Welcome in Benissa,

Between Calpe and Moraira, at 275 meters above sea level, the picturesque and authentic village Benissa is located. You will find the historic centre of Benissa, with its beautiful cathedral “La Iglesia de la Purísima Xiqueta” and many other monuments, at circa 10 km away from the coast. The part of Benissa along the coast, known as ”Benissa Costa”, has beautiful sandy beaches with beautiful bays such as La Calalga, Pinamar, Baladrar, La Fustera and Abogat.
The name Benissa derives from the Arabic "Banu Issa" and this means "sons of Issa". This confirms the historic information that indicates the former presence of a prominent Moorish family in the village. This Moorish influence, despite the expulsion of the Moors in 1609, is still visible.
In the 16th century the Church “Iglesia Fortaleza de San Pedro” was built as protection against the many raids of pirates. This beautiful church survived the many attacks, but was finally razed to the ground in 1940. This place is now a charming square where many cultural Spanish activities are organized. The image of this church is depicted on the tiles of this square named “Placeta de l'Església Vella”.

The centre of Benissa is recognizable by its typical narrow Spanish streets and has a series of monumental buildings. The town hall of Benissa, or Ayuntamiento, was originally built in 1790 as a hospital for the poor and the sick. After a complete renovation in 1981, this building was reopened as a town hall. Close to this town hall the Ethnographic Museum or “Lonja de Contratación” is situated and this is the oldest monument in Benissa. The museum is an ode to the diversity of cultures that once lived in Benissa, but is also a true delight to the eye thanks to its stone masonry with arches.
In addition to the preserved authenticity of Benissa and its unspoilt hilly landscape with its many olive trees and almond trees, this is a peaceful place with beautiful nature.

Sightseeing and activities in Benissa

  • From Tuesday to Friday the museum "Casa Museo Abargues”, that is located in the centre of Benissa, can be visited freely between 11:00 and 13:00. This museum offers the opportunity to take a look at the life of the nobility from the 18th and 19th century.

  • The magnificent bays of Benissa are ideal to enjoy the ocean and its beaches. In the local resto bars or cheringuitos one can enjoy a snack and a drink at the beach. Cheringuito is the Spanish name for beach tent and these bars are usually installed during high season. The bays Les Basetes, Cala Baladrar, La Fustera etc. are undoubtedly worth a visit!

  • Benissa is also the perfect place for a nice walk with horses. The horse riding club “Club Hípico Benissa” also has Spanish thoroughbreds.

  • At the end of the industrial park of Benissa, located on top of its hills, the dog shelter Akira is situated. For those who like to walk and contribute to goodwill, you can take a nice walk with a shelter dog of your choice. Around the shelter several walking routes have been mapped out with yellow, green or red spots marked on stones. 

  • The golfers can go to the urbanization San Jaime in Benissa, Club de Golf Ifach. This is a beautiful golf course in a very nice setting!

TIP: Make a contribution and take a walk in the beautiful surroundings of Benissa with an shelter dog from the shelter home Akira!

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Festivities in Benissa

  • Almost the entire month of January, the festival of San Antoni is celebrated or according to its Spanish name La Firra i Porrat de Sant Antoni. For Benissa this is the month of funfair, musical performances, fireworks and all sorts of activities. Medieval markets are also organized, such as cattle markets with birds of prey, stables etc.

  • February is for Benissa the month of carnival and this is celebrated with colorful parades and marching bands.

  • In April the Holy Week of Easter or “Semana Santa” is celebrated and the last week of April one can go see the bull runs in the streets of Benissa.

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Gastronomy in Benissa

  • The local cuisine of Benissa is known for its octopus stews "Putxero de polp". One of the many variants is a fish stew or "La Borreta de melva" and a stew of tuna or "Mullador de Sangatxo".

  • A regional product is also the black sausage with onion or "La Sangre con cebolla".

  • Thanks to the many vineyards in the region and the proximity to the village of Jalon, you can also taste the traditional sweet wines El Moscatel and La Mistela.


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