Costa Blanca Towns: Benitachell
Benitachell (pop. ca 5,000), also known by its Valencian name El Poble Nou de Benitatxell, is a Costa Blanca North location very popular among expats. Indeed, more than 70% of the residents are non-Spanish. The town itself is situated in the interior, but its municipal area commands 2 km of coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. A rough and broken coast with cliffs that reach 100 meters above sea level in some points is the first image discovered by those who navigate this stretch of coastline, a perfect place for scuba diving fans who can discover the attractive caves that follow one another without interruption. There are three coves, one of which, Cala Moraig, is accessible by car.
The town itself is accessed by the road that leads to the port of Moraira from Jávea, and it can also be accessed from the N-332 through Teulada. Of the must-visit places in the town centre, perhaps number one is the architectonically interesting 18th-century church of Saint Mary Magdalene.
The Patron Saint Festivities, in honour of Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint Roch, Saint Christopher, and Saint James the Great, are celebrated around the last week of July. The streets are decorated, religious acts are held, and at night the traditional bull runs (Bous al carrer) offer a thrilling show. Every day is celebrated in honour of a saint. The festivities begin on the 22nd of July with Saint Mary Magdalene during a night festival. The following day is dedicated to Saint Roch, the patron saint of pilgrims, with a parade of floats to continue with the one dedicated to Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, and the last day to Saint James the Great, on the 25th of July.
Around the last week of July, the streets are decorated, religious acts are held, and at night the traditional bull runs (Bous al carrer) offer a thrilling show.
Regarding the several residential estates outside the town centre, Cumbre del Sol stands out. It is well known from several luxurious housing developments that enjoy breath-taking sea views, and The Lady Elizabeth School, an international top reference.