Benissa proudly offers visitors the elegant neo-gothic temple of the Purísima Xiqueta (Our Holy Maiden), which is part of the Marian tradition of the La Marina district. To the right, on the way to Alicante, lies the town centre, with a Medieval quarter still very well preserved. This is an ideal place to do some shopping in the many establishments which offer traditional products including the local sausages which are famous all over the La Marina district. There are fine old houses with ornate window grilles. La Lonja de Contratación, or marketplace, built in the 15th century, is the most notable construction. Also viewable is the Casa de los Torres Orduna - the lords of Guadalest - which is an important family monument. Today this mansion has been transformed into a Cultural Centre. Sights: Lonja de Contratación, Convent of the Franciscans. Temple of the Purísima Xiqueta, Town Hall and Chapel of Santa Ana. Fiestas: In January, the traditional 'Fira i Porrat de Sant Antoni'; late April the Patron Saint Festivities; June, Moors & Christians.
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