Denia – Guide
Denia lies some 7km north of Javea along a spectacular winding mountain road over the Montgo Mountain or past the small towns of La Xara and Ondara. It is a bustling resort with a classic Spanish traditional old town, fine restaurants and blue flag beaches stretching for many kilometres, even in the height of summer finding a quite spot is always easy.
As is the case with Javea and Moriara package tour operated hotels are not all that commonand luxury holiday villas and aprtments are the main tourist accommodation. La Posada Da 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, close to the hotel are a number of good quality restaurants with varying price ranges and food options.
There are daily Denia to Ibiza Ferry services (you can see Ibiza on a clear day from both Javea and Denia, and the Montgo). There are also full and half day mini cruise options along the coast which visit other resorts including Javea, Calpe and Altea. The ferry terminal in the town centre lies only about 300m from the town’s train station which is convenient for services south to Alicante, although at present you need to head to Gandia for train services to Valencia.
The Marques de Campo is a lively street, lined with open air restaurants with a real world food theme serving everything from traditional rice and tapas as well as tastes from Germany, Holland and the UK. All these restaurants have adequate open air seating with little traffic on this pedestrianised street; which makes for a meal with great atmosphere, whith the added bonus of shading from the trees, many an hour can be spent watching the world go by. The surrounding streets are great for shopping, with plenty of boutiques and designer clothing outlets; Denia provides the best shopping between Valencia and Benidorm.
For sightseeing head up to the town hall building from Marques de Campo and visit the Iglesia de la Asuncion church with its ornate dome. Then continue up the steps following the signs for the castle which overlooks Denia Bay. All the old houses that surround the base of the castle have been painted in different colours adding to the atmosphere and making this a great place to just realx and stroll around
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.