Looking for a holiday near the sea that allows you to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the Mediterranean? Then what you are looking for is to book your holiday accommodation in Denia, a city located on the coast, in the northern part of the Valencian province of Alicante.
Within the region of the Marina Alta we find an emblem for travellers looking for rural accommodation near the beach, and a wide variety of activities that boost its main economic engine: tourism. This is why holiday accommodation is an abundant feature in this area.
Undoubtedly, one of its main attractions are the beaches, with fine golden sand and warm waters that allow Denia to multiply its population in the summer. And there are more than a few places where you can set up your umbrella and take a dip, as it has up to 20 kilometres of wide beaches and small coves. In turn, it is divided into two areas: Las Marismas (estuary-like beaches with a large amount of sand), and Las Rotas, a beach characterised by the large number of cobbled coves nearby.
But the Alicante town of Denia is not just about beaches. It also has a vast historical and cultural heritage that is spread out under the Montgó massif. One of the main places to visit is the castle, next to one of its emblematic neighbourhoods, Les Roques. It dates from the Arab period and functions nowadays as the Archaeological Museum. The walls can also be seen on a pleasant stroll around the town, since they are perfectly preserved.
It also has numerous churches and hermitages, such as the church of San Juan, which is also a Historic-Artistic Monument. Although it is not the only building that has this distinction, as the fortified house of Banitzaina, an Asset of Cultural Interest.
As you can see, by strolling through its streets, you will also be taking a journey through time with different Iberian sites such as Pico del Águila and Alto de Benimaquía, very close to each other, and Roman sites such as Almadraba. Three very interesting monnuments that are ideal for the whole family to visit!
Once you are familiar with its beaches and heritage, all that remains is to discover Denia's most typical festivities. Throughout the year there are some very special days particular to this town, although some of them are especially emblematic.
First of all, and if you're thinking of travelling in March, the Valencian Fallas are also celebrated in Denia, with the whole fanfare that surrounds this ancient tradition: the plantà, mascletà and the cremà. It's quite an event in the autonomous region of Valencia, and you should expect no less of this iconic coastal city.
Festivals such as the exciting “Bous a La Mar” in July, an event declared of National Tourist Interest, or the long-celebrated “Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos” (Moors and Christians) in August make the summer season in Denia the most popular one to visit this city.
As far as gastronomy is concerned, it is worth mentioning that it was named Creative City of Gastronomy, so flavour and good products are guaranteed here.
You can't miss its rice-based dishes, cooked in any way you can imagine, although always accompanied by seafood such as red shrimp, and a little alioli, a delicious sauce elaborated with garlic and olive oil. To put the icing to a traditional gastronomic day in Denia, a glass of mistela, a traditional liqueur, or any dessert garnished with sultana raisins will be perfect.