Denia is a popular holiday destination on the Costa Blanca
Denia is a popular seaside resort located on the Costa Blanca close the city of Alicante and overlooked by the Montgo mountain range.
The town has one of most important ports and marinas in the region with a large fishing fleet and ferry connections to Ibiza and Majorca, the port and marina has made Denia quite a prosperous town over the past 40 years.
With an average temperature of 20-C Denia is an ideal holiday destination at anytime of the year, an attractive resort with a captivating old town, fine restaurants and glorious beaches stretching for many kilometers.
Top things to do and see in Denia
Visit Denia Castle
Denia holidays are made all the better due to the incredible beaches in the area and the historic centre. The castle is well worth visiting, it dates back to the 11th century, with further building carried out in the 15th century. Enough of it remains intact to make it an interesting place to visit along with an onsite museum and stunning views over the city and coastline.
Enjoy a day on the beach
There are numerous beaches located along the Denia coastline, the best include Les Marines, Les Deveses and the Les Rotes Beaches. Les Marines is about 2 kms long with fine sand. Les Rotes is located to the South of Denia and is noted for its natural beauty. Les Deveses is the largest beach in the area at around 4 kms long, it has fine golden sand with a normally calm surge. It is prone to get windy at times and therefore a firm favourite with the windsurfing community. Getting here is straightforward on the AP7 / E15 motorway. If you decide to get car hire from Alicante airport, some car companies actually give you a map which usually highlight the location of popular beaches.
To the north of Denia you are treated to some 20 kilometers to first class beaches in the Las Marinas area. One of the best beaches is located at Punta del Raset being ideal for families with a nice children’s play area along with water sports opportunities.
Las Marinas is the most popular with clean sea's and golden sands, it is firm favorite with families spending days out having fun. Four more beaches are all worth visiting to the north of Denia and include Les Bovetes, L’Almadrava, Els Molins, and Les Deveses.
To the south of Denia, the area along Les Routes offers five smaller bays known as Marineta Cassiana which is the sandier of them all, from there you will find a string of rocky coves known as Arenetes, El Trampoli, La Cala and Punta Negra.
Marineta Cassiana is located close to the marina and the most popular with families, golden sands and clear waters await visitors looking to spend a fun day at the beach, the farthest cove at La Cala is a naturist beach
Another must place to visit during your Denia holidays is Mount Mongto, declared a Natural Park, it is located only a few miles from Denia and offers visitors beautiful walks with a chance to see pretty flora and fauna natural to the area. Look out as well for a variety of wildlife which inhabits the area include eagles, owls and rabbits.
Enjoy delicious gastronomy
Denia has a lovely marina area where sea and fishing boats come and go whilst they mark the rhythm of everyday life of the town.
There is a well preserved castle to explore, from there make your way to El Port, a line of attractive restaurants facing the port area. Most of them tend to specialise in local rice based dishes as well as Fideua which is a noodle based paella. Seafood is always a firm favourite and served in many bars and restaurants, don’t forget to try the crayfish ( known as cigalas ) , cooked in salty water or on the griddle or barbecue they are simply delicious.
There is a helpful tourist information office located at Glorieta del Oculista Buigues 9 where you can get a free town map. A small train runs from the tourist information office to the castle, you can check running times on the notice board outside.
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Recommended hotels in Denia
Hotel Les Rotes is a small luxury 4 star hotel located close to the Punta Negra beach. The hotel looks more like a large luxury villa and offer first class rooms and service. Amenities include a restaurant, large outdoor pool and a delightful dining area with views over the sea. Reviewer Rating: 9.0
The 3 star Hotel Nou Roma is located in the centre of the old town a few minutes walk from the port. Recently refurbished the facilities include a comfortable bar lounge area, well appointed rooms and a restaurant specialising in authentic local cuisine. The hotel is close to plenty of bars, restaurants and the port area. Reviewer Rating: 9.0
The Hostel Mi Campana is a popular budget friendly place to stay in Denia. The hostel is in a great location close to the beaches, it offers pleasant clean rooms, a nice courtyard and restaurant. Reviewer Rating: 9.0