Benissa, guide to the Costa Blanca town of Benissa in the Alicante province of south-eastern Spain.

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Benissa - Costa Blanca - Spain

Benissa Costa Blanca: A small town standing just back from the coastline of the Alicante province of Spain, Benissa has a population of around 13,000 and a history stretching back to before the Arab occupation of the region. Its name in fact derives from the Arabic language (Beni-Hisa "sons of Christ").

Benissa lies close to the popular Costa Blanca coastal towns of Calpe, Javea and Moraira, and as such it attracts its fair share of tourists, some choosing to stay in the immediate area to be away from the bustling holiday areas. The municipality of the town actually extends right up to the coast and even comprises some four kilometres of rocky and attractive coastline.

Benissa Weather: The weather in the Benissa area is of course very pleasant (as is the entire Costa Blanca region), with long, dry summers and mild, pleasant winters. It can of course get cold in the area (February is normally the coldest month), though frosts are a rare almost non-existent event. View the latest weather to the right.

Benissa History: The history of Benissa possibly goes back as far as the times of the ancient Iberians, and its story has been shaped by Romans, Arabs and Christians alike, all leaving their mark on the town. After the reconquest in the 13th century, many Muslim settlers remained, and the town was later populated with peoples from Aragon, Catalonia and the Pyrenees region (after the Moors were finally expelled in the early 17th century).

The town was fortified with walls to protect it from attacks from pirates and invaders and even today, much of the old medieval town remains. Simply walking the streets of the old town provides visitors with a sense of its history, with narrow winding streets where you can find buildings with wrought iron windows, carved stone lintels, heraldic shields and traditional iron balconies. many of Benissa's monuments have been well preserved, you can visit the 17th century Franciscan Convent, the 16th century Council Hall and many more fine buildings.

Benissa Fiestas: There are many fiestas held in Benissa throughout the year, the main ones are listed below.

January: The medieval fair, the Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni.

April: Festes Patronals de la Puríssima Xiqueta.

June: Fiestas de Barrios y Partidas, Moors and Christians (Moros y Cristianos).

Benissa Map: On the left we have included a Google map of Benissa, so that you can find your way to the town if you are driving, or just get an idea of its location even if you are not visiting by car.

You can of course use the buttons to see different versions of the map, zoom in or out, and pan around.

Benissa is easily reached from Alicante Airport, by way of the AP-7 motorway or the N-332, and you can also reach it by tram from Alicante (via Benidorm).

Benissa driving distances from significant places are as follows, Moraira: 7.5 miles, Calpe: 6 miles, Denia 15 miles, Benidorm: 21 miles, Alicante (city): 45 miles, Alicante Airport: 56 miles, Valencia Airport: 74 miles, Torrevieja: 80 miles, Madrid: 282 miles, London: 1,211 miles.

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