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Eco Route Moraira

The Paseo Ecológico is one of the best ways to explore Benissa’s rocky coastline, four kilometres of steep cliffs and pleasant coves lined by pine trees. There are two easy walking routes running north and south of the Tourist Information Office based above Cala de la Fustera (N 38º 39’ 48.6” E 0º 05’ 16.4”), both of which lead the walker through local customs and history, the varied flora and geography of the coastline with the help of attractive wooden information panels.

  

The Southern Route
The shorter southern option runs for 600 metres from the Tourist Office to the Bahía de les Bassetes, the municipality’s most southern cove where there is a yacht club and a stunning view of Calp’s iconic Peñon de Ifach.

Along this section, you will discover the remains of an old tosca quarry dating back to the 16th century from which were hewn the blocks that were used to construct several of the historic buildings in Benissa.

As you pass around the small cove of Cala de les Bassetes, you should look out for the life which is using the cracks in the rocky coastline to survive. The Cat´s Head Rockrose (Helianthemum Caput-Felis), a rare dwarf rockrose which grows along the coast, is covered in thick white hair which helps maintain moisture and reflect sunlight.

The Club Náutico Bahía de les Bassetes, which was inaugurated in 1973, has some 80 moorings for vessels up to eight metres in length as well as a restaurant and bar. The bay’s name reflects to the tranquil pond-like waters protected by the natural boom of rock on which the Club Náutico has been built.

  

The Northern Route
The longer northern route consists of two separate sections with a total distance of 1.5 kilometres. The first section runs for one kilometre from the Tourist Office to Cala Llobella whilst the second runs for 500 metres from Platgeta de l’Advocat to Cala del Baladrar.

Leaving the Tourist Office, the path drops into Cala de la Fustera and the enchanting small family beach of the same name which offers fine sand and crystal clear waters. Its excellent facilities means that it boasts a European Blue Flag. Just a few metres from the sandy beach is the Cova de la Fustera, a 10 metre high cave from which there is a stunning view of the coastline all the way down to the Peñon de Ifach.

The path continues around the coast to the small rocky cove of Cala dels Pinets from where it’s worth making a short detour to the ‘Mar Morta i Roques Negres’, a natural rock pool known as the ‘Dead Sea’ which is an ideal place for children to paddle and swim. Iron deposits have caused the rocks to take on a unusual dark red-brown colour, hence the name.

The section ends at Cova de la Llobella, another rocky cove which due to its lack of road access means that it is one of the quietest and unspoilt of Benissa’s coves with pine trees growing close to the water’s edge. The pebble beach and crystal clear waters make it popular for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

The second section begins at the same cove, running northwards along the coast to the Platgeta de l’Advocat, a small cove of a mixture of fine sand and rock where there is a rocky jetty and a car-park. The small protected cove is ideal for families and boasts a fabulous underwater environment which is perfect for snorkelling and diving. To the south of the beach is the 47m high cliff of ‘El Cantalar’ which stretches out into the sea formed the headland of Punta Fosca around which the path was used to reach this location.

The path continues northwards to Cala del Baladrar which is located at the mouth of the Barranc del Sesters, a natural drainage which empties into the sea. The cove is divided into two by a small natural spit: the Cala del Baladrar and La Goleta with both beaches lined with pine trees leaning out towards the blue waters of the Mediterranean as well as the Oleanders, locally known as ‘baladres’ which give the cove its name. Protected from the easterly winds, its shallow and transparent waters make it an ideal place to enjoy a day by the sea whilst enjoying the views to the south, with the ever-present hulk of Peñon de Ifach.