Denia – Northern Costa Blanca


Denia can be described as an attractive city with parks and gardens full of typically Mediterranean plants. Flowers and tree lined avenues offer shade, during the hot summer months.

The area surrounding the port, known as Baix-la-Mar, has shipyard buildings which date back to the late 16th century but the most interesting feature of this quarter is its layout which still conjures up images of the life of Mediterranean sailors of times long since gone. Denia is situated in the centre of the Valencia coastline – about 100 kilometres from both Valencia and Alicante. Denia Castle is the most interesting building in the city and has now been fully restored. The castle still has Moorish remains to be found on the east side.

Denia Harbour where the Balearic ferry operates

Denia has a modern marina and ferry port

If you are interested in the Costa Blanca, you may know that it begins at the Denia coastline.

Attractive, in a rugged, rocky way, Denia has two very different types of coastline: in the North, the beaches are flat and sandy but to the south, the foothills of the Montgo mountains extend down to the beach forming a rocky coast with numerous bays and coves. It is claimed that Denia was founded by the phocaens, who named it Hemeroskopeion, meaning “that which is seen in daytime”. A temple built to the Goddess Diana once stood on the same land as that now occupied by Denia Castle. It is probable that this is the source of the name Denia. The castle is now a public park and also hosts the local archaeological museum. There are numerous other points of interest to be found in this ancient, attractive city. During the War of Independence, the French made the castle their stronghold, holding off the siege laid by Spanish soldiers for five months. Obviously made of “sterner stuff” than they are today.

If you are contemplating a move to this area or a holiday, the wide sandy beaches are ideal for children and/or holidays. These beaches are found to the north of Denia among which the best are, Les Marines, Les Deveses, Les Bassetes, Les Bovetes, and Els Molins Bay. The only rocky beach to the north of Denia is La Almadraba, here the water is quite deep with the sea bed made up of rocks and pebbles. Local fisherman catch octopus and squid from this beach.

Denia is somewhere you need visit yourself before being able to decide whether or not it was an area in which you would want either a holiday or retirement home. Steeped in history, the city and surrounding area has a lot to offer and many foreigners live there quite happily. It cannot be described as a particularly cheap part of the Costa Blanca or having an OTT infra structure. If you wish to live inland and buy a property to renovate, the North of the Costa Blanca may prove difficult in that land available in any quantities is being snapped up by builders for development. If your hope is to buy a farm type property you will have more success in the south of the Costa Blanca, Costa Calida and Costa de Almeria. Farm type properties are rarely near the coast for obvious reasons.