Välkommen till Denia
Denia offers the very best of this popular coastline, whether you want to explore rocky coves and mountains or revel in sand, sun and amazing seafood.
On a stretch of coast where tourism dominates, Denia is a breath of fresh air. It has beaches, hotels and restaurants but this working city has also maintained its character. A major passenger port serving the Balearic Islands, Denia feels different from some of the resorts further south. The city bustles with life both day and night – from the narrow shopping streets of the Moorish old town to the lively beach bars and restaurants. Once you’ve had your fill of incredible freshly caught seafood, move on to paella which is among the best in the region thanks to the proximity of the nearby rice fields.
Denia is separated from the rest of the coast by the Montgó natural park, a humped peak packed with rare plants. On either side of the harbour you’ll find two distinct flavours of beach – long and sandy Las Marinas to the north and rocky Las Rotas to the south.
The city is steeped in several millennia of history; the first thing you’ll notice is the tumbledown Moorish castle which contains an archaeological museum. Tradition is important here and it’s impossible not to get sucked into the excitement of its fiestas, like fiery ‘Fallas’ in March where giant statues of famous figures are burned to the ground.
Denia is home to 42,000 people, a fifth of whom are from other countries, including Britain, Germany, Holland and France. Many more move here from all over Spain. You’ll find a warm welcome in this cosmopolitan community.
There’s no denying that Denia is one of the more attractive areas for house hunters, so expect to pay a little more than in some of the resorts further down the coast. However it’s well worth it. You’ll find a range of apartments, villas and rural homes along the coast and in the historic town centre. If you want a truly spectacular view (and if money’s no object), look for something on the slopes of Montgó mountain.
As a working city, Denia is well served by shops, including an outdoor market on Mondays, and you won’t want to miss the spectacle of the La Lonja fish market where the very freshest red shrimp – a local delicacy – can be found. Leisure activities include water sports and a golf course, Oliva Nova, designed and built by the legendary Seve Ballesteros.
Separated from the main road by the positioning of the Montgó natural park, Denia feels like its own separate kingdom. Should you need to get anywhere there is a good bus service and a ferry if you want to get away to Ibiza – just 55 miles out at sea!
You’ll find a range of health care providers here including dentists and a well-equipped new public health hospital (Marina Salud) on the way out of town.
Cost of Living
Denia is a popular place to live and so things are a little pricier than you’d find further south on the Costa Blanca. However, it offers a slightly cheaper alternative to its near neighbours of fashionable Altea and Javea.