The town of Denia is located in the Spanish region of Alicante on the Costa Blanca. This is a delightful cosmopolitan town, rich in history and culture and its streets are a fascinating showcase of architecture through the ages. Its buildings are a permanent monument to the civilisations which have made their mark here - Iberian, Carthaginian, Roman, Arab and Christian. These days tourism blends comfortably with the hustle and bustle of a working town.
Denia hotels aren't all that common as apartment complexes are the main tourist accommodation. La Posada del Mar is an attractive hotel option located right in the centre of town opposite the port area. It is housed in a 13th century building which formerly served as a custom's post. Every room is decorated with a nautical theme. See our Denia Villas and Denia Apartments pages for more options.
Denia Sightseeing and Activities
For sightseeing head up to the town hall (ayuntamiento) building from Marques de Campo and visit the Iglesia de la Asuncion church with its fine dome. Then continue up the steps following the signs for the castle which overlooks Denia Bay. The castle closes for lunch between: 1pm and 3pm from October to March, 1.30pm and 3.30pm in April and May, 1.30pm and 4pm in June and September and between 1.30pm and 5pm in July and August. All the old houses that surround the base of the castle have been nicely painted in different colours adding to what is already a rather atmospheric place to wander around.
From the castle make your way to El Port which consists of a line of attractive restaurants facing the port area. Most of them tend to specialise in local rice based dishes as well as Fideua which is a noodle based paella. Often paella recipes allow for large quantities of meat and seafood. Don't expect too many ingredients in these dishes at El Port where it is the rice or noodles which are key to the dish. If you'd like to try a pricey 'Menú de Degustación' (tasting menu) at 46 Eur. per person take a look at El Raset which is just along from the boutique hotel of the same name. Cheaper options are available.
As is the case with all the resorts in this area it is the beaches which provide the main attraction to visitors and Denia is no exception.
As you head north of of town you immediately come to some pleasantly low rise properties on glorious, quiet beaches which continue on for many kilometres along this coast. By road leaving Denia in this direction you'll first of all come across a tastefully developed resort sector with a fine range of apartment complexes, bars and restaurants geared to an international clientele which slowly becomes more of a residential area independent of the tourist area.
For a change of scene you can easily spend a day visiting Javea just along the coast, you can head south to the multitude of theme parks which surround Benidorm and as an interesting short excursion you can head a few kilometres inland to the beautiful Las Calaveras caves at Benidoleig. Golfers will find plenty courses available around the Costa Blanca including the new development at Oliva Nova Golf Resort just outside of Denia to the north.