Thu 13 May 2021
Local News | Denia- 5 things to love
5 things to love about Denia.
Here at Jacaranda Spain we love to promote our inland rural villages and the stunning valley and mountain views. However, for the buyer who is certain that they want to be near the sea, Denia is a coastal town with all of the benefits of city life. It has a European, cosmopolitan vibe and, quite literally, it has everything that you might be looking for when relocating to Spain. Here are 5 things that we love about Denia.
1) Beaches and nature- Denia boasts 15kms of coastline. This stretches from Las Rotas, to the south of the town and Las Marinas to the north. The beaches and coves of Las Rotas are rugged and predominantly stony, making them perfect for divers and snorkellers as well as those who like to get away from the crowds. In contrast, the beaches in the other direction are golden, sandy beaches with clear, shallow waters, perfect for families. Holidaymakers and locals alike flock to these stunning beaches all year round. However, its never a problem to find plenty of personal space as they stretch for as far as the eye can see.
The cove of Cabo San Antonio is a marine reserve where dolphins and even humpback whales are frequently spotted.
Despite its coastal location, you don´t have far to go to connect with nature. The Montgo Natural park is 2117 hectares of countryside with hiking trails for every level, it is renowned for it´s beautiful flora and fauna.
2) Culture- Denia is a coastal town with a good dose of Valencian history behind it. This is evident in the Castle of Denia. This 11th century stone monument and its walls, are a central feature of the town. It sits atop a hill with stunning sea and mountain views and its history is remarkable. There is a real mixture of Iberian, Roman, Muslim and Christian influences in the architecture and it houses an archeology museum.
There are year round festivals in the town including the processions at Semana Santa (Easter week) and the "Fallas", a parade of specially constructed giant effigies which are displayed and then set ablaze on the final night.
A very important part of Denia´s culture, and one it´s people are very proud of, is it´s gastronomy. From cheap but excellent tapas, paellas and other typical Valencian seafood dishes to the real gastronomic exprience at the 3 Michelin star restaurant of Quique D´Acosta. There are over 300 restaurants in Denia, serving food from all over the world. You can choose from; a terrace overlooking the sea, a Marina location watching the exclusive yachts of the rich and famous, or a treelined boulevard people watching on the Marquis D´Acampo, for your dining experience.
3) Cost of living- Denia is a cosmopolitan town with a large number of ex pats from all over the world. It has the feel of a city and yet, it is still very much a Spanish town first, and a holiday town second. There is no "hiking up" of prices in summer, the locals wouldn´t stand for it. A cheap "menu del día" is easy to find and, as there is plenty of competition, you do not have to compromise on quality if you have a small budget. Public transport is excellent in Denia and very cheap. A lot of the residents don´t own a car, and much of the town is pedestrianised, so as well as having a low cost of living, Denia is unpolluted.
4) Port and Marina- There are two big marinas in Denia, so no shortage of mooring space for the super yachts or the more humble sailing boats. There are also regular ferries to Ibiza and the Balearics and some great pleasure boat trips to view the coastline. It´s also a great place to meet friends for dinner or a cocktail overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
5) Community- There is a unique atmosphere of togetherness in Denia. The locals mix happily with their international neighbours, as well as the influx of tourists, who invade every year. It is nothing short of remarkable that the town has retained its authentic Valencian charm, whilst allowing the foreign invasion and even assimilating other European influences. It is a privelege to wander around it´s beautiful streets and plazas, but the people are what give this town it´s great sense of community. Fiercely proud of everything they have to offer and yet, happy to evolve and go with the flow of modern times.