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Beach of Finestrat, ‘Cala de Finestrat’

Entering the village coming from Relleu

Finestrat is a small village up in the mountains just 20 minutes from Benidorm.
Finestrat is Spain’s only village that has a mountain location plus a beach miles below on the coast. Finestrat was given the beach by the Spanish government for its generations of work helping save that area of Spain from pirates. So nowadays, although the beach is a 15 minute drive from the village of Finestrat, with kilometers of land owned by other towns in between the two locations, it’s still part of the town of Finestrat and a wonderful place to visit.

 

 


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Ancient history
The village of Finestrat has hosted many cultures throughout history. Its proximity to the coast and to the coastal roads, it has been assumed to be a magnet for settlement of the various civilizations of the Mediterranean as well as others from the central and northern Europe.
All ancient civilizations have left their footprint in this growing town overlooking the sea. Thus, at every step, every corner, every street and every house you can see the legacy of their ancestors. A municipality with 20,000 years of history.

Finestrat below its famous mountain ‘Puig Campana’

The first signs of human settlement in what is now known as Finestrat were hunter-gatherers of the Paleolithic Superior who inhabited the caves and shelters of Sierra Cortina, near the place known as Raco de les Bastides. although it has been shown, it is thought it may also have settlements of its kind in the caves and shelters of the Puig Campana. Although no paintings have been found to confirm the presence of humans during the Neolithic, one should not forget that Finestrat is by its location, a passageway to the mountains of Alicante, where the first farmers had to enter that came to this land.

24/7 coming down from the ‘Puig Campana’: the ‘Fonti Moli’. Next to it is a restaurant and a perfect point starting / ending your hike…

Finestrat was the ideal place for the location of villages, since the hills were making an high visibility of the surroundings. Iberians and Romans, two cultures that left their mark in Finestrat. The Iberians formed one of the most advanced cultures of ancient Mediterranean. They knew the writing was established in organized territories and political structure minted coins as payment. This culture lasted from the sixth century until I a. C., at the time the process of Romanization.

In finestrat the remains of this culture can be found in the grounds of the Castle, in the Tossal of them Bastides and Tossal of the creek. The oldest deposits, around the fourth century BC found inland, while that of the Cala Tossal dating from the II and I a. C. you can see remnants of houses in the village dug decades ago.

A factory was built dedicated to salted fish. Apart from this town today there are three known Roman villas near the town of Finestrat, whose inhabitants were engaged in the production of wine, oil and cereals. Between remains of these villages have been found mosaics showing continual cultural arts and the arrival of the Romans.

Medieval Times. Like the rest of the province, Finestrat spent the splendor of Arabic culture to conquer Christian. Roman decadence coincided with the splendor of Islamic culture. Names such as the Alhambra, or Alamssil Alfarelles give proof of the Arab influence in the area.

 

La Cala de Finestrat, the Beach Just a short 15 minute ride or so to the wonderful sandy beach area of Finestrat which is ideal for families, grab a coffee in one of the many beach side cafes (a wonderful place to just sit and watch the world go by).

La Cala Markets – Tuesday, By the bay, near the SuperCor supermarket and Friday, On the main road into the town, opposite MABS charity shop.

If you prefer a little quieter setting, walk away from the cafe area to the right side of the beach and, from here, there’s a small path around the headland where you can enjoy some fresh sea air and take lovely photos of Benidorm and the surrounding Mediterranean area.

Also worth a visit is the Gran Bali Hotel, (Europe’s tallest hotel 43 floors, 186 meters high) non residents can pay to go to the viewing platform and the views are well worth it.
Price – Residents 2.50€, Non Residents 6€

Close to Cala de Finestrat beach is this beach ‘Playa el Torres’. You can go to it by car, (just another 5 minutes, or walk to it from the beach from Cala de Finestrat using the old Roman road.) You will enjoy nice views walking along and in summer time you can relax at the ‘Chirinquito’ (beach bar) at the beach while sitting under the Eucalyptus trees… In the distance you can see Villajoyosa, which is another 5 minutes. So, all is close by!

 

At La Marina shopping center you can take the coastal tram which brings you to all places at Costa Blanca North, (Alicante – Denia).

Getting to Finestrat from Benidorm
The Number 2, 3 & no 8 buses will take you to Cala de Finestrat
No 15 bus to the village.

Distances from Finestrat area to:
– Beaches (Benidorm, Cala de Finestrat, Villajoyosa): 4 km,
– Alicante Airport : 56 km
– Various Golf Courses: within walking distance to the new Golf: 1,8 km = 4 minutes
about 4 km = 5 minutes to Golf on Sierra Cortina
– Shopping: 2 km, 4 minutes (very large and well-known mall/shopping center ‘La Marina’)
– Finestrat: 5 km, 8 minutes
– Amusement parks: f.e. Terra Mitica at 5 km = 10 minutes
– Benidorm: 6 km
– Cala de Finestrat: 4 km

 

Ideal location
Terra Mittica and Terra Natura are within easy reach by car or taxi as are the extremely popular shopping complex ‘La Marina’ and Carrefour & Lidl hipermarkets.

Entrance to the shopping center ‘La Marina’

Plenty of shops available !

Karting Circuit nearby

    

 

By night, if you are looking for some excitement, you can try the Casino just up the road, watch the sun go down over a bottle of wine or just enjoy the lively scene and entertainment around the beach. But then again, you do have Benidorm just down the road, the best nightlife in Europe!

Golfing
You will find several golf courses,  (check info at the end of this page for all Golf Courses in this area) f.e. the Real Faula, one professional, one executive, designed by the famous golfer Jack Nicklaus, attract golfers all year round. Finestrat is a perfect base for golfing holidays.

At the moment a new Golf course is available ‘Puig Campana Golf’ with 18 holes and magnificent views all around.
Here is its website (opened in september 2017 ): Website Puig Campana Golf 

Clubhouse of Golf Puig Campana

  

  

 

Properties available close to all: Golf, La Marina shopping center, Beach of Cala de Finestrat, Terramitica etc:
Finestrat area properties for sale

 

Sierra Cortina
This exclusive Resort is the perfect choice for active, fun loving families and golfers accustomed to high quality holiday accommodation.

                
         

 

Use this link to see all  present properties available in Finestrat:  All properties for sale in Finestrat

 

Below are various photos of Finestrat