Benissa, an authentic and charming historic village on a hill

The picturesque village of Benissa on the Costa Blanca is located at an altitude of 275 metres, at the foot of the Bernia mountains. Sandwiched between Calpe and Moraira , this historic village has always kept its authenticity. Benissa actually resembles an open-air museum.

The well-preserved centre of Benissa will surprise you with its old paved streets, its historic buildings, its cultural heritage and its houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, decorated with wrought-iron balconies and barred windows: you will live and breathe the rich history and local culture. Due to its immense size, the neo-Gothic church, l’Iglesia de la Purisima Xigueta, is also known as the Cathedral of the Sea. The Franciscan monastery, El Rivereno, and the House of Juan Vices are important centres of interest that are certainly not to be missed in Benissa.

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Benissa: a wide range of beaches, cliffs and virgin coves

Nature and the landscape have stayed intact on the Playa de La Fustera.

Remarkably, the coastal area of Benissa has also retained its original state. The four-kilometre-long coastline is formed by beaches, regularly interspersed with rocks and cliffs, hidden caves and charming little bays. The virgin coves such as Fustera, Les Bassetes, Abogat, Pints, Baladrar and La Llobella will delight your romantic soul. Enjoy the beauty of unspoiled landscapes and magnificent countryside on an environmentally friendly walk along the Mediterranean coast of Benissa.Near the border with Calpe there is Les Bassetes marina, where you will find a bar, a restaurant, a sailing school and a diving centre.

Benissa, surrounded by mountains and a magnificent, rolling landscape

The coastline and the historic centre of Benissa are separated by a green and rolling landscape filled with vineyards, olive groves, citrus trees, almond trees and palm trees. Fortunately, tourists have stayed away from this area, and you can still enjoy the beauty of nature in complete tranquillity with an afternoon of horse riding, mountain biking or hiking. The mountainous region, with an altitude of almost 1,200 metres, is made up of the Sierra de Bernia, one of the main natural resources of Benissa. Over its 11-kilometre length, Bernia extends perpendicularly from the west towards the Mediterranean. With a surface area of 1,900 hectares, this mountain crosses different towns of the Costa Brava such as Callosa d’En Sarrià, Altea, Calpe, Benissa and Jalon. Several hiking routes offer you the opportunity to discover the Sierra de Bernia on a hike in close contact with nature.

Benissa and its gastronomic specialities

Benissa has its own very varied cuisine. The main dish of Benissa is without a doubt the squid stew. Benissa is also known for its delicious charcuterie, which you can buy at many butchers’ shops in the historic centre.

In Benissa you will experience culture, sea, gastronomy and recreation all at once

Parish Church (1902) in neo-Gothic style.

When it comes to festivals and cultural events, Benissa does not differ from other Valencian villages. The calendar of festivities includes the patronal festival in honour of the Blessed Virgin, the Purissima Xiqueta, the festival of the Moros y Cristianos and the festival of San Antonio. These are definitely Benissa’s most popular traditional festivals.At a cultural level, the calendar includes concerts, excursions, postage stamp markets, cinemas, theatres and different conferences. A variety of activities where culture, sea, leisure and a rich cuisine combine in a typically Spanish setting.

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