The coastal town of Denia, set in the foothills of the Montgo Mountains, is a lively resort filled with sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, colourful fiestas, trendy boutiques and a wide variety of sports facilities. It is well-equipped for evening entertainment with an array of tapas bars, pavement cafés, cocktail bars, live music and a late-night social scene. You can also take a day trip to the Balearic Islands by ferry, or the narrow gauge train to Alicante.
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When in Costa Blanca be sure to try the traditional Spanish tapas bars and restaurants, some popular choices are patatas bravas, spicy meatballs, iberico ham, manchego cheese, Spanish omelette and much more tasteful delights. Paella is also a famously known dish to the region varying in flavors, some with fish, meats, vegetables these are a great sharing dish. Wash it down with some locally produced wines or fruity sangria.
Denia offer a superb choice of dining options, leaving you spoilt for choice when eating out. For pre or post dinner drinks, there is a good selection of bars, several of which offer great live music during the summer months.
The nearby Jalon Valley is a truly spectacular region where you will discover a vast and verdant landscape of vineyards, where some of Spain’s finest vintages are produced.
If you fancy exploring, a ferry from Denia can whisk you over to Ibiza for an impromptu day trip. Alternatively, more local boat cruises are available from nearby Javea’s marina to the towns of Calpe and Altea, which provide a chance to enjoy Costa Blanca’s stunning coastline from a different perspective.
The stunning coastline of Costa Blanca is the region’s principle attraction, inspiring its name with mile upon mile of fine white sand, with many beaches awarded prestigious Blue Flag status. In and around Denia you will find a number of popular beaches, as well as some quieter, more secluded coves. The wonderful selection of beaches continue down the coastline, lined with some wonderful rock formations such as the Peñón de Ifach rock - a fantastic landmark in Calpe that stands over 300 metres tall and can be seen for miles around. Keen walkers will find a haven of wildlife as well as incredible views at its summit. Inland the landscape is no less impressive, with other renowned beauty spots including the hilltop village of Guadalest steeped in history and the verdant vineyards of the beautiful Jalon Valley, backed by the mountains of the Montgo National Park.
Located about 40 minutes south of Denia, the lively resort of Benidorm offers three excellent attraction parks for you to enjoy. The first of these is Terra Mítica, which is themed around ancient Mediterranean civilizations. There are roller coasters and other adrenaline-inducing rides to enjoy, as well as spectacular shows telling historical battles and age-old legends. Mundomar Animal Park is another great attraction, with a whole host of animal shows to enjoy, providing a fun filled day for all the family. Finally, there is Terra Natura where you can see a huge variety of wildlife and plenty of entertainment and adventure activities.
Also located in Benidorm, Aqualandia is well worth a visit for a fun-filled day out! Known as the biggest and best-known water park in the area, Aqualandia offers something for all ages including Adventureland for younger children, a fantastic wave pool, and the highest and steepest water chutes in Europe!
Denia’s castle stands high above the town and is really worth a visit if you are staying in this area. Guided tours are available, or you can just wander the castle and grounds at your own pace. In summer there are often concerts and events held here.
Cueva de las Calaveras
Located 70 metres above sea level in Benidoleig are a series of caves which hold a stunning display of stalagmites and stalactites. Steeped in history with hunreds of stories to unfold; if you’re looking for mystery and dark secrets then this attraction is well work a visit!
The village of Guadalest is well worth a visit on your villa holiday, perching at the pinnacle of this mountain landscape, it commands impressive views of the picturesque valley and reservoir below. Despite its small size, this historic gem is quintessentially Spanish and brimming with remnants from the Moorish occupation of Spain, including the 12th century Castle of San José accessed through a natural tunnel in the rock, as well as the Castle of La Alcozaina. There are also several museums and other fascinating antiquities, making for an absorbing day out.
Further up the coast from Costa Blanca is Valencia, a cosmopolitan city brimming with attractions for an enjoyable day trip. Here you can find everything from fantastic shopping promenades and the bustling marina, to the historic treasures of the ancient district and cathedral quarter. The futuristic, breathtaking architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences sits alongside the vast Turia Gardens, while the nearby Albufera Nature Park completes a region of spectacular diversity.
Tennis courts, Bike hire, Cycle route, Fishing, Bird watching
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