Denia has long, wide, sandy beaches and surprising rocky coves:
North of the city lies the long sandy beaches of Les Marines. In this area you will find: Punta del Raset, Les Marines, Les Bovetes, Els Molins, L'Almadrava and Les Deveses. South of the town lies the sandy beach of La Marineta Casiana, followed by the rocky coves of Las Rotas. The cliffs of Cabo San Antonio begin at the end of the cliffs.
Between Dénia and Jávea, there’s a wonder of nature in the form of a cliffside cave, an incredible place to get lost on a sunny day when you want some peace and quiet. You can get there on Les Rotes in Dénia.
El Montgó is one of Dénia’s treasures and was declared a national park in 1987 due to its unique flora and fauna and its stunning landscapes.
Within the park, you can find over 600 unqiue species of plants like the kermes oak, samphire, Valencian rock violets, black sheets, and palmettos spread out over a change of 753 meters of altitude.
As far as animals go, you can find yellow-foot gulls, Audouin’s gulls, and various birds of prey, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals like rabbits and dormice.
El Montgó also offers various hiking trails where you can enjoy the marvelous views of the mountains and see
El Montgo is one of the treasures you’ll find while visiting Dénia. It was declared a nature reserve in 1987, due to its fauna, flowers, and landscape.This park has more than 600 species of plants spread throughout its 753 meters.
Many animals call this nature reserve home, including: yellow-legged gulls, Audouin's gull, diverse birds of prey, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals (rabbits, genets, dormouse, etc.)
There are various hiking trails throughout El Montgó with breathtaking views, both of the mountain and the sea.
During the second week of July (almost the same time as the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona), locals in Denia celebrate the patron saint festivities in honor of the Santísima Sangre. The best part of the bull runs which start in the town's highest point (La Glorieta) and end up in a semi-circle, temporary bullring in the port (the second half of which is the sea itself). The goal of the party is that the participants coax the bull into jumping into the water.
The experience I had in the Lonja De Dénia fish market was truly authentic. As a matter of fact, it's not the easiest thing to do today, as it's generally not open to tourists (but it's just a matter of trying to enter though).
I had the experience of seeing the fish arrive at the market (around 5 PM) and seeing how the auction worked. It was fantastic. A surprising and local, every day type of event, but fascinating nonetheless. The fishermen come off the boat, transport the catch, the screen announces the fish, each person has a remote to press when the price drops to the most they're willing to pay. Everyone knows the red shrimp from Denia will be bought by someone from the most expensive restaurants, as the fill themselves with pride being able to by at such a price. It's definitely a unique experince.
Denia Marina (la Marina de Denia) is one of the best and most modern marinas in this part of the Mediterranean. Besides receiving ships, boat rental, buying moors and docks, the Denia Marina is also a recreational area with businesses with a lasting design and service. Come at night to have a drink at Agua de Mar, Isla Tortuga o Bravo, which ensures you a good atmosphere and great views.
On our trip to the Cova de l'Aigua, we had the opportunity to see an extraordinary view over Denia from Montgó. Just looking at the contrast of the bright colors of the buildings with the deep blue sea was one of the highlights of our trip.
Due to the orientation of Marinas Beach, you can watch beautiful sunsets at the end of the day, which is unusual in the Levante area of Alicante. The end to a perfect day on the beach in this magnificent place with golden sand.
During my summer vacation in Denia, I rented a sailboat for the weekend from Nautica Corcho. The experience was incredible! I had never ridden on a sailboat, and the feeling of surfing the waves is almost magical. Thanks to Nautica Corcho for the experience. It was unforgettable!
At the height of the camping grounds of Los Pinos you will find Trampolí Beach, directly accessible from the campsite. Also accessible by boardwalk is the city of Denia. It is a rocky beach, full of huge rocks and white stones which are quite sizable, so it is recommended you wear good shoes, even in the water. At the camp entrance there is usually a good amount of people camping (its the most comfortable spot), but if you walk a few meters to the right or left you will find peace and privacy.
Located in the hillside of Montgó, La Sella Golf Resort is surrounded by Mediterranean forests and mountains. There’s pine trees, orange trees, olive trees, almond trees that give it certain colors. Although it has breathtaking scenery, the course provides a challenge for golfers of all levels.
It’s a par 72 course with 18 holes of moderate distance. If you play well with all the club, you could leave with a good score. It has a fairly personal design, apt for all skill levels, and shows the difficulties in the tees at each hole. It was designed by José María Olazábal.
The classes and the Swingbuild lessons are very helpful. It costs 10 euros for 70 minutes (and comes with calls and clubs). They’ll teach you how to construct a proper swing that works at all level of golf.
The church of San Roque, to the side of City Hall, is at the start of a street that was unknown to me, but I've come to realise is the liveliest in Denia, full of restaurants and bars. The terraces are full even in winter, because the weather is always mild, and lots of foreigners live here.
El Montgó offers various options for hiking and for different abilities. One of the simplest routes is the one that takes you to “Cova del Camell” which takes about an hour and a half, more or less. The distance is 5.2km and it’s rated as a low-difficulty route that sees an altitude change of 190m.
By doing this route, you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views which only get more spectacular the higher you go.
Finally, you arrive at a small cave which in and of itself isn’t anything special. The trail is the same one that goes in the direction of “Cova de l'Aigua," but you’ll see the detour heading to “Cova del Camell.”
Once you arrive at the cave, you can continue on the route by following the directions toward “La Creuta” and arrive at the peak of Montgó, which took us another hour and a half. It’s a total ascent of 2.2km.
Umberto Masetti (May 1926 - May 2006) was an Italian motorbike driver, twice world champion in 500cc in 1950 and 1952. He competed in several races here in Denia. The statue is a work by the Cuello forge -Federico and Jaime Cuello - donated by Classic Motor Club Denia.
If you're planning your vacation here, allow plenty of time for sightseeing as there's loads of stuff to do in Denia! This is a historic city which has witnessed the establishment of different civilizations that have left their mark, so most of the attractions in Denia are marked by the character of mixed cultures and cultural wealth.
Just strolling through its streets will transport you back in time, and you can recreate the history of the city in your imagination. Among the Denia attractions you can visit to learn about the history of this area is Denia Castle, which dominates the walled city. You can see this Arab fortress from anywhere in the city. Kids and adults alike will see this as one of the most exciting Denia activities, and the young ones can learn a little more about the past.
Gerro Watchtower and Almadraba Tower are things to see in Dénia that will remind you of its strategic position, when the city housed an important fortress. In the historic district, the Baix la Mar and Les Roques neighborhoods are the oldest places to visit in Denia and home to many of the treasures the city such as the shipyard, Casa del Marqués de Campo, and countless monuments. Still wondering what to do in Denia? Outside the city, Mount Montgo is an incredible natural setting in which to enjoy not only the mountain but views of the sea. There are also several archaeological sites that can be visited by taking a walk through the woods. And if you've finished with your list of all the things to do in Denia, go and enjoy sunset over the beach. Seeing how the colors change to make way for the night is a beautiful image with which to end your holiday.
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