Discover Denia
Costa Blanca


Discover and enjoy Denia, right at the heart of the Marina Alta

Peaceful but still sparkling with activities

Map of Costa Blanca and Denia

Denia and the Marina Alta

Denia is a beautiful typical mediterrean fisher place, still lives at the rythm of its surrounding nature and sea. Dénia is situated at less than 100 km from Valencia in the North and Alicante in the South. The town lies at the foot of a nearly 800 meter high mountain, el Montgó
El Montgó is like a giant watching over Denia on one side and Javea on its other side.  The inhibitants of Denia are proud of their mountain, and they should. It's the highest mountain of Spain so closely situated to the sea. Also, it's recognised by the Valencian Comunity as a natural reserve. Fortunately I would say, as like this it has stopped the further development of villas getting to close to the mountain fauna and flora. Below some extra information for the nature belovers:
Download here te brochure of Montgo nature reserve  Montgo natuurpark brochure

Denia also accommodates 20 kilometers of beautiful white sand beaches (“Las Marinas or Les Marines”) on one side, and the famous “Las Rotas or Les Rotes” rock beaches, a sea natural reserve, on the other side. The town itself is centralised around its historical castle on a hill, now an archeological museum with excellent views.

History

Denia is a modern, cosmopolitan town offering a full range of amenities, that is a firm favourite for those with second homes in Spain. The town was founded as Hemeroskopeion by the Greeks, later taking the Spanish property for sale name Dianium under the Romans, named after the Goddess Diana. Today it is known by its Moorish name. After the disintegration of the Caliphate of Cordoba in the eleventh century, Denia existed for a time as an independent kingdom.
The port flourished commercially and culturally, at one point controlling Majorca.

Fiestas

The town's most important festival take place at the beginning of July where young bulls are let loose close to the sea ("Bous a la Mar" fiestas). The festivities usually end with either the bull or the young braves falling into the sea. Other festivals include Moors and Christians celebrated from 14th to the 16th of August, and the Fallas celebrated from the 15th to the 19th of March.
For those who didn't know yet, Denia is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records for its highest amount of fiestas throughout the year ...

Castle

Dominating the town is the old castle, which today houses a small archaeological museum. Other notable buildings include the Baroque church of Santa Maria, was built in 1734, and the eighteenth century Church of the Assumption.

Beaches

Denia has two outstanding beaches, both of which have been awarded the blue Europa flag. Les Rotes (or Las Rotas) is situated to the south of the town and is where many of the exclusive villas have been built. It is made up of rocky coves, fantastic for diving into the water. La Marineta to the north is a long safe stretch of sandy beach which is suitable for children. The other beaches are Les Bovetes, Les Deveses and L' Almadrava. Although a lot of holidaymaker's has bought second homes in Denia, it is less crowded than many of the more touristy resorts.

Economy

There is a regular ferry service to Valencia and San Antonio Abad on Ibiza. The main sources of employment are tourism and fishing. It is a short trip from town to visit the mountain villages at Vall de la Gallinera and the historic town of Xativa.
Rising behind Denia is the impressive Montgo park, and to the east is the Cape of San Antonio.

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Due to its mild climate...

... the temperature hardly ever drops below 18°C during day time, even in the middle of the winter  ! Summer temperatures vary around 30°C. See the table below for the average temperatures and hours of sun in Denia as compared to London :

temperatuur en uren zon in Denia

In fact, many doctors all over Europe recommend a stay-over in Denia and its surroundings (the Marina Alta) for its relaxing properties. The WHO even declared this to be a region with one of the healthiest climates in the world: not too cold in winter nor too hot in summer.

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Sporting facilities

There are plenty of sport facilities all-round and all year round available, i.e. fishing, surfing, diving, waterskiing, sailing, boat-renting, several tennis courts, horse riding, 2 golf courses nearby (La Sella golf and Oliva Nova golf), water scooters, mountain hiking, you name it.

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Excursions from Denia

Denia offers the possibility to get on a day-trip to Ibiza, either with one of the daily ferries or the catamaran ferry. The crossing only takes about 2 hours with the catamaran or about 4 hours by ferry. Definitely recommended ! 
If Ibiza might seem to far for you, then take a boat-excursion along the coast on one of the tourist boats to Javea / Xabia, the nearby village on the other side of the Montgo mountain. Or why not just a stroll along one of the luxurious yacht ports of Denia?

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Some interesting websites & Entertainment in and around Denia:

Denia websites:
Denia.net Flash site with touristic info about Denia - also in English
Comunitat Valenciana General information about Costa Blanca and Valencian Comunidad – also in English

Recreation:
Aqualandia Water theme park, 45 km from Denia
Terra Mítica Famous theme park, 45 km from Denia

Sport / excursions:
Balearia Ferry Fast ferry to Ibiza and Mallorca from Denia. Check out prices or book your excursion online
Golf La Sella Golf course in Denia
Bars and restaurants :


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