Quicken your senses and feel the Mediterranean as you follow this trail along the most beautiful spots on the coastline.
Benissa’s four-kilometre coastline is a winding, rocky shore dotted with cliffs and small coves in which vegetation practically reaches the sea itself. This breath-taking locale can be followed almost in its entirety with a nature trail.
The trail is signposted and fitted with informational panels covering local culture and history, the scenery’s geological origins and the fauna and flora that inhabit it. The trail is divided into a number of sections and it can be followed year-round. You may either choose to cover the entire trail in one go or simply take a walk down one of its environmental routes on your way to a cove.
📍 Starting point: Benissa Beach Tourist Info - Aula de la Mar | 38°39'49.2"N 0°05'15.0"E
Lenght: 45’-1 h | Distance: 3,5 km | Difficulty level: low
By following this trail, you will discover parts of our natural and cultural heritage, such as the remains of a former aeolianite quarry. Commonly known as “dune limestone”, this rock was used to erect buildings such as the Council Hall (16th c.). There is an environmental micro-reserve which boasts unique botanical species, such as Helianthemum caput felis and Thymbra capitata. With regards to services, you will find the Les Bassetes Nautical Club, two restaurants, a sailing school and a diving school at the end of the trail.
The first stop on the trail is La Fustera beach, a charming sandy inlet between two cliffs. It features a refreshment stand year-round as well as a children’s park, a picnic area, a lifeguard and nautical activities during the summer. Its limpid waters are dominated by Neptune Grass and are perfect for scuba diving.
The trail then continues until Pinets Cove, a small and untamed natural locale. It features pebbles and large, flat rocks. During the summer, you can go on an outing by walking and swimming (expand info) along the rocks until you reach the "Mar Morta i Roques Negres", a stunning landscape with highly interesting geological features. Don’t forget to wear sandals!
The trail continues inland until it reaches the next cove. The trail is marked with blue and white trail signs. Start from Pinets street going towards La Marina avenue along the only paved section and continue along the right, following a path along the Fanadix green area, a pine grove fitted with a picnic area (public bathrooms, tables, a children’s park and an outdoor gym). Following the signs, the trail continues into an undeveloped area, crossing the La Llobella ravine until reaching Camamirla street, which provides access to La Llobella Cove.
Once there, turn rightwards to visit La Llobella Cove. The fact that this pebble beach is somewhat out of the way makes it a very calm location that is ideally suited to swimming and scuba diving. After that, return to the intersection to continue towardsL’Advocat Cove. It features a small breakwater that shields it from the waves, a wonderful underwater environment and a small, sandy beach. It also has a refreshment stall in the summer.
From here, the trail continues northwards through an area with spectacular seaside cliffs which are a beautiful natural balcony towards the Mediterranean. The trail ends at the Outdoor Gym, where you can work out using the available exercise machines while taking in the sights. There is a green area nearby which hosts a number of typical Mediterranean species.
There is currently no connection with the last cove, Baladrar, which also has a pebble beach and abundant vegetation in the rocky outcroppings that surround it as it descends towards the sea. It was originally the mouth of the "barranc dels Sesters" and a natural estuary that divides it into Baladrar Cove proper and la Goleta.
Along the entire length of this path you will see dark spots in the sea. These are our valued Neptune grass prairies. Learn more about them here.