Benissa Holidays – Pretty hill town base for a scenic region
This well-preserved medieval hill town makes an atmospheric base for an especially scenic stretch of Mediterranean coastline offering a mix of quiet coves and sandy family beaches. The attractive resorts of Calpe and Moraira are just a few minutes’ drive. You are also superbly placed for exploring the picturesque mountain villages and gorgeous scenery of beauty spots like the Jalon Valley.
Benissa has a famous monastery and beautifully restored mansions. Narrow streets are home to traditional shops and stylish restaurants. The town has a reputation for quality dining and has an appealingly relaxed atmosphere in the evening. You have superb walking and horse riding in the mountains, and outstanding diving and snorkelling on the coast.
The little coast train is a great way to visit the pretty resort of Altea and to experience the entirely different scene at Benidorm. Classy rural hotels and apartments offer a relaxing and atmospheric alternative to the beach scene but remain close to the most scenic resorts on the Costa Blanca.
When to go to Benissa
If you are hoping to enjoy some walking and hope to get out into the countryside we recommend avoiding the peak summer heat. Spring is a wonderful time to walk coast paths, and the Jalon Valley is at its colourful best. Autumn is also beautiful.
July and August see local resorts at their busiest and plenty of festivals in Benissa and surrounding villages. Benissa holidays in June and September will find a quieter scene in Calpe and fewer people on the most popular beaches. Quality accommodation, fine dining and mild sunny weather make winter an attractive proposition.
The weather in Benissa
This is an exceptionally sunny part of the Mediterranean coast. You can expect almost constant sunshine between June and September. Average summer highs are around 30º but you may get a lengthy hotter spell in July and August. Warm summer evening temperatures around 20º make for romantic nights in Benissa town or down on a seafront restaurant.
Spring comes early, with long days of bright sunshine and temperatures of 20º or above. Beach sunbathing is not unusual in April or October! Mild winters regularly see warm sunny days, when sitting outside is a joy.
Getting the best deal to Benissa
Benissa’s upmarket hotels and apartments are popular with the Spanish, who almost all holiday in July and August. An early search is essential at this time. There is usually a little more availability in early July and much more choice in June and September.
You should find cheaper holidays to Benissa in spring and late summer or early autumn. Flights are also cheaper outside of the summer and Easter school holidays. Sign up for our email newsletter and keep an eye on our early booking offers and late deals. Take a look at our present best deals and consider other rural bases like Benimaurell and Gota de Gordos.
Airport and transport need to know
Package holidays to Benissa normally fly to Alicante (ALC). Independent travellers could also fly to Valencia (VLC). Both are major Spanish airports withal the usual shops and bars. Average flight time to Alicante is 2 hours 30 minutes. Transfer time from Alicante is about an hour.
Alicante is a very popular destination from the UK so you should find economical flights from an airport in your region. Major airports like Gatwick and Manchester offer year-round departures.
The cheapest way to get to Benissa is by train or bus. Buses run from Alicante airport to the nearby resort of Calpe www.alsa.es The TRAM train service calls at Benissa on its way from Alicante to Denia. Private companies offer pre-bookable transfers. A normal metered taxi from Alicante airport to Benissa will cost about €90 (₤74).
Benissa is an uncomplicated motorway drive (on the right) from both Alicante and Valencia. A hire car is highly recommended for exploring beaches and mountain villages.
The best beaches near Benissa
Costa Blanca resorts have well-equipped town centre beaches close to hotel accommodation. The most popular sandy beaches have sunbeds, parasols, lifeguards and well-maintained toilets and showers. Pleasant promenades will have plenty of affordable bars and restaurants. Those who want greater seclusion and more natural surroundings will find dozens of small coves with beautiful turquoise water ideal for relaxed swimming, snorkelling and diving. Blue Flag beaches are found all down the coast.
Benissa is particularly well placed for exploring the exceptionally pretty stretch of coves and small family beaches situated between the resorts of Moraira and Calpe. This is a great area to escape the larger summer crowds and has some of the best coast paths and cliff walks in the region.
L’Advocat Beach is a great little beach for children, with a mix of sand, rock pools and shallow water for paddling. There is a beach bar in the summer season. Small children will also love the rock pools and natural shallow paddling pools at the pretty cove of Els Pinets.
Les Bassetes Bay is home to a small marina and has a nice coast walk that introduces local flora and takes you up to superb viewpoints on the cliffs. For real seclusion make your way to La Llobella. This unspoilt little cove has trees growing down to the sea and has ideal conditions for snorkelling and diving.
For a more conventional town beach head into Moraira or Calpe. Ampolla beach in Moraira is a spacious curve of pale sand with sun beds, hammocks, beach games and plenty of seafront restaurants. Beaches at Calpe are enjoyably lively in summer, with all the shops, bars and restaurants you would expect from a popular Spanish resort. Both resorts have well-maintained beach facilties and provide excellent access for people with mobility problems.