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Denia invites anyone to enjoy an amazing climate and long beaches

The city of Denia, which is part of the Community of Valencia, is situated halfway between Valencia and Alicante and is the closest port to the island of Ibiza. Denia has 20 km of beach and rocky creeks. The weather is fairly warm all year round. The Montgó mountain with its altitude of 753 m flows into the sea and forms the San Antonio cape with its two natural parks of great environmental value. All that plays in favour of nautical and water sports as well as trekking and biking through valleys and mountains.

Besides being one of the most attractive coastal cities at the Costa Blanca, Denia is a city with an historical background. Iberians, Romans, Arabs and Christians lived here and left footprints of their different cultures, which one can still note in customs, gastronomy and architecture.

The city

Denia is overlooked by its castle, which during history was the seat of roman, arabian and finally christian governments. In its central court you can listen to concerts during summer time.

In the historic city centre are impressive buldings dating back to the 17th century. The fisherman’s quarter gets its charm by narrow streets and white painted houses. By strolling through this part of Denia you will find a lot of restaurants and bars and a number of local shops. Denia’s night life offers amusement and diversion downtown, at the port and at some of the beach bars. Here you can enjoy drinks and food, music, dancing and chill out until early morning hours.

Gastronomy

Denia’s restaurants offer a variety from unpretentious local food up to a high level mediterranean cuisine basing on a tasty and healthy nutrition with fresh ingredients. There are more than 100 different possibilities to prepare a paella, the historical and typical dish of the Valencian area. Gourmets relish the flavour of “gambas rojas de Denia”, very tasty local prawns. Other special dishes visitors should taste while they are in Denia are „arròs a banda“ (rice with fish), „espencat“ (roastet vegetables) and sea urchins.

Regularely there are gastronomical events in Denia, where visitors can get to know the best local products and dishes - and of course they can taste them. In the year 2015 Denia became part of the UNESCO creative cities network (UCCN) in the field of gastronomy. The network was founded in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that foster creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. It is currently formed by 180 Members from 72 countries covering 7 creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts. Denia is one of 47 different cities out of 33 countries, that in 2015 were accepted as new members of this network.

Festivities

  • Fallas (March 19). Enormous sculptures and figurative sceneries showing well known personalities will be set up in the street of the city during the week before March 19 and burned at nighttime from 19th to 20th of March. The people of Denia celebrate this event for an entire week with music in the streets, street parades with historical costumes, and fireworks in order to get prepared for the big final during the last night of „fallas“.
  • Saints´Day „Santissima Sangre“ (Holy Blood). This festivity also runs for an entire week. It takes place every year during the first half of July. The main attraction is the „Bous a la Mar“, the bull driving through the streets of the city till the bulls finally end up in the waters of the port. But there are also parades with decorated wagons, concerts, dancing and sport events.
  • Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians). This festivity reminds of the conflicts between Arabs and Christians on Spanish soil. Parades present their different cultures with muic and costumes; the landing of the arabs at the port of Denia and fights in the city streets are reenacted.