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Denia is an attractive beach town with lots of outdoor activities 1 hour 20 minutes from Alicante airport and 95 km from Valencia. It’s a good place to visit any time of the year as it stays open, unlike some other touristy towns. It has 20 km of long sandy beaches and rocky coves.
It’s a very cosmopolitan town with an interesting mix of buildings.
Calle de Marques de Campo
We enjoyed a bit of shoe shopping in the town which is quite large and has a real Spanish feel to it. Shady trees line the main street, which is really pleasant along with plenty of cafes, bars and designer shops.
There are some very attractive 18th-century buildings in the area including the town hall.
The marina is lovely to walk around with its many restaurants and bars and full of fancy boats. It’s quite a large port area and offers boat trips, excursions, fishing trips and much more. We sat in one of the restaurants watching the ferries taking passengers to and from various destinations including Ibiza and Mallorca. Denia ’s fishing port nearby has lovely cobbled streets lined with simple whitewashed houses.
Denia Castle is situated in the centre of the city sitting on top of a hill with pretty coloured houses at its base. The castle was built in the 11th century to help protect the port and the city has grown up around the castle. It has been restored although very little of the castle survives today it does provide good views of the city and the port. It also has nice gardens. Inside the castle is a small Archaeological museum which is one of the three museums in Denia. The castle closes for lunch at different times throughout the season so best to check this out if you are intending to visit.
Via Verde de Denia
We were pleased we had our bikes with us because one afternoon we spent a lovely couple of hours riding the Via Verde.
The Via Verde is a converted railway track which is now out of use. It runs for 8 kilometres between Denia and Els Poblets and leads onto other cycle/walking routes along the costa. It takes you through orange groves
Museums in Denia
There are 3 museums: The Museum of Archeology which as mentioned above is found inside Denia Castle. The Toy Museum and Museum of Ethnology which are both located in the city centre. The toy museum contains many of the toys produced in Denia from 1904 to the 1960’s. The museum of Ethnology explores the importance of raisin production to Denia during the 19th century. Both museums are free.
We had a bit of trouble parking in Denia the next time we visited and ended up driving back out. Since then we have found this website which we will use in the future.
How to get to Denia
If you need to rent a car then we recommend RentalCars.com here
AP-7, EXIT 62
From Javea: P-1320 y A0132
From Alicante: This service is run by TRAM bus services
ALSA Buses offer access to the main Spanish cities.
Check out Autocares Carrio website for schedules for Denia connections with other inland towns of Marina Alta region. Also links with the commercial centre El Portal de la Marina. Tel: 96 558 13 56 Website: www.autocarescarrio.es
Autobuses Esteve connects with Vall de Laguart, Pedreguer and Benidoleig.
Bus station: Jose Moncho Ferrer Street
L’Altet airport in Alicante, located 100 km
Valencia airport in Manises, Located 113 km.
Connections to airports
ALSA Bus service (Denia-Alicante-Denia L’Altet Airport)
FGV Train service (Denia-Alicante)
Line C6 SUBUS bus service (Alicante-L’Altet airport)
ALSA Bus service (Denia-valencia, Denia-Manises Airport)
RENFE Train service (Denia-Gandia)
METRO service (Valencia-Manises Airport)