My holiday in Denia
We arrived for our holidays to Denia at the beginning of July for a two week holiday and were certainly not disappointed! The weather was amazing, one day a little cloudy but apart from that we had blazing sunshine and it was around 28 degrees. The sea was crystal clear and perfect for paddling and swimming and really refreshing too, especially after a few hours sunbathing! The locals were really friendly and helpful and our villa in Denia couldn’t have been nicer. All in all it was a relaxing, fun and beautiful holiday which we will remember forever!
If you are looking for a beach holiday then Denia is certainly a popular choice. Situated right on the coast it has a busy ferry port and the main industry is fishing. While it attracts many tourists, particularly during the summer months, if you crave the bright lights of bigger cities then you can reach Alicante or Valencia with relative ease as well.
We decided to make the San Nicolas area our base which is just south of the town centre. The villa was perfect, bright, spacious and modern with a gorgeous outdoor dining area with plenty of seating and a small pool which was great for early morning and evening swims! San Nicolas is a great area for those who appreciate their peace and quiet as well, but is only a short distance from the more lively areas of town, so if you do enjoy the occasional good night out while you are on holiday this still makes for a great spot to make your home away from home. We loved the villas so much in fact that we even had a couple of home cooked meals there, which saved money of course but still felt like we were having a fantastic meal outside in the gorgeous sunshine.
What we loved about Denia was the variety of things to see and do. There were also many different areas which meant you could spend some time in each and almost feel like you had gone to entirely different places! The port with its bustling fishing fleet, and regular car ferry to the Balearic Islands is a sight to behold. There is also a lovely marina where you can admire yachts of all shapes and sizes. This is located at the end of the Marques de Campo, a bustling shopping street which is the perfect place to find great souvenirs and has high quality cafés and restaurants too.
The old town, the Fisherman’s Quarter and Calle Loreto, are great places to spend a lazy afternoon simply wandering around. With charming narrow cobbled streets and lovely buildings to admire its an easy place to spend a few hours simply doing nothing! The El Mercado (the Market) is where we went to find great fresh ingredients for making a meal back at hour villa. It is open six days a week and sells meats, fresh fish, locally grown vegetables and a variety of fragrant breads and cured meats.
If you fancy doing something cultural, a trip to Denia’s famous castle is a must. The structure itself is impressive enough but it also houses the El Museo Arqueológico which will give visitors a run down of the history of the town from Roman times, and has a great and fascinating display of artefacts found in the surrounding area and the sea. If you are a museum fan then you should also make time to check out the quaint toy museum and the thought provoking Ethnological Museum as well.
The cuisine in Denia is varied and delicious. In fact despite being in Spain visitors can enjoy a range of dishes from all over the world. Because of its busy cosmopolitan centre many restaurants have been established in recent years and you can find dishes from all over the world so whether you are a curry lover, a fan of Chinese or simply want some great British fare, it is all within easy reach. Of course when in Spain however, trying the local delicacies and dishes is a must and Denia’s fish restaurants are certainly a great place to start. With fresher then fresh fish cooked brilliantly and served simply you can almost taste the sea! Paella and Tapas are of course on offer in many of the local restaurants and the quality tends to be pretty consistent wherever you go. In fact so famed for its paella that in the summer a great many paella competitions take place where local societies get out there and cook giant paellas in the streets!
Denia is perfect for the more active types (although simply relaxing, swimming and sunbathing is easily an option). There are some quite breathtaking walks across Montgo National Park and you can choose coastal trails or walks along the slopes of the imposing Montgo Mountain, where you can find yourself taking in some of the best views around. Plenty of water sports are available for you to try your hand at as well. Snorkelling and diving are popular pastimes here, but if you want to try something a bit different head down to the Club Nautico hire a yacht or see if you are a natural at wind or kite surfing! With sun, sea and sand and the amazing title from the World Health Organization (WHO) as having the best climate in the world, Denia makes for a perfect getaway for you and all the family! We will be sure to return.