All About - Denia
Denia is situated 51km North of Benidorm, about a 45 minute drive it is set on the northern edge of the Alicante region and backed by the impressive mountains of the the Montgo Natural Park.
Denia is known for many things, one of them being that part of the town sits on the Greenwich meridian line, (The same one that passes through London UK)
The Iberians, Romans, Muslims and Christians have all left their mark on the seaside resort of Denia
A lovely place to visit when in Benidorm! There is the ruined castle which guards the town and has stunning views overlooking the marina, the natural park of Montgo and the Torre del Gerro (see below). The marina with its beautiful elevated promenade. There is also 20 kilometers of coastline which include both rocky and sandy beaches, the fish market, the old town and the impressive tree lined main shopping street as well as the museums.
The main shopping street is, Calle Marques de Campo, this is a pretty tree-lined street and has a good range of shops, restaurants and bars.
Denia main street
You can see the monuments throughout the centuries as you wander through the town centre, and fishermen’s quarters, (Baix La Mar). These streets in the fishermen’s quarter have charming brightly-coloured houses with vivid flowers overflowing from the wrought-iron balconies.
Turn a corner and you will find typical squares such as Plaza de Sant Antoni or Plaza de la Creu with noisy Spanish bars offering traditional food.
Over 20km of beaches - to the north of the town, there are beaches of fine sand and shallow waters, such as Les Marines, LAlmadrava, Les Deveses, Les Bovetes and els Palmars and to the south are smaller coves along the rocky coast, known as Les Rotes, which is popular with fishermen and divers.
Denia Castle and Archaeological Museum
“Portal de la vila” (City Entrance Arch), the castle’s main entrance.
The Castle is located on a gentle hill beside the sea and in the historical city centre.
PEDESTRIAN ACCESS - Next to the Town Hall of Dénia, you will find stairways on Calle Hospital, walk up here. After this 1st steps, you will find another stairway section to the left on the street called “Cuesta Madre Amparo” which takes you directly to Calle San Francisco accessing the castle.
TOURIST TRAIN - The TOURIST TRAIN stop is located at Marqués de Campo St, near the Red Cross building.
Opening hours of the castle
Every day: Nov/ March: 10 a.m to 6 p.m. April-May: 10 a.m to 19 p.m. June: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. From July to 15th September: 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. (Night opening hours: until 00.30 h. Except for “Music at the castle” concert days. From 16th to 30th September: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. October: From 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Price - Adults: 3 € Children (8-14 years olds): 1 € Pensioners: 2 € Students: 2 € Groups (minimum 10 people): 2 €
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Denia Museo Etnologico
To find out more about Denia’s rich and varied history, in Calle Cavallers in the historic heart of the town, just off the Plaza del Constitucion.
The museum is in a typical bourgeois house from the 19th century with exhibitions showing the important of the raisin trade in Denia and its subsequent demise.
In the main rooms on the first floor is beautifully-crafted furniture from the reign of Isabel II in the 19th century along with luxurious clothes and jewellery.
The museum is open from 10.30am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm. It is closed on Sunday afternoons and Monday. Entry is free.
On Calle Calderon, with interesting wooden and tin toys including dolls houses, trains and cars made in Denia in the first half of the 20th century.
The museum is on the first floor of the old train station in Calle Calderon, Denia. Open 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm. Entry is free.
Every Monday from 8 am to 1.30 pm, located in Torrecremada Esplanade.
Antiquities flea Market
Every friday morning, from 8 am to 1.30 pm, at the La Vía street. Products: sale of antiquities and second hand objects.
Spring and summer open air market
Situated along the Maritim esplanade in front of the local port, from 6 pm to midnight (until 1 am in summer and festivities's eves). Sale stalls with a bohemian and handicraft atmosphere where you can find a great variety of products: imitation jewellery, leather goods, paintings, etc. Spring (Mid-March to 1st week in June): Weekends and festivities.Summer (Mid-June to Mid-September): every day.
Market at Jesus Pobre riurau: Food and crafts. Timetable: Sep-Jun, 9 to 2pm. Jun-Sep, 6 to 11pm.
Market in La Xara: at Cinema Sq. Local products and crafts. Every second and fourth Sunday of the month, from 9.30 to 2.30pm
Denia Ferry Port
Denia ferry port serves as the main hub for connections to the islands of Ibiza, Formentera and Palma de Mallorca.
Balearia makes the ferry crossing from Denia to Ibiza in just two or three and a half hours, depending on the type of ferry you book, the modern Super Fast Ferry or the ferries where you can take your own car, Ibiza is 124,1 Km from Denia. READ MORE HERE
Denia Port and Fish Market
Located at the port where you can watch how the ships arrive from 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m
Photo by David Elsworth, Benidorm Seriously Member
Fish sale. From Monday to Friday, from 5.30 p.m., all year round.
You will find a great variety of sea products: Dénia red prawn, lobsters, sea urchins and different fresh seafood; octopus, anchovy, calamari and much more depending upon the days catch.
Fish auctioning. From Monday to Friday, from 5.p.m; (all year round, except during the month of biological halt.
Denia has its own 18-hole golf club, situated quite close to the town, the Club La Sella was designed by José Maria Olazabal.
This is a Renaissance watchtower, which was part of the coastal defensive system developed during the 16th and 17th centuries to defend the coast from the attacks of Barbaresque pirates.
Although there are documents proving the existence of three towers in the natural park’s limits, the Gerro tower, a Renaissance fort (16th c.) is the only still remaining. It is one of the coast’s most outstanding towers. It has a circular shape, shaped like a truncated cone divided in 2 parts featuring a King Charles V coat-of-arms, supported by three cantilevers.
The tower owes its name to its strange shape as a “pitcher or gerro” (a valencian language word for jar or pitcher).
How to get there: from the last regular bus tine in les Rotes Road (next to Restaurant Mena) follow the road towards the east for 50 metres up to Via Làctia Street. Going up this street there is a fence that forbids vehicles from passing to the access way to the path leading to the Tower.
Mount Montgó Natural Park
The Natural Park rises 753 metres above sea level and shelters over 650 vegetable species.Amongst these we must point out the kermes oak, the red lavender, maritime fennel, rockrose species, the Valencia rock violet, the rock scabious, the black sabine or the palmetto.
Also a great place for bird watching where you will see birds such as the yellow legged seagull or the Audouin seagull, several crows, ravens and birds of prey (the partridge eagle, a couple of royal owls, common kestrel ad the pilgrim falcon), reptiles, amphibians and mammals such as the fox, rabbit, badger, genet, etc.
The Montgó Nature Reserve has its own Interpretation Centre that provides detailed information on this privileged setting and organizes guided excursions year-round. The centre houses a wheelchair-accessible exhibition on the ecosystems of the Montgó and the Nature Reserve of the San Antonio Cape Sea Floor, main routes, traditional uses and diverse activities for visitors to the Nature Park. The exhibition is equipped with audio guides in 5 languages to guide visitors of different nationalities.
Camí de Sant Joan, s/n. Finca del Bosc de Diana. 03700 Dénia. Tel. 96 646 71 55 / 679196461.
Getting to Denia from Benidorm
The best way is by TRAM
By Bus, Alsa bus from around 9€
or by car either via the N332 (58.4km) or the AP7 toll road (51.3km)
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Photos by David Elsworth, Benidorm Seriously Member
Carerrer de Leroto, Tapas Alley "Day time view, very busy in the evening. Prices are very reasonable due to the competition."