With its old-world charm and stretching golden sands, Denia is a beautiful destination for a relaxing break in the Spanish sunshine. Whether you’re taking a break with the children or seeking a romantic trip away, this quiet seaside town has plenty to keep you captivated – from its historic old town to its vibrant marina.
Located on Spain’s Costa Blanca, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the streets might be filled with neon-lit nightclubs and rowdy bars. But that’s not the case at all. Instead, Denia gives a glimpse into the Costa Blanca of old, filled with authentic architecture, colourful fishing shacks and family-run eateries.
Despite its small size, there’s still enough to hold your attention. While you might crave long sunny days at the beach, after you’ve rested on the beach, you’ll discover much more in the meandering streets of the old town. Alternatively, make like the locals and spend your holiday savouring good food and fine wine at the stylish marina. Traditional meets upmarket in this part of town, where you’ll encounter restaurants serving up traditional cuisine alongside laid-back bars providing the ideal spot for a sundown cocktail.
Although lively Benidorm is just a short jaunt down the road, it is a world away from the peace and quiet of Denia. Instead, welcome yourself to a resort abundant with beaches, family-friendly entertainment and lively nightlife. Traditionalists might like to explore the Baroque architecture of Benidorm’s main church or experience the cobbled streets of the old town. But for those looking for a wild night out, Benidorm makes for an exciting break from peaceful Denia.
Nearby Javea offers a quiet spot in scenic surroundings. Backed by the spectacular Montgo mountains, it’s a brilliant place for nature enthusiasts, as well as keen hikers and bikers. Adrenaline-seekers should head to Muntanyar beach, where you’ll find a wealth of water sports on offer.
Altea makes for a great day trip, thanks to its 8km long coastline. Blue flag beaches provide a space for little ones to play, while smaller sandy coves are ideal destinations for rest and relaxation. Meanwhile, Playa de l’Olla offers a great firework display in the summer months.
Explore Denia’s castle
Denia has a considerable history, and there’s no better place to discover it than at its medieval castle. Although you’ll be able to spot the relic from miles away on your way into town, the best way to find it is by following the signed path up the hill from the town centre. After a heady climb, you’ll find an interesting museum documenting the castle’s past, as well as numerous quirky exhibits.
Embrace water sports
Those in need of a bit of activity on their beach break should head straight for the resort’s northern beaches. You’ll find a number of diving schools along this part of the coast, with the pristine waters providing an excellent opportunity for snorkelling. Fancy upping the ante? There’s windsurfing and jet skiing too, as well as several sailing schools.
Denia’s marina offers excellent opportunities for those in need of retail therapy, with a number of stylish boutiques. Head to the old town and you’ll find several shops selling local handicrafts and great souvenirs. For an authentic taste of this part of Spain, visit Jaume Square for its regular market. You’ll find clothes and accessories on a Monday, while Friday offers a range of antiques.
Experience a festival
While this part of Spain is famed for its many festivals throughout the year, The Bonfires of St John (Las Hogueras de San Juan) is well worth experiencing. A four-day fiesta of fire, you’ll find everything from a local (burning!) procession to a vibrant firework display, endless bonfires and dancing on the beach.
Beaches in Denia
If it’s sand and sea you’re after, you’ll find plenty of beaches on your getaway. The beaches in the north of Denia are generally livelier, offering opportunities for water sports and volleyball.
For those in want of a dose of peace and quiet, Denia’s southern beaches are the places to head for. Les Deveses and Las Marinas are two popular hotspots, with blue flags making them perfect spots to take the little ones for a paddle. There are sunbeds and parasols to rent, while the surrounding area boasts cafés and restaurants.
Cuisine in Denia
Costa Blanca is known for its delicious cuisine, and Denia is no different. A gourmet’s delight, the small town offers plenty in the way of authentic dishes and mouth-watering flavours.
Fresh and local ingredients are used to create delectable dishes such as Puchero, a hearty stew made with meat and chickpeas. Tapas is also a favourite, and you’re likely not to have to look too far before being greeted with a helping of this traditional Spanish way of eating.
Although seafood is widely offered, the Denia red prawn is likely to feature highly on menus throughout the town. Native to this part of the Costa Blanca, you’ll find it cooked in a variety of ways – served in a fish stew, cooked in seawater, or plain and simply fried with garlic and olive oil.
Restaurants in Denia
Denia’s eateries reflect the resort’s love of food, with many restaurants dotted around the town. Around the marina, family-run restaurants and eateries serving international cuisine are mingled together, offering a great dining experience whatever your tastes.
Meanwhile, the historic old town is the ideal place to savour a tapas meal or a dose of paella. Pitch up at one of the many family-run restaurants to sample the local fare, before lingering over a glass of wine originating from the surrounding regions.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway or a chance to enjoy sunshine, sea and sand, Denia offers an authentic taste of Spain. From the winding cobbled streets of the old to the sophisticated glamour of the marina. Enjoy delicious local dishes, discover historical sites or relax on blue flag beaches – you’re guaranteed to fall in love with this charming town.
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