In order to appreciate the personality of this city, we actually can understand its origins and history visiting its main monuments, museums and buildings that are witness to the passing of several civilizations and historical events.
We start our walk at the Tourist Office, located at Dr. Manuel Lattur Street, where we can watch a promotional video about Dénia and get a perspective of all its natural resources and tourism.
From the Tourist Office, we go to the Museum of Toys (Calderon Street), located in an ancient train station, that shows the Dénia toy production from 1904 to the early 60's. On the ground floor we can visit the "L'Estació" Art Centre and its temporary exhibitions.
After visiting the museum, we head to Marqués de Campo Street (the hearth of the city and its commercial centre) and we may have a drink in one of its street terraces.
Just before reaching the Glorieta del Pais Valencià at the end of the street, we find a pedestrian street known as Diana St (tracing out the length of an old wall during the Christian period). We turn right and head towards the Plaza del Consell, a square that, each year, becomes a stage of folk festivals, dances and traditional music. On the right we find La Mar Street where we may have a drink tonight in any of its many bars and pubs.
From the Plaza del Consell, we turn left (leaving Diana Street behind) and we are reaching the heart of the historical centre of Dénia!
Admire the facade (18th C.) of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption characterized by its Baroque style and Latin cross plan and walk through the charming streets of this quarter. In the 19th Century, it was mostly inhabited by the bourgeoisie of Dénia, enriched by the trade of raisins. It is also interesting to see the neoclassical facade of the Town Hall with six semicircular arches dating from the 17th C. At Cavallers Street we find the Museum of Ethnology where we will learn the history of Dénia and its years of splendour based on the trade of raisin during the 19th C.
TWe take the stairs placed next to the Town Hall and we will be on the way to the Castle of Dénia which is the most emblematic monument of the city. It is an Islamic structured building and has gates, towers and walls of different periods. We may highlight the Portal de la Vila (12th C.), the Tower of Consell (15th C.), the Portal, the Tower of Baluard, the Vila Vella (14th C.) and the remains of the Governor Palace: nowadays it houses the Archaeological Museum (Iberian, Roman, Muslim and Christian rooms). And let’s enjoy the amazing views from the top of such a fortress.
After leaving the castle, in order to whet our appetite, we may head to the Local Market located at Magallanes Street where we will find stalls of flowers, fruits and vegetables, fish and meat ...the main ingredients of our Mediterranean cuisine.
On Mondays, the Street Market takes place at the Esplanade of Torrecremada and on Fridays, at Magallanes Street, we may perceive the fragrance and colours of a market bursting with fruits and vegetables and where people wait for their turn to come at the stalls.
So ... learning about the history of Dénia and visiting its monuments has whetted our appetite! Let’s eat in any restaurant or bar at Calle Loreto, the most typical street of the historical centre. Fish, pastries, rice dishes, tapas and wines ... a rich combination reflected on delicious menus we can taste at any day of the week.
After a lunch pause and a good napping, we have enough energy to do canoeing, sailing or just enjoying the beach at Las Marinas. There are more than 14 km of fine sand where we can sunbathe!
When leaving our hotel we may go to the Cervantes Esplanade. Dozens of colourful stalls with leather products decorate the esplanade where a bust of the famous writer, Miguel de Cervantes, has been placed to remember he debarked at Dénia in 1580 after his captivity in Algiers.
Before having dinner, and given that we are closer, it is worth stopping at Placeta of Sant Antoni to have a drink. This little square is located in the fishers’ quarter, know as Baix la Mar, and shows its typically coloured facades.
What about having dinner today in any restaurant of La Marina de Dénia port? We may delight of exquisite dishes surrounded by a unique atmosphere: soft light, yachts, the Castle in the background ... A real pleasure!
What a wonderful day! Let’s use the morning and do some exercise. By bike or on foot ... We can walk many natural routes cutting across Dénia: the Green Way, the way of Colonia, the route around the Montgó Mountain, etc.
If you prefer to feel the cool breeze of the Mediterranean Sea, you can choose the nice coastal route of Les Rotes that is about 3.5 km long.
Ouch...!!! It’s hot! If you still have enough energy you could go snorkelling in any of the coves of Les Rotes or just swim in its cool and crystal clear waters. Its seabed has a great ecological value and belongs to the Marine Nature Reserve of San Antonio and it’s perfect to dive for hours (for scuba diving with an oxygen tank, you must request a permit before your immersion at the Tourist Office of Dénia).
So many exercise has made feel us hungry! Given that we are in Les Rotes we may eat a delicious fideuà at Mena Restaurant placed at the end of the road.
After the lunch pause, we may visit the Fish Market. Seeing the arrival of the ships and the fish auction is spectacular!
Since we are in the port we may do a boat trip along the coast. We will see the city from the sea. What an amazing perspective!
After the boat trip and once we are arrived at the port, we cross the street and head towards the vital Marques de Campo, Street the centre of the social life in the city. There we are enjoying a snack and have dinner in any restaurant.