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Denia is a family style holiday resort on the northern Costa Blanca, located about half way between Alicante in the south and Valencia to the north. This small resort is a favourite among the German and the British visitors, as well as being an important harbour and trade centre. Denia has some good beaches and a short drive inland is the natural park Montgo, that is popular with hikers.

The town has a long history which is reflected within the old style streets and the major visitor attraction, the castle that over looks Denia marina. Indeed sections of the castle date right back to the Roman era, although the fine towers and porticos are thought to be Moorish. The Museum of Archaeology explores the long history of the area and is housed inside the castle walls. Denia has a long association with the childrens toy industry, with the very first factories producing top quality toys opening there about 100 years ago. The Denia Toy Museum displays a wide selection of childs games, wooden and tin examples.

For a further insight into the local history, visit the Museum of Ethnology with exhibits of jewelry and Spanish clothing, plus a good collection of oils by Francisco Dassi. The museum also has displays of the raisin industry that was a main stay the local economy for over 100 years.

The coastline for about 12 miles around Denia, features a mixture of small rocky bays and fine sandy beaches, in fact many of the Denia beaches have the European Blue Flag for good quality. They have various amenities like showers, lifeguards in the peak season, sun bed hire and volleyball courts. The clear seas mean that Denia is a popular place for sub aqua diving, with several firms offering boat hire, such as Denia Charters who also run boat trips the neighbouring town of Javea.

Denia is good for shopping, especially in the streets round the Plaza de Glorieta, where alongside the more famous names, there are many boutiques selling designer clothing. There are plenty of pavement cafes along the central avenue, the Calle Marques de Campo and the town is well known for the cakes and chocolates made by local companies. No trip to Denia would be complete without tasting some of these delicious treats.

One of the biggest of the Denia fiestas, is the Bous al Mar, during which the local boys try to force huge bulls in to the ocean. Now this may not be to every taste, but the frstival is an important piece of the local tradition. The Fallas fiesta in March, has a wider appeal with large papier mache figures erected all round the town and then ignited as part of a big party. There are even more fires in Denia during the fiesta of the Fogueres de San Juan in late June. Another important local festival is the Moors and Christians fiesta in August, when there are street parade to mark the end of the Moorish era.

Denia ferries leave the port for the Balearic Islands, with direct high speed trips to Ibiza plus Palma de Mallorca.
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