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Denia Nightlife

Denia is as busy by night as it is by day. This is not an all night club land like Benidorm but the hundreds of bars and restaurants, many with live entertainment in the summer months, ensure that the town's more energetic visitors are kept amused until the small hours. It's also a town big on fiestas and there are some spectacular ones at regular intervals throughout the year so if you want to party Spanish style, book your holiday around one of the main fiestas, listed below.

One of Denia's biggest "parties" takes place between March 16th 19th. This is the fiesta of the "Fallas" when huge papier mache effigies are erected on street corners throughout the town then burnt to the ground in a spectacular bonfire party the like of which you could never hope to see in the UK (the authorities would never allow it!).

 

The effigies are beautifully designed and painted tableaux giving a satirical look at the main issues of the day social, economic and political. The satire will pass over the heads of most tourists but the burning of these elaborate effigies is a sight to behold. Wander the streets and admire their beauty by day, then join the throng at night and watch them reduced to a heap of cinders!

June 20th 24th sees the "Fogueres de San Juan" fiestas with yet more burning this time it's giant bonfires on the beach echoing the pagan rituals celebrating midsummer night. The Spanish simply love fun, fire, fiestas and fireworks.

From August 14th 16th there's the big Moors and Christians fiesta with spectacular street parades recalling the many hundreds of years of Moorish occupation of this part of Spain.

There are many other smaller religious feasts throughout the year which give Denia the chance to let its hair down, close the banks and shops and party the night away!

And even when it's not fiesta time, there's plenty of entertainment on offer. Check out the local English language newspaper the Costa Blanca News, published every Friday, for details of live entertainment in local bars and restaurants.

The Blue Bars, on the Javea Denia seafront road, is a popular nightspot (call them on +34 965788799 to check what's on.) Paddy O'Connell's Irish pub (between the town centre and the castle) is a magnet for young music lovers and Guinness drinkers; the pub provides regular live entertainment with rock, soul and blues music.

In the summer months the long tourist stretch of Las Marinas, the coastal strip heading north out of Denia, bursts into life with live music, clubs and various shows until the small hours.

If it's international cabaret you're after, local travel agents organise regular trips down to Benidorm for the spectacular Benidorm Palace show, accompanied by dinner. You get a very slick show, a good dinner and your transport all for less than you'd pay for an average restaurant meal in the UK.

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