Denia is the capital of the Marina Alta which is in the northern part of Spain’s famous Costa Blanca. Like many other resorts on this section of the coast, Denia used to be a small fishing village but is now a popular destination for many thousands of tourists every year. Denia has a colourful history, and there is plenty of culture for those who enjoy historical exploration.
The first destination for many visitors and those who decide to visit as a tourist or make Denia their home is the beach, which is around 14 miles long. Therefore, unlike many resorts in Spain, you will always find a comfortable spot as it is not overcrowded, regardless of the time of year. Along the promenade, there is a wide choice of bars, cafes, and restaurants. Water sports are available, and you can hire boards for surfing on the nearby Punta del Raset, a sheltered bay which is surrounded by sand dunes.
Golf enthusiasts have several courses to choose from, so this is a popular relocation town with golfers. Popular courses include Oliva Novagolf and La Sella. The Oliva Novagolf was designed by the late Seve Ballesteros, a famous Spanish golfer.
Wandering around the old part of Denia is quite fascinating, and in the heart of the old town, you’ll find Denia Castle. The castle is a rich source of information on the history of Denia as it houses a museum. A castle has existed in Denia in some form or other since Roman times, but one of the most important eras of the castle’s history was during Spain’s Moorish occupation when the lower levels of the were used to shield the residents of the town during sieges.
Denia is also home to an extremely interesting toy museum. The town is well-known for toy production in Spain. As well as displaying a nice range of wooden and metal toys, the museum additionally sells a selection of toys to help with upkeep costs.
Other places of historical interest in Denia are the many churches in the area. One of the more visited is the Iglesia de la Asuncion, an 18th-century church situated near the town hall.
Shopaholics will not be disappointed in Denia, and neither will those who enjoy a lively nightlife. The main street of Denia is full of shops and bars.
Denia’s marina is home to pleasure boats and luxury yachts which belong to residents, as well as being visited by hundreds of tourist’s vessels every year. The marina boosts plenty of restaurants that sell fresh fish and seafood, and it is a perfect place to enjoy a meal while watching the coming and going of various yachts.
You will find there are two distinct types of housing available in and around Denia. Many expats decide to buy villas and fincas situated in the mountains and surrounding urbanisations. However, you can also find coastal apartments set in modern complexes with communal pools and gardens. Denia property prices are in good standing since the property market began picking up, but you can still find some excellent apartments at bargain prices.
Denia is located between the airports of Valencia and Alicante. Each airport is roughly the same distance and takes around 75 minutes to reach by car. Alternatively, there are plenty of airport shuttle services to Denia, or you can catch a combination of a bus and train from either airport.
Denia enjoys around 320 sunny days a year. The summers can be rather hot with temperatures exceeding 30°C, and winters are mild with little rain.