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DENIA – WEATHER, HOLIDAYS, THINGS TO DO, BEACHES AND PROPERTY FOR SALE

INTRODUCTION

The city of Denia, capital of the Marina Alta district, feels more like a town in character.

Denia is both a wonderful town to live in and a great place to holiday.

It exudes Spanish Valencian style and culture but, as a capital, offers high levels of goods and services. Famed for its huge red prawns, Denia retains its seagoing heritage.

Although not an all-night party town you can catch a ferry from the port and be in Ibiza in just two and a half hours.

Whether you’ll be fit enough to get back remains to be seen???

It’s population of around 40,000 explodes during the summer to embrace up to 200,000 holidaymakers.

It is, nevertheless, much loved by around 14,000 expats, who choose to make it their home due to good value Denia property.

MAP, WEATHER, LOCATION, HOW TO GET THERE AND CAR HIRE

Location of Denia, Costa Blanca – pic by viamichelin

WHERE IS IT?

Denia is located on the coast approximately midway between Valencia and Alicante and adjacent to Javea (see separate blog post) with the Montgo mountain keeping the 2 apart.

Denia view from the North shore showing the “Montgo in background – pic by denia.net

WEATHER

Like all other towns on the Costa Blanca, Denia is blessed with 300+ days of sunshine each year and an all year round average temperature of c.20 degrees.

 Ave daily temp Mar 16ºC, sea temp 16ºC and 9 hrs sunshine

Ave daily temp Oct 22ºC, sea temp 25ºC and 9 hrs sunshine

More details here: – https://www.holiday-weather.com/denia/averages/

TRANSPORT

Denia is located approximately equidistant (115 kilometres) from Valencia and Alicante international airports, from whence it is served by a coastal transit coach.

Beni Connect https://www.beniconnect.com/en/
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Beniconnect Transfers

CAR HIRE

Car hire can be prearranged for collection at the airport from most of the major hire firms or locally from a choice of companies in Denia.

I always find that the following 2 companies are very competitive and efficient with new cars: –

Do You Spain 
Holiday Autos  
OK rent a car

And why not support the local companies? – Rent a Car Dénia –  https://www.rentacar-denia.com/

And to protect the environment why not rent an electric vehicle?

HOTELS, VILLAS, APARTMENTS & CAMPSITES

If you want to be pampered on your holiday then probably a hotel is the best solution however if you prefer more privacy and independence and want a “home from home” then renting an apartment or villa with a private pool or even camping for those on a tight budget is the best choice – whichever, Denia has it all in abundance.

HOTELS

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In this rather more extensive conurbation there are, as you would expect, way too many hotels to even describe a cross section of the choice available.

And anyway we are here to help people who are seeking advice over buying or selling property!

But here are a few that we love: –

El Raset – elegance at a reasonable price

Boho suites – a delightful boutique hotel (adults only and gay friendly) near the beach and the Montgo mountain.

La Posada Del Mar – beautifully furnished and stylish hotel in a iconic old building with views over the harbour and the castle as its backdrop. Go on, spoil yourself.

Hotel El Raset – ok you decided to compromise, but as compromises go, not a bad one. Same wonderful views over the harbour and the castle backdrop

Art Boutique Hotel Chamarel – something a little different! Slightly quirky antique furniture but comfortable and accompanied by great service in this family owned hotel. Difficult parking.

Room Boutique 32 – right in the heart of old town action this tiny, 5 individually decorated rooms, hotel is the sort of secret that you will be tempted to keep to yourself.

VILLAS AND APARTMENTS

There is an enormous choice but you need to make a booking for something that provides the right accommodation for your family or group.

So here’s a couple  of reputable rental agents: –

Chalet Alquileres  

Vacaciones en Denia

Villas Ferrer

ALL HAVE BEEN HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO US BUT PERSONALLY WE HAVE NO 1ST HAND EXPERIENCE

CAMPING

Camping Los Pinos

Camping los Llanos ( in pic)

Camping Los Patos

THINGS TO DO DURING THE DAY IN DENIA

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Denia offers numerous sporting distractions to explore and enjoy, historical sites, hidden coves and countryside, including the Montgo national park.

SHOPS & MARKETS

In comparison with most of the other coastal resorts Denia, by virtue of its size, boasts an outstanding range of goods, services and shops.

You will find everything here that you would expect in a UK county town.  A few are listed here by way of reassurance.

SUPERMARKETS

Supermercado Cash’n’Carry Denia

Mas y Mas Supermercados

Mercat Municipal de Dénia

Supermercado Troya

SHOPPING MALLS FASHION & CLOTHING

  • Portal de la Marina Shopping Center – Mall
  • Peluquería Carol -. Mall
  • Barbería y Peluquería Badr. 
  • Utopia Denia – Ladies fashion
  • Koker Dénia –  Ladies fashion
  • Coast-hair.es – Hair salon
  • Denise Bruns Hairstylist -. Hair salon
  • Calzados Ramon Marsal – Shoes
  • Primichi Stores – Shoes
  • Joyeria la joia – Jewelry, Denia’s finest.

MARKETS

We all love a market and the anticipation of grabbing oneself a bargain or something out of the ordinary.

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There are a couple of regular markets in Denia: –

REGULAR MARKETS

1) Municipal Market, Mon – Sat 09.00 – 15.00, normally in Calle Magallanes but due to Covid currently in Calle de la Vía

2) Fish Market, Mon – Fri from 16.00 hrs., in the Port of Dénia

OPEN AIR MARKETS

1) Weekly Street Market, Monday 08.00 – 13.30, in Calle Germans Maristes

2) Flea Market, Every Friday in same street

3) Street Craft Market, Spring and Summer only from 18.00 – 01.00, in the Port Area

4) Mercat del RiuRau, located outside Dénia in Jesús Pobre, all year round selling food and local products

BEACHES

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For sandy beaches head towards the north of Denia and to the south the beaches are pebbled and host to a myriad of hidden coves and inlets.

For the determined, Denia has 20 kilometres of coastline to explore and therefore too many to provide a complete list but here’s a few of our favourites: –

Playa del Trampoli – denia.com

Cala de Aigua Dolç – great beach from which to snorkel and discover the richness of the underwater life, but no sand and be warned, this is a nudist beach so you might encounter a naked snorkeler!

Platja de la Marineta Cassiana – pleasant sandy beach close to the marina with several beach bars.

Platja de les Marines – very fine sand and calm water; ideal for families with children.

Playa Escollera Norte en Dénia – the breakwater beach again fine sand and close to town.

Platja del Trampolí – this rocky stony beach is a marine nature reserve, which makes for quality snorkeling.

Playa els Molins – denia.com

On well while we’re at it here’s a few more – they really are so good!: –

Playa de Les Bovetes – 7 kilometres of fine sandy beach with plenty of refreshment stalls in the summer months.

Platja de les Rotes – explore this mainly rocky beach, which is part of the Montgo nature park.

Area Punta Negra Denia – spectacular beauty of its wild rocky nature, a real pleasure to explore but wear suitable shoes.

Platja les Arenetes – this fine sandy beach has limited parking and is a fair walk along the beach from Denia so it is often quite crowd free.

Escollera Norte Puerto de Denia – best view of the coast from the Cape of San Antonio to the Monduver.

Platja Les Deveses – a long sandy beach popular with kite surfers, kayaks and windsurfing.

GO AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES.

BEACH BARS

LOS BAÑOS SUNSHINE BEACH BAR

With 20 kilometres of beach there are going to be plenty of beach bars, mostly on the beaches close to town.

On the more remote beaches you can normally find a refreshment stall to quench that thirst.

 No doubt once you have been there a few days you will have found your “GO TO” beach bar and established yourself as a regular!

Los Banos Sunshine Bar – it’s a shack on the beach with good food, great view out to sea and a relaxed ambience.

El Chiringuito Beach Bar – on the beach with great food and good music.

The Railway Tavern – english pub atmosphere with english food, did you really come all this way for “no place like home”?

Restaurante Balandros – this may not be the best dressed bar in town, but they get away with it because the food is so damned good.

Lamarserena – where particular people congregate, the smart set . . . . for cocktails!

Ironía bar – small with a great atmosphere and hey, they give you free tapas with each drink; so if you drink enough . . . . . . . !

Bar Bonanza – the appearance is not outstanding but the food makes up for it, be adventurous.

Bar Florencio – just behind the marina so a good place to keep an eye out for your mate’s superyacht!

ACTIVITIES and AQUATIC

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There’s no shotrage of water sports and aquatic facilities in Denia: –

Here are but a few: –

Fun Quads, El Portet – quads, buggies, Jetski and kayaks are all for rent here.

JetSki Denia – Jetski hire.

Aventura Pata Negra Denia – excursions by mountain bike and kayak with snorkeling thrown in.

Maremoto Sports Watercraft –  jet ski excursions, hunt with the pack.

Tururac – try an adventure, kayaking, canyoning and coasteering. Get that adrenaline rush.

Parasailing Mundo Marino Dénia – for a novel way to see the town try parasailing.

Segway Trip Denia – a trip around Denia by segway, now there’s a curious contraption.

Mon diving – an excellent dive centre with first class instructors.

Náutica Pérez Charter – top boat charter; bring your yacht masters.

FOR THE KIDS

las fuentes del Algar

Cuevas de las Calaveras – nearby at Benidoleig – a great day trip for all the family.

Vives Dinosaur Park in nearby Oliva – the kids will love it.

The natural waterfalls and pools of Algar – a fantastic experience for all the family swimming, diving and cascading down in cool, natural water.

Museo del Juguete de Denia – a toy museum if you are unlucky enough to hit a rainy day.

Denipark – an indoor playground for the youngest, oh no not another rainy day!

WALKS

If your great pleasure is enjoyment of nature, then between the rugged coastline to the south and the Montgo nature reserve you will be spoilt for choice in Denia.

Senderismo (trekking) is huge in Spain and particularly in the Costa Blanca area. Check out this website for all you need to know: –

https://www.wikiloc.com/trails/hiking/spain/valencian-community/denia 

Trekking in the Montgo Natural Park

And these great walks: –

Castell de Dénia – a walk round the castle is surely a must for visitors to Denia.

Parque Natural del Montgó – you could spend a fortnight walking Montgo and still not have seen it all.

La Cova Tallada, Between July – September numbers are limited so you need to apply, it’s a tough mountain hike, but well worth it.

Vía Verde de Denia (Este) – a pleasant walking, well more a stroll area really and cycling is an alternative.

Cova de l’Aigua – really fantastic views and be sure to visit the cave that was engraved by a Roman legion.

GOLF

There are 3 excellent golf courses within easy striking distance of Denia and if that’s not enough, don’t worry, I am often tempted to wonder whether there is more land on the Costa Blanca dedicated to golf than farming!

Le sella golf marriott.com

Club de Golf Oliva Nova in Calle Severiano Ballesteros (a tribute to the master) – designed by Severiano Ballesteros in 1995.

La Galiana Campo de Golf – the rural setting of this golf course is truly magnificent, add this wonderful golf course and you are in heaven.

La Sella Golf Resort & Spa – a golf resort and spa with all the facilities and the course was designed by José María Olazábal.

lagaliana.com

EQUESTRIAN

As you would imagine Denia does not disappoint when it comes to upholding the long Spanish tradition for horses and riding.

Centro hipico lledo
  • Centro Hípico Lledó – a well organised equestrian centre providing a range of services.
  • HIPICA ONDARA – another fine establishment and a little more focused on hacking.
  • Montgo Vall Equestrian Centre – in a great country location for fun hacking.

SAILING

There is no more to say than that Denia has a maritime legacy and continues to maintain that reputation as one of the foremost yachting centres on the Costa Blanca.

denia.com

The facilities and opportunities for both the experienced and the novice are fantastic – here’s a sample: –

Real Club Nautico Denia – this is a very comprehensive club and marina.

Punta Estrella Yachts – these guys provide the complete service for sailors

Candles and wind – another competent organisation – with quality yachts for charter and yacht maintenance and repairs.

The Boat School Denia – the place to train for your entry level RYA Yachtmaster Certificate.

THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

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RESTAURANTS

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Be assured fine dining and exceptional cuisine is very much on the menu if you choose to spend time, live or holiday in Denia.

A very small selection of the offering: –

Quique da Costa – this Michelin 3 star restaurant is undoubtedly one of the very finest restaurants in Spain but be warned, elevated culinary art comes at a price!

Aticcook – located in a loft, this great restaurant has “The Michelin Plate” award for notable food.

El Raset – Two elegant dining rooms and a terrace, in which to enjoy the food at this “Michelin Plate” restaurant.

Peix & Brases – Find your way upstairs to the gastronomic restaurant to enjoy “Michelin Plate” contemporary mediterranean food.

El Baret de Miquel – Don’t be misled by the chaotic, unpretentious interior. The Michelin “Bib Gourmand” food here is honest and very good value. 

El Pegoli – If you’re hankering for those famous Dénia red prawns, established in 1947, El Pegoli is the place.

BARS & TAPAS BARS

El Jamonal de Ramonet

Since most of the best tapas bars are all crammed into a small area of the old town, Calle de Loreto, sleepy during the day but bursts into raucous life at night.

So head in that direction and follow your instincts.

El Baret de Miquel – terrific food at reasonable prices, if you’re lucky enough to get a table.

El Jamonal de Ramonet.. 

Your Song – can a tapas bar really feel English?

De Tapas Dénia. 

Txoko Bar – you have to try their txokobuco, what a treat.

Tasca Les Monges. 

Bonanotte Restaurante – tapas with American culture overtones???

MUSIC BARS

For instance try these music bars but if you don’t find what you are looking for there are many more: –

La Chica de Ayer -  cocktails and live music at weekends.
Lamarserena - a cool place on the dock.
Pub Dorian Gray - in with the young Spanish crowd
Soho - live music & karaoke.
la chica de ayer

THEATRES & CINEMAS

And for something a little more sedate why not a film or show: –

Condado Gastro Show Club

Condado Gastro Show Club – a good reputation, good shows and you can eat there.

Auto-Cine Drive-In – drive in cinema with English films but check out their programmes first.

Cines Imf Ondara – Centro Comercial de la Marina.

CALL TO ACTION

PROPERTY FOR SALE IN DENIA: VILLAS AND APARTMENTS FOR SALE IN DENIA

So you finished your Denia Holiday and liked it – thinking of buying a villa or apartment in Denia then read on.

There are literally hundreds of portals dealing with ‘000’s of property sales in Denia and, in Denia itself, many estate agents.

Consequently trying to wade your way through all of those is extremely difficult, especially when you have to make allowances for “Estate Agent Lingo and Infoxication”.

That’s where we come in: –

At Search and Survey Spain we are not estate agents and have no allegiance to any estate agencies.

Our only interest is finding the right property for you, that the property is legal, well built, value for money and free of any external charges or liens.

If you like we can help you make the right selection to suit your requirements?

Because this is our speciality and something we’ve been doing for the last 40 or so years.

Click the link here to visit our website and see what you think? We are happy to give you a call if you want to find out more about us.

Search and Survey Spain Team
The Search and Survey Spain team – from L-R Manu, Chari, Ian, Monica and Manolo.

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