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One of the things that we love to do as a family is travel. We love exploring new places, enjoying warm weather, sampling new foods, and allowing our children to see different parts of the world and letting them see a life outside of London. We have been really lucky to visit some incredible places as a family and one of those special places is Denia in Spain.
We love it here. It’s a place that we have been visiting every year for years, and each year it gets better and better for us. Our children are aged 4 and 1, so they are still fairly young, but this doesn’t stop us from enjoying a holiday, and as they get older and bigger we are able to do more and more. It’s lovely to be able to see a holiday through a child’s eyes and it brings back memories of holidaying with my parents when I was younger.
Denia is a beautiful town, port and marina on the East Coast of Spain, it’s pretty much located on Spains most eastern point, and is approximately one hour south of Valencia, and one hour of north of Alicante. The town is steeped in history and nestled at the foot of the Montgo mountain that creates incredible views and gorgeous sunsets when you look back at the town from the new marina. It is a simply stunning place to visit.
As a family here are a few of our favourite things to do whilst staying in one of the many villas in Denia…..
Day at the beach
There are two main beaches to visit in Denia town itself. First up is the big sweeping beach that runs alongside Les Marines road. This is a wide and flat sandy beach perfect for families with a gentle incline making it really easy to swim in the warm Mediterranean sea. What I really like about this beach is that the water doesn’t suddenly get deep and you can go along way out before reaching waist height, which is great for little swimmers. There is a also a beach bar on the beach selling meals, snacks and drinks, and often in the height of the summer there may be an inflatable obstacle course for older children out at sea.
The other beach in Denia by the new marina is Playa de la Marineta Casiana which again is great for families and close to many restaurants.
Strolling around the port in the early evening
As a family we love a good stroll and we love to wander around the port in the early evening before dinner, plus it’s a good opportunity to see the fabulous sunsets that Denia has to offer. Alongside the port are little beach huts selling jewellery, clothes and gifts to browse whilst you walk and there are often a few entertainers too! It’s also nice to grab and quick drink in Zensa bar and sit on the floating pontoon, which is perfectly child friendly. One of things that I love about Denia and Spain (in general) is just how friendly everyone is towards children and how acceptable it is for children to be out for dinner in the evenings too. So if you’re planning to visit Spain this year don’t be afraid to take your kids out in the evening.
Walking the traditional streets of the old town
There are so many beautiful Spanish streets in Denia and two of my favourites are the Marques De Campo and Carrer de Loreto, both are packed with restaurants and shops. The Marques De Campo is a wide tree lined boulevard and in the summer months is closed to traffic. You will often see entertainers or brass bands marching up and down the street, and it’s also the street where they run the famous bull run. Some of my favourite restaurants include Lungo Mare and Tasca Eulalia, both with children’s menus and are very welcoming of little eaters.
My other favourite road that we love to eat at in the evening in Carrer de Loreto, which is your typical narrow Spanish street that really comes alive at night. What really surprises me is the amount of buggies and children that are eating with their families at night, so if you have children and want to enjoy an evening meal out, again don’t be afraid to take the children. Here we really like Ca Papa Teresa and Les Monges for traditional Spanish tapas.
Visiting the castle
The castle makes for a lovely half day out in Denia with the family. It’s only a couple of euros to enter and the views around the town are spectucular. But do be prepared for quite a steep walk up to it. There is a strategically placed cafe at the top to grab that much needed ice cream or drink.
About and about around Denia
There are so many other places to see and explore outside of Denia, and if you have the opportunity, hire a car, as there is so much to see and do whilst you are visiting including….
- Visiting Javea; a traditional old town with beautiful streets, a weekly market, port, and a gorgeous sandy bay lined with restaurants and bars.
- Spending a day at the Dino Park. We visited last year and I loved it. It is up in the mountains at Algar with incredible views into the valley below. The dinosaurs move and appear realistic for kids. Plus there is a rock built padding pool which is great for kids whilst you relax with a drink.
- Taking a drive to Gaudelest in the mountains; a beautiful Spanish village and castle. It does get busy so go early.
- Visiting Altea for it’s beautiful blue domed top churches and white washed narrow Spanish streets.
We absolutely love coming to Denia in the Costa Blanca, and we can’t wait to visit later this year during the Summer. Visiting Denia is easy from the UK with a either a flight to Valencia or Alicante. We tend to fly into Valencia and hire a car from the airport, and often tag a short city break in Valencia onto the end of our holiday before flying home.
There are so many beautiful places to stay when visiting Denia, and Clickstay who have 93,000 properties have 218 villas in Denia to choose from. So if you’re looking for a pool or stunning views there is one here for you. Just looking at all the stunning villas is making me crave sunshine and a holiday with the family.