The city of Denia lies north of Alicante and is set in a bay or natural harbour beneath the spectacular Montgó mountain, the area’s most iconic natural feature. Its beaches mark the beginning of the Alicante coastline, making this a great location for exploring the Costa Blanca from end to end. Plus, it’s perfectly connectedby road, train, ship and plane with Spain’s main cities and the prettiest villages in Alicante. You can get there from Ondara on the N-332 main road and from Jávea on the P-1320 and the A-132. Or you can take the AP-7 motorway and leave at exit 62 for Dénia.
It’s also possible to reach the city by bus from some inland locations in the Marina Alta region. By sea there’s a direct ferry route to and from the Balearic Islands. Plus, there’s a metropolitan rail link with Alicante. If you’re travelling by air, the nearest airport is L’Altet in Alicante, 100 kilometres away.
The 4 seasons in Dénia.
One of the city’s main features is its unrivalled climate, so mild and calm that it even has its own monument in praise of the area’s fair weather. With average annual temperatures staying around 18ºC, the weather in Dénia is pleasant in any season. Its long, hot summers in particular attract tourists from both home and abroad, who see Dénia as a paradise where they can enjoy a unique kind of holiday.
Winter is short and mild here, which means that more and more summer visitors are settling in Dénia for the whole year. Apart from the climate, this outstanding Costa Blanca enclave offers an endless range of possibilities. A landscape bathed in blue seas, a fantastic Nature Reserve like the Montgó and an amazing choice of leisure options all appeal to visitors from all over the world. Although it’s true that the population can rise fivefold in the summer, many visitors seduced by Dénia’s charms have decided to make the city their home. In fact, 30% of the population is made up of foreign nationals. More than half of them are EU citizens, especially Germans, who were originally attracted by the summer weather but who eventually set up their own colonies and started living here all year round. This cultural diversity means that Dénia is a multilingual city, where you can find a huge variety of services and establishments available at any time of year.
These include restaurants serving all types of cuisine, services in all kinds of languages and lots more. Dénia is a perfect combination of a cosmopolitan atmosphere, with inhabitants of different nationalities and speaking different languages, and a genuine Spanish identity and charm. It’s precisely because of this that the city always has the perfect plan for each tourist or resident. Everyone who visits, wherever they may come from, feels really welcome right from the start.
What to see and feel near
There’s no doubt that Dénia’s heritage tells a fascinating story about the city’s glorious history. Its impressive castle and the archaeological museum are its most important monuments. Iconic neighbourhoods like Les Roques, near the castle, and Baix la Mar, the old fishing quarter, are certainly worth strolling around. The distinctive layout of the narrow little streets winding down from the castle are reminders of its Arab past.
The lower neighbourhoods preserve modernist traces from the time when Dénia was the centre for farming and trading raisins, an economic activity that shaped the surrounding landscape. The coastline has twelve lovely beaches and coves, all different from one another and suitable for all tastes, with pebbles, rocks and sand. They range from easily accessible urban beaches for families through to real hidden gems packed with marine secrets that you’ll love discovering. One of Dénia’s outstanding features is its wonderful natural environment. For example, the cliffs and abrupt coastline of Las Rotas become really spectacular at La Cova Tallada, where Dénia ends and Jávea begins. Plus, Les Marines, its other coast, with beautiful sandy beaches that give it a character all of its own.
The Cabo de San Antonio Marine Reserve is a garden of Eden for scuba divers and water sports lovers. For many people it’s the starting point for a compulsory visit to the Pityusic Islands (the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Formentera, S’Espalmador and other small islets in the Mediterranean Sea). If you’re a nature lover, you’ll also enjoy the Montgó. Declared a Natural Reserve in 1987, the mountain keeps tireless watch over the city from its 753 metre summit. This fascinating landscape covers 2117 hectares full of beautiful paths and walking trails and is home to more than 650 species of flowers and plants. The parkland that lies between Dénia and Jávea is a true delight for walking and climbing enthusiasts.