Denia is located on the east coast of Spain, along the stretch known as the Costa Blanca. Denia is very much a family resort. A quiet town, once the centre of the region’s raisin growing industry. Leisure and tourism are the main industries though raisins remain a local delicacy. The main avenue in Denia is the Plaza de la Constitucion where you can sit and watch the world go by. Nearby is a wonderful 17th century church. Denia and its surrounding areas have been voted the third healthiest place to live by the World Health Organisation.
Denia has an impressive working fishing fleet and fresh fish can be seen being unloaded and sorted daily. You can take a boat or ferry from Denia to Ibiza and Formentera. Denia is dominated by its hill-top castle, part of which dates to the Romans. The castle houses the museum of archaeology which gives an insight into Denia from Roman to modern times. Other places of interest in the town include churches, monuments and parks and there are impressive sculptures in most plazas.
The origins of Dénia go way back in time. Once under the protection of the Roman goddess Diana, who gives the town its name and fame as a trading port, it expanded centuries later at the foot of the Islamic castle on the Montgó mountain down to the sea. The fishermen’s quarter, the port, the sandy beaches, or the rocky area of Les Rotes make up a mosaic picture on the Costa Blanca, embellished by traditions such as ‘els bous a la mar’ (running the bulls into the sea), a festivity that attracts many visitors.
Twenty kilometres of coastline, rocky coves and big swathes of sand, solitary beaches and beaches with sports and recreational activities. Dénia has a wonderful climate, whilst its landscape, is an added plus to its blue waters. The nature reserve of el Montgó, rising up, as Blasco Ibáñez said, like “a giant hand”, has served as a watchtower for a coastline which has been inhabited for over 4000 years. Nevertheless, this outstanding enclave of the Costa Blanca has more: Denia played an important and brilliant role within the history of this Valencian region and from those roots its gradual conversion into a modern city has given it its main focus on leisure and tourism.
Denia has an impressive working fishing fleet and fresh fish can be seen being unloaded and sorted daily. Along the port there is a regular fresh fish and meat market.