents" that houses the tourist office Tourist Info Benissa Playa. 

  • Natural Spaces
    Natural Spaces

    Ecological Walk: A magnificent route along the Coast that you can do by sections and with different accesses. It is a very beautiful route that starts at Cala La Calalga in Calpe and runs along the coast of the Benissa coast to Cala Pinets in Benissa. You will find some informative posters and you will enjoy beautiful views of the sea and the coastline of the Costa Blanca. It is an easy road with possibilities to stop at one of the viewpoints, inlets or even some points with small bars or restaurants. Thanks to the privileged climate we have on the Costa Blanca, you can enjoy this tour throughout the year.

    Bernia Route (Can also be accessed from Altea): The Sierra de Bernia is the natural border between Marina Alta and Marina Baixa, its characteristic crest determines the image that we can see from Benissa heading south. On the route we will find the Font de Bernia (source), we will cross the mountains by the so-called “Forat” (natural hollow in the rock) and we will go along the southern slope until we reach the “Fort de Bèrnia” (fort) which was built in times of Felipe II to fight against the Moorish revolts. The duration is about 3 and a half hours and the route is 8 kilometers. The type of trail is circular and the degree of difficulty is medium-high, with a maximum height of 850 meters.

    Molí del Quisi Route: Unique route where you will discover some of the functional buildings to remember the customs of yesteryear in Benissa. The old Pou d’Avall Washhouse where women washed clothes, the Hermitage of Santa Anna with its stone façade and the Molí del Quisi, an exceptional 15th century hydraulic construction in a dryland geographical area. The route takes about 3 hours with a total of 8.7 kilometers. Access is from the Iglesia de la Puríssima Xiqueta where you will find an information panel on the route.

  • >Parties and Events
    >Parties and Events

    Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni: This Fair is held in January, it is one of the oldest in the Valencian Community, with at least 200 years of history, declared a Festival of Local Tourist Interest, it was for years the commercial center of the region . Fairground attractions, animal blessing, livestock fairs, medieval market, as well as a great diversity of cultural and sports activities await you during two weeks of fair.

    Celebrations in honor of the Purissima Xiqueta: The Benissa festivities in honor of the Puríssima Xiqueta begin with a magnificent offering of flowers to the patron saint in an emotional act. As tradition marks, hundreds of benisseros and benisseras take to the streets to celebrate these traditions. The day before, the Coronation of the Queens of Fiestas takes place on Paseo Dolors Piera. On Sunday, the day of the Puríssima Xiqueta, a powerful mascletá will be held and in the afternoon the procession in honor of the patron saint. The festive week begins on Monday, with the celebration of the Riberers Day, with a new offering of flowers to the monument in honor of those who went to work the rice in the Ribera. The tribute gives way to a new mascletá, the parade of floats and the traditional song of la Salve and la Puríssima Xiqueta, followed by a concert.

  • Gastronomy
    Gastronomy

    Wine Tourism: In Benissa you can enjoy the terraced landscapes of grapes making the Route to Molí del Quisi, as well as the BTT route, Muscat route to know the vineyards, being the production of Muscat grape one of the most recognized for the elaboration of Sweet wine. In Benissa, you can visit two wineries on demand; The Celler Joan de la Casa and the Uvas Cabrera Winery, where they can taste one of the sweet wines produced by Benisseras grapes. Although Benissa is located on the coast, it is still part of the Vall de Pop. That is why it is included in the Alicante wine route, a proposal to discover the wine tradition in the province that arises to promote the D.O. Alicante, which encourages the tasting of agri-food products and organizes various activities.

    The Octopus: The traditional saying goes: "in Benissa polp i missa". In the gastronomy of this town, the octopus is the protagonist. In stew or cooked, octopus replaces meat in many dishes. The sea and the mountains make its cuisine a varied menu.

  • History and Heritage
    History and Heritage
     

    The Cathedral of La Marina Alta: Església de la Puríssima Xiqueta: Among the things that we can see in Benissa stands out the church known as "La Catedral de la Marina" for being one of the largest churches in the region. This neo-Gothic church began construction in 1902, ending its construction in 1929. It is 35 meters high. Casas del Battle: In front of the Consell Room are the Cases del Batlle, so called because the mayor of the Villa de Benissa resided in them. It currently houses the Bernat Capó Municipal Library and the Espai d'Art Contemporani Salvador Soria (Tuesday to Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. / Tuesday to Saturday: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. / Holidays: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ), in which we find the municipal collection of works of the painting contest that bears the name of the deceased artist in Benissa.

    Old Church Square: Around the Plaza del Portal we start the tour of medieval Benissa with the “Placeta de l’Església Vella” (Old Church Square). Being able to admire there the image of the old medieval church-fortress that Benissa had for centuries thanks to some tiles and a replica of the church's facade. They detail a massive construction that had to be God's house and the fortress of the Benisseros in the face of attacks by pirates who used to devastate the coasts of the Costa Blanca.

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