THE HISTORICAL TOWN OF BENISSA
ONE OF SPAINS OLDEST TOWNS
Benissa is a small town 275 m above sea level, and one of the oldest towns on the Costa Blanca.
The municipality of Benissa has 4 km of coastline linking the towns of Moraira and Calpe. The scenery of the area includes cliff tops, rocky coves, sandy beaches and tiny bays along the Benissa Costa. The territory of Benissa also contains terraced vineyards, mountains and palm trees. Spanish village houses, with doorsteps directly onto the street, internal courtyards and deceptively spacious interiors. Old fincas (farms or country estates) sit on large plots amongst vineyards with panoramic views to the sea.
The medieval town centre has been largely preserved with its town square, narrow streets and churches. Ironwork balconies and heraldic shields decorate the historic buildings. The Palace of Torres-Orduña is open to the public as a cultural centre and library. Benissa also has a strong Catholic tradition with a Franciscan seminary that has educated many Franciscan followers throughout Spain and a large Neo-Gothic church, the “Catedral de la Marina”.
Travel to Benissa is easily made from Alicante or Valencia, via highway A-7 or the N332. The closest airport is Alicante airport, located 70 km to the south-west. The closest RENFE (Spanish mainline) railway station is in Alicante. There is an Alicante TRAM station in Benissa, connected to the network via Benidorm.
Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni. A medieval fair, in January.
Festes Patronals de la Puríssima Xiqueta. Usually held during the last week of April to celebrate the Patron Saint of the town. Includes concerts, bull running, street processions and sporting events.
Moros i Cristianos. Held at the end of June to commemorate the battles between the Moors and Christians in the 13th-15th century.