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Denia

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Denia is a small tourist city located in the southeastern coast of Spain, to the north of Alicante. It has a population of around 40,000 although this can be more than doubled by tourism during the summer months.

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By train[edit]

There is only one train going into Denia, and comes from Alicante. It is also known as El trenet. Going always by the coast, it is an interesting trip (around 2,5 hours) with good sightseeing.

By bus[edit]

There are daily buses going to and coming from Madrid, Valencia and Alicante.

By boat[edit]

Ferry boats going to the Balearic Islands (Ibiza and Mallorca). During the summer there is also one going to Formentera.

Mail boats serve almost all populated in Denia, and are amongst the cheapest way to reach many areas, though far from the fastest or most comfortable. The government has a mailboat schedule of mailboat routes online [1] which may or may not reflect reality.

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  • Beaches. One of the main attractions of Denia are the beaches. It has around 20 km. of coast divided in three parts: one sandy, the harbour and one rocky. If you go with kids it is more comfortable the sandy beach, which is in the northern part. All of them are equipped with foot showers and red cross volunteers. If you like diving it would be more interesting the rocky beach, like La punta negra or at the end of Les Rotes where there is a huge cliff.
  • Historical sites. Denia has a very long history coming even before the romans (when it was called Hemeroscopeion) and going through the moors until now. Almost everywhere in the town you can find ruins of those times. The castle is in good shape still keeping part of its main wall. There are also some old wind mills near Javea where you will have a great view as well. In the ethnological museum you will find all the information about the ancient and most recent history, when Denia was a big raisin exporter and had a big toy industry.
  • Historic town. Although most of the town is now full of apartments for tourists it still keeps some of its old charm. It is very interesting to walk around the old fisherman neighborhood, the harbour or the main street (Carrer Marqués de Campos).


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Denia has a relatively big mountain (around 650 m.) which is very near the sea. It is now considered a nature reservation thanks to its Mediterranean flora and fauna. It has also some interesting caves like La cova de l'aigua.

As said before, if you do scuba diving or just snorkeling the rocky beach is the place for you. Over there you can see all kinds of Mediterranean fishes, squids, octopuses, sea urchins, etc.

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Denia has many restaurants and multiple restaurant "districts", despite the town's small size. These range from small cafe style eateries serving fish and chips from English menus to tourists, to typical Spanish establishments with loyal local customers.

Many restaurants offer a menu of the day for between 8-12 Euros, often including multiple tapas for starters. Octopus, squid, mussels, prawns, scallops etc. are typical in starters and mains. Fish risotto is a common main dish, and makes a filling course that is both delicious and good value.

Head out to the Marina for more modern restaurants targeting international diners.

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  • Peter Arnold Wines, La Bodega del Garroferal (Ptda. Garroferal, Murla, 03792 (Hard to find so phone and ask for directions!)), +34-96 558 1829, [2]. 9am - 7pm. Situated in the Jalon Valley (Vall de Pop), approximately 30 minutes inland from Denia. Although grapes have been grown in this region since Roman times, La Bodega del Garroferal was only set up in 2002. Run by German-born Peter Arnold (who had already made a name in the international wine scene) and his English wife Helen, this is a tiny, relatively new winery in the Xalon Valley. The pair relocated to Spain from South Africa in 2002. They offer a small range of delicious wines - three reds, three whites and one rose. For a small charge, Helen offers a sumptuous range of tapas to complement an arranged wine tasting. You can visit the vineyards, taste and see how the wines are made and then you can play with the family cats! We recommend you phone for an appointment. Prices per bottle range from 4.75 Euros to 7 Euros.  edit

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  • La Sella Golf Resort, +34 96 645 4054 [3]. This holiday resort features a five-star Marriott hotel and spa, stylish apartments, a golf course designed by Jose Maria Olazabal, and several restaurants.
  • Villa Belvedere Costa Blanca, Rafol De Almunia (Half way between Valencia and Alicante airport. Fifteen minutes from Denia, 50 minutes from Benidorm), 0035699338471, [4]. checkin: anytime; checkout: anytime. 4 Bedroom Villa enjoying fantastic sea views. Located in a quiet mountain top area overlooking the Costa Blanca this villa offers an ideal location for fun and family holidays. 1 hour drive from Valencia and Alicante, fifteen minutes to the beach, Denia Port and various Golf courses from €550 / week.  edit

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