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WHY BUY A HOME IN DÉNIA?

Dénia, much like its neighbouring towns Javea and Moraira, is a beautiful place to settle in the Costa Blanca. A small town once mainly known for its raisin growing industry, it has now developed significantly, with stunning beaches, an abundance of local history, and plenty of activities to keep you busy. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also chosen Dénia as one of the healthiest places to live in the world.

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WHAT CAN I DO WHEN I LIVE IN DÉNIA?

If you choose to buy a property in Dénia there will be plenty of activities to suit everyone:

Beaches in Dénia

Dénia boasts 20km of beaches that are both sandy and rocky. The northern sandy beaches in the ‘Les Marines’ area are ideal for those looking to buy with children, and have showers, Red Cross points, games areas and bars nearby. The southern rockier beaches in the ‘Las Rotas’ area are more suited to outdoor enthusiasts who want to try a spot of diving in the caves.

Water sports in Dénia

Dénia’s coastline makes it possible to get involved with all kinds of water sports, including windsurfing, sailing, yachting and diving.

Comunitat Valencia’s website has more detail about water sports options in Dénia.

Walking in Dénia

Dénia offers many walking routes that suit all abilities, such as ‘The Rail Trail’ and ‘Jesús Pobre - Millenary Olive Tree route’, where you can view local architecture under the gaze of The Montgo. Or, if you are after something more relaxed you can always take a stroll along the Promenade.

Gastronomy of Denia

The gastronomy of Dénia and the Marina Alta is the fruit of a historical legacy of over 2,000 years. The Phoenicians introduced grapevines, Romans their food conservation methods, and Muslims a way of cultivating products and preparing them in the kitchen. All of these have been maintained to date, and each generation has further enriched them with its creativity. The most well-known dishes of our local gastronomy are “arroz a banda” cooked with fish stock, the red prawn boiled or grilled, the “coques” of the Marina, octopus with cardoons… All of our recipes use autochthonous products from the sea or the land, and age-old cooking methods. Read more about the Gastronomy of Denia here

Dining in Dénia

Even though it is a small town, Dénia is not limited when it comes to eating out and has several  restaurant districts where you can mingle with locals and sample traditional Spanish dishes such as arroz a banda (a rice dish similar to paella), as well as restaurants that cover all types of cuisine such as English, Chinese and Indian.

You can also opt for the ‘Menú del Día’ (Menu of the Day), which usually costs around 10-12 euros in exchange for a three-course meal offering a variety of seafood for diners.

In ‘The Marina’ you will find restaurants more aimed at tourists, whereas if you head to the Old Town you will find local restaurants.

Fiestas in Dénia

Dénia has many festivals, most notably ‘Las Fallas’ festival from the 15th-19th March in commemoration of Saint Joseph. There are also many other fiestas throughout the year, such as ‘The Three Kings’ parade in January and ‘The Moors and Christians’ in August.

Dénia markets

Dénia’s main market day is from 8am to 2pm on Mondays in Torrecremada Esplanade (a park/square) off the Passeig del Saladar roundabout. Here you can buy fruit and veg as well as other items such as clothing and household goods.

There is also an antiques market held in the same place on Fridays from 9am-1pm.

You can also head to the port between Monday and Friday to see the fish auction at 5pm, where you can buy a variety of fresh seafood such as the red prawn local to Dénia, octopus, and calamari.

Dénia’s main food market, on Magallanes Street, is held Monday to Saturday from 7am to 2pm.

For more information on all of the above contact Dénia Tourist Information.

Marques de Campo

Marques de Campo is a very famous road in Denia - a lovely tree-lined street, which begins its journey at the Port and offers an abundance of cafes, restaurants, quirky little shops, designer stores and banks.  Also known as Calle Campos, it has been at the heart of the town since the end of the 19th century.   The branches of the trees form an arch along almost its entirety, providing perfect dappled shade in the hot summer months.  The street, named after the driver of the railway line that joined Carcaixent and Dénia, José Campo Perez, is buzzing with atmosphere and full of life.

Jose Campo Perez was born in Valencia in 1814 and managed a fleet of 25 vessels and, at just 29 years of age, was made Mayor of the town. King Alfonso XII later ennobled him with the title of Marqués de Campo in 1874.

Throughout the year, the street also celebrates many festivals, including the Moors & Christians’ parade, Las Fallas, as well as health fairs etc.

Over the weekend, from Saturday evening until Monday morning and also on the eve of festivals, the street is closed to traffic and becomes a family area for safe and pleasant dining and shopping.

 

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