Charming places to visit in Benissa and surroundings.

Benissa has much more to offer than a beautiful old town and its magnificent beaches and coves, you can find a multitude of cultural, gastronomic, leisure and entertainment plans, in particular today we will talk about beautiful corners or places to visit full of history and tradition in this town and its surroundings, some of them are perhaps not so well known but they are totally recommendable to visit.

 – Hermitage of Santa Ana:

It can be reached by car or on foot, but the route on foot is very easy and pleasant, suitable for everyone. The route starts on the asphalted road behind the Muebles Martínez warehouse. At the beginning of the path you pass an old washing place (Pou d’Avall) where there is a water fountain, just follow the path and it takes about 15 minutes to get there. This chapel dates from 1613. It has a beautiful stone façade and the date of construction is engraved on a stone at the foot of the right-hand corner of the façade. In front of it there is a small square and a pine grove with tables and benches where you can eat or have a snack. From the hermitage there are numerous footpaths, you can reach an old water mill (Molino del Quisi) and you can even go as far as Calpe.

Hermitage of Santa Ana

Quisi Mill:

is an old flour mill built in the 15th century and it was in operation until 1930, located in the basin of the Barranco del Quisi, it has been declared an Asset of Local Relevance. The energy that moved its millstones was hydraulic (in a place where the Mediterranean climate makes this resource scarce, and also subject to a strong seasonality), and to maintain its function it used a remarkable work of engineering for that period: the water used to produce the energy came from the nearby ravine of the Paratella, from where it arrived through a construction pipeline to a pond, located about 11 metres above the mill, where it was stored waiting to be used for milling. On the way we will find typical landscapes of the area, the mountains in the background and buildings in ruins, it is a very quiet and little travelled path.

– The washing places in Benissa:

These are old 19th century constructions normally made of stone, taking advantage of a river bed where women went to wash their clothes and took the opportunity to socialise with the other women who came along. There are several in Benissa, all of them have been restored so they look as they did in their construction  days: Lavadero del Pou d’Avall, the closest to the town, was the busiest. Lavadero de Santa Ana, next to the hermitage, Lavadero Orxelles: the largest in the town that currently still has drinking water, Lavadero Nusols, this is the only one that no longer has water. In all of them you can see the rinsing area and the soaping area, the latter separated by a slab so that the soap does not reach the basin and dirty the water.

The Bassa dels Arcs in Jalón:

Declared an Asset of Local Relevance, the purpose of the Bassa dels Arcs in Xaló was to collect excess water (from irrigation ditches, weirs, mills, etc.) for the irrigation of more distant orchards. It was built between the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. Nowadays, only the arches remain of the reservoir, the purpose of which, apart from its aesthetic value, was to support a reed roof to preserve the water. In addition to its great architectural value, it has a great sentimental value for the inhabitants of the area, as many people learned to swim in this pond, forming part of the popular memory. Address to visit it: Camino Molí de Llíber, 11, 03727 Jalón, Alicante

– Finca la Cuta and the Lavender Gardens:

The garden of this finca has been created with idealism and love of detail, it is situated in the Jalon Valley. With its hundreds of lavender plants it forms an authentic Mediterranean space with comfortable, wheelchair-friendly walking paths, alternating with romantic little corners, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. This is a private property located at Carretera Benissa, 38, 03729 Llíber, Alicante, the gardens can be visited every Sunday from 10am and the entrance fee is 3€.

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