About Denia

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Denia is a delightful cosmopolitan town located along the Mediterranean coastline, where the sun shines almost all year. Its climate of mild temperatures and its 20kms of sandy beaches and rocky coves make Denia an ideal place for family beach holidays.

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Situated 110 kilometres from Alicante International Airport, (approximately 1 hour 20 minutes) and 95 km from the city of Valencia. The town faces north-east, looking out across the sea towards the Balearic Islands.

Denia has a sophisticated infrastructure, with a marina offering 546 moorings and a full range of services.  This is a very popular place for a casual stroll early morning, or late into the evening.

History

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 of Mig, Galliner and Carsell. A visit to the Castle is well worth the effort and children are welcome. The streets of Denia are full of history and a guided tour is recommended, although not compulsory.

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.

Beaches

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 are a series of small coves along the rocky coast, known as Les Rotes, which is a paradise for fishermen and divers.

Natural Surroundings

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

Recreation and Leisure

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.

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Golf

Denia has its own 18-hole golf club, located very close to the town.  A short drive out of Denia you will find the fabulous 18 and 9 hole Club La Sella with its Hotel and Spa making it one of the best golfing centres in Europe.   Further courses can be found at Oliva Nova, Moriara, and Javea.

Eating Out

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.

Excursions

It's possible to take the ferry to the Balearic islands directly from the port in Denia.  There is a daily ferry from Denia to Javea Port giving one the opportunity to visit another area as a day tripper.

Cuisine

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The local cuisine of Denia is typically that of the Costa Blanca, which combines delicacies from both land and the Mediterranean Sea. Many civilizations have lived in this area (Celts, Iberians, Greeks, Romans, Muslims), all of which have left their mark on the gastronomy. The diet in Denia is a healthy Mediterranean one; the Costa Blanca is rich in fish, vegetables, olive-oil, rice and fruit and the ingredients are all used to prepare delicious, healthy dishes, such as Paella Valenciana, Arroz Negro (black rice), Arroz al horno (Oven baked rice), Arroz a banda (fish and rice stew), Arroz del Señoret (Princes rice).

Aside from seafood, typical dishes include succulent lamb chops, rabbit in garlic, roast leg of lamb with garlic and fresh rosemary,  homemade sausages and black puddings.

If you have a sweet tooth then you will enjoy the local homemade pastries and deserts that the whole region is famous for. Or try Jijona ice-cream (Nougat), which is made with the almonds of the region.

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