Finestrat is an enchanting small town in the province of Alicante in Spain, and without a doubt is a well-hidden Costa Blanca gem. Its old town is located at the foot of Puig Campana, about 15km from Benidorm center. Town’s only beach, La Cala de Finestrat, and the surrounding area are squeezed between Villajoyosa and Benidorm, 8km from the Finestrat old town. Let’s go and discover the best things to do in Finestrat.
Chances are high that you’ve never heard of Finestrat. If it weren’t for the fact that we were renting a flat near La Cala and we passed the old town when we were going to Puig Campana, we would probably have missed it too. Unfortunately, we’ve never seen even a single mention of Finestrat in posts like “What to see near Benidorm/Alicante”. We have no idea why as it’s one of the best-prepared towns for visitors.
So Finestrat may not be as popular as other towns in Costa Blanca (yet), but don’t let it fool you, and add this town to your Costa Blanca bucket list – you won’t regret it.
- Things To Do In Finestrat, Spain – Hidden Gem On Costa Blanca
- Other things to do in Finestrat, Spain
- How To Get To Finestrat, Spain?
- Things to do in Finestrat, Spain – Summing Up
- Restaurants, accommodations, and map
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Things To Do In Finestrat, Spain – Hidden Gem On Costa Blanca
Finestrat consist of three main parts:
- Puig Campana mountain
- Old town – located on a hill, at the foot of the Puig Campana
- La Cala – Finestrat’s only beach, on the border with Benidorm city
So the whole town is located at altitudes from 0 to… 1406 m a.s.l. Impressive, right?
To discover Finestrat town at its best, follow a route signposted by the city council itself. This route allows you to visit the most beautiful and important places in the town. But don’t forget to also take a look at the other side streets, as there are plenty of things to discover.
You can also visit Finestrat Tourist Information for more useful information. Their office is located right next to the Church of Saint Bartholomew. Check out the exact location on the Finestrat map at the end of the post.
Vamos, let’s go on a walk around the old town of Finestrat and see what it has to offer.
Finestrat Old Town
One of the best things to do in Finestrat is to visit its old town. Each corner of Finestrat Old Town is very charming and worth seeing. It was built on the foundations of what used to be an Arab castle.
Slowly wander across the town’s colorful, narrow streets, admire the surroundings and feel that you moved back in time. Also, make breaks at viewing points and admire extraordinary views over the coast and Puig Campana. It’s a true delight to wander around this town.
While wandering the streets sooner or later you will come across Finestrat Castle, or rather a beautiful garden park because there are no longer visible remains of the castle. In the park, you’ll find an auditorium, hermitage, and two stunning viewpoints – one over the Mediterranean Sea, and the second over Puig Campana mountain.
Hermitage of the Santísimo Cristo del Remedio
The Hermitage of the Santísimo Cristo del Remedio was built in 1925. During the Civil War it was damaged. However, nowadays you can admire it in its full glory thanks to the contributions made by the locals. Surroundings are also beautiful, amazing gardens, with unbeatable views of Puig Campana and the coast.
The Church of Saint Bartholomew
The Church of Saint Bartholomew is an 18th-century baroque church located in the old town. The figure of the Finestrat patron, Saint Bartholomew, is kept inside. In addition, you can admire the building of the city hall right next to it.
Font del Molí
Font del Molí is a fountain located in the Finestrat suburbs. It was an important spring that supplied the town with drinking water for decades. It is also a place where all roads to Puig Campana start.
Puig Campana, with an altitude of 1406 meters, is the second-highest peak in the province of Alicante. You can read more about Puig Campana in a separate post HERE.
La Cala De Finestrat – La Cala Beach
Finestrat also has its own beach – La Cala de Finestrat which is often mistaken as a part of Benidorm. There are many hotels, restaurants, and bars there. It’s very touristy during the summer months. Near the beach, there are two places worth seeing, both located on small hills – Tossal de la Cala viewpoint & Aguiló Tower with great views over the coast and beaches!
Finestrat market near Finestrat La Cala Beach
Every Tuesday and Saturday you can also visit the market which takes place right beside the La Cala de Finestrat beach. The interesting thing is that the street on which it takes place officially belongs to the town of Villajoyosa.
Other things to do in Finestrat, Spain
- Participating in Fiestas Patronales in honor of Saint Bartholomew. Celebrations take place around August 24th
- Playing golf. Finestrat has two golf courses: Real Faula and Golf Course Sierra Cortina
How To Get To Finestrat, Spain?
Finestrat Old Town is located about 10km from Villajoyosa, 15km from Benidorm, 35m from Calpe, and 40km from Alicante. The most convenient way to get to Finestrat is by car.
Where to park in Finestrat, Spain?
If you’re traveling by car your best option is to leave your car in this free parking lot located right next to Finestrat Old Town.
Airports near Finestrat, Spain
The closest airports to Finestrat are located in Alicante (55km away) and Valencia (160km away). Both airports offer bus connections with Finestrat. You can check them on rome2rio.com website.
To Finestrat by bus
You can also reach Finestrat by bus. Rides are fairly cheap. For example, for a trip from Benidorm or from Villajoyosa you’ll pay €1-2, and from Alicante €6-9. Time depends of course on the length of the traveling distance.
To Finestrat by taxi
The most expensive option, but also the fastest one if you care about time. For example, for a trip from Benidorm you’ll pay €17-21, from Altea €24-29, and from Alicante €50-60.
Things to do in Finestrat, Spain – Summing Up
Now you know all the things to do in Finestrat. As you can see, the town is definitely worth a visit. We can guarantee that you will be surprised by its beauty and you’ll start wondering “why isn’t it as popular as other towns in the area?”. We hope that one day Finestrat, this beautiful hidden gem on Costa Blanca, will be more popular.
Restaurants, accommodations, and map
Check out various recommended places below.
Where To Eat In Finestrat?
Here are some nice, high-rated restaurants in Finestrat to choose from:
Where to sleep in Finestrat?
Aparthotel Ola Blanca
Aparthotel Ola Blanca is a modern and stylish accommodation option in Benidorm, Spain. Featuring a range of amenities including a swimming pool, gym, and rooftop terrace, it is an ideal choice for those looking for comfort and convenience during their stay.
Puig Campana Nature Suites Hotel & BTT
Puig Campana Nature Suites Hotel & BTT is an eco-friendly hotel located in Finestrat, Spain that offers a unique experience of staying in a suite with a view of the stunning Puig Campana mountain. The hotel also offers mountain bike rental and guided tours for guests to explore the natural surroundings.
Atalaya Sea View
Atalaya Sea View is a modern and stylish apartment complex located in Finestrat, Spain, offering stunning views of the sea and surrounding mountains. It features comfortable and fully equipped apartments with spacious balconies, a swimming pool, and easy access to the beach and other attractions.
2 Bed Penthouse Apartment – Sea Views
This luxurious penthouse apartment in Finestrat boasts spectacular sea views and features 2 bedrooms, a spacious living area, and a fully equipped kitchen. The building offers amenities such as a swimming pool, a fitness center, and a communal garden, and is situated just a short drive away from the beaches and attractions of Benidorm.