Denia

 

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Denia is a small tourist city located in the southeastern coast of Spain, to the north of Alicante. It has a population of around 40,000 although this can be more than doubled by tourism during the summer months. It is situated between Gandia and Jávea (Xábia).

Denia is located on the Northern Costa Blanca, Spain, approximately 85 km north-east of Alicante within the Communidad de Valencia and is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Northern Costa Blanca with around 20 km of coastline to explore containing many beaches and rocky coves.

Denia has a fine harbour (one of the best in the region) and is an important ferry port for the Balearic Islands in particular, (Ibiza is around a 2 hour trip). Denia has a large fishing fleet and a fish market is held every day, fishing remains important for the economy of Denia along with tourism. Conditions in Denia are ideal for water sports and it has become a popular area for a wide range of water based activities including surfing, water skiing and wind surfing. Overlooked by Mount Montgó and surrounded by the Mount Montgó Natural Park it is an area of outstanding beauty with plenty to see and do.

Up until the arrival of tourism, Denia relied mostly on fishing, agriculture and a small toy making industry for its economic survival. Since the 1960s Denia has grown rapidly due to tourism and in recent years due to property development (second homes for wealthy Spanish and holiday homes for North Europeans), there are a good range of apartments available and some luxurious Denia villas. Denia is now a thriving town and there is plenty to see and do in and around Denia.

Denia Marina

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.

Well known for its large number of fiestas and festivals Denia is an excellent place to go to enjoy this great Spanish tradition. Fiestas include the Three Wise Men (January), the Falles bonfires (March), the Patron Saint Fiestas, the Bous a la Mar (July), the All Saint Attraction Fair (October) and of course the Moors and Christians (August).

Denia 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.

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

Denia 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.

Denia has its own 18-hole golf club, located very close to the town, the Club La Sella was designed by José Maria Olazabal. Further courses can be found at Oliva, Moriara, and Javea.

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

It’s possible to take the ferry to the Balearic islands directly from the port in Denia.

Denia 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.

Surrounding area

La Marina Alta district has an extension of 759.30 km2 and a population over 180,000 inhabitants. It is located in a privileged environment in the north of the Alicante province and in front of the Balearic Islands. It offers unlimited possibilities for the tourist who wishes to explore Dénia and its surrounding area.

Dénia is the capital of this district which offers different landscapes which captivate its visitors.

On the coast, we will discover the Montgó Mount Natural Park in Dénia/Jávea and the Peñón de Ifach Natural Park in Calpe. Explore the cities of Dénia, Jávea-Xàbia, Benissa, Teulada – Moraira and Calpe, enjoy their lovely beaches, coves, cliffs, fishermen ports, etc.

Inland, the landscape radically changes and reveals a countryside full of almond, orange and cherry trees, etc. whose small towns still conserve their traditions, caves, mountains and landscapes.

The interior zone is known as the Valles de la Marina (La Marina Valleys) incorporating the following valleys: Valles de Gallinera, Laguart, Ebo, Pop, Alcalà, etc.

Tourist Information Offices in Denia

Tourist Info Dénia
Plaza Oculista Buigues, 9
03700 Dénia
Telefone: 96 642 23 67
Fax: 96 578 09 57
Email: denia@touristinfo.net

Denia facts

Inhabitants 44464
Level above sea 22 meters
Nearest airport Alicante
Distance to airport 86 km
Distance to beach 100 meters
Max. temperature 40 C
Min. temperature 12 C

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