Living in Denia Spain: The Definitive Guide

Denia Spain

If you don’t want to live in a big town nor in a small Spanish village, then I am sure you should consider moving to Denia Spain :-)

Denia is a medium-sized town where you can enjoy life in the Coast of Spain.

Thousands of tourists visiting Denia every year can not be mistaken!

If you like both the sea and the mountain, Denia is your perfect destination.

Are you ready for adventure?

Come and try all kind of water sports and visit its amazing caves which offer astonishing views.

Good weather, food and standard of living.

What else can you ask for?

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Where is Denia?

Denia is located on the Spanish Costa Blanca in the south-east of the country.

Denia is around 100 kms from the provincial capital of Alicante and around 1 hour and 20 minutes driving time from that city’s international airport.

It is a similar distance to the international airport at Valencia.

Denia Spain map

(Denia Spain – Google Maps)

The resorts of Calpe, Altea and Javea are all close by and within a short driving distance.

Additionally, the town of Denia is a delightful place on the Mediterranean coastline of Spain’s Costa Blanca.

With all year round sunshine and over 20km of beaches, Denia Spain is the ideal place to live away from the cold winters of northern Europe.

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What is the History of Denia?

Denia grew in importance from the 11th century, when a defensive castle was built to ward off any attackers.

The castle has been modified several times since then and remains an attraction today.

There are also ancient walls and bastions for visitors to discover in addition to the Old Town of Denia with several 18th and 19th century houses still in use.

Denia Spain

(Denia Town from the air)

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General Information about Denia

The town of Denia is one of the most beautiful towns near Alicante, located in a fertile plain which has produced fruit and vegetables for centuries with the main crop being raisins.

The Montgo Mountain separates Denia from the nearby resort of Javea and is a major landmark of the local area.

You will enjoy the wonders of the Natural Park El Montgó, with hundreds of different plants and animal species.

There are lots of leisure activities on offer here including sailing, windsurfing, diving fishing and of course, swimming.

The city of Benidorm is only 40 minutes away.

If you prefer to stay on dry land then you could try mountain climbing, hang-gliding, hiking or mountain biking.

Denia faces towards the north-east and looks out towards the Balearic Islands.

If you are thinking about moving to Spain from the UK, Denia Spain could be the beginning of your Spanish journey :-)

Montgo mountain Denia Spain

(Montgó Mountain, looks like an elephant laying down on his stomach)

UK citizens have to apply for a visa to live in Spain long-term (more than 90 days), you may want to explore the non-lucrative visa Spain.

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What is the Weather like in Denia?

The annual weather of Denia, is typical of this region of Spain in that it offers an excellent all-year round mild climate.

Inland cities such as Elche could have a slight variation on the weather, as the coast is around 20 minutes away.

However, other coastal cities such as Torrevieja or Guardamar, have an almost identical weather to Denia Spain.

Summers are not too hot and winters not too cold with an  annual year-round average temperature of around 18-20C and around 325 sunny days every year.

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What Architecture can be seen in Denia?

While the castle is a focal point of Denia positioned as it is on a hill overlooking the town, other ancient sites worth visiting include:

  • The 18th century church of the Asuncion.
  • The 17th century dockyard known locally as Atarazanas
  • The cloister and church of San Antonio
  • The 18th century, neo-classical architecture of the town hall.

Street of Denia Spain

(Streets of Denia Spain)

A little older and outside of the town are the 14th and 15th century Gothic hermitages of the conquest of Sant Joan, Santa Paula and Santa Lucia.

Another site worth a visit is the 17th century Torre del Gerro, located on a cliff close to the Cap San Antonio.

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Gastronomy

Denia is a delight for any gourmet lovers of food with a dish of red prawns being the local delicacy.

Ingredients used in the restaurants here are primarily locally grown or caught from either the sea or the rich farm land surrounding the town.

Local wines also feature heavily in the cuisine of Denia as does salted or dried fish and rice.

Although paella is a local favourite, arroz a banda is particularly popular, a dish of rice using fish stock and often found at banquets.

A popular winter stew of meat and chickpeas known as puchero is also well-know in Denia Spain.

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How much does it cost to rent or buy property in Denia?

Property prices in Denia are very reasonable and generally lower than in many areas of the Costa Blanca.

Two bedroomed apartments are available from just 105,000 Euros, while similar sized town-houses can be purchased from 189,000.

Three bedroomed properties are available from 229,000 Euros and similar sized villas cost from 295,000 Euros.

Long term rentals of apartments here are reasonably priced with 2 bed apartments available from just 500 Euros per month while three bed apartments cost from 650 per month.

There are numerous properties available for long term rentals for less than 1000 Euros per month.

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What are the most Interesting Attractions I should visit in Denia?

Beaches

The Beaches in Denia extend to around 20 km in length, to the north of Denia are the fine sandy beaches of Les Marines, Almadrava, Les Deveses, Les Boyetes and els Palmars all with safe bathing in the shallow water.

The south has more coves among the rocky coastline and is  a haven for fishermen and for diving.

Puerto de Denia

(Puerto de Denia Spain)

Golf

There is an 18-hole golf course at Denia, the Club La Sella was designed by famous Spanish golfer Jose Maria Olazabel. There are several other golf courses nearby, including those at Oliva, Moriara and Javea.

Excursions by sea

If you wish to take a trip across to the Balearic Islands, you can do so from here, with a ferry service departing from Denia to those islands.

Fiestas and Carnivals

Denia has several fiestas and parades with its highlight being the Festa Major Fiesta in July.

It culminates in a firework display at midnight and includes some theatrical performances.

Museo Etnologico

The ethnology museum on Calle Cavallers is the place to learn of the rich and varied history of Denia.

The museum is located in a 19th century bourgeois house and exhibitions include the historical (but now defunct) importance of the raisin trade to the local economy.

It includes furniture, clothes and jewellery from the reign of Isabel II during the 19th century.

Denia Castle

The castlehas its origins going back to the time of the Romans.

Castle of Denia Spain

(Castle of Denia Spain)

Later extensions include the Governors Palace built during the 16th and 17th centuries.

The castle from it position high above the town offers some marvellous views in addition to its historical interest.

There is transportation available to take visitors to the entrance should you prefer not to walk!

Credit image: Luis C.

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