Benissa (Valencian pronunciation: [beˈnisa], Spanish: Benisa) is a village in Spain in the province of Alicante, 275 m above sea level, and also among the earliest towns on the Costa Blanca.
The municipality of Benissa has 4 km of shoreline linking the communities of Moraira and Calp. The scenery of the location includes cliff tops, rough coves, sandy beaches and also small bays along the Benissa Costa. The region of Benissa likewise has terraced wineries, hills and also hand trees. Spanish village residences, with doorsteps directly onto the road, interior courtyards as well as deceptively large inside. Old finques (a farm or country estate) sit on huge plots amongst wineries with breathtaking sights to the sea.
Neighboring communities along the Costa Blanca are La Fustera, Cala dels Pinets, Cala de La Llobella, Cala l'Advocat, Baladrar and also Cap Blanc prior to reaching Moraira.
The toponym of Benissa comes from the Arabic tribal name Beni-Hisa or Beni-Eyce.( sons of Christ) After the Christian reconquest (1248) by the troops of James II of Aragon, the town was resolved by people from the Pyrenees, Catalonia as well as Aragon together with the previous occupants, although the majority of the population continued to be Muslim for centuries. The last Muslim people were removed in 1609.
Benissa, together with Altea, Calp and Teulada, developed a lordship, whose rulers consisted of the Sicilian admiral Roger of Lauria. In the 15th and also 16th centuries it endured countless assaults by African pirates.
The medieval town centre has been mostly maintained with its community square, slim streets, churches. Ironwork verandas as well as heraldic guards decorate the historical buildings. The Royal residence of Torres-Orduña is open to the public as a cultural centre as well as library. Benissa additionally has a solid Catholic tradition with a Franciscan seminary that has educated many Franciscans fans throughout Spain and also a huge Neo-Gothic church, the "Catedral de la Marina".
Traveling to Benissa is conveniently made from Alicante or Valencia, with the freeway A-7 or the N332. The closest airport is the Alicante flight terminal, situated 70 kilometres to the south-west. The closest RENFE (Spanish mainline) train station is in Alicante. There is an Alicante CABLE CAR station in Benissa, connected to the network using Benidorm.
Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni. A mediaeval reasonable, in January
Festes Patronals de la Puríssima Xiqueta, typically kept in the recently of April to celebrate the Patron Saint of the community. Includes shows, bull operating, street processions as well as showing off events.
Moros i Cristians, held at the end of June to commemorate the battles in between the Moors and Christians in the 13th-15th century
Coordinates: 38°42′54″N 0°03′00″E
Autonomous community Valencian Community
Comarca Marina Alta
Judicial district Dénia
Area • Total 69.71 km2 (26.92 sq mi)
Elevation 254 m (833 ft)
Population (2009) • Total 13,221
• Density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Postal code 03720
Official language(s) Valencian