Denia is a small town, population around 30,000, situated on Spain’s Costa Blanca. Over the centuries, its development has been influenced by many different cultures, including Christian, Iberian, Carthaginian, Roman, and Arab. These influences can be seen in the architecture of its numerous notable buildings.
The traditional way of life in Denia was fishing and the old part of the town still remains with its whitewashed fishermen’s houses and streets paved with cobblestones. Close by, however, there is a new marina and a ferry port whose main destinations are the Balearic islands.
There is a castle (castillo) in the centre of Denia which dates from the 11th Century. It was originally built by the Moors during the Arab Conquest. The Castle is now home to the Archaeological Museum which has exhibits and displays illustrating the history and culture of Denia. The castle is built on a hill above the city streets and it is possible to walk through a tunnel which runs under the castle and into the shopping centre.
The shops in Denia tend to be slightly upmarket with many designer wear clothing shops and gift shops which have a selection of goods which are not of the typical souvenir type. Denia is also well known for its confectionery and bakery shops.
Denia’s position on the shores of the Mediterranean and its climate make it ideal for lazing on the beach for a day or so. There are many different types of beaches to suit all tastes; from stretches of sandy beach with bars and restaurants, rocky coves to tiny bays.
The waters are clean and safe, patrolled by lifeguards during high season and have many times been the recipients of the Blue Flag for water quality.
All Denia's main beaches are patrolled by lifeguards in the high season and have the usual sun beds and parasols for hire. They are consistently awarded the European Blue Flag for cleanliness and facilities. Most of them have boats, dinghies and pedalos for hire.