Nature and Environment

Enjoy the history, gastronomy and outdoor leisure in a privileged environment that integrates beach and mountains
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Beaches

Although the main part of Finestrat is in the mountains, which allows us to provide these stunning views to the residents of Seascape Blue, it also has beaches, such as Cala de Finestrat, just 6 minutes from the resort. Cala de Finestrat is a cosy beach in the north of Costa Blanca that welcomes all those who want to enjoy the sand, sun, and warm waters of the Mediterranean, and it is not the only beach within 10 minutes of the Seascape Resort:

Playa Poniente is a fantastic beach in Benidorm, and together with Playa de Levante forms 5184 meters of sandy coastline with an impressive average width of 55 meters. These beaches are separated by the small beach of Cala Mal Pas, surrounded by cliffs, which offer a relaxed atmosphere. All these beaches are Blue Flag certified, issued by the European Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), indicating high environmental and quality standards, and Benidorm’s beaches are managed under ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 13009 (Cala Mal Pas), EMAS Regulation and the Spanish quality guarantee “Q de Calidad”.

To ensure safety during the high season, the beaches are equipped with lifeguards and first aid services.

For your comfort and entertainment, the beaches have a fully functional infrastructure including umbrellas, sun loungers, floating platforms (July-September), cable-ski (Easter – October), playgrounds, areas for sports and recreational activities, showers, waste bins, ecological bathing cabins, boardwalks, access points for people with disabilities… Even a beach library.

If tranquillity is your priority, Benidorm’s coastline has something for you too. The beaches of Cala Tío Ximo and Cala La Almadrava, surrounded by cliffs, are perfect for a quiet day at the beach and snorkelling activities in our crystal-clear waters.

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Puig Campana

Puig Campana, (literally translated, Bell Hill) is a mountain formation part of the Prebaetic System in the southeast of Spain. With an altitude of 1,406 meters (4,613 ft), it is the second highest peak in the province of Alicante. Puig Campana is located in the municipality of Finestrat only 10 km (6 mi) from the Mediterranean coast.

From the base of the mountain it may seem that there is only one peak, but in fact, there are two, the taller not easily visible from the base. The western of the two peaks has a pronounced crack or notch; historically, this feature has been known colloquially as the El Portell (The Gate) although in recent times it has come to be known by a number of other names such as Roldan’s Notch (Brecha or Tajo de Roldán in Spanish).

You can climb it by the mountain road or, if you feel strong enough, you can try the Vertical Kilometer, which ascends straight to the peak.

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Aitana

Aitana is a mountain massif, part of the pre-Betic system in the far east of the Iberian Peninsula. The mountainous area is in the regions of Marina Baixa, Alcoià, and Comtat in the northern part of the province of Alicante. Its peak at 1,558 meters above sea level is the highest point in the province.

The Sierra de Aitana Mountain range extends over 2,000 hectares. In addition to Aitana, the highest peak that gives its name to the mountain range, other notable peaks are Penya Alta (1,506 m), Penya Catxa (1,467 m), El Mulero (1,308 m), and Alt del Carrascar (1,208 m).

Aitana is also a common female name in the areas surrounding the mountain range. The summit has also several times been a mountain finish in the Vuelta a España. The Alto de Aitana is a tough climb 22.3 kilometres long with an average gradient of 6%, comparable to Mont Ventoux, although Ventoux is steeper

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FINESTRAT & BENIDORM

Finestrat and Benidorm belong to the so-called “Costa Blanca North” located to the north of the city of Alicante, being its reference point. Everything south of Alicante, such as Arenales del Sol, Santa Pola, Guardamar, Torrevieja, and the residential and touristic area of “Orihuela Costa” (Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Dehesa de Campoamor) is commonly known as “Costa Blanca South”. intermingling with “Costa Cálida”, entering the province of Murcia, this hidden gem of the Spanish Mediterranean.

The local area from Calpe towards Villajoyosa, with Finestrat and Benidorm right in the middle, is known as Marina Baixa. From Moraira northwards to Denia it is known as Marina Alta. These are the subdivisions.

Well-known villages and hamlets near Finestrat are the mountain villages “Relleu”, La Nucia, Polop, and lfaz de Pí. Particularly well known is the Sunday flea market in La Nucia. Then there is the beautiful, picturesque, and the somehow bohemian town of Altea, known for its “Facultad de Artes” which is part of the “Universidad de Alicante (UA)”. In summer there is a small craft market near the church of Altea. Close to the church square, miradors are overlooking Altea, Playa de Albir, Pueblo Mascarat, and Altea Hills, luxurious residential areas built against the slopes of the Sierra Bernía mountains.

Other interesting places are Callosa d`en Sarrià, Altea La Vella, Guadalest, and Villajoyosa.

A little further afield, you can visit Calpe and Benissa and, for gourmets, there is a particularly good restaurant (La Sort) for dinner in Moraira, one of the typical “white villages” scattered along the northern Costa Blanca.

If you want to take a trip further north and have lunch or dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant, it is advisable to drive to Els Poblets, just outside Denia, and sample the fabulous cuisine of the famous chef Quique Dacosta.

If you want to try another famous Michelin-starred restaurant, you can drive to Elche (Partida La Perleta) and try La Finca, from the equally famous chef Suzy Diaz.

Both famous chefs have participated in the reality show MASTER CHEF as members of the jury.

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