Peaceful, narrow alleyways, whitewashed houses which in days gone by were protected by a solid city wall, an imposing church with its distinctive blue domes and impressive views of the coastline, revealing in the distance the Peñón de Ifach in Calpe.
Historic Centre Of Benissa
A beautiful stroll along its narrow alleyways, discovering quite unique townhouses and the chance to plunge headfirst into the traditions of Benissa.
When one visits the northern part of the Costa Blanca and opts for a quiet holiday in Benissa, he discovers that the small coves on its coast are incomparable.
But Benissa does not stop there, its Old Town, for which its citizens have fought so hard for its conservation, with corners full of charm, makes it worth visiting.
The Old Town of Benissa is well worth a stroll, above all the streets of the "Los Desamparados" and "Paisana" districts. Unique town houses and buildings including the Fish Market, the Franciscan Monastery, the Casa de Cultura (Cultural Centre) and the University Building, the Centre for "Europification" activities.
A walk along its streets is an effortless way to discover the local history, in the carved lintels of undressed stone, windows and balconies with their wrought iron, and grand centuries-old townhouses which line the clean and well-tended streets.
Very close to the Park of Dolores Piera, stands the Church of the Puríssima Xiqueta of Benissa also known as "the Cathedral of the Marina".
In this square where it is located we also find a large circular fountain in the shade of the trees, which is the perfect place to rest in the hottest days of summer and taste a homemade ice cream "La Jijonenca" that is right next to . From it, several narrow streets lead to the old part of the municipality and invite you to visit it as if it were a labyrinth.
When strolling, the tranquility that reigns in the town provides the possibility of knowing its history without effort and lets you notice better in the small details such as the old clay slabs placed on the balconies, the famous sculpture on the riverbank, shields carved in rough stone, a very typical element in towns like Benissa or Jávea.
The streets "Els Desamparats" and "Puríssima" are the most colorful, in them you can see traditional bourgeois mansions and mansions of the wealthiest families that still keep intact furniture such as the "Casa-Museo del Abargués".
All of them conserve a facade very careful and restored following the patterns of that time, semicircular arches, doorways topped with lintels with rough stone windows and wrought iron balconies ...
The elements also coincide in old buildings dedicated to the market and to the cult as for example the old market, the Franciscan Convent or the University Seu, the latter dedicated as an exhibition space and all kinds of cultural activities, so taking a look is never to be missed .
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