There is a so called "cultural walk" or something like that on the north side of the castle, through the residential neighborhoods. I saw several of these signs, but never once was able to determine what this "walk" was, or what the highlights on it were.
However, as this walk starts to combine with the other feeding streets and stairs, leading up to the Castle, you should look down along the street for many street paintings.
These paintings obviously do not stand up forever due to weather and traffic, but do get repainted from time to time. They depict the stories of the community and particularly during Semana Santa, give reverence to the events of the period.
I visted the north beaches of Denia, with 20km of beach in total there was plenty of beaches to stroll across. The north beaches are part of Las Marinas, from the port of Denia the first beach is called Punta del Raset beach, seeing as it is near the port it gets many visitors and there's a fantastic childrens play area with many opportunities for water sports. The next sector of the beach is called Las Albaranas where it was possible to jet ski and Les Marines the next section of the beach. Great place for families to visit with the clean and sparkling waters on the fine golden sand. There are four more beach in the north called Les Bovetes, Els Molins, L'Almadrava and Les Deveses. I would say that Les Bovetes, L'Almadrava were the two quieter beaches and L'Almadrava has mixure of rounded stones and sand. Els molins has many beach bars and great place to relax in the sun with a cocktail or two. Les Deveses is the furthest north and borders with the valencian town of Oliva. I booked my apartment with www.rentin-denia.com, this webste provided a lot of useful information on Denia for first time visitors. www.rentin-denia.com/about/beaches.
I have always been interested in history and Denia's history goes back many centuries. Visiting the castle was a great experience, the photographs from the castle were very beautiful. Its one of the best spots to take pictures of the Port of Denia. Within the castle is a museum which explains the history of Denia in more depth. Please find more information on www.rentin-denia.com/about/
I do not regularly go horse riding although I love adventures and I was advised to take a trip around Montgo Mountain on Horse back. It does not take long to get to La Sella by taxi and just five minutes away from the La Sella golf resort.
La Sella horse riding school has nine horses and offers riding for children and adults at all levels making it a great place for the family.
The La Sella horse riding package also offers hacks through the valley passing through the woods, riding up hills and through green pastures. More experienced riders usually enjoy a faster paced hack and through the wonderful routes with paths for both cantering and galloping. Guests can choose from a one-hour hack up to a half-day excursion.
The castle in Denia is the main attraction there. It has 3 towers and also an archeological museum where you could learn more about local history.
Also the views are fascinating - to the port,to the mountains and to the city
Unfortunately we drop our camera and I almost don't have pictures :(
Les Roques is well worth seeing too. It's the area next to the Castle. The streets here are good to take a walk along. Streets such as Salto,Olivera and San Francisco are pleasant. Another place i liked was the monument" el Forti". This is a stretch of wall which used to defend Denia from attacks. But the most impressive sight is Denia Castle. It overlooks Denia on a hill and was restored. Only parts of it are original. Mostly on the eastern side. The castle in now open to the public and has pleasant gardens and has a Archaelogical museum in it. The famous writer Lope de Vega was once a guest at this castle. King Philip111 once also stayed in it. We walked up to the castle and also looked inside it which is a museum. The Castle has amazing views and gardens with sculptues in them. You can relax in the gardens and have a drink and goto the loo. There are plenty of trees for shade as the climb up is quite energetic. Think it cost about £2 each to get in. Be aware of opening and closing times. Give yourself about 2 hours so you can relax and take your time.
Denia also has a huge mountain which is worth climbing called Mount Montgo.It is around 2500 feet above sea level and has stunning views along the coast down to Javea.Denia is a growing town and very industrial with the main thing being toys and plastics and woods.And tourism and fruit growing.
Denia is a small town, known by it´s proximity to Ibiza and Mallorca islands. It has some beatifull beaches where to enjoy the sun and the sea breeze. There are plenty of bars and pubs where to have some fresh drinks or just a beer, as I´m doing in the pic with a friend.
My husband and son are quite keen fishermen. Ian went on a day fishing with a guy who we know out in Denia. The next time we were out we decided to make our own way there.
We went to the reservoir at Beniarres. You go on the road towards Pego and then take the CV700 towards Planes. Just before you get to Planes take a right turn signposted for Beniarres. Follow the road and you will come to the reservoir. It is a very large reservoir. the day we went was very hot in June. The fish were literally jumping out of the water. Unfortunately the bit we fished that day was deep with weeds and we didnt catch a thing! Ian went back a couple of days later and fished the opposite side and caught loads!
The drive from Denia takes about 1 hour. It is a beautiful drive, very scenic up through the mountains. When we went at the beginning of June all the cherries were out on the trees-magic!
You will need a fishing license to fish in Spain. these can be obtained from the Caxa Rural banks. If caught fishing without a license you can have your fishing tackle confiscated so beware!
The Dénia's castle, with Arab remains, is well worth a visit, along with other monuments and museums showing the history of the city, as well its archaeological and ethnic history.
From the highest point there is a magnificent panoramic view of the local area. It is the setting for numerous cultural events.
Admission fee applied except for Dénia citizens
Summer 10AM to 1:30PM, siesta and 3PM to 9PM
Winter 10AM to 1:30PM, siesta and 3PM to 6PM
I divide my tips in multiple sections as the Mediterranean Sea in Dénia offers many opportunities:
You will find kilometers of fine "white" sand, I personnaly enjoy 3 specific beaches:
- Les Rotes: nice quiet creeks. Be aware that it is a rock beach and a great spot for snorkeling. There is also a naturist beach. For any hunger head to the Mena for an excellent seafood meal.
- Punta Raset: easily accessible on foot and wheel chair friendly from the town and often crowed. Not shallow at all better for beach activities as volleyball, football than swimming.
-Els Molins: a pleasant and less crowed beach esssentially frequented by residence hosts. A nice snorkelling spot is just to the right of the surveillance "Baywatch" tower.
All main beaches have efficient beach bars, sun-beds and shades to rent (2 sun-beds + shade around 10 eur for a day) and pedalos.
A brand new complex just open in 2005 which convert the Marina in a lively place during the evening. Many shops, bars, nightclubs and restaurants will welcome you. I particular appreciate the relaxing terrace for the sunset of the Giorgio & Enrico club (I think I went there on the opening day as many workers were around but the bar was already on duty ;-)
Usually I prefer warmer waters with corals to dive, but it is always pleasant to refresh my scuba diver feelings here. I dive on two site Cabo San Martin and Cabo de la Nona. To avoid a longer sea travel try to start from Javea more closer to the main diving spots.
You could rent an boat or catamaran or enjoy a quick cruise to Javea or Calpe. Ferries are also available from Denia to Ibiza, Palma or Formentera.
Enjoy your seaside stay and do not forget the suncream ;-)
Montgó Nature Reserve is located between Denia and Javea. The park includes a coastal section that covers over 3 kilometres and is a peferct area to do some hikings. The tourist information center offer an useful booklet available in Spanish, English, French and German for differents hiking routes from 2.6 to 9.6 km and various difficulty levels.
As you could see on my picture, the geological composition of this reserve is characterized by cretaceous materials. On the lower parts of it, marl and marlaceous lime abound, while the escarpments are formed by compact limestone. Its flora includes kermes oak groves dotted with mastic trees and rhamnnus alaternus, as well as Mediterranean scrub.
The Beaches in Denia run from the port area for about 20kms towards the las marinas area.
Just follow the road to Las Marinas and you can access the beach from one of hundreds of side roads that go directly onto the beach. Just look for the signs for "La Playa"
The majority of the beaches are just that - beach. You will not find wall to wall sunloungers and people like other areas of the Costa Blanca.
Every so often a section of the beach will have a few sunloungers and a beach bar, maybe a volley ball net or kiddies play area. But even on those parts its never overcrowded.
the nearest part of the beach to where my house is is called Els Molins. Just recently someone has opened a beach hut/bar selling hot and cold drinks, snacks and pizzas etc. there are also a handful of sunloungers and tables and chairs. I have to say that it is really welcome. what is better when you have been baking in the sun for a couple of hours than to stagger a few yards and sit under a parasol and drink an ice cold beer!
Denia town is dominated by a 12th century castle which towers above the town.
You can take a trip up to look around and explore the ruins and get some spectacular views of the town and the port and marina area. Just dont go in the middle of a scorching hot day in August like i did. Phew!!
El Vergel safari park.
A safari park and zoo about 10 minutes ride out of Denia.
The first three sections you have to stay in your car and drive through different "lands". You will see emus, deer, lions, tigers and loads more from the safety of your car. Just keep your windows closed!
You then drive to an area where you park your car and walk through the main zoo area.
It is large with a good variety of animals and different animal shows to see. We took 2 14 year olds who really enjoyed it. I would imagine younger children would absolutely love it.
It costs about 14 euros each and is well worth it. you can get food and drinks inside. we went to the large eatery which has a typical spanish menu which is good value.
Denia has plenty of beautiful little streets lined with trees which make pleasant shade during the hot summers.The town centre is encircled by the port.Ronda de las Murallas and Via Focense.The main streets in Denia are Calles Mar,Diana,Partico Ferrandiz and Avendia Marques de Campo.Denia has plenty of historical sights and has a lovely old part too.Biax-la-Mar is very nice and well worth visiting.Here there is a building called the Atarazanas which goes back to about the 16th century.This was a shipyard.There is also an old Ice Factory which was built in the 18th century.Here it is layed out very nice(architectual).The fish market is also worth visiting.(Lonja).It was built during the 20th century and fresh fish bought in from the fishing boats are still auctioned here today.Every evening you can go and buy fresh fish.It's a fun and exciting thing to watch.Denia also has a port where you can catch ferries from at to Ibiza,Majorca,Menorca and the Canary Islands.It takes 3 hours to get to Ibiza from the Port of Denia.You can also see Ibiza on a clear day from Mount Montgo viewpoint.