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Top 10 Places to Visit in and Around Denia, Spain

Liz and her husband have visited Spain many times. The experiences from several trips to the Costa Blanca are the basis for this article.

Denia.

Denia.

Why Visit Denia?

Visitors to Spain are spoilt for choice with a vast number of interesting locations to visit, so what made us choose Denia as a winter holiday location? The clue partly lies in the question. Denia is located on the Costa Blanca, roughly translated as the White Coast. It has one of the mildest climates on the Spanish mainland, with temperatures in the mid-50s Fahrenheit and often higher in the winter. The above photo was taken in January.

Denia lies halfway between Valencia and Alicante. Both have airports, which increases the chance of finding a good flight deal.

There are many hotels on the Costa Blanca. Keen to fill their rooms in the quieter months, these hotels often offer good deals to out of season travelers.

This article draws on our experience of a January holiday in Denia, as well as other holidays we have taken in the surrounding area over the winter months.

No shortage of hotels on the Costa Blanca.

No shortage of hotels on the Costa Blanca.

Our Top 10 Things to See in and Around Denia

Here's our list of places to visit around Denia. The first 6 are reasonably local and the last 4 are further afield.

  1. The center of Denia
  2. The port of Denia
  3. Denia castle
  4. A walk along the coast
  5. Cap de Sant Antoni
  6. Xabia
  7. Valencia
  8. Calpe
  9. Benidorm
  10. Alicante

1. The Center of Denia

When we arrive in a new place, we start off by exploring the area nearby and gradually move further afield. First stop is usually hotel reception for a map of the local area and a few pointers as to where they recommend us heading. The second stop is the local Tourist Information Office, although opening times can be a little variable.

Suitably equipped with maps and information we headed into the center of town. Denia is a working town with a port, so it differs slightly from other more tourist-orientated towns along the Costa Blanca. We actually found this quite refreshing. It's good to be in a place where the locals outnumber the visitors (at least in the winter months).

We started our tour by heading to Plaza Constitucion, the heart of the older part of town. The square is bordered by the Gothic style town hall with its Baroque facade. On another side stands Iglesia de la Asuncion. The church dates from the mid-18th-century. It was so damaged in the War of Independence, that it had to be rebuilt and rededicated in 1816. It suffered further in the Spanish Civil War in 1936 when many movable items were taken. Overlooked by the castle walls, Plaza Constitucion made a pleasant stopping place especially as we were pleased to find a favorite Spanish eating place here, '100 Montaditos' offering drinks and snacks at very reasonable prices.

On our way back towards the coast, we came across Iglesia San Antonio de Padua, set in the Plaza Convento with cafes on the square outside. Dating from the late 16th-century, the church was built to go with a Franciscan convent complex. This church had to be remodeled over several decades in the mid 18th century after suffering damage in the War of Succession. It too had many items removed during the Spanish Civil War.

To complete our walk around the town we headed to the Museo del Juguete. The entrance was free. It doesn't take long to look around (15-20 minutes), but it gives an insight into the toy manufacturing industry in Denia in the past and takes everyone on a trip down memory lane.

2. The Port of Denia

Denia's working relationship with the sea goes way back. The Romans first established a naval base here in the 1st century BC. Denia's working port is adjacent to the city and within easy walking distance of the center. It is multifunctional, incorporating a fishing port, two marinas, a superyacht shipyard and a ferry terminal with sailings to Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.

It's a pleasant walk to head out along the quay, separating the port from the beach to a stretch of cafes, bars, and shops selling sailing supplies. Sitting outside a bar in the warm winter sun and gazing back across the water towards the city and the castle is a great way to relax.

In the summer there are boat trips along the coast from the port of Denia.

3. Denia Castle

Evidence of human habitation in the area near Denia has been found from prehistoric times. In the 4th century BC, it was a Greek colony and later became part of the Roman empire, named Dianum after the Roman goddess Diana. The castle, perched on a large rocky crag, overlooking the sea and the city, was originally built by Moorish Arabs in the 11th–12th centuries. The Arab name for the city, Daniyah means 'lowland'.

The castle area has been partially restored and the Governor's Palace is now an archaeological museum, displaying artifacts from the surrounding area. Those who make their way up to the castle from the center of the city are rewarded with stunning views over the surrounding area. For a nominal entrance fee, a visit to this high point of Denia is highly recommended.

Denia

4. A Walk Along the Coast

As our hotel was located on the south-western edge of Denia, near the port, we started our coastal exploration by walking away from the city in this direction. Looking from the boulders marking the edge of the port, we could see the sweeping curve of a bay, bordered by a beach. This was Marineta Cassiana. There was a wide walkway running by it and from the other side of the bay, we had a good view back towards Denia across the water.

As we headed further on into an area called Les Rotes, the coastline became more rugged and scenic. This is part of the marine reserve of Cabo San Antonio, a rocky promontory further along the coast. The path varied, it became a quiet coastal road for a while and we came across the odd restaurant and bar along the way. The coastal path returned as we walked around rocky coves. Although it was January we came across several hardy swimmers, clambering over the rocks into the sea for a refreshing dip.

This was a very pleasant walk, with an ever-changing vista. If you prefer long sweeps of sandy beaches, it's best to head in the opposite direction, as there are long sandy stretches, popular with families especially in the summer months to the other side of the port, northwest of Denia.

5. Cap de Sant Antoni

A visit to Cap de Sant Antoni, a sight of great natural beauty, was recommended to us by the Tourist Information in Denia. It's over 11km from Denia to Cap de Sant Antoni, so we opted to take a taxi, agreeing with the driver that he would wait for us and then take us on to Xabia, the next coastal town.

This area was declared a nature reserve in 1993. The cliffs reach heights of 175 meters. The area around the base of the cape is a marine park. There has been a lighthouse here since 1855. To the north lies Denia and the Gulf of Valencia, to the south the bay of Xabia.

Our taxi driver took us to a viewpoint from where we could look down towards the port of Xabia and across the bay. The views did not disappoint and I would recommend a visit here.

6. Xabia

We had been told that Xabia was an interesting place to visit, but no one had mentioned how spread out it was. So, when our taxi driver asked where we wanted to be dropped off, we assumed that landing up down by the beach would be fine and within easy reach of the rest of the town. Our driver suggested Playa del Arenal. It certainly was a very pleasant beach, with a wide expanse of sand and a few palm trees backed by a selection of bars and small tourist shops. The water was clear and we saw a swimmer in January. It was a pleasant location for coffee.

Arenal turned out to be over 3 kilometers south of the port. As we walked towards Xabia port, the sandy beach at Arenal was replaced by a much rockier, shingle coastline. We found a pleasant seafront promenade along Av. Mediterraneo, which was lined with shops and bars, another great location for a drink. Beyond the port, we could see the headland of Cap Sant Antoni.

Realizing that the historical center was inland, we headed away from the coast uphill to try and find it, making a few wrong turns along the way. The center of old Xabia is over 2 kilometers from the port. Our walk in the heat of the day was made the more pleasant by the sights around us. We could see the buildings becoming older and more traditional as we came away from the coast and we could see a line of old windmills up on the hill above the town.

Mid-afternoon in January, the old town of Xabia was surprisingly quiet. We headed for the town hall square and, in need of refreshment after the uphill walk in the sun, found a bar nearby. It was good to view the medieval buildings from the outside, but none were open in the afternoon. The town was built with walls around to keep out pirates. The Iglesia Fortaleza de San Bartolome dates from the early 16th century. when it performed a dual defense and religious role.

After wandering around the old town, we found the bus station down the hill, where we discovered that there was quite a wait for a bus to Denia. Luckily we had spotted a supermarket, so we used the time to stock up on a few provisions.

Tip: When planning trips, try to gather as much information as possible. A map of the area, before arriving, would have been useful for us to plan our visit more efficiently, as well as details of places of interest and opening times. Likewise, a bus timetable would have helped us plan our return trip.

Xabia is around 10.9 kilometers southeast of Denia. It takes 22 minutes to get here by car, around half the time it takes using public transport.

7. Valencia

Valencia, Spain's third-largest city after Madrid and Barcelona and the region's capital, is well worth a visit. We spent a week here with two teenagers several years ago and I would be hard-pressed to think of anywhere else on our travels that ticks so many boxes. It is around 105 kilometers northwest of Denia and can be reached in 1 hour, 15 minutes by car.

Having thoroughly tested it out, I would say that it's a city that has something for everyone. Beware though, with the historic center located around 5 kilometers inland from the coast, the sites are spread out.

The Beach

We were impressed with the wide, sandy beach to the north of the port and the pleasant pedestrian promenade running along it with great bars and restaurants. This is the place to come for paella Valenciana, the local fish-free version of the traditional Spanish dish. The port itself is interesting and we took a pleasant cruise around it.

The City of Arts and Sciences

The modern landmark that most people associate with Valencia is the City of Arts and Sciences, located to the west of the port. Apart from the stunning modern architecture to feast your eyes on, the activities available here can fill a day. We visited the hands-on science museum, the oceanographic complex and the hemispheric (Laserium, planetarium and Imax cinema).

You can purchase combined tickets for the combinations that interest you. Valencia opera house is also located here. The whole complex, which opened in 2004, is set in the dried-up river bed of the River Turia, which was diverted after a significant flood in 1957.

The Historic Center of Valencia

If you have the time, a pleasant route into the historic center of Valencia is to follow the old course of the River Turia, which has been transformed into a picturesque sunken park. The old river bed loops around the city center.

Once in the center, you can choose to take a sedate tour around the sights in a horse and carriage or walk. Don't miss the cathedral with views over the city from the tower and what's claimed to be the holy grail, the Plaza de la Reina, Plaza de la Virgen, the silk exchange, central market, and the ancient town gate, to name but a few.

Our explorations were slightly limited by time, having spent longer than expected enjoying the gardens of La Turia on the way in and by having two teenagers with us. It's definitely a historic center that we could re-visit.

Bio Parc Valencia

It took some getting to on public transport, but our family enjoyed the Bio Parc, located over 2.5 kilometers northwest of the center of the city, at the end of the old Turia river bed. In this 21st Century zoo, the animals live in as natural a habitat as possible and we were impressed by the areas designed for them to roam in.

Our two teenage daughters enjoyed the experience, which is a great accolade for this innovative take on a zoo.

8. Calpe

Calpe (Calp in Valenciana) is around 35 kilometers south of Denia and can be reached in under 40 minutes by car. Evidence of civilization in this location has been traced back to the Bronze Age. The town is dominated by the Penon de Ifach, a huge 332-meter high rock joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land. It is one of the smallest nature reserves in Europe. For the more adventurous, there is a route to walk up the rock and it is also a favored spot for climbers. Before embarking on such an excursion it is best to take advice locally, wear suitable footwear and avoid the hottest part of the day.

Once a village, Calpe expanded towards the west in the 19th Century and the fishing industry also took off along the coast. Salt was produced from the salt flats, which were cleaned up early in the 20th century. But it is now tourism, which brings the biggest boost to the town's economy. Starting with the Ifach Parador (Spanish luxury hotel) in 1935, villas and small hotels were built 1945-1950. The second half of the 1960s saw a dramatic increase in construction work along the Costa Blanca.

The old town of Calpe lies behind Playa Arenal on the bay of Calpe to the southern side of Penon d'Ifach. Just inland from Penon d'Ifach and within easy walking distance of Calpe are Las Salinas, the salt flats, now a nature reserve.

We visited Calpe as the final stop on an afternoon tour of the area from Benidorm. Dropping down towards the coast, we were enchanted by the sweep of the bay and the great rocky outcrop towering over it. We landed up near the fishing port, where fish restaurants showcased their menu, which had been freshly caught. Grilled sardines were served up for our party, but my lingering memory was of the great rock looming over us in the dusk of a late afternoon in February.

Our all too brief visit was enough to whet our appetite to see more of Calpe and we hope someday to return.

9. Benidorm

Nowhere on the Costa Blanca showcases the effects of mass tourism more than Benidorm. The skyline is dominated by high rise hotels and holiday apartments, which were built to accommodate the booming tourist industry, along with an array of bars, restaurants and amusement outlets. The edge of the sprawling resort is bordered by Mundomar (described as a marine animal park), Terra Natura (an animal park), Terra Mitica (a theme park) and various water parks. I'm told that in the height of the summer season, with accommodation full, there is hardly a space to be had on the beaches. For many, the above description is enough to put them off visiting.

I was one of those. When a Christmas school vacation stretched into January one year, it gave us the option of taking an out of season break. As my husband headed off to the travel agent's to make some inquiries, my parting words were: "Anywhere but Benidorm". He came back with good and bad news. The good news was that he had found a very reasonable all-inclusive deal for a family of six. The bad news (or so I thought) was that it was Benidorm.

It turned out to be one of the best family holidays we had. The weather in January exceeded all expectations. We discovered the old town of Benidorm, with a whitewashed, balustraded promontory, Balcon del Mediterraneo, jutting out into the sea. From here you can see the sweep of the 5 kilometers of white, sandy beaches, Playa Levante and Playa Poniente either side of the promontory. Out of season, it's a pleasant stroll along the promenade behind the beach, with plenty of bars to choose from for refreshments. Benidorm Island lies 3.5 kilometers offshore and there are boat trips from the port in the old town. We took a glass-bottomed boat out here for a look at the sea life. The view from this unspoiled island gives a different perspective on Benidorm.

If you are looking for a very reasonably priced off-season break, Benidorm is the place to go. We actually returned the following year, which is a glowing accolade as we tend to avoid revisiting places. We also have friends who have done similar. Benidorm has a split personality. In the busy summer season, it is the haunt of the young party-going set, but out of season, it assumes a quieter, more sedate atmosphere as the older generation moves in to take advantage of the favorable climate.

If you fancy a change of scene from the more sedate pace of Denia, Benidorm, at just over 51 kilometers to the southwest, can be reached in around 39 minutes by car via the toll motorway.

Tip: If you are planning a trip to Benidorm to visit one of the parks, it's best to check opening times out of season, as there are sometimes temporary closures in the winter months for refurbishment.

10. Alicante

Alicante, the region's second-largest town, lies 91.5 kilometers southwest of Denia and can be reached in around 1 hour 6 minutes via the toll motorway. For many, Alicante is the gateway to the Costa Blanca as they fly into the airport here, bypassing the town on their way to Benidorm and other coastal resorts. We were in this group until we spent a week here early in November.

Alicante is a working town with plenty to offer visitors. The coast is dominated by its large port, but running behind it, the palm-tree shaded Paseo Esplanada de Espana is a pleasant place to walk or stop for a drink in the many bars and cafes along its stretch.

The town beach, Playa Postiguet, northeast of the port is a sandy expanse, lined with sun loungers and we spent many hours there relaxing and swimming in the sea. Given that it was November and the hotel pool had closed this was a real bonus for us.

El Barrio, the old quarter of the town, is well worth exploring with its maze of streets, bars, and restaurants, making it the perfect location for an evening meal.

The highlight of our time in Alicante was a visit to Santa Barbara castle. It towers over the town from its perch high up to the northeast. There is a lift from near Postiguet Playa up through the rock, but this was out of order when we visited. We took the scenic route, approaching it from the northeastern location of our hotel. The effort was rewarded by the stunning views from the top over the coastline and the town below. The partially restored castle had plenty of interesting exhibitions and we easily spent 3 hours up there, getting good value for the moderate admission charge and eventually walking down towards the old town.

Alicante ticks a lot of boxes as a destination in its own right. The only downside of an out of season visit was that boat trips were not running.

Costa Blanca, Spain

Travel Options

As we prefer to avoid hire cars if possible, all of our trips to this region relied on public transport. This worked well when airport transfers were included to Benidorm and also when based in Alicante or Valencia, which have good public transport links to their respective airports.

Our trip to Denia was a little more problematic. After flying into Valencia, the metro into the city was fine, but there was a wait for a coach, which then took over two hours to reach Denia, making it a day of travel. With the benefit of hindsight, a hire car might have been a better option on this occasion.

Friends hired a car from Alicante airport to drive to Denia in the evening. Thinking of everything, they brought a sat-nav from home. As their journey dragged on into the night, they could not understand why it was taking so long to reach their villa. Admittedly the sound was not working on their sat-nav. Eventually, late into the night, they arrived. The following day they realized that the previous user of the sat-nav had not only turned off the voice because it irritated him but had also set it to avoid toll roads! The quickest way to move around the area is to use the toll motorway. Their journey back to the airport was much quicker!

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Final Thoughts

You might be wondering why all of the above sights are on or very near the coast. This is because all our breaks in this area were taken between late October and February, as we tried to escape the cold and damp of winter in the UK. We tend to stick to the coastal areas where it's warmer. The mountainous inland areas of this region of Spain look beautiful, but a little cool for us.

There is much to recommend the area of Costa Blanca to visitors. It has a favored climate, a little hot for some in the summer, but mild and even warm in the winter. This article touches on a few places of interest, but there is much more for us still to explore in the region.

What greater recommendation can there be than in writing this article, my interest in the area has been reignited and we are considering it again as a future holiday destination. Maybe, after reading this, you will too!

Across the bay from Cap de Sant Antoni.

Across the bay from Cap de Sant Antoni.

Questions & Answers

Question: When is the best time to visit Denia, Spain?

Answer: Temperatures are mild during the winter months, but weather can be variable. Hotel prices are very reasonable at this time. I would avoid school holidays, due to increased prices for accommodation. The summer months can be very hot and busier with more visitors. If you are looking for warm temperatures and more settled weather I would suggest April-June and September -October. Although we have swum in the sea off Alicante in early November. Generally, the more out of peak season you travel, the cheaper accommodation prices will be.

© 2019 Liz Westwood

Comments

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 07, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Peggy. We too have visited Barcelona and Mallorca, but not Madrid or Toledo. I hope one day to travel again to Spain and visit more of the interesting places there. Until we can travel freely again, we are all armchair travellers via reading and TV.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 06, 2020:

The only parts of Spain that we have visited are Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, and the Island of Mallorca. I would add the places you have shown us here, were we ever fortunate enough to return. In the meantime, it is lovely to be able to travel vicariously with you.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 19, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, MG Singh. Madrid is on a list of places that I would like to visit as well as Granada, which has a strong Moorish background. Like you, I find that COVID-19 has curtailed my travel plans.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 19, 2020:

Spain has great history and also for along time was ruled by the Moors. I been to Spain only once and just visited Madrid, now with the China virus there does not seem much chance of going to Spain. Thank you for a very vivid and interesting article.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 18, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. On our travels in Spain, we have come across quite a few Roman remains and a lot of evidence linked to the Moorish influence. Who knows what artifacts from Spain's past history are yet to be discovered. Your comment reminds me too that Greek traders at one time left their mark on the country.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 18, 2020:

Spain is so full of ancient Greek, Roman, and Moorish artifacts and structures that I'm surprised more buried treasure has not been found there. Thanks for the trip.

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 24, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Lovnish. This is just a fraction of what Spain has to offer for travellers. There are many other areas that we would like to explore.

Lovnish Thakur from Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India on June 21, 2020:

Very well written and informative. I would love to explore these places some day

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 17, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Justina. This article is based on a combination of a few trips. When I started to write about Denia I realised that I had a lot of information about the wider area from previous visits.

Benidorm was the first out of season trip abroad that we took our family on. We went twice and explored a little of the area. We spent a week self-catering in Valencia with two teenage daughters, which gave us a chance to explore the city.

We spent a week in the Fall once in Alicante and then a week in Denia in January. I've just realised that it adds up to 5 weeks. I guess that's how I have come across so much information.

Justina Janeliunaite on June 17, 2020:

This is an amazing article. Well researched, lots of places visited and the pictures are stunning - it must have been a wonderful trip. I have not been to any of the places from your article. Must be added to my travel list immediately :-) especially Valencia and Denia.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 16, 2020:

Liz,

I have never found a Sangria here in the States that even comes close.

Have a great day.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 16, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Brenda. That sounds like a great trip. It's interesting to hear about your memories of Spain. You capture the key characteristics well. I enjoyed visiting Valencia because it has so much to offer from the historic old areas to the modern science park and a great beach too. It certainly kept our two teenage daughters entertained for a week. Other parents of teenagers have said similar after visiting Valencia. Sangria has been a favourite drink of mine for many years now.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 16, 2020:

I enjoyed reading this one. It took me back to memory lane.

I was fortunate to visit Spain for like 3 weeks when I was 17 yrs old. The summer before my Senior year in high school.

I didn't get to visit Denia, but I did see Valencia.

We went as a group from my Spanish class in high school.

I was always amazed with the old architecture. The furniture hand made was so elegant ...i wish i could get it today for my home.

I would love to go back sometime.

I am certain it has changed since those days but i will always remember it. The churches were so beautiful, the town plazas, the place that sleeps in the middle of the day taking a long afternoon siesta just to stay awake at night.

The homemade Sangria was a delight with fresh fruit in the pitcher.

Thanks for the share.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 10, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Emmanuel. I hope you can visit Valencia one day. I find public transport tends to be much cheaper than other options. Although I was aware of the Muslim period in Spain's history, I did not notice much evidence of this in Valencia. This was probably because a lot of the monuments from this time were pulled down in the 19th century. I have noticed much more of the Arab and Berber influence further south in the region of Andalucia.

Emmanuel Kariuki from Nairobi, Kenya on June 10, 2020:

Great article Liz Westwood.

My favorite destination is Valencia. I hope I visit there one day. I like the architecture of the Museum and the Bio park might make me feel at home. It's good you prefer using public transport as it is a good way to mingle with locals and note any peculiarities in their culture. You put a lot of effort to write this and it shows. Did you see any relics of Spain's Islamic period?

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 06, 2020:

Spain is a favourite country of ours. It has a great climate and relaxed feel, with a lot of interesting places to visit. It must have been great to live there.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 06, 2020:

I always look back fondly at my time in Spain. There were so many old-world things next to the new. What a remarkable culture.

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on May 17, 2020:

I've heard that we're headed into the deepest tecession for a long time, but that economies will bounce back reasonably quickly from it. Time will tell. I am not so convinced.

Robert Sacchi on May 16, 2020:

You have a point about the money. The U.S. government is good at spending money and better at wasting it. In theory the economy overall should recover quickly. The government often times keeps the economy in the doldrums.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on May 16, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. Spain is a great country. I hope you can visit again one day. I think it will be a while before travel there is possible like it was before the pandemic. I feel very sorry for all those whose jobs are based on tourism.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on May 16, 2020:

This reminds me of how much I miss when I got to visit Spain last. It would be awesome to see again.

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on May 16, 2020:

I am reassured to hear that. The government has been reasonably generous in the UK, but I fear that there are many who will slip through the loopholes. The big question, when this is over, will be where the money will come from to cover it all. But that's a problem to be solved tomorrow.

I saw a news article today referring to the UK as the 'sick person of Europe', which is a fair point given the figures.

Robert Sacchi on May 16, 2020:

I'm doing alright. The unemployment here is overly generous. In the U.S the overall mortality rate is 6%. It varies a lot from state to state. It's bad but in the UK and much of western Europe the numbers are in double digits. Spain is over 11%. It seems best to stay home and stay safe.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on May 15, 2020:

I am very sorry to hear that your job has been impacted so much. We have a close relative who is a pilot. He has not flown for many weeks now.

I made a similar point about SARS. Someone else pointed out that, as SARS has not been so widespread, not as many labs were working on it. Now, a lot are and there's a race on to be the first to come up with a viable vaccine.

When asked about a vaccine, our Prime Minister would not be drawn. But the medical experts with him were more encouraging. They said that the chances were high that in time a solution would be found. If not a vaccine, then an effective treatment.

It will be interesting to see how the EU manages to open for tourism. I think it will have to be on a small scale. I hope that economical concerns are not being placed above health. I can't see us travelling for a while.

Robert Sacchi on May 15, 2020:

I work for an airline catering company. They are hurting. They cut me down to 24 hours a week. The bad news about the coronavirus is every attempt so far to come up with a vaccine has failed. They've known about the coronavirus for many years. We've had two previous coronavirus outbreaks, SARS and MER, so the COVID-19 is not likely to be the last. The EU is planning to start opening again for tourism. It seems best to wait regardless of the EU's decision.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on May 15, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Rosheda. Spain is a lovely country to visit. I would highly recommend it. Do you have other parts of Spain already on your itinerary? Seville is a particular favourite of ours, as is Barcelona.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on May 15, 2020:

I don't foresee any vacation trips for us before 2021, Robert. I would feel happier about travelling when there is a vaccine available. So it looks like we have quite a while to wait. My sympathies are with those whose livelihoods depend on tourism.

Rosheda Stephenson on May 14, 2020:

I plan on visiting Spain when this pandemic has settled and may just add this to my itinerary, the restored castles look intriguing and what beautiful photos of the port!

Robert Sacchi on May 14, 2020:

Airplanes are basically germ incubators. A sick person on a cruise ship can extend a vacation for a very long time. According to the CDC the death rate for the COV-19 is 6% in the US and over 14% in the UK. Right now going on holiday shouldn't be a priority. Fortunately your articles are good for long range planning or thinking about better times.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on May 14, 2020:

Sadly I think you are right, Robert. Social distancing on transport such as planes and trains will be challenging to say the least. I read last week of a beach in Spain that has been divided using wooden stakes and rope into sections for social distancing. Around 10% of its usual number of beachgoers could fit on the beach. This week a government minister as good as told the British public that we could forget holidays abroad this year.

Robert Sacchi on May 14, 2020:

The question is how long it will take for industries in general to recover. It seems tourism should be one of the last industries to recover.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on May 14, 2020:

Thanks for your comment, John. It's sad to think that at present the tourist industry is struggling.

John Simon from France, Paris on May 14, 2020:

Interesting and informative. Thank you ☺️

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on April 24, 2020:

Thank uou for your comment, Rosina. Spain has sadly been badly affected by COVID-19. It is a beautiful country and has much to offer travellers. I hope that, in time, it will recover and that uou will ve able to visit and see for yourself.

Rosina S Khan on April 24, 2020:

This is an interesting hub, Liz, giving vivid descriptions of places and their lovely images located around Denia. They seem to be ideal places to visit during warm climate but not too hot or too cold weather. I am attracted to these lovely places already.

But because of the pandemic, nothing can be planned now. I will wait for the situation to restore and if everything is good, I will definitely go to Spain to visit these wonderful places. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 31, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Mitara. We have had some very good holidays in Spain. Our trip to Valencia with two teenagers was very successful. Sadly players in the Valencia football team were some of the more prominent people to test positive for COVID-19 a few weeks ago. Nobody realised then how bad it would get.

Mitara N from South Africa on March 31, 2020:

What beautiful and scenic places to be, spectacular. Bio Parc Valencia, is absolutely gorgeous.

It sad the toll the pandemic has taken on the world of such beauty.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 30, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, MG Singh. Spain is a great country. It is sad to see how badly it has been affected by COVID-19. Today I noticed flags were lowered to commemorate those who have died.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 29, 2020:

I remember spending two weeks in Spain traveling the length and breadth of the country with a companion. it was so romantic but now I feel sad that all that has gone with the wind with the country enmeshed with the China virus and in real trouble and deserted.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Peggy. It is very sad to hear how much the Spanish people are suffering from COVID-19. I have heard that some hotels are being used to provide beds for the sick.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2020:

If our journeys would ever again take us to Spain, there are many parts of the country that we would wish to see. You have added to our list with your wonderful post pertaining to the places to visit around Denia. It looks beautiful!

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 26, 2020:

Urs indeed its on my bucket list to go again Eurofile

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 26, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Laurinzoscott. I hope you make it to this area of Spain one day. It is a beautiful country, but so sad to see how badly affected it has been by coronavirus.

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 24, 2020:

While I havent been to this part of Spain I must say the Spainards are a wonderful people ...or shall I say a warm culture...anyway I love this piece...and Denia is definitely ON the "bucket list" now...

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 15, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Katy. Spain has been a popular destination from the UK for many years. It's easy to get to and the warmer climate and great beaches were the original attractions for the tourists. Over the years visitors have started to appreciate the many other features that Spain has to offer. We have family visiting there now.

Katy Medium from Denver, CO on March 14, 2020:

Spain sounds so amazing. It was on my list of European countries to visit, but after your article it's on the top!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 10, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Ivana. Me too! It's a while since we were there and on a cold, damp day in England, the Spanish climate is very appealing.

Ivana Divac from Serbia on March 01, 2020:

Well-written and informative article! Makes me want to visit Spain again.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 23, 2020:

Thank you very much for your encouraging comment, Eiddwen. There are so many lovely places to visit in Spain and the climate is very pleasant, even in the winter in the south. I have more material on other areas, but struggle to find the time to write as much as I would like. I hope that you get the chance to explore more of Spain soon.

Eiddwen from Wales on February 23, 2020:

A brilliant hub. Only this morning we were saying we would like to explore more of Spain and hey presto I find your hub. Great read and looking forward to so many more by you.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 20, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. Haggling with sellers is not at all an English custom. We first came across it in Tunisia. After a little practice we did improve. 'Walk away' was my husband's technique after a final offer. More often than not the seller would run after him and agree the price.

I am sure learning a little of the language helps in many countries. I used to get home from the local market in the UK with bruised fruit sometimes at the bottom of the bag. So maybe that happens everywhere.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 19, 2020:

Living in Spain was a marvelous experience. Until that time I had never been out of my home state of California really. I found the landscape around Madrid to be very like California, which explains why the Spanish liked this area so much. The people around the Air Base were very sour toward Americans unless you gave an effort to learn/speak Spanish. Then they gushed and were very helpful. What struck me most was shopping in the rostro. You were expected to dicker the price and I didn't know how to do that until I waited in cue behind an elderly lady and listened to her tell the stall owner that his bananas were terrible and embarrassing and not worth the price. When he reduced the price she said "see you tomorrow" and suddenly I realized they did that arguing thing all the time and it was expected. When I stepped up and asked for potatoes and he pulled out a bag from the back that he had been saving for the dumb American probably with a spoiled one or two. I looked at it and couldn't think of anything to say besides, "I don't like it." He smiled and took it away and gave me a bag from the front. You could see that he had new respect for me for at least trying to argue with him. I never dickered the price though. I just paid what he asked.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 11, 2020:

Thank you very much for your comment, Peggy. Spain is one of our favourite holiday destinations. The climate is good, so much warmer than the UK and there are so many interesting places to visit.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2020:

Thanks for showcasing these beautiful places along the seacoast of Spain. I enjoyed this article and your photos immensely. It would be a wonderful place to spend time on a vacation.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 30, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Niks. Spain is a great place to visit. There is so much to see there and a wide variety of places to visit. I hope you can travel there soon.

Niks from India on January 30, 2020:

A great article keeping the readers interested till the end. I m learning the Spanish language. Spain is one of my dream destinations. In my next Europe trip, I will definitely plan to visit Spain. Thanks for increasing my curiosity about Spain.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 16, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Natasha. Spain is a great country to visit. This is just one area. There are a lot of places in other areas that I would like to visit too.

Natasha Tungare from India on January 16, 2020:

Wow! I want to visit these places so badly and now reading your beautiful article I feel like a desperate urge of visiting these amazing places!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 14, 2020:

Thanks for the suggestion, Robert. I will bear that in mind. My problem is that I have material for more articles, but struggle to find the time to write them. My last one on Northern Cyprus turned into an epic length.

Robert Sacchi on January 13, 2020:

An article about an out of country trip with young children seems a good spin for an article.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 12, 2020:

There's talk of a family holiday to Spain this year. With young grandchildren involved it will take some planning. I have articles to write about the Costa Tropical and the Costa del Sol when I get a chance.

Robert Sacchi on January 12, 2020:

Do you have any more trips to Spain planned?

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 12, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Poppy. Spain is one of our favourite countries. I love Barcelona. We have only been to the resorts in the south of Tenerife, but I would like to explore the north and also Mount Teide. Escaping the English winter in December we were reluctant to leave the warmth of the south coast apart from a trip across to La Gomera.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on January 11, 2020:

What a wonderfully researched and well thought out article. You clearly love this part of the world very much. Xabia Port in particular looks gorgeous. I've only visited Barcelona and Tenerife in Spain so far.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 03, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Aurelio. There are many places in Spain that I still want to visit. It is a big and beautiful country with a lovely climate that the British like, especially in the winter.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 03, 2020:

I've travelled extensively in Spain but have never been to Denia. Your article makes it a place I want to visit that next time I'm in that country. Thanks.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 02, 2020:

Our travels to Spain inspired us to attend Spanish language classes. It helps to know a few words in the language when travelling, but I have much to learn beyond the basics.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on January 02, 2020:

Since, I little words of Spanish language, I love to go in Spain.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 02, 2020:

Thanks for joining the conversation, Robert. Spain is one of those countries that once you have visited, you want to return again and explore more.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 02, 2020:

Thanks for your comment, Michael. You were fortunate to spend time working in Spain. Madrid is on the list of places we would like to visit.

We often talk of escaping the British winter and going to Spain for the climate when we're retired. There are so many interesting places in Spain that we have yet to visit. I hope you get back there one day.

Robert Sacchi on January 01, 2020:

That's a ringing endorsement of Spain and Valencia Michael Duncan.

Michael Duncan from Germany on January 01, 2020:

In my previous job, I was relocated to Madrid where I spent 1.5 years and got to experience the Spanish way of life first hand. The culture and weather is part of the reason I wouldn't mind returning to settle there at all! There are definitely breathtaking places and, unlike other parts of Europe, enough sunshine to enjoy them all.

I've voted for Valencia (we are the majority!) As usual, you've provided clear descriptions and insights into the attractive spots, plus the images give us more than glimpses of what awaits us over there. Thumbs up and cheers!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 23, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. I think Valencia has changed a lot in the last 40 years. The City of Arts and Sciences is a more recent development. What was Barcelona like when you went there? I have heard that it developed a lot around the time of the Olympic Games. Living in Spain must have been a great experience.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 23, 2019:

My ex-husband and I lived in Spain for almost 2 years and never made it to Denia. We did drive through Valencia on our way to Barcelona but didn't get to stop and see anything besides our restaurant. That was in 1976-78. I've often wished I could go back someday and see the places I missed. Here in the states, we don't have anything like the old world feel of Spain. It was a beautiful visit.

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 04, 2019:

Thank you very much for your comment, Babu. Spain has so much to offer visitors. This is just focused on one section of coast. Valencia ticks a lot of boxes with its beach, harbour, old city and other tourist attractions.

Mohan Babu from Chennai, India on December 03, 2019:

It is a great article showcasing the beauty of Spain. Valencia has a characteristic Spanish charm.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 24, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, Eman. This stretch of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline has a lot to offer.

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on November 24, 2019:

A very interesting and informative article as well. I enjoyed reading it.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 22, 2019:

Allicante exceeded expectations as a great place to stay, Luis. There's something about a city by the sea, especially in a warm climate. It increases the choice of activities and there's always the option of taking a break on the beach.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 22, 2019:

Thanks for your comment, Dale. There are so many great places to visit in Spain that visitors are spoilt for choice. I have articles yet to write on the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical. At the moment I'm starting to write one on Northern Cyprus, which is a hidden gem. I hope you can get a trip planned soon.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 22, 2019:

As I read again your article, I am also considering Aligante. Thanks.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on November 22, 2019:

Thanks for sharing this. I'm going to show it to my wife and see if we can plan some traveling around this. We both like to travel a lot so we are always looking for a new and interesting place to add to our list.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 21, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, Luis. The area around Denia has much to offer.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 21, 2019:

Although I haven't visit any of those places that you've mentioned, however if I will given a chance, I will go to Denia.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 20, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, Devika. We spent a week in Valencia with our teenage daughters a few years ago. It is a lovely city and has a wide variety of options to keep visitors entertained.

Devika Primic on November 20, 2019:

Valencia is my best and Spain sounds a beautiful place. You informed me in detail and I found your hub well-informed.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 19, 2019:

.Thanks, Bill. I've been on vacation. Hopefully there'll be another article out next week. Enjoy your weekend.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 19, 2019:

.Thanks, Bill. I've been on vacation. Hopefully there'll be another article out next week. Enjoy your weekend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 18, 2019:

Just checking back to make sure I didn't miss a new one of yours, and I hadn't. Enjoy your weekend, Liz!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 27, 2019:

Thanks for your comment and encouragement, Purvi. This is a lovely area of Spain and I am pleased that I was able to make use of some of the photos in my collection.

Purvi on September 27, 2019:

I like your article which gives all the information about Denia, Spanish.

And I also like all the images which are awesome. It's a good article. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 25, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, Shaloo. I enjoy writing travel hubs as I feel like I am revisiting the places as I do so.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 25, 2019:

Thank you very much for your comment, Dora. It is a lovely part of Spain. I set out to write about Denia and then I realised that I had a lot of information and photos about the other places nearby from previous trips, so the article grew.

Shaloo Walia from India on September 25, 2019:

Well written and detailed hub. Loved the pictures.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 25, 2019:

Thanks especially for the views from the coastline; all the pictures are appealing. I appreciate the detailed information on Denia and your suggestions for making the most of traveling there. Good work.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 24, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, Nithya. The clear air around the Spanish coastline is very helpful for photography. I tend to take a lot of photos while I am away. It's great to be able to use them in articles like this.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 24, 2019:

Enjoyed reading about the places that you have highlighted in this artilce. The photos are wonderful and make me want to visit those places in and around Denia, Spain. My favorite is Xabia.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 22, 2019:

Thanks for your comment, John. Spain is a beautiful country. Which parts have you visited? We went several times to the Costa Blanca before we stayed in Denia. I had not heard of it before then. Shortly after we went, I heard of friends planning a summer vacation there.

John Coviello from New Jersey on September 22, 2019:

Thanks for making me aware of a part of the world that is worth visiting and providing so many details about how to get the most out of a visit. I've been to Spain, but never knew anything about Denia. It sounds very interesting and relaxing.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 17, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, Robert. The Costa Blanca is a lovely stretch of coastline with plenty of interest to offer visitors.