Denia is known for its beautiful beaches and its old town in the heart of the city, where stands the Castle.
The proximity of the Montgo massif, declared Natural Park in 1987, overlooking the sea at Cape San Antonio makes the area an ideal place for activities directly related to nature, like hiking or scuba diving.
The daily fishing Denia provides the best of the sea for your gastronomic enjoyment, shrimp from Denia, one of the best in the world, and all sorts of seafood and fish.
Its waters, of a deep blue, sandy beaches, its natural sites of precious wealth and its cosmopolitan people, invite tourists to experience the beauty and good living of this town on the Costa Blanca.
We will propose several must see places if you decide to spend your holiday time in Denia.
Castle of Denia. First let us go to the Castle of Denia, which is situated on a promontory overlooking the sea and very close to downtown. You can walk up to the Castle by a stairs near the town hall or you can access the top of the Castle with your vehicle. The castle is one of the key pieces of Denia town center, built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries, is undergoing various reforms throughout history when different cultures added elements of their architecture. You can visit watchtowers, storage yards, warehouses, storage tanks and, of course, the houses of the governor and his entourage. The ticket price to the castle ranges 75 cents for children to 2'15 € for adults and includes admission to the Archaeological Museum. Visiting hours are from 10h to 13.30h in the morning and from 17h to 20.30h (Summer Time).
Churches. Three main churches can be visited in Denia, all in an excellent state of preservation and architectural interest. The Church of the Assumption, measured Baroque (XVIII c.) stands where stood the ancient hermitage of San Roque and the hospital. It was rebuilt in 1939 of the damage they caused in the French war and in the Independence war. The Church of San Antonio is in an architectural ensemble, the Convento de San Antonio de Padua, and its present state dates from the remodeling completed in the eighteenth century. Both the cover and the pilasters of the Doric order are fixed. The Convent and Church of Ntra. Sra de Loreto are part of a composed architectural, the Church, the cloister and the south wing of the cloister.
Hermits. There are several hermits in Denia. Most of them are examples of what has been called "chapels of conquest" built between the thirteenth and fifteenth and Gothic. They has rectangular plants and round and pointed arches that subdivide the interior of the enclosure in two or three bodies. These are characteristic of this type of construction. Some of them are closed during most of the year pending the arrival of the day of its patron, the day when the religious ceremonies, religious festivals and other events make them a central location to soak up the traditions typical of the area.
Typical neibourghoods. If you really want to know the essence of Denia must necessarily take a walk through some of the typical city districts such as the Barrio Baix la Mar or Barrio de Les Roques. El Barrio Baix la Mar is the fishing district of Denia, which acquired its. present appearance between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It lacks monumental buildings, highlighting the old arsenal, "Les Drassaness" late XVI century, a rough stone building of great sobriety. The district retained the characteristics of Mediterranean sailors neighborhoods and preserve the essence of antiquity in its squares, streets and concourses, as the Pati de la Creu, la Plaza de Sant Antoni or esplanade Bellavista. El Barrio Les Roques, located around the Castle, stands by its typically Mediterranean architecture, with white houses, simple and low-rise and narrow streets.
Archaeological Museum. It is at the top of the castle and in it you can see the historical evolution of Denia, from the Iberians to the eighteenth century. The entry is included in the price of admission to the castle and schedules are also the same. It has 4 distinct areas exhibiting work on the times, Iberian, Roman, Muslim and Christian. These include the balsamario representing the god Mercury (II century BC), the Islamic collection of bronzes, Andalusian ceramic or the "Tresor de les Rotes". The building that houses the museum dates from the seventeenth century and was part of a leisure area attached to the Palace of the Marquis of Denia.
Ethnological Museum. The museum is housed in a typical nineteenth century bourgeois house near Town Hall. It has free entrance from Tuesday through Sunday from 10.30h to 13h in the morning and from 16h to 19h in the evening. This museum aims at promoting the history of Denia in the nineteenth century, when the city experienced a boom thanks to special growing and marketing of the raisin. This led to a large urban development and created a cultural environment and a consolidated bourgeois society that enjoyed the greatest advances of the time. The museum houses an interesting collection of luxury clothes and ornaments of the bourgeoisie of the era, as well as working clothes and instruments.
Toy Museum. It shows Denia toy production since the early 20th Century until the 60s. It lies on the first floor of the old train station Carcaixent-Denia. Admission is free and it opens every day from 10h to 13h and from 16h to 20h. In the museum we can find a large toy production sample of the time, metal toys, wood toys (wood stoves, bowling or rings), cowboys and Indians and all kinds of mills with wheels and pedals, planes , boats, cars, trucks, etc... all made in the toy industry of Denia, one of the most important of the last century.
Almadrava Reservoir. It is in Almadrava Beach, on the Carretera Les Marines, km 6,5 and it can be visited during the summer. Excavations there corresponds a Roman country house dedicated to pottery. Found large porches for drying parts, wells for water and mud ovens for clay baking. By the remains found this pottery seems that was dedicated to the production of tiles and amphorae.
Gerro Tower. Renaissance watchtower that was part of the coastal surveillance system developed during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to defend against the attacks of the Barbary pirates. There were three watchtowers located in the existing limits of Montgo Natural Park but it remains only the Gerro. With a circular truncated cone has a body divided into two parts, on its walls stands the coat of arms of Charles V and takes its name from its peculiar form of pitcher.
Sculpture and Busts. Enjoying a nice walk around Denia you will realize the amount of sculptures and busts that dot the streets and squares of city. Monuments of artists coming from different parts of the world who dedicate their work to issues as diverse as Nature (Monuments to climate, to Montgó or to the Denia Sun), traditions (Anchor Monument, Bous a la Mar Monument , the Gothic Cross or the Seller of Hedgehogs) or different characters related to Denia (Monument to Jaume I, the optometrist Buigues, to Miguel de Cervantes, the tenor Cortis or the writer Juan Chabas).
Denia offers endless possibilities when doing sport in summer. The most requested are nautical sports. 20km. of coast with different types of beaches.
Nautical Sports. For coastal features Denia is a special place to practice sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing and sailing. The windswept beaches are the perfect setting for windsurfing or kite-surfing. Jet ski, catamaran sailing, kayaking, rowing and canoeing are other modalities that can be enjoyed in the Mediterranean waters. The excursion boat rental is also possible and you can rent boats with or without skipper. Scuba diving is a privileged sport in Denia due to the variety of sea beds available to this area, such as the Natural Reserve of Cabo de San Antonio. A great variety of routes of scuba diving can be done in this area of the Mediterranean and some of which we speak in the chapter devoted to the routes and excursions.
Many companies provide all necessary equipment to practice these sports even offer summer courses. Here you have a list of some of the companies you can contact to find out in great detail the conditions for enjoying the summer and water sport:
- Marina de Denia - Mooring Services
- El Portet de Denia - Mooring Services
- Grupo Navega - Rent a pleasure boat, nautical events...
- Mundo Marino, S.L. - Boat trips, sailing and scuba diving...
- Maremoto - Rent a boat or a jet-ski
- Wind and Waves - Jetski trips, catamarán with or without skipper, kayaking, sailing school...
- Wind Center Denia - Teaching, practice an rental windsurfing, catamarán and kayak
- Deniamar - Diving center, scuba and snorkel
- Centro de Buceo La Marina de Reig - Diving school, equipment renatal and boat trips
- Pascalmar Diving - Diving school, snorkel and excursions..
Land Sports. You can enjoy some different sports if you prefer the "stability" of the mainland. Denia also offers many opportunities, golfing, hiking through the routes of Montgo Natural Park, tennis, or squash forntenis, strolling or bike riding...
We provide you the websites of some companies and clubs where to rent materials or runs to practice these sports:
- Ociodenia - Especilized in phisical activities and all kind of sports, sports school, adventure sports and so on...
- Fun & Quads - Quads rental, mountain bikes, scooters, outdoor activities, hiking, trekking...
- Club de Tenis Denia - Tennis training, rent of tennis courts...
- La Sella Sport - Tennis, golf, mountain biking, horse riding, quad biking tours, children's programs...
Routas and Excursions
This section offers you information on the most varied routes and excursions which you can enjoy in and around Denia, routes where you will be surprised again and again by the landscape. Walking tours, bicycle, car, boat or train propose a very interesting offer for your leisure.
Ruta Cova Tallada. The best time to make this journey of about two hours is spring or summer because it is what allows us to enjoy the spectacular flora of the area. Route goes along the coast of Las Rotas to venture into the foothills of Montgo where two sections of some difficulty make it inadvisable for children, beginners or people with some difficulty driving or vertigo. Access to the cave is not easy because only when the sea is calm it is feasible to enter. Anyway it is worth trying to enjoy the reflections and shadows which produce the Mediterranean light, playing with stones and water. In summer you can even take a bath and enjoy the marine wildlife.
Ruta Torre del Gerro. This route starts on the beach of Les Rotes, and then climbs along a road not too hard to Torre del Gerro. As in the path of the Cova Tallada, the best time for this excursion is spring or summer because it allows enjoy the entire ecosystem of the area.
Montgó bike route . This route goes around the Montgo Natural Park to find an agricultural area of great beauty and environmental value around the massif. This route is accessible to a wide range of walkers. The route will take you to see the mountain from various points of view, leading to the cliffs of Cabo de San Antonio and passing countryside, orange groves, etc... Just 26 km of nature...
Cabo de San Antonio. You will have to drive up the Javea road to the mountains till you arrive to Cape San Antonio, where upon arrival you can visit the lighthouse and the amazing cliffs of 160 meters high.
Safari Park Vergel. Discover the wonder of the animal life in a park of 35 hectares where you can see up to 1,400 animals of 145 different species. The visit can be done by car, visiting the most impressive herbivores, Bengal tigers and African lions, or walking enjoying the different kind of birds, fauna ibérica, Asiatic and from Oceania. Prices are 11€ for children and 17€ for adults. In summer the park is open daily from 10am till 19pm.
Walks through the Montgó. The Natural Park of Montgo was declared as such in 1987 thanks to its scenic, flora and fauna. It has 753 meters of altitude and sharing about 600 plant species ecosystem with a fauna mainly composed of birds, reptiles and mammals such as dormice, rabbits and badgers. Several hiking trails has been arranged there and they are properly marked and approved by the Valencian Federation of Mountaineering. The difficulty of the routes is mid / low, in which, of course, you should contribute to the conservation of protected open space by complying with the required basic standards of respect for the environment. Below we offer links to different pages of Denia Tourist Portal where you can learn more about the routes themselves.
- Cues in the routes
- Route A: Senda del Racó del Bou
- Ruta B: Cova de l'Aigua
- Ruta C: Cova del Camell y Creueta
- Green Route
Diving Routes in the Marine Reserve of Cabo de San Antonio. The reserve is among the most eastern tip of Cape San Antonio and the tip of San Nicolas. In this nature reserve you can find a variety of sea grasses, coral formation, different types of algae, Posidonia meadows and fauna typical of the rocky regions like moray eels, sponges, groupers, etc... This is an area of very high environmental value which are restricted in the anchoring of boats, recreational fishing or collection of bodies belonging to the marine flora and fauna of the reserve. Diving is completely controlled and limited and it is necessary to obtain a permit that can be requested at the Tourist Office in Denia. Below we offer links to different pages of Denia Tourist Portal where you can learn more about the routes themselves.
- Requirements for permits for diving in the Reserve
- Cabo de San Antonio Immersion: First Cove
- Cabo de San Antonio Immersion: Second Cove
- Fresquito Immersion
- Las Rotas Immersion
- La Cullerá Immersion
Javea. It is the town closest to Denia. Worth visiting the old town, which reveals the market, restored former convent, St. Bartholomew's Church, in Gothic style, and City Hall. The ethnographic museum is located in an eighteenth century palace and also you can visit the Church of Nª Sra de Loreto, very interesting for its particular roof-shaped upturned enclosure. Finally another interesting route is to visit the 15 viewpoints of Javea.
Cala del Moraig y Cova dels Arcs. Driving from Javea to Gata and Benitaxell you will pass by Poble Nou de Benitaxell, which has a steep and rugged coastline with cliffs over 100 meters. A little further down, past the Urbanization Cumbre del Sol, we find Moraig Cove, a cove of great beauty gravel south of which is the Cova dels Arcs, one of the biggest on the Alicante coast.
Teulada. In this town are worth visiting the Church of St. Catherine, dating from the XVI and Renaissance style with Gothic touches, the Bell Tower of hexagonal and 30m high. Facing the tall tower you will find the House Abbey beside church the baroque Ermita de la Divina Pastora, with renaissance facade. Moscatel wine and MarinaAlta white wine are typical of this area. The market which takes place on Wednesday. Just 2km from Teulada towards Moraira places the Ermita de la Font Santa location of "the wellspring from which water flows forever".
Moraira. Municipality known for its beaches wher you can visit the Church of Mare de Deu dels Desamparats, the Margenot, wall that protected the old houses of fishermen in the days of rough seas and the Castle of Moraira. On the beach of El Portet is the watchtower of the "Cap d'Or" and south find the Cova de la Sendra, Upper Paleolithic archaeological site. The market of Moraira takes place on Fridays and during the summer there is a craft market every afternoon.
Benissa is located closer to the mountain, the old town with its typical medieval streets still retains the latticed balcony of the stately homes of that time. Places to visit are the Old Church Square, the Market, the monument to the riverside people and especially the Church of the Immaculate "Xiqueta", neo-Gothic style and extraordinary proportions, known as the "Cathedral of the Marina". You can not fail to enjoy its rich cuisine, especially the "Octopus Stew" typical dish, as well as rice, frigate tuna, cod or sausages. The street market is mounted on saturday and trail of antiques and crafts is mounted on tuesday.
Inside. Valleys of the Marina Alta. As you go inside the landscape changes to almond trees, orange trees and vineyards, nature surrounds us, the Sierra of Bernia, the Natural Park of Marjal Pego-Oliva, the "Infern" ravine (devil's ravine)... any small tour takes you to places as remote as beautiful. The castles of Forna, Benirrama, Benissili or Ambra, the Pla de Petracos Shrine (World Heritage), the many churches... every village has something new to discover, small villages with old habits for centuries as the craft of wicker or bobbin of Gata, pottery and other handicrafts which can be purchased at the rakes of antiques or markets.
The gastronomical offer at inside the region is an added incentive to take a tour of these places, the "cogs" blanched "(cake flour and salt in a stew of tuna, tomato and vegetables), the "Mincho"(a kind of Cokes blanched garlic-oil), the rabbit, both delicious cooked or with garlic, sausages, wines, Jalón mistela, typical desserts such as pumpkin pie or "sweet potato pastissets" are reasons enough not to miss inside the Marina Alta.