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Spanish Sundays – A weekend in Denia

We spent this weekend in a hotel on the edge of Denia.

Outside view of Hotel Les Rotes, Denia

Hotel Les Rotes – Denia

Denia is a coastal town in the north of Costa Blanca. About midway between Benidorm and Valencia, Denia has a large marina and regular ferry services to Mallorca and Ibiza. We stayed in Hotel Les Rotes, a four star hotel and a part of the MR Hotel chain. The hotel and grounds are extremely well kept and the standard and cleanliness of rooms was also high. We had breakfast included. Breakfast is served in the restaurant adjacent to the outside swimming pool. With fresh fruit, cheeses, meats, breads, cereals and the option for cooked eggs and bacon the breakfast catered for most tastes.

Denia is a popular town and features in some holiday brochures for flights coming in to Alicante. Between Denia and the next resort, Javea, is an area of protected countryside.

Octopus hung out to dry in the sun on the beach near Denia

Octopus drying in the sun

Denia is a well developed town, no doubt in part due to the money brought in by the large marina. Many of the restaurants specialise in fish dishes using locally caught products. The picture above was taken outside a restaurant on the beach just outside Denia.

A menu featuring only five dishes

A short and disappointing menu

By the port in Denia is a maze of cobbled backstreets with a range of bars and restaurants. Denia and Javea are both attractive towns and worth visiting. The coast is an excellent place for diving or snorkelling with crystal clear seas. Most of the coastline in this area is rocky although Javea also has a sandy beach.

Costa Blanca walking guide
by Gill Round

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