Benissa, Benissa Costa, real estate and attractions.
Benissa (Benisa) - one of the most ancient cities of the Costa Blanca (275 m above sea level). It is located in the north-east of Alicante with a small territory of 96.7 km (4 km of coast) and a population of 13 000 people, of which 44.5% are foreigners.
Benissa Costa / coast of the municipality of Benissa / protect the mountain ranges and cliffs with bays and colorful bays (Coves and beaches - Les Bassetes, La Fustera, Abogat, La Llobella, Pinets and Baladar). Here you will be impressed by the beauty and cleanliness of nature (palm trees, beaches, vineyards ...) coves with transparent fascinating water. The nature of the coast is protected by the state.
On the border with Calpe is a sports complex - Els Basetes, where there is a sailing school, diving, as well as bars and restaurants. The historical spirit and color of this city is formed by the Iberian, Roman and Moorish epoch. Until now, here are found rock inscriptions in caves, ancient coins, amphoras .... During the XV-XVI centuries the city was attacked by barberian pirates. The majority of the population was occupied by Muslims, and Christians separated and occupied the center of the city. The name "Benissa", translated from Arabic means "son of Isa," was appropriated to the city during the times of the Arab conquest. In 1609, settlers from Catalonia, the Pyrenees, the Aragones completely expelled the Arab invaders and already in the XII-XVIII century the city was transformed beyond recognition.
Benissa is located south of Denia, but the climate is not particularly different - mild and moderate. So, the maximum temperature is + 41 degrees, and the minimum temperature is +10. The average temperature in summer is +26 degrees, and in winter - +8 degrees.
In Benisse there are several beaches, all of them will not leave you indifferent to their beauty. The beaches are mostly pebbly, but there is sand.
One of the most popular beaches is La Fustera (LaFustera). A wonderful place for a family holiday - there are all necessary services (rent of umbrellas, sunbeds, catamarans, cold drinks and ice cream for sale, etc.), as well as a sailing school, diving (an excellent place for scuba diving). There is a small port in the beach area. One of the most enchanting beaches is the Pinets, located in the bay of L'Advokat. A stunningly picturesque view surrounded by pine trees and turquoise-emerald water is complemented by clean air. LaLobella beach is ideal for lovers of privacy, peace and quiet.
For lovers of outdoor activities, Benissa offers mountaineering, horse riding, windsurfing, boating (you can rent at the yacht club Les Basites).
Benisse found traces of the Iberian, Moorish and Roman culture, which had a special impact on the development of the history of Benissa. So on the territory of the town were found prehistoric cave paintings, coins, amphoras, tools, etc. On the territory there are traces of the stay of the Romans.
The original name "Benissa" came from the Arab "BeniIsa" ("the children of Isa"). Also today, most agricultural areas have retained their Arabic names: LaRapita, LaAlfama, ElRafalet and others. This shows the importance of the Arab population and the impact on the development of the town until 1248.
Benissa, together with Calpe, Altea, Teulada, formed a separate municipality belonging to Roger de Lauria (Roger de Lauria). During the XV and XVI centuries, the city was subjected to numerous attacks of Barbary pirates
Most of the population of Benissa continued to be Muslims, although they moved closer to agricultural lands, while the Catholic population settled in the central part of the city. In 1609 the state evicted all Muslims and the land was inhabited by people from Catalonia, Aragon, Pireev. In the same era, fortress walls were built for protection, from which only small ruins remain to this day.
Places of interest in Benissa.
Although Benissa and a small town, but there are a lot of attractions that "tell" about the past of the city and its nature. So, you can wander through the narrow streets of the city with its white-stone houses with chiseled iron bars on the windows and open balconies. The symbol of Benissa is the monument "Riberero" - a figure dedicated to the defender of the city from misfortunes and troubles; a man who kneels in front of the city and prays for him.
On the Plaza de Portal (Plaza del Portal) is the City Hall (Ayuntamiento), which was built in 1709 on the site of an old municipal hospital, which for many years served as a place for overnight stay of infectious patients and those in need.
In the Plaza de la Iglesia Vieja there is the monastery-fortress of Saint Pedro (Iglesia Fortaleza de San Pedro), built in the XIV century and lasted until the early 50's. At this moment it is an area where many cultural events take place.
You can also visit the Cathedral of La Marina (La Catedral de la Marina or Iglesia de la Purisima Consepcion), built in 1929, in the Neo-Gothic style. It is interesting to see manors and palaces, united in a university center, belonging to the University of Alicante.
The oldest building of the municipality is Lonja (XVI century), an old commercial building, where important business deals took place, and at the moment there is the Ethnological Museum.
The cultural center (Casa de Cultura) - in the past Torres Orduña, at the moment is the Library, exhibition hall, city cinema, etc. The 16th century building was restored in the 18th century.
It is also worth visiting the Abargues Museum - the home of an aristocratic family built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The door of the mansion is decorated with a family coat of arms, where in the picture you can see traditional espadrilles - sandals ("abarcas"). Inside the mansion you can admire the luxury inherent in the aristocrats of these times. The schedule of work: from Tuesday to Thursday - from 11.00 to 13.00, Sunday - the day off.
In addition to the above, you may be interested in the youth center, the Franciscan monastery, the Franciscan Seminary, the House of Juan Vives, the Halls of the Old Council, Casa Dels Andres and others.
Transport links with Benissa
Benissa is located between Denia and Calpe, and between Alicante and Valencia. You can get to the city by car on the free highway No. 332 (approximately 1 hour 40 minutes to Valencia and Alicante) or on toll road No. A 7 (to Alicante to Valencia - 9 euros).
The restaurants and bars of Benissa will please you with its variety of national dishes. It is famous for its original tasty snacks. As in every city in Benissa, there is a special secret dish - delicious sausages that perfectly match with wine. Also you will like the stew of octopus, which is prepared in the city in a special way. There are only 35 restaurants in Benisse, among which are the following: La Buena Vida restaurant (excellent value for money, Mediterranean cuisine), Casa del Maco (very romantic place), Verdi Vent (delicious steaks, cold and hot food), Restaurante Pedramala , Mandala Beach Bar & Restaurant (Mediterranean cuisine, menu from 12 to 30 euros), Casa Eusebio (Spanish cuisine), Restaurante la Paillotte (beach bar, menu from 12 to 24 euros), La Marina (European cuisine), Restaurante Pinos (Spanish cuisine), Casa Canto, etc.
Real estate in Benissa and on the coast of Benissa Costa, accommodation, hotels.
Arriving in Benissa you can rent accommodation: apartments - from 300 to 900 euros per week; house - from 500 to 2000 euros per week. You can also stay at the hotel. We recommend such hotels as: Hotel La Madrugada (with a beautiful garden with exotic plants, with a charming view of the Peñon de Ifach and the city of Calpe), Hotel Cases Sant Jaume (an ancient Mediterranean hotel, surrounded by fields with olives, vineyards, is located between Teulada and Benissa), Montemar (family hotel with balconies, terraces), Hotel Restaurante Casa del Maco (an old country hotel with its own restaurant of the XVIII century, has 4 000 m2 of land with fluffy pines, grape fields and fields with olives and almonds), Hostal Fon da Maria (located in the very center of near the fountain and the Archaeological Museum, a few kilometers from the sandy beach of LaFossa), Al Zaraq (with beautiful views of the Peñon de Ifach and the expanses of Benissa), Parques Casablanca, Cenzi, Murta Hotel, San Francisco, Casa Pauline, Cuatre Finques , Apartamentos Torre San Diego and others.
In Benissa, as in other cities, national holidays and internal holidays of the city are celebrated. So, hitting one of these events, you can feel the national spirit of Spain, see the folk festivals and share the fun with them. One of these holidays is St. Anthony (SanAntonio), which takes place during 20 days. These days, special attention is paid to the market, it is decorated in a medieval style, where people sell products made by local craftsmen, among them jewelery, culinary, pottery, crafts, jewelry, etc.
The Feast of the Holy Virgin (Purisima Xiqueta), which lasts 10 days and begins on the 4th Sunday of April. From April 24 to May 4, there is a feast day of the patroness of the city (concerts, processions, bullfight, fireworks, etc.). In the middle of June - the holiday Corpus del Convento. From 7 to 8 June - the feast of John the Baptist. From July, 18 till July, 20th - a holiday in honor of San Vicente Ferrer on July, 26th - Partida of St.Anna. C1 to August 3 - a feast in honor of St. Barbara.