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DENIA

The beautiful coastal town of Denia is located in a bay at the foot of the mighty mountain range Montgó. In the very center of the bay there is, surrounded by palms, the harbor of Denia. Despite of its importance it has conserved the ambience of a typical Mediterranean fishing port. From here you can take ferries to the Balearic Islands of Majorca and Menorca, which can be reached in about three and a half hours.

Situated on a hill above the port there is the impressive medieval fortress "El Castillo", built in the 11th and 12th Century and later expanded. From the towers of the castle one has a magnificent view of the coast, and especially during the summer season concerts are held frequently in the castle.

On the same hill there was already an old-Roman settlement, "Diannium", and the remains of fortifications and houses that have been found can be seen in the Archaeological Museum in the castle. Other exhibits are from the old-Iberian and Moorish periods.

Surrounded is "El Castillo" from the old town of Denia, with narrow and picturesque streets of Moorish origin. Many beautiful buildings from the Modernist period attest to the fact that Denia reached great significance as a trading center especially towards the end of the 19th century. Also thanks to its toy industry Denia achieved prosperity, particularly beautiful exhibits are on display at the Toy Museum.

Near the port there is the quarter "Baix la Mar" with the traditional houses of the fishermen and picturesque squares and alleys. Here you can enjoy the excellent seafood of Denia, very well known are the "Gambas Rojas" (red prawns). Another speciality is the sweet wine "Mistela", which is drunk as an aperitif or for dessert.

Denia has 16 kilometers of fine sandy beaches that were awarded the Blue Flag from the EU, in the North "Area de Les Marines" and in the South "Marineta Casiana". Following the latter there is a rocky area which is very popular with divers because of its rich underwater world.



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