You can buy most soaps, creams and deodrants in Spain and if anything its probably a bigger selection there.Shops are as well equipped as England.Some of them have Tescos products in them too.What clothes you pack depends on what area and time of year you are going.Light clothes during the hot summer, t-shirts-shorts-sandles for during the day and something abit dressier for the evenings.Ive been winter and summer and found Costa Blancas climate very mild even in Feb.I wore trousers and t-shirt during the day and had a thick fleece with me for when the wind blew.
Bring prescribed medication along with you and Spanish chemists are also very helpful with medicines etc.
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
This area of Spain was under Moorish rule for about 500 years.The Moors introduced more advanced agricultural methods and new foods such as sugar cane,onions, rice and other veggies.They also built advanced irrigation systems and bought along the tradition of Fiestas and fireworks.This part of Spain is also very fertile.There are orchards of orange and lemon trees and the land is very green and lush.Loads of tropical plants, palms and cacti everywhere.Rice is also grown in the North.Hence the very popular dish Paella.My fav.
I discovered Denia purely by chance.Two years ago I took my parents to Costa Blanca as they were thinking of buying a holiday home and so was I.We checked the South out and found that it was too expensive and the scenery was not as nice as the North.The North is alot greener and more scenic and I found the coastline more pretty and unspolit and it was also less built up.We drove along the main coastroad and came to Denia.It looked quite nice and had a lovely promenade so we stopped and checked it out.It looked a up and coming place and the beach was wonderful.We drove along the coast road towards Oliva and saw a huge sign advertising bungalows for sale(Se Vende).
So i bought a house in Denia.Why?Because it is a beautiful area in a great location.It is only an hour drive from Alicante airport and set in a perfect location.There is a main road from the airport and it is fast and easy to get to.There are nice resorts each side of Denia too.Oliva and Gandia to the North and Javea,Moraira,Calpe,Altea and Benidorm to the South.And of course Alicante.Gandia is very Spanish and has a very long beach of fine sand.There are plenty of good hotels in Gandia.Gandia is about a 20 min drive from Denia.Gandia is popular all year round due to the mild climate.Oliva which is only about a 10 min drive from Denia is also popular with Spanish people.There are plenty of orange groves in this area and the oranges are very sweet.Oliva coastline is high rise building free.So it's a pretty beach.The beach is lined with small one story houses.Oliva Nova which is about 4 miles from my house is a fantastic Golf Course designed by Severiano Ballesteros.
I went to Gandia for a day out .It is 32km North of Denia on the N-332.The town has wide promenades and 8 miles of good beaches.I enjoyed visiting the Palacio de los Duques(Palace of the Dukes of Gandia).The Palace is open to visitors and guided tours go several times a day.The Forth Duke of Gandia joined the Jesuit here after his wife died.Saint Francis Borja was who he became .The Palace is now a Jesuit college.You can visit his private Chapel etc.
You can reach Denia either from Alicante about 90km South or from Valencia which is about 90km North.Denia is the main town of the region(El Marquesat).The Costa Blanca begins here and the scenery here is wild and rugged and dramatic.The land is very fertile as the soil is rich in clay which helps retain water.Palms, carobs, oranges grapes and almonds are grown here.
Denia has a wonderful coastline which is contrasting.The north has flat sandy beaches and pebbley beaches.The south has rugged rocky beaches with small coves to be discovered etc.Les Marines is the most popular beach the north of Denia.The south beaches have the Montgo mountains backing them which makes them rocky.I enjoyed the south more as it was unspoilt and very peaceful.Les Rotes was a good area with a few hotels and apartments.Denia is layed out from the Arabs many years ago and has older features and modern that go together really well.There are many beautiful spots worth visiting in Denia.There are many beautiful gardens with med plants and flowers dotted around.
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!
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.
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!
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!!
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 :(
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.
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.