Away from the hustle and bustle by the sea, wedged between Calpe and Moraira, at an altitude of 275 meters above sea level lies the authentic town of Benissa. This old picturesque city was completely restored in the late eighties and early nineties. The historic center, the cobbled streets and the old houses from the 17th and 18th century are certainly worth a visit.
With a warm Mediterranean climate it is pleasant all year round with temperatures in the spring and autumn of about 20 ° C and hot summers with more than 30 ° C. Because of this excellent climate, a beautiful varied landscape has been created which is very popular with many tourists.
The center of Benissa with the Plaza de la Iglesia and Plaza Rey Jaume I is dominated by the large white cathedral of La Marina Alta. The cathedral was built in the 1920s by the inhabitants themselves on behalf of the rich Freemasons and is the symbol of Benissa.
The commercial building (the Lonja) from the 16th century, the old hospital for the poor from 1790 or Casa Andrew, a branch of the local university are all monumental historic buildings. The houses where once the nobles of Benissa lived are equipped with large balconies decorated with wrought ironwork and family shields.
The Ribero Monument was built in honor of the inhabitants of Benissa who went to Valencia to work on the rice fields. Opposite is the Casa de la Cultura with next door to the famous Juan Vives house where the patron saint La Puríssima Xiqueta is kept.
The bay, Cala Baladrar, is 100 meters long. It is a natural bay of pebbles and "bolos" (round pebbles) that always reflects clear, deep turquoise water in an environment of pine trees almost to the water of the sea. An ideal bay for learning to sail and to do underwater photography. The Baladrar inlet is a beautiful gateway to the Mediterranean Sea and this pebble beach inlet is formed at the mouth of the "Dels Sesters" ravine. El Baladrar ends in a 30m high cliff full of holes, formed by the action of the sea and from which the rock, known as La Polida, has fallen off.
With a length of about 20 meters, there is a small bay where the pine trees reach almost to the sea. An ideal place where the little ones can bathe quietly and where they can dive and practice underwater sports and lies to the south. A part of this bay was in the Middle Ages a quarry for the construction works in the historic center of Benissa. This is a small rock and sand cove from where you can make a short walk to the "Mar Morta" and "Roques Negres" (dead sea & black rocks). The "Mar Morta" is a small shallow inlet protected by rocks from the sea against waves.
Cala Fustera is a bay of 110 meters long and 40 meters wide and is the liveliest and most popular bay in the area. Here we find information about the state of the sea and the beach has access for people with reduced mobility, public telephone, ramps, toilets, camping zone, restaurant, parking, Red Cross Point (from June 15 to September 15), bus stop, beach monitoring foot showers, games and sports and of course a blue flag as proof of water quality and numerous services available. Playa la Fustera is a bay with fine sand and clear water and very close is the cave, la Cueva de la Fustera: it is more than 10 meters high and from there one has a beautiful view of the coastal area of Benissa and on the Peñón the Ifach.
La Llobella is one of the most rustic and lonely bays of the coast of Benissa. One can reach them by car, there is a parking lot of sand from where one follows a path of several meters up to the bay. It is a bay that is very popular with diving enthusiasts.
Cala Advocat is a small bay with pebbles and fine sand with at the end a breakwater where sailing boats can moor and where fishing lines can be fished. It is also a perfect place to dine in the evening, in the open air, in front of the sea. The beach ends at a cliff of 47 meters high, El Cantalar, which runs into the sea through the land point known as Punta Fosca. Cala Advocat has restaurants, parking, access for people with reduced mobility, foot showers and the possibility to practice windsurfing and sailing.
The bay, Les Bassetes, which is part of the coastal area of Benissa is adjacent to the coastal area of Calpe. From here one has a beautiful view of the Peñón de Ifach and it is a bay with calm waters, naturally created to enjoy the sea to the maximum. Here lies the yacht club Les Bassetes with 80 berths for vessels with a length of up to 8 meters, a sailing school, a diving center and various options for diving, kayaking or windsurfing or sailing with a catamaran. From this bay begins the Ecological Coastal Trail (Paseo Ecológico).
El Portet is located in a sheltered bay within walking distance of Moraira. Both El Portet and Moraira have a somewhat more up-market appearance. There is nothing to see of the high-rise that plagues a large part of the Costa's. El Portet ("the harbor", in Valenciano) is one of the two beaches of Moraira (the other is Ampolla). The gently sloping, beautiful sandy beach of El Portet is wonderful for children with warm, clean and clear water. Directly on the beach you will find a handful of terraces where you can enjoy local specialties.
The largest beach in Moraira is Ampolla Beach and can be busy in the summer season. It is easily accessible, has a sandy beach, parking and all facilities including first aid and lifeguards (in the summer season) are present. It is safe for the young beach guests, because the beach gently runs into the sea.
On the coastal road from Calpe to Moraira lies Playa Platgetes, partly sand partly rocks. All facilities and sufficient parking space are available. In the summer season, the beach is guarded and it can be very busy in the summer.
On the road from Calpe to Moraira lies the pebble beach Cala de L'Andragó. It is a good location for both snorkeling and swimming. In the summer season lifeguards are present, but it can also be busy. There is plenty of parking space and Playa L 'Andrago restaurant on the beach serves tapas and Spanish specialties such as Paella.
Cap Blanc, on the border with the municipal territory of Teulada-Moraira. This bay is located at the foot of Cabo Blanco, little visited and has clear water. Moreover, it is characterized by the pine environment and Mediterranean vegetation. A privileged lookout for a beautiful view of the coastal area of Benissa. At the bottom of Cabo Blanco rock you will find this fairly quiet beach. This beach offers beautiful views of the coast towards Calpe.
This is the busiest beach in Calpe, north of the Peñón de Ifach, with a length of 950 meters and consisting of fine sand. It is the best equipped beach in Calpe and has a deck, waste baskets, playgrounds, pedal boats, parasols and sun loungers, foot showers, rescue post, baths, showers, changing rooms and a sports zone. It is a beach that received both the blue flag and the new certificate Q for the quality of the beaches from the Institute for the Quality of Spanish Tourism (ICTE).
At the foot of the Peñón de Ifach, in the zone of the city center of Calpe, we find this fine sandy beach with good quality water. It offers various services and got the blue flag in 2008. It has a length of approximately 1,400 meters and an average width of 60 meters. Has the following services: surveillance and rescue, access for the disabled, signposted access roads, access for cars, urban transport, parking, toilets, showers, water sports, cleaning service, decking, rental of umbrellas and deckchairs and a kiosk. A fully equipped beach to enjoy the sun and the Mediterranean with the whole family.