Denia is a very popular resort on the Northern part of Spain’s Costa Blanca, half way between Alicante and Valencia, with a local population of around 45,000. As with its neighbouring towns and villages along the coast, it thrives on tourism all year round.
Denia has twenty kilometres of long, fine sandy beaches such as Les Marines, LAlmadrava, Les Bovetes, Les Deveses, and els Palmarsas as well as some secluded and more private small coves, such as Les Rotes; a marina with over 500 moorings offering a full range of chandlery services, boat hire, wind surfing school and cinema complex, its own 18-hole golf course designed by José Maria Olazabal, and a host of bars, restaurants, hotels and camp sites to suit every budget.
The Montgó Mountain serves as a backdrop to the town which sits at the foot of a hill crowned by a castle dating back to the 11th and 12th century, offering panoramic views over the city, and which also houses an old air raid tunnel that served as a defence during the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939). There are various museums to visit including a Toy Museum – great for the kids, showing exhibits from 1904 (when this local industry first flourished) through to the sixties, and several churches some going back to the 17th century. The town hall which was built in 1620 offers a tourist information centre, with multi lingual staff.
Calle Marques de Campos is the main shopping street where you’ll find the best selection of shops, boutiques, banks and sidewalk cafes, whilst Barrios Antiguos represents the old quarter.
Denia offers a magnificent all year round climate with average, monthly summer temperatures peaking at 28º C, with the lowest of 13º C in winter.
There are daily ferry services from Denia’s port to Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca, or you can hire your own boat or sailing craft from the marina. There is a train station in the centre of town with services to Alicante, passing through Calpe, Altea, Benidorm, Venta Lanuza and El Campello – offering a very scenic way to see the coast. From Alicante you can hook up with the Euromed service, linking Valencia with Madrid via the high speed AVE which in turn connects to Barcelona and onto the French border and the TGV. If flying to the area, the nearest airport is Alicante some 110 kilometres to the south and serviced by the coastal AP-7 coastal motorway. The airport at Valencia is of a slightly further distance to the north.
Local cuisine is typical of this Mediterranean region combining a great choice of fresh fish and meat, but is also well known for its famous local rice dish – the Paella, served in many different ways, as well as local homemade pastries and deserts that the whole region is famous for.
For day trips, enjoy exploring the many neighbouring towns along the Costa Blanca, Jávea being the nearest at just 7 kms., whilst not forgetting the hidden, inland villages that can offer an escape from the crowds and which also offer other pastimes such as trekking, horse riding and quad adventure tours in the mountains.
Tourist OfficeCalle Manuel Lattur, 1 – Local E, 03700, Dénia (Alicante). Tel. (+34) 966 42 23 67. Official web.
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