Denia lies some 7km north of Javea along a spectacular winding mountain road watched over by Montgo Mountain. It is an attractive resort with a fascinating old town, fine restaurants and magnificent beaches stretching for many kilometers to the north. On arrival from Javea you’ll first come to a pretty little beach just before the marina on your right then an area of high rise apartments appears.
Near the Denia train station is the very helpful tourist information (Glorieta del Oculista Buigues, 9) where you can get a town map and stroll along to Marques de Campo. This lively street is lined with open air restaurants which are nicely shaded by trees. The surrounding streets are great for shopping. A tourist train runs from the tourist information office to the castle. Check times on the noticeboard outside.
For sightseeing head up to the town hall (ayuntamiento) building from Marques de Campo and visit the Iglesia de la Asuncion church with its fine dome. Then continue up the steps following the signs for the castle which overlooks Denia Bay. The castle closes for lunch between: 1pm and 3pm from October to March, 1.30pm and 3.30pm in April and May, 1.30pm and 4pm in June and September and between 1.30pm and 5pm in July and August. All the old houses that surround the base of the castle have been nicely painted in different colours adding to what is already a rather atmospheric place to wander around.
From the castle make your way to El Port which consists of a line of attractive restaurants facing the port area. Most of them tend to specialise in local rice based dishes as well as Fideua which is a noodle based paella. Often paella recipes allow for large quantities of meat and seafood. Don’t expect too many ingredients in these dishes at El Port where it is the rice or noodles which are key to the dish. If you’d like to try a pricey ‘Menú de Degustación’ (tasting menu) take a look at El Raset which is just along from the boutique hotel of the same name. Cheaper options are available.
As is the case with all the resorts in this area it is the beaches which provide the main attraction to visitors and Denia is no exception. As you head north of of town you immediately come to some pleasantly low rise properties on glorious, quiet beaches which continue on for many kilometres along this coast. By road leaving Denia in this direction you’ll first of all come across a tastefully developed resort sector with a fine range of apartment complexes, bars and restaurants geared to an international clientele which slowly becomes more of a residential area independent of the tourist area.
For a change of scene you can easily spend a day visiting Javea just along the coast, you can head south to the multitude of theme parks which surround Benidorm and as an interesting short excursion you can head a few kilometres inland to the beautiful Las Calaveras caves at Benidoleig. Golfers will find plenty courses available around the Costa Blanca including the new development at Oliva Nova Golf Resort just outside of Denia to the north.
There are also full and half day mini cruise options along the coast which visit other resorts including Javea, Calpe and Altea. The ferry terminal in the town centre lies only about 300m from the town’s train station which is convenient for services south to Alicante (if you’re headed north to Valencia you’ll need to take a bus to Gandia and catch the train there).
If you’re looking to get over to the Balearic Islands there are daily ferries from Denia to Ibiza (you can see Ibiza on a clear day) and less frequent services to Mallorca and Formentera. Both Balearia Ferries and Iscomar Ferries serve these Balearic islands. Their timetables vary each year with additional services available during the summer months.
As is the case with the other main resorts of the north Costa Blanca, Denia hotels aren’t all that common as apartment complexes are the main tourist accommodation but there are a few. See our Denia Hotels page for some hotels that can be booked online or alternatively our Denia Villas and Denia Apartments pages for more options.
The Denia Map below is interactive so you can zoom in for a better street view or zoom out to get a wider view of the Costa Blanca.
Visitors to Denia can fly into Alicante or Valencia airports but Alicante is much more popular.
Useful Denia Links
Take a look at the Denia webcam to get a taste of what to expect.
You can find more information on the official website of the Denia tourism board.