La Cala de Finestrat, next to Benidorm, is a haven of tranquillity and simple life in the heart of the Costa Blanca. A place that combines the relaxation of traditional life with the proximity to the city and its many leisure options. And, of course, a clean beach with calm waters where you can enjoy the Mediterranean to the full.
La Cala de Finestrat
Just three kilometres from the bustling and lively Benidorm, La Cala de Finestrat offers peaceful, quiet corners and a more relaxed lifestyle. It is ideal for families or people looking to live or visit in a simple place without renouncing the proximity of services such as restaurants, cafes and all kinds of shops. Benidorm can also be easily reached by car, bus or taxi.
Read on to discover what we like best about La Cala de Finestrat:
Beach of La Cala de Finestrat
Benidorm’s beaches are known for their atmosphere and liveliness. For this reason, the beach of La Cala de Finestrat is much quieter. Noted for its cleanliness and golden sand so typical of the Costa Blanca, the beach of La Cala de Finestrat is perfect for everyone thanks to its calm waters that offer a very safe bathing. Smoking and vaping are also forbidden – it is one of the first smoke-free beaches in the Valencian Community – which gives it extra points for a pleasant and healthy time.
It is also highly valued by snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. Its seabed is very rich and varied and ensures a spectacle of eye-catching fish, corals and even underwater caves.
There are also restaurants and cafes along the promenade, and what better way to enjoy a summer evening than by taking a dip and having a drink while gazing out to sea? In the summer months it is more crowded, but afterwards it becomes a very intimate beach.
Tossal and Mirador de la Cala
Situated on the hill between Benidorm and La Cala de Finestrat, the Tossal de La Cala is an archaeological site dating back to the 1st century BC which, according to research, was a Roman settlement occupied by the armies of Quintus Sertorius, who had a fort built as part of his plan to protect the coast of Alicante. In recent years, important conservation work has been carried out and it can now be visited as if it were an open-air museum, also with guided tours.
And to round off your visit, don’t miss the La Cala viewpoint, on the highest part of the Tossal hill. Built in the 1960’s, it offers wonderful panoramic views of the whole bay, and the silhouettes of the buildings silhouetted against the sky, with the mountain behind them and looking out over the Mediterranean, are breathtaking. So, even if you’re not interested in archaeology, we recommend a visit to the Tossal for some incredible photos.
Hermitage of the Virgin of the Sea
And going up to the viewpoint of the Tossal is the hermitage of the Virgen del Mar. A simple but very special enclave that houses an image of the Virgin of the Sea with the Child Jesus in her arms. An image that, according to believers, protects the sailors of the area while they are fishing on the high seas.
Nature and routes
La Cala de Finestrat is not only sea and nautical activities. It also has an enviable natural environment that stands out for the views it offers from the top of cliffs and crags. There are a multitude of trekking routes and nature walks you can do, starting with the Serra Gelada Natural Park and its lush Mediterranean vegetation.
The more adventurous (and experienced) can enjoy the Puig Campana hiking route, which starts in the village of Finestrat and reaches an altitude of 1408 metres. It is a difficult route, so if you are not used to it, it is better to opt for one of the many others that allow you to admire the landscape at your leisure, such as the one that leads to the Coll del Pouet crossroads or the one that ends at the Torre del Aguiló, in Villajoyosa. There is plenty to choose from!
If you are a lover of small towns and traditional, relaxed atmospheres, you can’t miss the village of Finestrat. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, the views are breathtaking whichever way you look. On one side, the imposing peak of Puig Campana crowning it all. On the other, the blue Mediterranean.
In the village of Finestrat, everything is authentic and genuine and retains the charm of times gone by, as it is not visited by too many tourists. Its old town, which was built on the foundations of a Moorish castle, is a succession of small houses, flowered balconies, narrow streets and traditional shops where you can buy local products.
Don’t miss the old village school and monuments that speak of a rich cultural heritage, such as the 13th century Castell de Finestrat, the 18th century church of San Bartolomé, the watchtower and the Crist de Remei hermitage. Moreover, thanks to its proximity to the beach and Benidorm, it is not an inaccessible and closed village, quite the contrary. Bars, restaurants, cafés and all kinds of services are available all year round, and life goes on beyond the summer months.
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