Finestrat is a town in the province of Alicante which belongs to the Costa Blanca. Finestrat means Window to the Sea and as a curiosity is built on a rock of plaster, hence we can see in the village streets dedicated to the plasterers. With about 2000 inhabitants, it is one of the villages in Alicante with the smallest population. Although this has a catch, because with the population of La Cala and the urbanisations, there are about 6000.
Finestrat consists mainly of four parts:
- The Puig Campana. The mountain is the symbol of Finestria.
- El Pueblo, at the foot of the mountain Puig Campana.
- Shopping Boulevard, with the Marina Shopping Centre, Carrefour, Conforama, Leroy Merlin, Decathlon…
- La Cala beach, which is the local beach.
If you like these travel routes to take pictures you can take the car and complete the list of sites that we propose in 1 day.
The mythical mountain of the Marina Baixa region and the second highest in the province of Alicante after Aitana. Its 1406 meters can be seen from almost any town in the region and stands out for the “hole” it has.
Precisely the hole leads us to the legend of Cerivert the Giant, who was in love and lived with a young girl in a hut. One day a stranger warned him that when the sun stopped shining his beloved would die. He returned to the hut and found that his beloved was fading, so he decided to go out and give a kick to the mountain and made a hole (that piece that is missing from the mountain) so that the sun would continue to pass a few more minutes. The piece broke off and is said to be the islet of Benidorm. When she died, he buried her there and stayed with her forever, holding her in his arms.
In the second photo we have highlighted the route that is done every year in the 1 KM Vertical Climb race. The record is over 20 minutes.
Finestrat has known how to respect its traditions and historical centre despite having thousands of years of history, from the Iberians or Romans to the medieval times and the Arabs. We leave you a list of places of interest to see in Finestrat:
CHURCH OF SANT BERTOMEU
We recommend you to enter through Carrer Fonteta and continue along Carrer Nou until you reach the church. You will pass by the Tourist Info. It is the church where the patron saint of Finestrat is kept : Sant Bertomeu. It began to be built around the 17th century and was consecrated to the patron saint in 1751.
You have to see in Finestrat the Carrer Sant Miquel and the Carreró. The latter is a small tunnel that is the last vestige of the walled city, being the access to it.
AUDITORI / AUDITORIUM OF FINESTRAT
CASTELL DE FINESTRAT
Although there is no longer a castle, there is now a viewpoint over the remains of the Almohad castle. It is the highest area to see in Finestrat. Find this site for the best photo of your trip. You can see the city of skyscrapers and Villajoyosa from here.
The statue of the emigrants reminds us that many inhabitants of the village had to emigrate to France to work. This is why the village is twinned with Saint Vaury (France) for example. That is why many Finns have French families.
HERMITAGE OF CRIST DEL REMEI
In 1925 the Hermitage of the Santísimo Cristo del Remedio was built in the area of the castle. There are 2 patron saints of Finistre: Saint Bartholomew and the Santísim Crist del Remei (in Valencian), although there is more devotion to the latter.
During the Civil War they threw the image of the Cristo del Remedio down the rock. People picked up the pieces and rebuilt it with the financial help of a local family. There is a piece that was never found.
TRADITIONAL MARKET ( APRIL )
Rural market to visit in April. Travelers will find natural remedies for ailments, handicrafts and advice. According to the opinions, it could be the best time to visit the locality. Do you like medieval markets? Then take the car and go for a drive.
LA FONT DEL MOLI
The Font del Molí is the most important fountain in Finestria. From the Islamic period, the water comes through underground aqueducts. In its day it fed mills that were near the fountain and now has 15 pipes. And no, you can’t drink because it’s gated. The Font del Molí is the starting point of numerous hiking routes of Puig Campana, highlighting the Circular route and La Cima.
THE COMMERCIAL BOULEVARD OF FINESTRAT
Halfway down from the village towards the beach, we find the commercial boulevard:
- La Marina shopping centre: Zara, Massimo Dutti, IMF cinemas…
- Leroy Merlin
- Media Markt
La Cala de Finestrat is the beach area of the municipality. Although it should be noted that it is in part of Villajoyosa, but the “border” is not visible. The piece of coastline was given to Villajoyosa for the help in the fight against the pirates. It stands out for its contrast with the village, with tall buildings and an urbanization very similar to that of Benidorm.
MAP OF FINESTRAT
So that’s all about this wonderful town in Alicante. Remember that the interior of the province is beautiful and you should visit Guadalest, Orxeta or Sella. If you like the coast more, you could take a look at our post about 12 of the most incredible towns on the Costa Blanca in Alicante. And if you liked our post, leave us a good note…