The cosmopolitan city of Dénia provides for a great day out for holidaymakers in Benidorm looking to get away from the hustle and bustle for a while. A hilltop castle dominates the city and its ancient walls, and its backdrop of mountains makes for a picturesque setting. Situated just over 30 minutes drive from Benidorm, Dénia is separated from neighbouring Javea by the Montgó Natural Park and its elephant shaped Montgó Mountain, affectionately referred to as ‘Old Monty’. Keen hikers and rock climbers can combine a visit to Dénia with a hike up the mountain, and nature lovers can explore the flora & fauna of the park among its numerous walking trails.
The city is one of the Costa Blanca’s transport hubs, with a daily ferry to Ibiza and the other Balearic Islands. It is also the northernmost terminal for the popular narrow gauge railway line that runs along the coast and through the mountains from Alicante. Known as the Limón Express, the railway journey serves both as a popular tourist attraction and a fully functioning commuter train. The city is also serviced by two international airports, located in Alicante to the south and Valencia to the north.
There is a large marina where a number of water sports activities can be enjoyed, and a selection of beaches, the main sandy beaches being to the north of the city. Along Dénia’s rugged coastline there are numerous rocky coves that are ideal for fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving. The city’s delightful cuisine can be sampled in its many tapas bars and restaurants, and for al fresco dining with beautiful views, the marina and its promenade are home to some of the best restaurants where fresh seafood is featured highly on most menus.
Places of interest in Dénia include its hilltop castle and esplanade that offers places to relax and enjoy the lovely views, the 18th century Church of the Asunción and the Church of San Antonio. A bit further afield are the clifftop Torre del Gerro lookout tower and the hermitages of Santa Lucía, Santa Paula and Sant Joan.