The 20km of beautiful coastline around Denia includes white sandy beaches to the north and rocky coves to the south. Family days out are best at Les Marines, Les Bovetes, Les Devesses and Els Palmars, being clean, safe and patrolled by lifeguards during high season. And they are consistently awarded the European Blue Flag for water quality.
Les Marines Beach has white sand and superb amenities with showers, sunbed/parasol rentals and a selection of restaurants, bars and shops.
Les Devesses Beach is over 4 km long with white sand and small dunes. Enjoying the usual amenities of restaurants, lifeguards, showers etc, this beach is particularly suited to windsurfing and kite-surfing.
Les Rotes Beach comprises five little bays against the backdrop of the Montgó nature reserve. There is a sandy beach at the beginning, then a string of rocky coves having clear, turquoise water. Perfect for sunbathing on the rocks and for snorkelling and scuba diving, there are no amenities so remember to take everything with you. Well worth a visit!
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The horseshoe shaped beach of Arenal features a safe, clean sandy beach in beautiful surroundings. It can get crowded in the months of July and August but is ideal for families, having good amenities and shallow waters. Water sports such as waterskiing or jet skiing are a short walk towards the port to the Montañar - not recommended for young families as you jump right into deep waters. Grenadella cove is a short distance from the main Arenal beach, but worth visiting for its natural beauty. It's a stone beach with sunbed/parasol rental.
The Volta al Montgó takes from 2-3 hours, though you should plan on 4 hours if you constantly pause for pictures. Besides a short but brutal climb into the hillside town of Jesús Pobre, the tour is easy — either flat or downhill. And the nature and beauty of the area is breathtaking. Ride through grape fields, groves of olives and orange trees, and into some areas that feel untouched by the passage of time. Contemplate the Montgó’s various faces as you circle it, and the mountain’s constant, imposing presence, a comforting sign that you aren’t lost.
The land around the Montgó is a natural park which contains some of the most diverse flora and fauna in Spain. Over 50 endemic plant species join animals like eagles, owls, badgers and wild boar.
Midway through the trip, you can stop for lunch in the quiet town of Jesús Pobre Situated on the foothills of the inland side of Montgó, the village boasts an excellent view over the landscape. It is then an easy, downhill trip into the southern end of the mountain, La Vall de Sala and on to Xabia.
There are several other routes cyclists can take namely the Denia Time Trial Loop, the Denia Torre del Gerro and a 55k easy round trip route from Denia to Orba and back.
Right next to Denia is the favourite place for the hikers – The Mount Montgó with its internationally accepted hiking trails of different levels. From the sides of the mountain, an extraordinarily stunning view opens to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
It is possible to reach the top of Montgó from all sides, Rising 2,470 ft (753 meters) from the valley floor, the views of the coast and sea are magnifico. On a clear day the island of Ibiza can be seen.
Routes: Cova de l'agua and Raco del Bou - 3.5km, 3hrs 30 minutes
Les Planes, Recreation area and Molinos -4.5km, 2 hrs
Cabo de San Antonio, Caia del Tango -2km, 1 hour
La Sella horse riding school has nine horses and offers riding for children and adults at all levels making it a great place for the family.
The La Sella horse riding package also offers hacks through the valley passing through the woods, riding up hills and through green pastures. More experienced riders usually enjoy a faster paced hack and through the wonderful routes with paths for both cantering and galloping. Guests can choose from a one-hour hack up to a half-day excursion. Contact La Sella for details.
The Denia Marriott La Sella Golf Resort & Spa offer a variety of treatments. There is a Spa at the new Sports Centre in Les Marines with a jacuzzi, sauna, and Turkish and Finnish massage.
The Three Kings - Procession and presentation of presents to the children.
Pilgrimage to the hermitage of Saint Paula.
Dates vary, usually second week
Carnival - Floats, processions, street entertainment, children's activities, fireworks and dancing to live music.
dates vary, usually 16th - 19th
The traditional Valencian festival of Saint Joseph the carpenter. Originally a contest amongst carpenters to create an effigy of the Saint, it has escalated to become one of the most spectacular fiestas of the calendar year, with municipal districts competing for the prize for the best papier mache monument. Each year the monuments get bigger and better with more and more money invested in creating incredible 50-100ft high Disney-type cartoon depictions of both current event and political characters together with fictional figures. Hundreds of thousands of Euros are spent each year in building these monuments which are all burnt in the final ceremonial act of the celebrations. Festivities include, processions with participants wearing elaborate traditional costumes, street entertainment, fireworks and live music. The largest fiesta of this kind is held in the city of Valencia, where up to 300 massive monuments block the busy streets of the capital and commercial life comes to a halt. Here a 150ft high statue of the Virgen Mary is built out of flowers brought by participants of a day long procession through the city streets. This is a fiesta you will never forget.
Throughout Spain the week of Easter (Semana Santa) is celebrated with somber religious processions, usually entailing an effigy of Jesus on the Cross being carried through the streets followed by mourners wearing black and carrying candles.
Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados - Religious procession in honour of the Virgin of the defenseless persons.
Fiestas in Jesus Pobre - small village just outside Denia which include dancing in the streets to live music and bull-running (see below).
Throughout the summer there are many fiestas. The dates vary but here are some of the main ones.
Pilgrimage in honour of the Virgin Rocio.
Fiestas in Santisima Trinidad Street.
Bonfires of Saint John plus a pilgrimage to the hermitage.
Fiestas in San Pedro Street.
Fiestas in La Pedrera district.
Fiestas of the Holy Blood - Floats, concerts, open-air music festivals, fireworks - and also bull-running.
The famous bull running event is held in many towns at different times of the year all over Spain. Large, generally aggressive bulls are let loose in designated streets to chase after those who think they are fast enough to jump out of their way, run behind the many wooden barricades or into the steel cages set up for their protection, before they get gored. Not for the faint hearted, and definitely best left to those with more experience as it is not as easy as it looks. The bulls are very fast and many people - usually foreigners - get hurt, and occasionally killed each year due to them tripping and falling before they manage to get to safety. These bulls have large horns, and will attack through fear. Hundreds of people attend the events, sitting upon makeshift platforms above the streets or standing within the steel cages. It can become rather noisy with everyone shouting and jeering at the bulls who naturally feel trapped and we all know how a cornered wild animal reacts to this kind of situation. The bull-running in Denia is held at the harbour where there is a small half bullring. Without touching the bulls, people try to throw them into the sea or jump in themselves to escape the bull. The bull is then guided out via a ramp.
This festival is celebrated all over Spain as their history is deeply rooted in the battles which took place over control of Spain in the 13th to 15th century. Each fiesta is a theatrical performance with participants dressed in elaborate and expensive costumes depicting both sides of the battle. The music played by the live orchestras is especially composed for the fiesta and is very dramatic. Battles are re-enacted using replicas of the weapons used so it can become a little noisy.
Fiesta of San Agustin - Les Rotes area of Denia.
Dates vary, usually third week
Fiestas in La Xara, a small town just outside Denia. Festivities include processions, dancing in the streets and bull-running (see above).
Last week, first weekend respectively
Fiesta to celebrate All Saints day. Festivities include fairground attractions.
Pilgrimage to the hermitage of Santa Lucia. Crafts fair and stalls.
Denia has many excellent restaurants. Whether in the back streets of the Old Town or down near the Port, at Denia New Marina or one of the waterfront restaurants at Les Rotes, you will find all types of cuisine to suite all pallets and pockets. Denia's main street too has several reasonably priced cafes and bars where you can stop off for a coffee or lunch after a morning's shopping.