To start, Denia is in the North of the Alicante region. This region is a part of the Costa Blanca.
The most important, it has been elected as one of the nicest town of the Costa Blanca.
Nearby Denia is the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea.
West of the town, there are the mountains of the Montgo. This natural park is popular for hiking. From the top of the mountains, you can see the island of Ibiza.
“Bous al Mar” Fiesta
Indeed, Denia host many festivals or fiestas. For instance, the popular by locals and tourist :the running of the bulls fiesta. This fiesta “Bous al Mar” takes places in July. It has even been declared as being of National interest.
Of course, bulls are involved.
The history of the bull running goes back to the 17 century.
Now, males young and older pretend to be “toreros” for a moment. In brief, the bulls end up in the water, the “toreros” very often also.
“Las Fallas “
As nearly every where in Southern Spain, also Denia has it Fallas festival.
With parades and huge bonfires of puppets in papier maché. The Fallas in Denia are in March.
What to see in Denia ?
The watch guard over Denia is his castle . In the past, the castle was built by the Moors. This was about the 11 century. Then , it was nearly a palace for the governor of the Moors .
As a result of its location it was later on a watch tower against the pirates. And it was used for military purposes.
The castle is the highest point in the city and you can get up to the roof for the best view of the harbour and also Montgo to the southeast.
From the castle , you have a splendid panorama over the Mediterranean Sea, the harbor, and the mountains of Montgo.
The old town, with the narrow streets is very attractive. In fact, it is a waterside quarter that for ages has been the living place for the sailors and the fisherman.
The houses are in different colors. The many balconies are full with red flowers.
The harbor and marina have a beautiful promenade.
The coastline of Denia is approximately 20 kilometers long.
So, there are sandy beaches but also rocky coves. East of the town the beaches become smaller and more with rocks.
For instance, ” Les Rotes” is the place to be for litlle beaches and coves and seafood restaurants.
Some of them has received the Blue Flag. An award for cleanness and quality of the water and the beach.
There are also many nice beach bars or chiringuito . To take a snack or a breakfast or late in the evening a cocktail and tapas.
The beaches and the sea are also popular for watersport.
For instance, kite surfing, windsurfing, diving and snorkeling.
On daily base , the fish market with the auctions. Worth to see.
The regular market is on Monday morning . The place to buy fruit, vegetables, fish, meats . Or holiday souvenirs.
Once again, the cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine. With seafood and fish.
So, in Denia you find many seafood restaurants. The local paella is really excellent. In particular, the Denia prawn. It is really very good if you want to pay the extra for it..
But if you prefer there are also restaurants with an international cuisine.
Tips for trips
For instance, take the tram south to Calpe.
Or visit Altea or the popular Benidorm.
Or the nearby Ondara.
Furthermore , go visit the nice city of Alicante.
Likewise , take the ferry to Ibiza or Palma for a weekend stay. The departure of the ferry to the Balearic islands is in Denia port.
As you can read, Denia is worth the visit . Not only for his sunny beaches but also for his Bull Fiesta.