Denia is in the province of Alicante in the Valencia and Murcia region of Spain.
Denia is a thriving port as well as a holiday town. Ferries travel from here to Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca and Denia also has a large fishing fleet.
Visit Denia, Spain
Denia has ancient origins. It was originally a Greek colony named after the goddess Diana. Later it became a Muslim stronghold and there still remains a large castle which was originally an Arab fortress.
Its ferry links to the Balearic Islands and its fishing fleet continued its expansion and it is now a sizeable town.
Denia is a very cosmopolitan town with an interesting mix of buildings reflecting its colourful history.
Its main sight is its 16th century castle sat above the town on a small hill. The castle has been extensively restored and inside is a small Archaeological museum. It also has pleasant gardens.
Below in the town there are some excellent shops and its main street, the Calle Marques de Compo, is lined with trees and bars and restaurants and is an excellent place to stop for a meal, or a drink and watch the world go by. The Carrer Marques de Campos, the main shopping street still retains much of its original charm and the Les Roques quarter, next to the castle is one of the nicest quarters of Denia. It has become something of an arts and crafts centre. The Plaza de los Caidos is surrounded by some attractive 18th century buildings, including the town hall.
Denia's fishing port has lovely narrow cobbled streets lined with simple whitewashed houses. Not far away is a modern marina with shops, bars and nightclubs.
To the north and south of Denia are miles of excellent beaches. The view of the colourful houses of Denia with the hill and castle rising above that you can get from the beach is very picturesque.
Museums in Denia
The Palacio del Gobernador, the Governor's House, which is within the castle contains an Archeology museum with exhibits ranging from 200 BC to the 18th century.
Denia is at the foot of Mount Montgo and its natural park. From here you can get excellent views of Denia and the coast.
Calpe further along the coast is a lively report.
Map of Denia and places to visit
Denia places to visit
See more places nearby in the Valencia and Murcia guide