What to Do in Benissa: The Medieval Delight of Marina Alta

Located in the Marina Alta, the beautiful town of Benissa in Alicante has one of the most beautiful old quarters in the region, as well as natural landscapes, beaches and monuments, as well as great places to shop until you drop. 

If you feel like relaxing for a few days between the sea and mountains, Benissa is your destination. An entrancing town nestled in the heart of the Marina Alta, a historical centre with a marked medieval character that will take you through its history from the Middle Ages to the present day awaits. 

You’ll get to enjoy its marvellous views of the coastline with its 4 kilometres of clear waters that invite you to swim and practice water sport, as well as get in touch with nature by hiking on the different routes that are easily accessible to families.

The town makes up a fairly large municipal area, and although the town is located inland, it has within its boundaries 4 kilometres of coastline.

This coastal area is located in one of the most beautiful coastal areas of Costa Blanca, between the towns of Calpe and Moraira, and of course, its beaches are worthy of being included among the best in the province.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what Spain Life Exclusive recommends for to check out here: 


Wander Through its Enchanting Old Quarter

Benissa’s old town is a small treasure that deserves a visit on foot through its medieval streets, where you will be pleasantly surprised by the light, beauty and tranquillity that it inspires. To walk through Benissa is to enjoy its cobbled streets with a medieval flavour, its Moorish-inspired trellises, and the stately manor houses. 

Benissa has been able to preserve a well-kept town centre in which numerous buildings and monuments can be admired. Of particular note are the old Hospital, a shelter for the poor and needy since 1790, now the Town Hall, and two notable houses, the Andrés and Pere Bigot houses, now the headquarters of the University of Alicante. 


The owner of the latter was Indian – his real name was Pedro Ivars Sala – who emigrated to the United States in 1917. He returned years later and dedicated his life to serving the lives of the inhabitants of Benissa. He collected different objects and decorated his large house with them, which are available to see today. 

The Abargues House Museum, from the 18th and 19th centuries, conserves many of its original elements and is a faithful reflection of the noble atmosphere of the period.  The mansion is an authentic piece of history that transports us to the leisurely way of life of the noble families of Alicante of the time. 


Hit Benissa’s Ecological Walk for its Coves and Beaches

If your intention is to get to know the coast of the town of Benissa, the best way to do so is to walk along the Benissa Ecological Walk. 

Suitable for the whole family, and with several stretches that can be covered at any time of the year, as the good weather in the area allows it.

Stretching across 4km of gorgeous coastline, you’ll discover its fascinating cliffs, where, from the highest point you will be able to see, thanks to the clarity of the water, how the land enters the sea and the cracks that are formed where a marine world hides to discover while snorkelling.

Along the route there are many coves of transparent waters with pine forests, many of them deformed by the direct wind, which gives the landscape even more charm. In addition, many of these forests are set up as ideal resting spots with picnic areas or exercise machines installed by the local council to promote physical fitness.

Best of all, it stretches from the coast of Benissa to Calpe, so if you can’t do it all at once, you can do it in stages and discover a new section every day. What is guaranteed on this route are the unbeatable views, the Peñón de Ifach in Calpe to the south and the Cap d’Orde Moraira to the north.

Cala de la Fustera Bay on the Coast of Benissa near Calpe. Costa Blanca. Spain
® Fototeca 9×12 – © Schmid, Reinhard


Embrace its Stunning Coastline 

Boasting many coves and beaches of sand, pebbles or huge rocks polished by the sea, all of them with turquoise waters; the coast of Benissa is one of the perfect areas to spend a quiet time in the sea and especially for scuba diving and sailing.

La Fustera beach stands out for being the longest, possibly the best option for a family day at the beach as it has the most services, an area for children and the Mandala lounge bar where you can sit down to have a drink or eat, in summer nights it is a real luxury as you can also dine and listen to live music while you have the beach and the moon in the background.

The Cala de la Llobella, which isn’t usually too not very crowded, is the perfect virgin enclave for scuba diving lovers. There’s also the Cala de l’Advocat, which is also fairly quiet and favoured for its cleanliness and ideal diving spots from its cliffs. 


Delicious Gastronomy to be Savoured 

Gastronomy is one of the strong points of the area, with its cuisine influenced by the sea and the mountains, is fresh, dynamic and carefully prepared.

The town’s star dish is Putxero de Polp, or octopus stew, a traditional dish from Benissa, and also from Calpe, and of seafaring origin. It is a stew made with pulses (beans), potatoes, vegetables and rice.

Delicious tapas and coastal cuisine won’t be in short supply in any place in Benissa, so you can enjoy the octopus, in various forms.

Dumas Design – Where to Find Luxury Garden Furniture

Bringing a touch of luxury and elegance to your home, Dumas Design is the place to hit in Benissa to really deck out your terrace or garden. For the last three years, the business has gone from success to success by providing everything its customers need to stun their guests with fabulous garden furniture. 

At the helm of the business is the Dutch family of Van der Mast. After years of success in their home in Holland, they decided to move to Spain and set up shop in Costa Blanca, known for its idyllic weather and cultural diversity. The family chose the town of Benissa to open an outdoor furniture store that is distinguished by a production process closely monitored without intermediaries. 

Therefore, each item is offered at a very reasonable price. The ethos of  Dumas Design believes that everyone deserves the ideal combination between affordable prices and quality.

Their products include: 

  • Classic & exclusive rattan furniture.
  • LED furniture & decoration.
  • Life-size statues.
  • Aqua beanbags.
  • Exclusive wooden furniture and tables
  • Outdoor special heaters for your autumn and winter .
  • And many more items .



Address: Poligono Industrial La Pedrera 

Calle Isaac Peral, 3 



Telephone: 694 493 476




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