Denia Spain

Denia Spain

Things to do - general

Among the many tourist destinations on the Costa Blanca, Denia is one of the most attractive. Not only does the resort offer beautiful beaches that the Costa Blanca is famous for, but also an interesting historical centre, remarkable artistic heritage, an active marina and spectacular natural surroundings.

If you’re looking for a an unforgettable beach holiday, but also some cultural attractions and interesting activities, discover in this guide what Denia has to offer for a perfect holiday on the Costa Blanca.

A visit to Denia Castle

Built on top of a cliff overlooking the coast, inhabited and fortified since Roman times, Denia castle is the symbol of the city. It is an unmissable attraction for those who spend their holidays in the area.

The fortress, that has been declared a “Monument of Cultural Interest” by the Spanish Government, was built in the 11th century, during the period of the Arab domination. The original architectural style was Almohad, but over the centuries the complex has undergone numerous changes and reconstructions. Today it is possible to identify elements added during the Renaissance period and the 18th century, as well as the remains of a Roman settlement.

Denia Castle main entrance

The castle is the main tourist attraction of the town and often hosts cultural events and dramatised guided tours. At the top you can enjoy an incredible view of the old town, the coast and the Montgó massif, the most important mountain in the area.

Inside the fortified walls you’ll find an Archaeological Museum, a permanent exhibition on navigation and exploration activities in the Medieval period as well as a bar, where you can relax after the visit and enjoy the view.

Opening Hours:
November-March: 10:00-18:00
April-May: 10:00-19:00
June: 10:00- 20:30
1st of July to September 15th: 10.00-20.30 (occasionally opened until 00:30)
September 16th to 30th: 10:00-20:00
October: 10:00-18:30

Adults: €3
Kids (8-16): €1
Retirees: €2
Students: €2
Groups (Min. 25): €2 per person

A walk through the historical centre

Denia - Iglesia de la Asuncion

Denia’s historical centre is a fascinating mix of modern architecture and ancient neighborhoods; of elegant buildings and old fishermen’s houses; colorful and modern streets and alleys with an ancient flavor.

The Casco Antiguo is enclosed by a few streets located at the foot of the Castle, in the area adjacent to the Town Hall and the Iglesia de la Asunción. The layout largely reflects that of the 17th century, and is still possible to identify some buildings dating back to the 18th century, which was the golden age of the raisins trade, that brought a considerable amount of wealth and development to the area. In Calle Cavallers you’ll find the Ethnological Museum, that offers an insight into the life of the area during this period (the entrance is free).

Denia historical center

Walking towards the sea, you’ll come across Calle Marques de Campos, a bustling tree-lined avenue full of shops and bars with terraces. In the parallel street, Calle Calderon, you will find a curious Toy Museum.

Once you arrive in the port area, you can visit the barrio Baix la Mar, the old seaside district. Located just below the castle, this neighborhood is shaped by narrow streets and characteristic fisherman houses, with picturesque facades painted in pastel colors. In the area closest to the port there are many bars and restaurants where you can taste some excellent fresh fish.

Enjoy beaches and watersports

Denia Marina

For many, the beaches of Denia are the main reason for visiting the resort. The town boasts a coastline of almost 15 km, divided into two different stretches: Las Rotas, characterised by rocky and uncrowded coves, and Las Marinas, with its long and comfortable sandy beaches.

Both offer plenty of opportunities to have some fun: you can dive or snorkel to discover the magnificent seafloors of Las Rotas, or practice some water sports in Las Marinas area, such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, stand up paddling and kayaking.

Paddle surf Denia

The town also hosts a very active marina. This is the the right place for those looking for some relaxing activities along the coast: here you can rent a sailing or a motor boat, or embark on a fishing trip.

In the surroundings of the Club Nautico you’ll also find several nautical equipment rentals, with all you may need to spend an active day at the beach: from jet skis to small boats, kayaks, canoes, SUP, etc.

Cycling along Denia beach promenade

The beach area is also perfect for cycling, running or just walking, thanks to the beautiful promenade that starts in the marina and runs along the Marineta Cassiana and Las Rotas beaches. The paseo continues further south to the Cabo San Antonio Natural Reserve, named after a spectacular cliff that guarantees magnificent views of the coast. It can also be accessed via a nice hiking path.

Shop at local markets

Denia Market

Denia offers many opportunities for shopping lovers. In the area of Calle Marques de Campo and the neighborhood of Baix la Mar you will find many craft shops and small boutiques to search for the perfect item of clothing, accessory or souvenir.

If you want to have a taste of the local products, you should visit the Mercado Municipal, held from Monday to Saturday in Calle Magallanes (not far from the Castle). Every Monday and Friday, just outside the Mercado main building, there is an open air market of fresh local products (mainly fruits and vegetables), definitely worth a visit. Here you will have the opportunity to experience some of the colours and flavours of the local gastronomy.

Denia market

On Mondays there is a weekly market selling everything  from clothes to food products in the Explanada de Torrecremada, an open air area located just west of the town centre. In the same place, on Fridays, there is a flea market.

A place definitely not to be missed is the Lonja de Denia (the fish market). From Monday to Friday, starting around 17:30, you can attend the fish auctions, held just a few minutes after the fishing boats moor in the port. A unique experience and an opportunity to wet your appetite.

Explore the Montgó Natural Reserve

Montgo mountain Denia

The landscape of Denia is dominated by the imposing figure of the Montgó, a mountain 800 metres high located at a short distance from the coast. With its surroundings it forms a Natural Park, home to 650 different species of flora and a rich fauna (eagles, peregrine falcons, owls, foxes, wild boars, genets). The park offers numerous paths worth exploring by bike or hiking.

Denia and the surrounding area is a paradise for bike lovers. Apart from exploring the coast by taking advantage of the pleasant beach promenade, you can venture inland by following the Via Verde de Denia, a spectacular cycling route built over the former train line that linked Denia and Gandia.

If a simple walk is not enough, take advantage of the many adrenaline filled activities available in the area: canyoning, climbing, caving, quad or 4X4 excursions… the choice is yours. Companies like OK Aventuras and Tururac organise a large number of adventures throughout the year.

Take a ferry to Balearics

Balearia Ferry Denia-Balearic

Who can say no to a trip to the Balearic Islands? Denia is the closest Spanish town to the archipelago: less than 100 km separate the resort from Ibiza. For many tourists who spend their holidays in one of the many villas in Denia, the idea of a day trip to the incredible beaches of Ibiza, Majorca or Formentera is too tempting to be ignored!

There are up to three trips per day to the Islands during the high season (get all the information on the Balearia Ferries official website) and the crossing to Ibiza takes from 2 to 5 hours (depending on the type of ferry). The cost of a return trip starts at around € 60.

Country Spain Denia

Sports & nature

Enjoy the great outdoors in Denia! With some of the most beautiful natural parks and nature reserves in the world, let our local experts inspire you with beaches, mountains and the most beautiful natural spots in Denia.


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.

As far as fauna is concerned, you can watch birds 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.

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Nightlife info

Enjoy the cultural and recreational activities which take place during the Dénia nights, such as for example, in summer, the Castle is the ideal spot for the celebration of the "Música al Castell- Festival de Música Tradicional y Popular" (Music in the Castle - Traditional and Popular Music Festival) concerts, which fill the nights with melodies, songs and musical notes from diverse regions of Spain and countries worldwide

Also during thesummer season, you can watch the films at "Cine Vora Mar" (Cinema by the Sea) which take place at the beach. The International Music Week (August) and the Muestra de Danza folklórica [Folk Dance Performance] (1st week of September) are other activities which are celebrated year after year so you can enjoy your free time. .

What shall we do this weekend?

If you like to listen to LIVE MUSIC or have a good time at the latest THEATRE PLAYS, MONOLOGUES and SHOWS, etc. Dénia is the spot for you! In this section, we will redirect you to the profiles in the Social Networks of your favourite sites so that you are up-to-date with the latest performances

Visit LA MARSERENA (puerto El Portet), BUDDHA and ZENSA (puerto Marina de Dénia), if you wish to enjoy a delicious cocktail, good music and incredible views outdoors!

Come to Calle La Mar and have a drink with good live music at Paddy O'ConnellDorian Gray or in La Chica de Ayer.

If you want to have a good time as you enjoy the best monologues, theatre plays and shows The CONDADO is the place for you! .

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Culture and history info

The story of Denia (Alicante) revolves around its castle and its harbor. Over 2000 years of history in which different civilizations passed through these lands and historian Roque Chabàs collected in the book Dénia history 1886 the year.

Currently it includes the important work of dissemination of our past that makes blog on the history of Dénia Jaume working in Sau Moncho, Vicent Martí and Josep Antoni Peña Ahuir Dominguez, three experts in history that periodically publish reports on different topics related to the history of Denia and the Marina Alta.

The origins of Dénia

Throughout history have been detected in different parts of the municipality of Dénia archaeological remains indicate that here lived Iberians, Phoenicians and Greeks. The remains of villages in Upper Benimaquia or Penya del Aguila and testify. In fact the latter is attributed to the first name of the municipality, since it is believed that here was located Hemeroskopeion.

Dianium, the Roman Dénia

The excellent location of the area, in a privileged location in the Mediterranean near the Phoenician city of Ibiza and entry point to the peninsula, made the Romans conquered, baptizing as Dianium.

The new city reached a great height thanks to the importance of its port. Between the first half of S. I d. BC and the mid-second century. C, Dianium experiencing the economic boom with large slaveholders Vilas dedicated to the production of wine and oil into Gaul, Liguria and Rome. This period is the start of production of amphorae and tiles villa Almadrava.

Roman amphorae of the village of Almadrava

Also at this time there was Dianium urban heyday, when it is believed that prestigious buildings as public baths, a theater or a circus were built. But in the late fourth century, and a Christianized Roman Empire and the Empire is divided into two and barbarians occupy Hispania. In the 472 year, the Western Empire disappears and the Visigoths pact with the Spanish-Roman occupation you peninsula.

Two centuries later, in the year 624, the Byzantine province of Spania was conquered by the Visigoths who created, among others, the bishopric of Dénia, which goes to the Toledo councils since 636.

The Muslim era: Daniya

The Visigothic monarchy was elective, which was constant struggles between the nobles to seize power. With the arrival of S.VIII, in the midst of a civil war, one side makes a pact with a new power that appears in North Africa: Islam.

After years of struggles, pacts and capitulations, begins the Islamization and Arabization of the peninsula. At that time, the port and commercial Dénia has declined to be barely a haven for pirates. Three centuries after annexing the Muslim empire in the s. XI, the court official Mujahid proclaimed emir and named Daniya as the capital of the Taifa, making Daniya in a medina. At this time the citadel of the castle, a mosque, baths and Ravales outside the walls were built. It is a time of splendor in which Daniya buzzes with cultural vitality and mints its own currency.

Currency Taifa of Dénia

In 1076, Taifa lost its independence to become part of the Taifa of Zaragoza until the 1091 the almorávides reunify Al-Andalus. In Daniya they made several defensive constructions and reorganize the districts.

The Christian conquest: Dénia

In 1238 Jaume I conquered Valencia and years later, in 1244, after the capitulation of the town of Denia, Muslims and the term of Denia was expelled was uninhabited. Throughout the S. XIII mudéjares revolts occur while attempts are unsuccessful repopulate the term Dénia. By that time Dénia belongs to the Crown of Aragon. S. XIV into the Pere III as king of the Crown of Aragon creates with the term of Dénia and other neighboring territories Royal County, who later donated to Alfonso of Aragon. It succeeds the years and in 1431, Juan de Trastámara delivers the Castilian nobleman Diego County Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas.

The fifteenth century meant the revival of Dénia. To protect your city government in La Vila, the Consell torr, the de les Puces, the Red Tower and the Guard is built. In 1452, in the midst of a war with Castile, the inhabitants of Dénia be asked to leave stately villa, a request which were echoed in Valencia and led militias of both cities occupied the castle and ousted the government.

Dénia Castle - remains of the monumental staircase

In 1477, after attempts to restore the honor of the term of Denia, Diego Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas receives castle and the town of Denia. It is at this time when the so-called hermitages of conquest (Santa Paula, St. Lucia and San Juan) are constructed.

Diego Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas was named first Marquis of Dénia in 1487 by Ferdinand. The county is in the hands of Sandoval for generations and 1609 Francisco Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas, V Marquess of Denia and Duke of Lerma promotes the expulsion of more than 40.000 Moriscos through the port of Denia bound Oran. The 1612, and thanks to his good relationship with the Duke of Lerma King Philip III, the name of City, Dénia being the sixth city of the Kingdom of Valencia with this recognition.

The city of Denia openly participated in the War of Succession in the S. XVIII betting on the Archduke Charles, who was proclaimed king in Dénia. But supporters of Felipe V retaliated against the city, destroying buildings and causing the crisis in Dénia.

Proclamation of the Archduke Charles as king in Dénia

In 1735 he was in Dénia barely 257 families. It is the time of rebirth after the attacks building a new parish church and ending the church of the new convent of San Antonio. In 1775, and the release of American trade, the port and the city regain its commercial importance, agriculture progresses and grows a neighborhood emerging: Baix la Mar.

The tragedy of the collapse of the frigate Guadalupe showed the lack of interest of the Marquis and precipitated the Royal Order of Carlos IV to incorporate the port, the town and the city of Dénia to the Crown again in 1804.

The nineteenth century: the splendor of the city thanks to the passing

The S.XIX marks the beginning of the raisin industry in Denia, a trade that allowed the city to reach its peak. Castillo Dénia grows and sold into private hands that make a farm for growing raisins.

At this time, thanks to a project by architect Patricio Ferrándiz, joins the city with the port, the Teatro Principal, Calle La Mar and stores Morand is built. It also builds GlorietaAnd factory gas for street lighting and domestic use is inaugurated. Denia is a modern city with newspapers, casinos, cafes, banks, theaters and 1884 North Station (it opens today Toy Museum).

seaboard Dénia

With the arrival of S.XX Dénia moves over the raisin industry and the toy factories flourish identify the city during the first half of the century. But the city is no stranger to its tourist attractions and in the years 60, becomes the focus of national and international tourism, an industry that continues today in the city.

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