Benissa is a seaside village with its Medieval history. It is a tourist town that takes care of its traditions. Located in the heart of Marina Alta, Benissa surprises at every step. A beautiful landscape full of contrasts, an atmosphere full of history, endless opportunities for fun and the open character of its people hospitably invites you to enjoy every corner of this municipality.
It is a pleasure to stroll through the streets of the Historic Center of Benissa, perfectly preserved where you can breathe its medieval history. Callejuelas, Moors Centennial, is a full size museum that takes us to the Middle Ages. We can visit the old Sala del Consell and the Casal dels Joves, both of the sixteenth century, intended for commercial and municipal transactions of his time. Desamparats Street with its large manor houses and coats of arms in which the visitable Casa Abargues Museum stands out, which takes us to the way of life of a noble family of the s. XVIII.
Placeta de l’Església Vella (Old Church) that invites to the rest and to the enjoyment of diverse cultural acts that are realized there. The impressive Cathedral of the Marina, symbol par excellence of Benissa. It is not surprising that this locality received the Provincial Prize for Tourist Merit, a special prize for the preservation of the Historic Center. But, of course, Benissa is a beautiful coastal town par excellence. Its beaches and coves with transparent and calm waters, almost virgin.
Among them are Les Bassetes, Fustera, Els Pinets, La Llobella, Advocat and Baladrar. The coast of Benissa is 4 km. that forms an ecological walk of high landscape and environmental value. The beautiful contrasts of Benissa come from its conjunction with the mountain, since the geography of Benissa is rugged. The sierras of Bernia, Oltá and Solana surround the municipal term and embrace protective the numerous rural parties that are distributed on its territory: Pinos, Pedramala, Benimarco, Benimarraig, Lleus and Santa Anna are some. All of them with small and cozy hermitages that invite to the calmness and the tranquility. The fiestas of Benissa take place throughout the year. It is worth mentioning the great devotion of the benisseros to their patron, the Puríssima Xiqueta, whose honor is celebrated every year the biggest party, the fourth Sunday in April, highlighting the procession that attracts both the benissers and tourists coming from all Parties.
At the end of June the streets are filled with colorful light with Moors and Christians, in honor of St. Peter. Finally, during the summer period, various festive events take place in rural parties. Each year, in October, a Multicultural Festival is held with folkloric, culinary and cultural demonstrations from over 15 countries.
Valencian cuisine and the Mediterranean diet have a niche in Benissa and its dishes and native stews. Octopus, rice, melva, turnip, cod and paprika are ingredients that are mixed in their kitchen giving rise to dishes such as “bull amb ceba”, “pelletizer” or “sang amb ceba” and Much more … In addition, Benissa always concerned with offering the best service to visitors throughout the year, offers an active agenda, within which we find routes, theatricalities, hiking, multi-adventure activities, guided tours Snorkeling, catamaran and kayaking on full moon nights.
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