Denia is a city in the province of Alicante on the Costa Blanca (White Coast) region of Spain. It is located to the north of Jávea and can be found on the other side of the Montgó mountain (which looks very different from this side). Denia has a larger population than Javea at around 50,000.
The city has a long and rich history dating back to pre-historic times and like the neighbouring town of Javea has seen tremendous growth in the last twenty years rooting itself firmly as a favourite tourist destination. Denia has something to offer everyone. With a mixture of the old and the new there is sure to be a part of this city that you will love. Whether you come to visit or to live the property is varied from detached villas on the outskirts of the city to townhouses in the heart of the old town. Like the other nearby towns, Denia is popular with all sorts of nationalities and is a truly mixed culture location. There is a long and lovely tree lined high street dotted with both familiar high street shops and lesser known names. If you tire of shopping then you won’t have to go far to find a bar or restaurant to take the weight off your feet.
The old town area of Denia is worth seeking out and you can spend a lovely afternoon wandering around here amongst the Spanish townhouses. Although not as quaint as the old town of Javea it still oozes Spanish charm and is the perfect place to seek out tapas and a nice cold beer, away from the glitz and high prices of Denia marina – which is also worth a visit if you fancy it.
The castle of Denia sits above the city looking down on it and was built around the 11th century. If you come to Denia you should pay a visit to the castle which also houses a museum. For travel further afield, the ferry port at Denia has ferries that travel to Ibiza and the other Balearic islands with routes leaving every day.
The beaches in Denia tend to be larger, with over 20km in total of coastline you won’t have problems finding a post to pitch your umbrella. The largest beach in Denia is a huge 2800 metres long – known as Les Deveses – and it is twice the size of the Arenal beach in Javea. It is a sandy beach with lifeguard services in the summer months and is popular with windsurfers.
To head a little away from the main tourist beach seek out the beaches and coves at Les Rotes which are found a little to the south of the city centre. Here you will find crystal clear water, but take supplies with you as amenities such as restaurants and shops are scarce.
Along with any other good Spanish town or city, Denia plays host to numerous fiestas throughout the year, perhaps the most infamous being the “Bous a la Mar”. This is a somewhat controversial fiesta which is held in July and is a take on bull running that sometimes sees the bulls being chased into the sea. Not for the faint-hearted. Denia also puts on a great show for the Moors and Christians festival which is held in August.