Denia Sightseeing and things to do in and around Denia
Denia is a true Spanish town, and not just a tourist attraction.
You can take a boat or ferry from Denia to the Balearic Islands including Ibiza and Formentera. There is a scenic train that runs along the coast to Calpe and back.
Staying here, you will get the feel of really living the Spanish life. In the more touristy areas, there are so many foreigners you do not even feel you are in Spain. You can always drive to the larger touristy cities but return to your little corner of Spain. Since Denia is not a tourist town, everything stays open all year long. Visiting off season is not like some other towns where the shops and the bars and restaurants are all closed. Fine dining and shopping are at your disposal at any time.
Among the many sites to see in Denia, the castle is one of the most interesting. Denia is dominated by the hill-top castle, part of which dates back from the Roman times. The castle is open to the public and easy to get to by car or by foot. The castle also houses the museum of archaeology which gives an insight into Denia from Roman to modern times. This landmark, built in the sixteenth century, can be toured any time of the year. The views from inside the castle out onto the surrounding region are spectacular.
Nature lovers will also enjoy Denia. The Montgo mountains are situated between Denia and Javea, and are very popular for walkers. You can go alone, but there are walking groups that make the trip much more fun and interesting. They will know the routes to take in order to enjoy the stunning views over the town and over the water.
You can also get a nice taste of nature in Denia as well. Between the Spanish towns of Javea and Denia are the Montgo mountains which separate the two. On this mountain you can enjoy many walking routes that will let you explore the mountain. You can do this either with a group or on your own, and the experience is great to let you enjoy nature and relax while you’re on your vacation. Between walking in nature and spa’s you can hardly go wrong.
Denia has a long coastline with 20 kilometers of clean sandy beaches. Denia has even received a Blue Flag award for the quality of the water and the sand on its beaches. If you are a water sports enthusiast, be sure to take advantage of the beautiful water for these. Dive, snorkel or windsurf; you can find many shops to rent from. Be sure to check out Les Rotes, a rocky area that is popular for snorkelling and diving and where beautiful underwater life can be viewed.
Denia’s castle is situated on a hilltop overlooking the town. The castle is home to an interesting archaeology museum which explores at the town’s history, from prehistoric times through to the Roman and Moorish eras, and right up until the 18th century.
Before tourism arrived on the Costa Blanca, Denia was an important centre for the processing of raisins. Many of these raisins were exported to England, although the industry was badly affected by the phylloxera outbreak which killed many of the vines in the early 20th century. The Museum of Ethnology provides an insight in to this industry. Located on calle Calderon, the Denia Toy Museum looks at the town’s association with toy production. Exhibits include antique models of lorries, cowboys, cars and the like.
On a clear day it is possible to see the island of Ibiza from the 750-metre summit of Mount Montgo. In 1987 this whole area, which is also home to a couple of caves, was declared a nature reserve.
Unlike some of the bigger tourist areas, Denia doesn’t close down after the summer vacation season has ended, giving you the chance to travel in the less crowded off seasons, where you’ll get to visit local bars, restaurants, and stores.
It shows the historical evolution of Dénia from its origins in the Iberian period until the 18th century. The museum has 4 areas where the Iberian, Roman, Muslim and Christian periods are exhibited.
It presents the evolution of Dénia throughout the 19th century and how it was linked to the dry raisin trade. The museum has an interesting collection of vintage bourgeois luxury clothing and ornaments, including working clothes and tools. We can also observe examples of town planning development, both commercial and social. It represents the evolution of Dénia throughout the 19th century and how it was linked to the dry raisin trade.
The Museum is housed in a typical 19th century bourgeois house.
Access: Cavallers Street (near the Town Hall)
Opening hours: 10.30 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm. It closes on Sunday afternoon and Monday.
An exhibition of the toy production in Dénia from the early 20th century to the 1960s. It is situated in the first floor of the old Dénia-Carcaixent train station. This building houses the Art Centre l’’Estació in the ground floor and the Toy Museum in the first floor. This collection features the toy production in Dénia from the early 20th Century to the 60’s Decade. It is located in the former Dénia-Carcaixent train station on the first floor. This building houses the “L’Estació” Art Centre in the ground floor and the Toy Museum is on the first floor.
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Mornings: 10 am to 1 pm 10.00 a 13.00 horas
Evenings: October to April- 4pm to 8pm
May to June- 4 pm to 9 pm
July to September- 5 pm to 9 pm
A Renaissance watchtower, which was part of the coastal defensive system developed during the 16th and 17th centuries to defend the coast from the attacks of Barbaresque pirates.
Although there are documents proving the existence of three towers in the natural park’s limits, the Gerro tower, a Renaissance fort (16th c.) is the only still remaining. It is one of the coast’s most outstanding towers. It has a circular shape, shaped like a truncated cone divided in 2 parts featuring a King Charles V coat-of-arms, supported by three cantilevers.
The tower owes its name to its strange shape as a “pitcher or gerro” (a valencian language word for jar or pitcher).
Location : How to get there: from the last regular bus tine in les Rotes Road (next to Restaurant Mena) we follow the road towards the east some 50 metres up to Via Làctia Street. Going up this street there is a fence that forbids vehicles from passing to the access way to the path leading to.
Address: Ctra. de Les Rotes
Denia Tourist Train
Castle tour: Maritime facade (Esplanade Cervantes, port and fish market), Historical Centre (Les Roques Quarter) and Castle (Portal de la Vila, Archaeological museum and ancient towers). Duration: 1 hour.
Dénia tour: Dénia port. Duration: 20 min.
Castle tour: At 11 am, 6 pm and 9 pm.
From 12 pm to 1 pm every 20 minutes .
From 7 pm to 9 pm every 20 minutes .
From 10 pm to 11:30 pm every 20 minutes.
Castle tour: 6€ adults and 4€ children (3-16 old years).
Dénia tour: 3€ adults and 2€ children (3-6 old years).
Departure Location : Marqués de Campo de Campo (next to Red Cross Building)