Spain Guide


Denia Tourist Attractions Things to Do

There's a huge range of places to visit both in and around Denia whether you're interested in the region's culture, history, nature or you just want a fun day out. A visit to the 16th century castle which dominates the town is a good starting point. You pay a small entrance free but then you're free to roam through the castle at leisure. There are refreshingly few restrictions on the areas you can explore so you can clamber over the ancient walls at will (a little hazardous for small children though so keep them on a tight rein!)

The castle houses a fascinating collection of treasures in its Museum of Archaeology where you'll find an array of human remains, coins, pottery and ancient artefacts unearthed in and around Denia after remaining hidden from human view since 200 B.C.

Still within the city boundaries you can visit the toy museum, the municipal food market with its colourful collection of fresh local produce (from olives to octopus!) or head down to the port for the traditional "Lonja del Pescado" fish auctions.

The fishermen's quarters of Baix la Mar and Les Roques are charming with their cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings. Or visit the Tower of Gerro, built as a look out post as part of the war on piracy in the 17th century.


If you get time to venture a little further afield there are a host of big attractions within easy driving distance. There's the Safari Park, 15 minutes drive away on the outskirts of the neighbouring town of Vergel. This is a great family day out with lion and tiger enclosures, a wide range of creatures great and small and a brilliant sea lion show. Keep your windows closed in the enclosure areas though two German tourists ignored the danger signs and were eaten by lions!

Spain's biggest theme park, Terra Mitica, is a 40 minute drive south at Benidorm. The Paramount park offers an action packed day of big thrill rides, live entertainment and endless amusement all set in a magical, mythical land echoing the ancient cultures which formed the present day Spain (Terra Mitica means Mythical Land).

Also in Benidorm you'll find two more major attractions the Aqualandia water park with its impressive array of slides, pools and play areas and next door Mundomar where you can enjoy a colourful menagerie of tropical birds and marine life.

Take a ferry trip over to the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca or Formentera they're only a 3 hour journey away by fast ferry so you can squeeze in a day trip or go for a night or two.

Head into the mountains and visit one of Spain's top tourist attractions the "eagle's nest" Moorish fortress at Guadalest, a marvel of Arab architecture dating back to the year 715.

Take a day's shopping and sight seeing in the cities of Alicante and Valencia. Both abound with museums, interesting architecture, designer clothes shops and exceptionally good value leather goods.