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Benissa Old Town. Benissa coast - La Llobella, Baladrar and La Fustera

Benissa Old Town. Benissa coast - La Llobella, Baladrar and La Fustera

These photos were taken at the end of January and show you more of Benissa and its urban areas with its coastline of cliffs and rocky bays and low lying hills. Benissa combines quiet residential streets with private villas and a historic old town. Click on the link if you want to see a specific urbanization.

Benissa town and urbanization: Benissa Old Town, Benissa Coast   Altamira, La Fustera, Los Bancales   Patmore, Fanadix, Finca Paquero, Tossal   Buenavista, Los Almendros, Montemar, Baladrar

Benissa Old Town. The historic centre of Benissa still shows its medieval character with narrow cobbled streets, wrought iron grills and heraldic shields. The " Lonja de Contratación"  dates from the 16th century with its heavy stone arches and pillars and is now a cultural centre hosting visiting artists and musicians.

The attractive Palacio of the Torres-Orduña family is now a library and exhibition centre.

Benissa's long association with the Franciscan religious order is represented by their convent that dates from 1645, the Seminary and the Church of La Purissima Xiqueta, completed in 1929 in Neo-Gothic style and known as the "Cathedral of the Marina Alta" due to its impressive dimensions. It dominates Benissa's town square with its palms and ficus trees and popular children's play area. enlarge

The Benissa coast line at Les Basetes looking towards Calpe Rock (the Peñon de Ifach). Les Basetes harbour is a short distance along towards Calpe, located under some low cliffs and with access from the Calpe-Moraira coast road. It has a restaurant, sailing and diving school. enlarge

Benissa has recently made a pathway that winds along the cliffs and bays of their municipality giving great sea views and easier access to the water. The photo shows the path on each side of La Fustera beach. The beach itself is a natural sand blue flag beach that offers sun bed rental, children's games and a red cross cabin in summer. enlarge

 

Cala dels Pinets (Bay of the Pines) is the next bay along in the Moraira direction. It is overlooked by villas an bungalows and like the rest of this coast it is visited by divers and nature lovers. enlarge

 

Cala de La Lobella. The whole coast here is covered by the "Ley de Costas", a law that has stopped building on the sea front. The happy result is that the coast has kept it's look of a Mediterranean shoreline with rocky outcrops and bays interspersed with small pine woods.  enlarge

 

The Cala de l'Advocat is situated under steep cliffs but can be reached by car and has a parking area with an old jetty. At one time the cliffs were a source of the special limestone used in the buildings of Benissa old town and cut blocks can still be seen in the foreground of the photo. enlarge

Cala Baladrar is towards Teulada-Moraira and is the last bay before Cap Blanc. A long pebble beach with a small parking area is faced by gardens and villas and in summer you can visit the Chirimbala beach bar. enlarge