Dénia is located on the east coast of Spain, along the coastal stretch known as the Costa Blanca. Denia is very much a family resort and one of the most popular tourist destinations on the northern Costa Blanca. A quiet little town that was once the centre of the region’s raisin growing industry. Although tourism has taken over, raisins are still grown here and remain to be a local delicacy. The main avenue in Dénia is the Marques de Campo where you can sit and watch the world go by. In the Plaza de Constitucion you will find a wonderful 17th century church. The area around Dénia has been voted the third healthiest place to live by the World Health Organisation.
What to see in Dénia
Dénia is an old town with a long history. Right back to Roman times it was an important centre, there are remains of ancient civilizations everywhere.
One of the most important monuments in Dénia is the castle. The castle also houses a museum. It was built in the 11th century and has been remodelled several times over the years. You can find the castle at the top end of Denia, close to the town hall. Access is via a maze of narrow streets.
The main seafront in Dénia is an attractive road with ample parking and facilities to stop and eat and drink. From the seafront,small roads lead into the town.
Behind the first line of buildings are a series of small patios where you will find some superb restaurants amid the little fishermens’ houses, all painted different colours. There are some quirky restaurants in this area that make a pleasant change from the seafront.
The marina at Dénia
Dénia is not only one of the most important ports along this coast of Spain but it also has a wonderful marina. The marina has been totally refurbished over recent years and now provides a stunning location to walk, sail and enjoy the facilities there. The waterside is surrounded by bars, cafes and restaurants with a sprinkling of shops and offices. To the side of the marina is a small bay beach.
From the marina in Dénia you can charter boats, take pleasure rides and fishing trips and take boats to Ibiza and Javea.
Finding your way around Dénia
The backdrop to Dénia is the Montgo mountain with its natural park (Parque Natural del Montgo) where you can take amazing walks and hikes. Behind the mountain you will find the little villages of Jesus Pobre and Pedreguer.
Dénia is divided into clear areas (Terminos). The old town centre is the Casco Urbano. To the left of Dénia is the Las Marinas area and to the right is Las Rotas. Some of the larger urbanizations in Dénia include La Sella (surrounding the golf course).
One of the nicest avenues in Dénia is Marques de Campo. The trees on either side meet in the middle, offering shade in the summer. There are some nice shops on this street as well as some fine cafes and restaurants.
The historic part of Dénia is best seen on foot as the streets are very narrow with limited parking. You will find several plazas in which to rest.
Shopping and markets in Dénia
Monday is the main market day in Dénia (9am-2pm). There is also a flee market on Fridays. Both are located in front of Jaume I Square. The fresh fish market is located in the port and has a daily auction at 5pm. The indoor market in the centre of town is open daily.
There is a large shopping centre ‘La Marina’ within 5 km of Dénia. Head towards Ondara on the N332. The complex has a wide range of shops, a cinema, cafes and restaurants. Parking is ample and free (www.portaldelamarina.org).
These include Lidl, Mas y Mas, Mercadona, Eroski, Consum, Aldi
The main food market in Dénia is located in C/Magallenes and is open mornings, Monday to Saturday. Special fruit and vegetable markets are held on Monday and Friday mornings. Inside you will find stalls selling fresh fish, vegetables and meats.
The climate in Dénia
Dénia has a warm and temperate climate with an average annual temperature of around 20° centigrade. Temperatures generally range from a low of around 5° C in the winter to a high of around 35° C in the summer months. You can expect to see over 300 days of sunshine each year. The beautiful Dénia weather is one reason why it has become such a popular place for North Europeans buying a holiday home or even a new permanent home in the sun.
Average monthly temperatures (approx.)
January 13º C
February 14º C
March 17º C
April 17º C
May 21º C
June 25º C
July 25,5º C
August 28º C
September 24,5º C
October 22º C
November 17º C
December 13º C
The beaches in Dénia
Dénia has 20km of Blue Flag sandy beaches to enjoy. There are also small, rocky coves, ideal for diving. In the area around the marina is Punta del Raset with volleyball, showers, beach bars and a red cross post. This beach runs for 600m. To the left is Les Marines which covers 500m and has showers, volleyball and beach bars. After this is Els Molins, a 2,700m beach with red cross point and lots of sun beds. L’Almadrava is a long beach at 2,900m with lots of beach game facilities. Les Deveses is 2,950m long and has red cross and emergency services. To the right of the port there are five beaches at Las Rotas.
Ferry from Denia
You can take a boat or ferry from Dénia to the Balearic Islands including Ibiza and Formentera.
Denia train station
Dénia train station is located in the town centre on the corner of Passeig del Saladar and opposite the tourist office. The station has a ticket sales desk inside and the Bar L’Estacio next door. Look for signs for the ‘Estacion de Ferrocarriles’.
Dénia Fiestas and festivals
Just like any other town in Spain, Dénia has a wide range of fiestas including the Three Kings in January, huge Easter celebrations and the bonfires of Fallas in March. The patron saint, the Bous a la Mar is celebrated in July. The main fair is in October. San Antonio is celebrated on the 17th January.
January 5th – Three Wise men (Three Kings) parade
January 26th – Pilgrimage to Saint Paula’s Hermitage Weekend before Lent – Denia carnival
March 16th- 19th – Fallas bonfires
March 19th – Our Lady of the Forsaken
2nd Sunday in May – Our Lady of Desemparats (the Forsaken)
1st fortnight in June – Fiesta in Holy Trinity Street
June 20th – 24th – Saint John bonfires (san Juan)
June 28th – 29th – Fiesta in San Pedro Street
July 10-17 – Holy Blood Fiestas (Santissima Sang)
August 14th – 16th – Moors and Christians, Sant Roc
Last weekend in August – Sant Agusti (Les Rotes area)
3rd weekend in September – Fiestas in Xara
End of October – Fira de Tots Sants (All Saints Fair)
December 13th – Pilgrimage to Santa Lucia’s Hermitage