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The best “calas” (Coves) of Benissa

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There are people who are “Cala” lovers (Coves or small beaches), just as there are people who likes more “fideuá” than rice. “Calas”, unlike beaches, are usually more unknown to tourists. “Cala” lovers don’t mind, but they like to wear slippers to go into the water and besides cooling down, do some snorkelling in its crystalline waters.

Contact with nature is greater and is generally accompanied by less crowding. Its sometimes not so easy access makes families opt for the beach, for not carrying all their belongings up and down. Whether you are already a cove goer or not and you are just curious, we offer you what we consider to be the best “calas” in Benissa. This post is valid for people staying in Benissa Costa as well as in Calpe and Moraira. And yes, although we love the beaches, we are also “cala” lovers:

Cala Pinets

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Cala Pinets, Benissa

Located in the municipality of Benissa but closer to the town of Calpe. There is a public car park 50 metres away and the way down is by stairs without any danger. It is a not very large cove, which combines sand and pebbles. This cove is especially welcoming and has incredible views of the “Peñón de Ifach”. It is south-facing and has sunshine most of the day, although the cliff makes you lose some sun at sunset.

If the sandy area is occupied – more than likely in July and August – head right and you will find some flat rocks by the water, ideal for lying in the sun if you don’t have chairs. Later you can walk a few metres to the left along the rocks or along the ecological path and you will arrive at the natural swimming pool of La Mar Morta where a formation of dark coppery rocks protect it from the waves and it is an ideal place to take the little ones as the water is barely up to the kees. Cala Pinets is, because of its beauty and charm, undoubtedly one of our favourites.

Cala Baladrar

Cala Baladrar (Benissa)

The nearest urban centre is Moraira, 3.8 km away, while Calpe is 7 km away. Possibly the most visited and well-known cove by tourists as it has free public parking and above all a beach bar where you can eat paella in the shade of the pines, or have a few cocktails on Sundays with its live music and the beautiful sea views. From the same bar (or we should say restaurant because of the offer, the size of the facilities and the considerable prices on the menu), you go down some wide stairs to the “cala”.The cove is made of pebbles and large flat rocks that people who go there without chairs usually use to lie down and sunbathe. This cove is always well maintained and clean and is not suitable for animals. Its water is shallow and crystal clear, and together with its abundant marine fauna and flora, make it perfect for snorkelling.
We recommend you come to this cove and its beach bar at least once, and if you visit in July and August it is essential to go early to get parking, a place in the cove and to make a reservation if you want to have lunch.

Xiringuito Olalá (Benissa)

Cala Advocat

Cala Advocat

This cove could well be described as a small beach. It is situated halfway between Calpe and Moraira and can be reached by car and you can park in its free public parking area. It is sheltered on one side by a cliff called El Cantalar and on the other by a breakwater. It is south facing and receives sunshine from early morning but loses some hours of sunshine from its cliff. This cove has approximately 50 metres of fine sand, in addition to the aforementioned Cantalar where there are flat rock formations where people also tend to lay. At the breakwater there is a concrete platform where people put their chairs and go down to the water by a ladder as if it were a swimming pool.

This jewel also has a small beach bar next to the car park with shady areas to have a drink. It is perhaps a little less crowded than Baladrar and La Fustera beach, but it is also quite busy, especially in August.


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