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Denia Mini Guide
Where is Denia?
Denia is a resort town in the province of Alicante
in Spain. It is situated on the Costa Blanca, between Valencia
and Alicante. It is an attractive seaside resort with an old town and castle.
How to get There
Charter and budget airlines fly into Alicante from the UK and Europe. From there you can drive on the coastal route N322 to Denia. Another option is to take the FGV rail service from Alicante to Denia, for a very picturesque mountain journey. Later on this year the RENFE High Speed Train link will reach Alicante meaning access to Denia will be even easier. Probably the best way to travel is by car so you can explore the whole Costa Blanca. Make sure to book your Rhino hire car ahead of time as during the summer season, car hire availability becomes very limited.
What can I see in Denia?
Take a tourist train from the town centre up to the castle built in 11th century, it is worth it for the spectacular views to the sea and town. Visit the Palau del Governador, which has its own museum or to understand the local culture, head for the Museu Etnologico.
What Else can I do?
Water sports are very popular there as the sea and wind are very stable or you can top up your tan on one of the sandy beaches. You can take a half or full day sea cruise or explore the Balearic Islands by taking a ferry trip. If you want to browse the shops just wander down the Calle de Marques de Compo, the main street in the town.
What Kind of Food Should I try?
There are many fine restaurants and bars to try on Calle de Marques de Compo. Eat al-fresco and try a local dish such as Fideva, a noodle based paella or one of the many rice dishes. On the way back, stop at a confectionary to taste some of the local sweets and cakes that Denia is known for. For something a little special, try the Degustation Menu at El Raset Hotel.
Are There any Special Events?
In March the town has its Bonfire Festival, where huge paper mache effigies are put up around the town and then set on fire. Bous a la Mar or Bulls of the Sea is held in July and is basically a bull running through the main street down into the sea.
Where can I Stay?
If you want to stay somewhere a little different, stay at La Posada del Mar. This hotel is in the centre of town and opposite the port. It was originally a 13th century customs house that has now been converted into a hotel with a very nautical theme.
- This summer Denia is hosting a series of events called Heritage and Environment marrying the man-made attractions of the city with its natural environment. On the 10th and 11th of February there's a tour discovering Denia's most famous trees whilst monthly there's a tour of the architecture of the city.