Dénia

Peaceful port on Spanisch “White Coast”

Denia is a delightful cosmopolitan town located along the Mediterranean coastline, where the sun shines almost all year. Its climate of mild temperatures and its 20 kms of sandy beaches and rocky coves makes Denia an ideal place for family or individuell beach holidays.

City is situated 110 kilometres from Alicante airport and 95 km from the city of Valencia. The town faces north-east, looking out across the sea towards the Balearic islands. Denia has a sophisticated infrastructure, with a marina offering 546 moorings and a full range of services.

The seaside, history and gastronomy paradise

General information

Dénia  is a historical coastal city in the province of Alicante, Spain, on the Costa Blanca halfway between Alicante and Valencia, and the capital and judicial seat of the comarca of Marina Alta. Considered to be one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in Spain.

History

Denia has an immense historical heritage, with Iberian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Napoleonic and Christian civilizations having all left their mark. As of 2018, it had a population of 7 000 although this is more than doubled by tourism during the summer months.

Sights

The town sits at the foot of a hill crowned by a castle, which was the residence of the erstwhile Marquis of Denia; of note are the towers if Mig, Galliner and Carsell.  The city has well preserved ancient walls and bastions. From the hilltop esplanade there is an excellent view of Denia and its surrounding countryside.

Among the monuments in the town worthy of a visit are the 18th-century church of the Asunción; the 17th-century Atarazanas (dockyards); the cloister and church of San Antonio and the 18th -century, neoclassical town hall building.

Just outside the town you can visit the hermitages of the conquest- Sant Joan (gothic), Santa Paula and Santa Lucía (gothic), constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries, and also the Torre del Gerro (17th C.) located on the cliff next to the cape of San Antonio.

Beaches and Nature

Dénia enjoys almost twenty kilometres of coastline. To the north of the town, there are beaches of fine sand and shallow waters, such as Les Marines, LAlmadrava, Les Deveses, Les Bovetes and els Palmars, To the south lie a series of small coves along the rocky coast, known as Les Rotes, which is a paradise for fishermen and divers.

Dénia lies in a fertile plain, backed by mountains. The Montgó Mountain, which separates Dénia and Javea, is the major landmark of the area.

Recreation and Leisure – Golf Paradise

Dénia offers a variety of water sports, including: sailing, windsurfing, diving, fishing, rowing, and swimming.  For those who prefer land to sea, there is also an extensive range of activities to choose from: mountain climbing, hang-gliding, mountain biking and hiking. The city  has its own 18-hole golf club, located very close to the town, the Club La Sella. Further courses can be found at Oliva, Moriara, and Javea.

Excursions

It’s possible to take the ferry to the Balearic islands directly from the port in Dénia. Local travel agencies offer also interesting organized tours throughout the area and even more, e.g. direction Granada in the famous region of Andalusia.

Gastronomy

There are many welcoming restaurants along the promenade facing the marina. The marina itself has a modern commercial area where you can dine overlooking the moored yachts bobbing in the water. Dénia is famos as unesco city of gastronomie.

The local cuisine of Dénia is typically that of the Costa Blanca, which combines delicacies from both land and the Mediterranean Sea. Many civilizations have lived in this area  all of which have all left their mark on the gastronomy.

The diet in Dénia is a healthy Mediterranean one; the Costa Blanca is rich in fish, vegetables, olive-oil, rice and fruit and the ingredients which are all used to prepare delicious, healthy dishes, such as Paella Valenciana . Aside from seafood, typical dishes include succulent lamb chops, rabbit in garlic, roast leg of lamb with garlic and fresh rosemary.  If you have a sweet tooth then you will enjoy the local homemade pastries and deserts that the whole region is famous for. Or Jijona ice-cream (Nougat), which is made with the almonds of the region.

Whilst in Dénia we recommend you try the local wine selection on offer, especially Jalon wine a which is of high quality with a lovely bouquet.

There are many international restaurants in the town offering a wide choice of different cuisines from around the world.

Climate

Dénia enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees.

In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world – neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year round destination

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