Benissa is part of the heart of the coast ‘La Marina’, has approx. 10.000 inhabitants. 4 miles of coast with quiet beaches between pinetrees and coves. During the past century and the beginning of the new century the town income depended mainly on farming grapes and tourist industry. Thousands of tourists have visited the town and are really impressed with the wonderful area. Benissa is rich of statues. A walk through the historic town center gives you many impressions of those wonderful houses and small streets reflecting their long history. Existing cave-wallpaintings and old coins and urns demonstrating rich culture. After fighting the pyrenean soldiers retreated the moros out of the area. Since that time you can still find the ruins of the moros settlements near Benissa.
How Benissa exists between land and sea, so it combines sea- and landproducts in his meals. There are famous sausages from Benissa, the Embutidos: The best of the Marina Alta. To the most traditional meals of the town belongs “El putxero del polp”, here they change the meat with the meat from the octopus. Famous wines of the town are the Moscatel and the Mistela. Both are outstanding. Benissa makes Fiestas all year round. It specially honors the Patron Saint, “Purisima Xiqueta”, with the Fiesta Mayor at the 4th sunday in April. Religion parades, bulls running,impressive parades and fireworks needs to be seen. About 20 days in January Benissa offers the traditional Fiesta “Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni”, honoring the Holy San Antonio. You will find many attraktions and markets.
Further interesting programs with local culture. Fiestas “Moros y Cristianos” happen during the last week in June honoring the Holy San Pedro. Featuring beautiful costums and impressive parades while remaining the retreatment of the moros cause the christians. That spectaculum needs to be seen and to be believed. Many towns near Benissa have Fiestas during the summertime with markets and meals beneath the sky. You are heartly welcome! The citizans of Benissa are very hospitable and everybody feels like at home.