Denia is a city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, between Valencia and Alicante. It has a resident population of about 30,000, which increases considerably in the summer tourist season.Denia is 100 km from the two provincial capital cities of Valencia to the north and Alicante to the south, 58km away from Benidorm and around 3 hours away (by fast-ferry) from Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca and Formentera.
Denia was colonized Greeks from Emporiae (Ampurias in Catalonia), or Massilia (Marseilles), but its Greek name of Hemeroskopeion was soon superseded by the Roman Dianium, ascribed to the temple of Diana, a copy of that at Ephesus. The site of this temple is at the foot of the castle hill.. In the 1st century B.C., Sertorius made Denia the naval headquarters of his resistance to Rome.
It was captured by the Moors in 713, and Daniya became its Islamic name. During Moorish rule it belonged at different times to the moorish kingdoms of Murcia and Valencia, and was also an independent Taifa following the division of the Caliphate of Córdoba during the 11th century.
The city was retaken by the Christians in 1253, and its prosperity declined until the 19th century. During the War of the Spanish Succession, Denia was besieged three times, and in 1813 the citadel was held for five months by the French against the allied British and Spanish forces, until they were eventually compelled to surrender.
A walk around Denia will take you back to the ancient times and cultures.
The Castle of Dénia, Museum of Archaeology
- One of the most visited tourist attractions of Denia is the castillo (castle).
The castle built in the 11th and 12th century offers a wonderful view around
the sea, the city and the mountains. Within the castle you will find the Palau
del Governador with its museum.
Museum of Ethnology
Church of the Asunción
Church and Convent San Antonio
Marqués de Campo - the main shopping area is the Calle de Marques de Campo. It houses, shops, hotels, bars and restaurants, confectionery and bakery shops.
Fisherman's quarters Baix la Mar and Les Roques
Lonja del Pescado (Fish exchange) with the traditional auction,
The older houses in Denia have flat Moorish roofs (azoteas) and view-turrets (miradores), while fragments of the Moorish ramparts are also visible near the harbour.
Denia has 20 kilometres of beaches, much of which is sand
Denia has a full calendar of cultural events and festivities.
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