Benissa is one of the oldest towns on the Costa Blanca and its well preserved buildings in the medieval old quarter show evidence of it's rich historical past, where on Saturday mornings visitor can browse the stalls of Benissa Market. Located slightly inland and surrounded by mountains, the town is a popular residential choice for many British and northern European expats and boasts a good infrastructure with efficient services and a number of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Although the town centre is inland, Benissa enjoys around 5 kilometres of picturesque coastline and the lovely Cala de la Fustera beach and coastal path.
Saturday mornings are a festive time in Benissa when the town's population swells with the crowds arriving for the market where all the action takes place around the beautiful church square and shady plazas. Such is the dominance and beautiful architecture of the church it is known as the Cathedral of the Marina Alta and serves as a centrepiece to the other fantastic buildings that make up the old town centre.
Benissa Market Stalls
A focal point of Benissa Market is the wonderful variety of local fresh produce where you will find stalls full of colourful fruit and vegetables, flowers, all sorts of home baked bread and rolls, free range eggs, herbs, spices, huge mounds of marinaded olives, olive oil, pickles, candied fruit, dried fruit and nuts. Other products to look out for include hand made pottery, arts & crafts, leather goods, rugs, cushions, beautifully embroidered table cloths, wicker ware and jewellery. There is also a range of common market goods such as clothing, shoes, yarn, reading and sunglasses, electronics, gadgets, mobile phone accessories, ‘knock off' designer goods, fashion accessories, watches, home and kitchenware, cutlery and gardening items.