Dénia enjoys an enviable reputation as a bustling Costa Blanca town with myriad things to see and do. From historical monuments to gorgeous sandy beaches to natural parks, Dénia offers a wealth of activities for all ages and our Dénia holiday rentals are the perfect perch from which to see it all.
The Iberians first settled this town centuries ago. The Romans brought wealth to the region, and the Muslims even more splendor as Dénia became the seat of the Taifa Kingdom from the 11th century on. Dénia prospered in the 19th century due to the dry raisin trade; toys put it on the map in the 20th century. Today, Denia is a town known for natural wonders, and its monuments bear witness to its unique history. A stay at a Dénia holiday rental will ensure your wellbeing.
More so than other towns in the region, Dénia offers a variety of sites from historical to natural. Archaeology buffs head to the Castell de Dénia, a fortress erected by the Moors in the 11th century. The Archaeology Museum sits alongside the Castell and features artifacts from four periods of Dénian history: the Iberian, Roman, Muslim, and Christian ages.
Climb the Gerro Tower, a watchtower that announced the arrival of the Barbary pirates in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Convent and Church of our Lady of Loreto, once home to Augustinian nuns, houses a church, cloister, and altar sculpture made of pine from the early 1940s.
Dénia was a toy mecca from the early 20th century until the 1960s. The city manufactured tin, wood, and metal toys. Children will delight in the model sailboats, horse- or mule-drawn carriages, and wood kitchen stoves on display. The Ethnographic Museum houses clothing and tools from Dénia's golden age.
A visit to the Baix La Mar neighborhood in the old town shouldn't be missed. This barrio boasts buildings from the 19th century as well as colorful squares to while away the time people watching.
Dénia is not just about history. Nature lovers will find it worthy of exploration. The Cape of San Antonio Marine Reserve features magnificent underwater sights from coral colonies to posidonia prairies. A protected reserve, you can scuba dive here but only with a special license obtained through the tourist office.
Mount Montgó Nature Park offers varied flora and fauna on more than 5,200 acres. Hike five scenic and challenging trails as you admire the maritime fennel, red lavender, royal owls, Audouin seagull, and the pilgrim falcon.
Dénia's beaches feature plentiful sand and caves. To the north of the city, lies the Les Marines area, which features popular sandy beaches such as Punta del Raset, Les Marines, Les Bovetes, Els Molins, L'Almadrava, and Les Deveses. To the south, you can swim through rocky caves in Las Rotas or relax on the sand in La Marineta Casiana.
With great historic sites and beautiful spots to hike, bike, and scuba dive, you'll never want for something to do in Dénia. Our Dénia holiday rentals make it all worthwhile.
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