Dénia is situated almost mid-way between Alicante and Valencia airports and enjoys good road systems to both. With easy access to the main Spanish coastal roads (N332 and AP7) Dénia is very popular for holiday-makers and people who want to emigrate to Spain yet still be within easy commuting distance to their home countries. Close to Jávea, Moraira and the Jalón Valley, Dénia is ideally situated as a base to explore the rest of the Costa Blanca region or to own a second or permanent residence.
As a working town with a smaller ex-pat community than Jávea, Dénia feels very “Spanish” but is also very cosmopolitan. It is the capital and main working and administrative town of the Marina Alta area with a rich history and culture influenced by the many civilisations that have settled here – Iberian, Cathaginarian, Roman, Arab and Christian. At the centre of the city is a magnificent 16th castle which dominates the town and looks down on the main commercial and shopping areas of the Calle Marques de Campo and further across to the port area with its stunning marina and the main ferry terminal giving access to the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentara. For just a few euros, you can visit the castle and lose yourself in its history and romance or, for the less culturally enamoured, you can just chill out in one of the many bars or restaurants scattered around the castle walls.
Dénia is, of course, a major tourist town and is the cultural centre for the Marina Alta but it is more than that. It is home to district’s courts of justice, it has the biggest hospital in the area and, for ex-pats and Spanish locals, it is where you are likely to get your NIEs, where you will probably come to do some serious shopping or possibly even where you will go to get a Big Mac!
For shopaholics, Dénia is simply heaven! Offering a mix of high street names selling everything from mobile phones to international newspapers, boutiques specialising in designer wear for all ages and sizes and gift shops offering all sorts of unusual and more mainstream gifts and products. The local market comes to Dénia every Friday with numerous stalls laden with everything from fruit and vegetables to flamenco dresses and very cheap sunglasses. Almost every other building in the centre of Dénia is a bar or restaurant of some kind with a never-ending selection of cuisine from all parts of the World as well as fresh local produce, so those that do not like shopping can easily sit back and relax with a caña (small beer) and a tapas or whatever appeals.
Like most of Spain, people in Dénia observe the Spanish siesta and most of the shops will shut in the afternoon for a few hours. After this, Dénia really comes alive, especially in the summer months. The Spanish typically go out to eat after 10 pm and it is not unusual to see families with young children playing and dining late at night. When the fiestas are on, the town really comes alive with the party continuing until the next morning. Despite the lateness of the hour, the mood is always good with the Spanish people’s love of family and fun always apparent.
The beaches around Dénia are quite simply stunning. Stretching for over 20kms of mostly white sand, the beaches never really get crowded and provide everything the serious beach-lovers could want. The warm and crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea, Blue Flag awards for safety and cleanliness, a plethora of sports (sail-boarding, wind-surfing, jet-skiing, water skiing, diving, quad-biking, snorkeling…. the list goes on), and of course 320 days of glorious Spanish sun – no wonder so many people choose to take a holiday in Dénia, buy a property in Dénia or to move to Dénia take a long term rental property.
For more information on what Dénia has to offer, visit http://www.denia.net
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