Denia Holidays – Stylish resort with genuine character
Denia is an upmarket family resort set on a corner of the Costa Blanca famed for its sparkling coves, beautiful scenery and excellent beaches. Crystal-clear water attracts divers of all levels. This is a working fishing port with genuine Spanish Mediterranean character. A series of beaches and small coves is complemented by a picturesque old town centre with charming fisherman’s cottages and a stylish modern marina.
Denia has a deserved reputation for fine dining, with no less than 300 restaurants in town! Summer season nightlife is lively without being raucous. This is a great region for walking, with scenic coast paths and hill walks in the Montgo National Park. There are first-class watersport schools and idyllic golf courses. Boat trips are a beautiful way to visit equally attractive neighbours like Javea. Denia holidays are highly recommended for couples and families looking for a classy resort with genuine Spanish personality.
When to go
Denia sees visitors in winter thanks to mild sunny weather and a reputation for quality restaurants. Spring arrives early and is particularly recommended. You avoid the heat and crowds of peak summer and will find plenty of space on local beaches. Spring is also the best time for walking excursions into the Montgo National Park.
June and September are considerably quieter than the busy Spanish holiday months of July and August. The town has a very relaxing atmosphere as summer moves into autumn. Enjoyable fiestas in early June and the second fortnight of July. Spring and early autumn are the best for golf.
The weather in Denia
This scenic corner of the Costa Blanca is famous in Spain for its healthy climate. Denia delivers very reliable sunbathing weather right through to October. July and August see long days of uninterrupted sunshine and average highs around 30º. It can sometimes get hotter. Cooling breezes help to temper the heat.
June and September are equally sunny but a shade cooler. Lovely summer evenings see temperatures around 20º. Mild winters see an average 5 hours a day of bright sunshine. Even January and February regularly see daytime highs around 15º. Our favourite time is spring. Temperatures hit the 20’s by May and the surrounding countryside is at its colourful best.
Getting the best deal
An early search is essential if you are planning holidays to Denia in July or August. Denia has built a reputation for quality tourism over the years and is very popular with discerning Spanish holidaymakers. Early booking means a much better choice of hotels and apartments. Few Spaniards holiday in June and September so this is great time to find bargains.
For low prices combined with wonderful weather we recommend spring and early autumn. Keep up with late deals and last minute holiday bargains with our email newsletter. Take a look at our present best deals and consider close neighbours like Javea and Moraira.
Airport and transport need to know
Package holidays to Denia will involve a flight to Alicante (ALC) or Valencia (VLC). Both are major Spanish airports with plenty of shops and restaurants. Both airports are served by low-cost airlines but you will find a much wider choice of departure airport when flying to Alicante. Typical flight time to Alicante and Valencia is 2 hours 30 minutes.
A transfer from Alicante and Valencia takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. A taxi from Alicante should cost about €90 (₤74), from Valencia a little more. Private shuttle firms are an economical alternative. Buses from Valencia city centre take 2 hours and cost €10 (₤8). Buses from Alicante city centre can take between 1 hour 30 minutes and 3 hours. Denia is an equally straightforward drive by motorway from both Alicante and Valencia.
There is a good bus service to resorts like Javea and Calpe. Amazing Benidorm is an easy daytrip on buses or trains.
The best beaches in Denia
Costa Blanca beaches are exceptionally well maintained and 100% family friendly. Resort centre beaches have sunbeds and well-maintained toilets and showers. You will also find quieter coves with fewer facilities and people. Water quality is exceptional. It is easy to get to neighbouring resorts on local buses and the TRAM coast train.
Beaches in the Denia region score highly when it comes to surrounding scenery, and offer a more authentically Spanish atmosphere than resorts like Benidorm. Beaches exist alongside working fishing ports. Town centres have genuine character and historical interest. There is certainly no shortage of space, with huge extensive beaches running for miles north.
A series of broad sandy beaches makes up the popular Las Marinas area to the north of town. Beaches like Les Marines and Les Bovetes are among the biggest and best on the Costa Blanca. There are plenty of seafront bars and restaurants close to town. As you walk further north you find a few beach bars and impressive areas of open sand reminiscent of the Canary Islands. La Marineta Cassiana, to the south of centre, offers another kilometre of excellent sand and idyllic swimming.
For complete contrast head beyond La Marineta to the Las Rotas area: a picturesque series of small rocky coves and scenic headlands. The waters here are particularly favoured with snorkellers and divers. Las Rotas beaches offer fewer facilities and a more intimate secluded setting. For more information on Denia beaches go to www.denia.net
Denia holidays can easily include the superb beaches of neighbouring resorts. It is well worth making the trip to the equally attractive resort Javea, which also has a historic old town and a mix of town beaches and unspoilt coves. Incredible Benidorm is easy to get to. The legendary UK favourite is tremendous fun for a day and offers a very different holiday scene from Denia.