Benidorm, Finestrat & La Cala de Finestrat
Benidorm is divided mainly into two as in other Spanish cities: Levante and Poniente east to the west. The names have to do with the sun. Levante is where the sun rises and Poniente where it goes down. Water temperatures in August is over 26 degrees. The number of sun loungers and parasols impressive, about 8,000 chairs and 2,000 umbrellas fill the city’s beaches. Levante beach is 2.08 km long and an average of 55 meters wide. Poniente is 3,5 km long and the average is 75 meters wide. At the widest stretches, the distance to the water is over 100 meters.
In addition to these two beaches, Playa Mal Pas and the coves of Cala Ti Ximo and Almadraba Cala are very popular.
Isla de Benidorm is already a protected area and the Sierra Helada is to be protected against the invasion of the tourism industry of the future. The area has new natural mountains and the coastline that stretches over 1,830 hectares.
The celebrations in the Spanish skyscrapers are endless. Especially during the summer months the activity program in Benidorm is in full swing. Concerts, festivals and other events get on a spot in the program. Well-known musicians such as the Rolling Stones, Queen and Bob Dylan have performed to Benidorm.
Homepage Benidorm, English: www.benidorm.com
Finestrat is a beautiful costal town, yet at the same time mountainous. This villa is situated just 5 kilometers from the beach and is elevated on a hill, characterized for hanging houses and peculiar narrow roads or Moorish origin. A quiet walk through the village brings one to the emblematic church of “Sant Bertomeu” and other religious symbols like the chapel, along with an abundance of picturesque gardens throughout the village. The old town, raised above the foundations of an ancient Arabic castle is home to a viewpoint called “El Castell” which offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
Finestrat combines perfectly the cosmopolitan airs of Benidorm with the silence of nature of the Puig Campana mountain range. Puig Campana stand at 1,410 meters and with its proximity to the coast and rolling hills, it represents one of the most emblematic sights of the Costa Blanca. Without this mountain it would be difficult to appreciate Finestrat’s history, guarded for centuries as the region’s most prized treasure.
Finestrat and Benidorm are primarily beach tourism destinations, family orientated and where thousands of visitors from Spain, Europe and other parts of the world come to enjoy the wide array of leisure activities. Golf lovers can enjoy the use of the exclusive golf sites of Real de Faula and Sierra Cortina. Sailing and other interesting water sports can be enjoyed from both the yacht clubs of Altea and Campomanes, with their shops and restaurants these areas offer a truly unique environment from which to appreciate the Mediterranean lifestyle.
La Cala de Finestrat
The municipality of Finestrat wedges into the way down to the beach between Benidorm and Villajoyosa.
The fine old Spanish town of Finestrat is located 10 km up into the mountains.
Monuments and attractions in Finestrat.
Finestrat has hosted many cultures throughout history. All ancient civilizations have left their mark on this city.
Finestrat is one of the towns on the Costa Blanca with a lot of charm and respecting the traditional structure of the houses behind the Puig Campana (Mount Hood). The old town of Finestrat is built on the foundations of an old Moorish castle. Strolling through the winding streets of Moorish origin is a pleasure. On the small square, the church of Sant Bertomeu (1751), vibrates during festivals August 24 and the pilgrimage of Sant Blai, February 3rd.
One of the most characteristic images of this site are terraced houses because it is the first thing you notice upon arrival from Benidorm and Villajoyosa. The southern façades of these houses literally hang over the hill in the town of Finestrat.
Plaza de la Torreta in the heart of the village, built in the mid-eighteenth century, seems to have been built to facilitate entry to the church. Its name implies the existence of at least a small enclosure or tower in the same location.
Castle (El Castillo) at the highest part of the city is the place known as Castell Almohad and occurs in many documents from the thirteenth century. Manuscripts that may relate to the Islamic castle kept in the basement. From the castle, you can see the coastline to Alicante. The Holy Kristi’s chapel is located in the same place as the castle, where the texts speak of the existence of a small church built after the conquest of the Christians. It was originally a modest chapel where once the inhabitants saw an image of the crucified Christ who moved from the church.
La Torre is a cultural area near the center. Almohads fortifications dating from the twelfth century have had a significant height of about 10 meters, and possibly played a crucial part in the defense of its inhabitants.
La Font del Moli (Mill Fountain) is the main water source of the town of Finestrat. Even today it is governed by regulations established in 1926. The source of the Mill has 15 pipes, the center is larger than the others, and provides a flow rate of 20 liters per second.
At 1410 meters altitude, its proximity to the coast, and its distinctive look, the Puig Campana is one of the most important mountains of the Costa Blanca.
In Pico Campanas conservation area you’ll find the perfect place to enjoy nature in its purest form. Hikers, adventurers and climbers can enjoy this beautiful mountain.
The festivities have been here for more than a hundred year on August 24, the day which celebrates St. Bartholomew, patron saint of Finestrat. They are also involved in the Remedy Holy Christ, who is revered in his hermitage located in the castle.
The celebration in honor of the holiday and tourism is held during the second week of September in La Cala de Finestrat. Marking the end of summer, visitors and residents alike enjoy the fireworks, children’s activities, sports, festivals, parades. The unique landscape of La Cala is an ideal setting to enjoy these festive days by the sea and with a fantastic climate.
San Antonio Abad (mid-January): One of the oldest traditions in Finestrat is preserved because of the celebrations of “Sant Antoni’s Porquet”. Local young people go from house to house, a week before January 17, and collect food for the party. Each family will donate a rich delicacy. Then an auction takes place to sell the collected material among all participants.
San Blas (mid-February): This festival is as important as Sant Antoni, but with some peculiarities. “l’ARRA”, a cake made of sponge worn by some children throughout the “round”, while the men selling lottery tickets for the draw. The residents of Finestrat and visitors gather at the source “Moll” in a beautiful natural setting, to enjoy and eat traditional delicacies ..
Midsummer (June 23 to 24): When summer arrives at the Mediterranean laden with symbolism, magic, party, music, dance and fire, especially fire. La Cala de Finestrat beach is host to popular events focusing on the ancient rites of purification, the essential elements are fire and water.