Denia


Denia

Denia is a wonderful cosmopolitan town located along the sunny Mediterranean coastline. Its climate of mild temperatures and its long streaches of sandy beaches makes Denia an ideal place for family beach holidays.

Located 110 kilometres from Alicante airport, and 95 km from the city of Valencia. The town faces north-east, looking seaward towards las islas Baleares. Denia lies in a fertile plain, backed by mountains. The Montgó Mountain, which separates Denia and Javea, is the major landmark of the area.

History
The town sits at the foot of a hill crowned by a castle, which was the residence of the erstwhile Marquis of Denia. The city has well preserved ancient walls and bastions. From the hilltop esplanade, you will find the perfect view of Denia and its surrounding countryside.

Denia is home to some of 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.

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, L’Almadrava, Les Deveses, Les Bovetes and Els Palmars, To the south, a series of small covesn are spread along the rocky coast, known as Les Rotes, making this a haven for both fishermen and divers.

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.

Golf
Denia has 5 golf clubs located very close to the town, the most popular being the Club La Sella was designed by José Maria Olazabal. Further courses can be found at Oliva, Moriara, and Javea.

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

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.

Cuisine
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 all 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 which are all used to prepare delicious, healthy rice dishes, such as Paella Valenciana or Arroz a banda (fish and rice stew).

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