In addition to the main town with its ancient and modern areas, one of the greatest assets of Denia can be found stretching northwards from the town – over 12km of natural sandy beaches.
As you head out of the town you’ll first find the popular Punta del Raset beach, soon merging into Les Albaranes, Les Bovetes, Els Molins, L’Almadrava, and finally Les Deveses. Each as its own character, and they all regularly receive the Blue Flag award for cleanliness.
It’s easy to find your perfect spot, and even in high summer the beaches further along the road are peaceful and uncrowded, unlike those right next to the town. There are lots of access roads with parking, which act as a natural crowd-control filter – if it’s full, just move along a bit further. At regular intervals you will find elevated Red Cross lifeguarding services, keeping everyone safe in the waves, and there are plenty of activities on offer in the summer, from kitesurfing to beach volleyball – for those seeking more energetic activity than simply sunbathing on the clean white sands which give the Costa Blanca its name.
A number of access channels for small boats are dotted along the coast, and closer to the town at Punta del Raset and Les Albaranes you will also find bars providing sun lounger and umbrella rental. As you head further north, the beaches become more natural and less populated, with beautiful dunes and surf – but you’ll still find useful facilities like wooden boardwalks and feet cleaning fountains. Around L’Almadrava the natural beach is coarser and more gravel-like – which makes for crystal clear seas, perfect for snorkelling, in the shallow safe waters.
Furthest from the town you’ll find Deveses beach, which is a haven for watersport enthusiasts year round, thanks to the Llebeig and the Garbí winds – which also keep sunbathers cool and refreshed on the hottest summer beach days. At the very end of the Las Marinas road, the river Molinell joins the sea (the road stops abruptly!), and this is a great spot for families – younger kids can play safely in the shallow calm river waters, whilst their siblings hit the surf a few metres away. Across a small footbridge is a tapas bar, serving a camping area, and dogs are informally tolerated on this side of the beach as well.
Along the Las Marinas road as you head out of Denia, a wide range of accommodation serves residents and visitors alike, and these are supported by restaurants and beach shops, little supermarkets, including bars and cafes right on the sands. Many of these open all year round, but augmented by the summer ‘chiringuito’ beach bars, for those evenings when you really need to sip a mojito with sand between your toes. As the day merges into night, nothing beats watching the sun go down sipping cocktails or a cool beer on the beach, enjoying a tapa or two and conversation with friends in the warm Mediterranean breeze.
Many apartment buildings have great facilities of their own, such as landscaped gardens and pools. Even if you have direct access to the beach, sometimes it’s nice to cool off away from the crowds, or simply admire the coastal vista from your own terrace – from the imposing crags of Montgó in the south with Denia Castle rising in front of it, to the northern coastline, where a clear day offers glimpses as far as El Faro de Cullera.
For most of the year, living in Las Marinas is peaceful and quiet – just inland from the coastal strip are orange groves and countryside, and the beaches are all yours to stroll on. Great value accommodation can be found, from small apartments to the occasional front-line villa with priceless location… Make sure you’re subscribed to our mailing list to be the first to hear about those, as they go very fast. In terms of liveliness, the closer you are to Denia itself the more facilities can be found open year around, and a home at kilometre 2 is very different to one at kilometre 10. It’s easy to reach town from either though, with a good-value bus service operating in all seasons, and broad safe cycle lane all the way along the flat main road.
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